Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Underlying Cause

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released a report that found no evidence of wrong doing by Hillary Clinton.
The House voted to create the Select Committee after Republicans were frustrated that even their own GOP-led committees failed to find wrongdoing in the events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
Former House Majority Kevin McCarthy admitted that the email revelation was a political coup for the GOP, and caused trouble for Clinton on the campaign trail.  It also sparked an FBI probe over her handling of classified data.  That report lacks any reference to clearly classified material on her email server, which could be a sign that there isn’t a chance that any prosecution could stem from her email arrangement.
Democrats have repeatedly accused the GOP of using their committees as a partisan crusade aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and firing up the GOP’s misinformed base.

Former committee investigator, Major Bradley Podliska accused the Republican led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting Clinton instead of an objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue.

Dr. Anne Stevens the sister of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi doesn't blame Hillary Clinton for her brother’s death.  She instead pointed to Congress for under-budgeting the State Department.
Dr. Stevens explain:"I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta.  They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world.  But, what was the underlying cause?

“Perhaps if Congress had provided a budget to increase security for all missions around the world, then some of the requests for more security in Libya would have been granted. Certainly the State Department is under-budgeted.  I would love to hear they are drastically increasing the budget."


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