Here we go.
A congressional select committee of House members has convened a series of hearings on Benghazi, which has become shorthand for “How do we derail Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations?”
The committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is going to replow some ground that’s been tossed, turned and examined to the hilt on what happened on Sept. 11, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
The event occurred when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. It’s been a talking point ever since among right-wing critics of the Obama administration — and that includes conservative mainstream media.
What will the committee learn that it doesn’t already know about what happened? Probably not a damn thing.
Here, though, is where the hearings can prove constructive.
They can ascertain whether we’ve done enough to improve embassy and consulate security in the two years since that horrible attack.
I hope that’s the goal. I hope that we can determine if we’ve learned from the mistakes committed during that horrible fire fight.
Gowdy opened the hearings with this statement: “We do not suffer from a lack of recommendations. We do not suffer from a lack of boards, commissions and blue ribbon panels. We suffer from a lack of implementing and enacting those recommendations. That must end.”
OK. Then find out what needs to be implemented, make a recommendation, file a report and put it on the record.
The longer this matter remains a political talking point, the more it will take on the appearance of what some of us believe already: a witch hunt.