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

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Sound Off


The Oneonta Daily Star’s “Sound Off ” arrangement is allowing anonymous uninformed people to have false statements published.  Hillary Clinton didn’t “botch Benghazi.”

The House Select Committee on Benghazi report found no evidence of wrongdoing by former Secretary of State 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.

Former House Majority Kevin McCarthy admitted that the email revelation was a political coup for the GOP, and has 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 was an indication that there wasn’t a chance that any prosecution could stem from her email arrangement.

Democrats 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.  That is one of the reason Hillary lost the election.

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.

David Bozell heads the group ForAmerica pointed out: “I find it incomprehensible and insulting that this committee spent two years and $7 million in taxpayer dollars to release an 800 page report with no firm findings or conclusions.”

Republican Chairman Gowdy insisted that their report revealed for the first time that our military didn’t mount an armed response during the attack.  However, former Secretary of Defense Panetta admitted in 2013 that our military didn’t rush to Benghazi because they couldn’t get there in time. 

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