The House approved a resolution establishing a 12-member panel to examine both the events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the Obama administration's response to it and to subsequent congressional inquiries.
Rep. Paul Cook voted YES
The record--the super-committee [Benghazi Select Committee] is not needed as there are several committees in place to gather the facts to the extent they are not already known.
The New York Times’ Cairo bureau chief, and his team (the New York Times investigation, including extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack) found no evidence that Al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans insist without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam. That the CIA did not see a threat is ignored [a team of at least 20 people from the Central Intelligence Agency, including highly skilled commandos, was operating out of an unmarked compound about a half-mile southeast of the American mission when the attack occurred].
On Sunday talk shows, Representatives Mike Rogers and Darrell Issa disregarded The New York Times’ investigation & Mr. Issa talked of an administration “cover-up” & Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee called Benghazi a “preplanned, organized terrorist event” said based on 4,000 classified cables. If Mr. Rogers has evidence of a direct Al Qaeda role, he should make it public unless Rogers and Issa are going to disclose classified cables like Snowden did.
Republicans, Democrats and others often confuse purely local extremist groups, or regional affiliates, with Al Qaeda’s international network (easy to do when you spend most of your time fund raising).
What we know is Benghazi tragedy is the result of a gross intelligence failure, something that has largely been overlooked in the public debate. Yet, despite the C.I.A. presence and Ambassador Stevens’s expertise on Libya, “there was little understanding of militias in Benghazi and the threat they posed to U.S. interests,” a State Department investigation found.
The C.I.A. supposedly did its own review. It has not been made public, so there is no way to know if the agency learned any lessons, so just maybe Mr. Rogers and Issa need to get back to Washington, D.C., convene a hearing for the CIA to bring their report to their existing subcommittees, BEFORE showboating, talk shows & at fund raising events and creating another committe with power to inquire into the Benghazi tragedy?