Chaffetz suggested that the administration, which last week released 100 pages of internal emails regarding Benghazi, was still withholding a trove of information on the lead-up to and handling of the attack. He also said that his fact-finding visit to the U.S. compound in Benghazi this past October, after the attack, had shown him that the facility was poorly prepared for such an attack.
House Republicans have taken their share of criticism for repeatedly voting to reduce State Department funds allocated for embassy security since winning control of the chamber in 2010. In an interview last October, Chaffetz spoke about his caucus’s moves.
“Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country,” he said. “We have … 15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about, can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
In other words, part of the reason why the Benghazi embassy didn’t have enough funds to properly secure itself in the wake of mounting threats is due to the likes of Chaffetz not handing over the money. Yet, this is Obama’s fault. And not only is it Obama’s fault, but because he hasn’t “released enough information,” he’s got to go. If you’re head is beginning to hurt trying to grasp this logic, congratulations, you’re not an idiot.
Meanwhile, might I share that I loathe every single person responsible for giving Chaffetz a congressional seat. Boo, hiss. Boo, hiss and boo.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick