South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy let it rip at today’s House hearing on the Benghazi attacks, demanding answers from the administration and calling out Susan Rice and Jay Carney by name. I would like to have another hearing where we can ask Ambassador Rice under oath who told you what, when. If you’re going to blame the intelligence community, you come before this committee and you tell us who told you it was a video! Who in the intelligence community said it? Who in the diplomatic community blamed this on a video? Mr. Chairman, the American people are reasonable.
Comments: Where has this guy been the last 4 years? He really put them in their place.
I've been curious myself about the origination of the "it was the video" mantra. Who seized upon that idea and when did they originally know about the video's existance in the first place? Just curious where knowledge of this incredibly obscure video came from and how it was passed among the ranks of the Obama administration et al.
And why was it so immediately seized upon as the cause of the attack? Almost like it was being held in a file in case an excuse was needed. The whole thing smacks of some kind of devious maneuvering by the WH.
Then again, they are so blindingly incompetent in everything they do this whole CF may be simple stupidity.
The actors who appeared in said video, claimed that their lines were dubbed over and that they never spoke the words shown in the YouTube video. Who took the video and did voice-overs on the actors, to suit their own purposes?
That goes beyond just playing the 'blame game, to becoming fraud, and/or worse.
The simple deductive reasoning one could garner from saying it's the video is they wanted to implement a law barring free speech against Islam. Same principle applies to Fast n Furious, to take away the right to own guns. "Never let a good crisis go to waste" per Rahm Emanuel
Sure I'd like to see Rice testify. But I want to see Hillary Clinton and The Won testify more...they are the ones who stuck to the story of the video. The spineless Republicans won't even consider having them testify.
Trey Gowdy has been appearing on Greta's program - he is a lawyer and knows his oats. he was one of the newbies and boy, has he ound hisvoice in recent months. He backs up Issa's work on the Fast and Furious debacle.
Spectacular songbird Linda Ronstadt disclosed Friday that she has Parkinson’s disease and the illness has already robbed her of her ability to sing. The 67-year-old “Hurt So Bad” songstress, whose vocal range spanned the octaves from contralto to soprano, discussed her disease with AARP magazine in an interview. The 11-time Grammy Award winner’s memoir, “Simple Dreams,” is slated to be published next month. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.” Ronstadt, who churned out hits during the 1970s and ‘80s, including
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