Wednesday, March 26, 2014

according to the Pentagon, @GOP 's Benghazi Witch Hunts Have Cost Millions of Dollars and Accomplished Nothing

"The Department of Defense is officially going on record to tell Congress that their Captain Ahab-like quest to slay the white whale that is Benghazi is way too expensive and wastes a ton of time.

While nearly every person in the country has moved on to different political battles, there are still some in Congress who cannot let the idea of a Benghazi cover up go. It’s tiresome for everyone (the public has shown absolutely no interests in more Benghazi investigations, if they even remember what it was about in the first place), but especially tiresome for the Pentagon, who, by law, has to comply with congressional investigations regardless of how baseless and speculative. After nearly three years, they are beginning to lose their patience.

According to a letter from the Pentagon to a top-ranking Democrat:

The Department has devoted thousands of man-hours to responding to numerous and often repetitive congressional requests regarding Benghazi which includes time devoted to approximately 50 congressional hearings, briefings, and interviews which the Department has led or participated in. The total cost of compliance with Benghazi related congressional requests sent to the Department and other agencies is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

The Pentagon says that they “continue to work fervently to address outstanding items,” but the frustration is palpable. Benghazi has been reviewed over and over. The public has, at best, lost interest, and at worst use the investigation as a punchline to mock right-wing conspiracy theories more generally. Frankly, everyone acknowledges that their are more important things to be spending time, energy and money on. Yet, even considering all of that, the Benghazi quest continues."

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