A bipartisan report published in The New York Times confirms what Obama and Hillary Clinton said, that al Qaeda did not play a role in the Benghazi attack that killed an ambassador and members of his security detail.
Overzealous Republicans in the House and Senate sought to exploit the tragedy by claiming the President Obama tried to cover up al Qaeda involvement.
Now, there is no doubt that there was a breach in security and that the State Department was lax in addressing security requirements at the dangerous Libyan outpost. One reason for the deficient security is from Republicans cutting the State Department security budget about which Hillary Clinton was on the record with strong protest.
Communications could have been better in handling the incident, as Mrs. Clinton was recovering from an exhausting trip and not feeling well. She delegated, and the hand off was a little out of synch, but the gap was closed quickly and accurately. Still, hostile Republicans seek to exploit problems rather than to pursue strengthening government with the support for the administration.
For instance, Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee disputes the finding. Who is he, and what are his qualifications?
“Mike Rogers Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 8th district Incumbent
Assumed office January 3, 2001
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 2011
Member of the Michigan Senate from the 26th district In office January 3, 1994 – January 3, 2001
Personal details Born June 2, 1963 (age 50)
Livingston County, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kristi Clemens Rogers
Residence Howell, Michigan
Alma mater Adrian College
Occupation U.S. Representative Religion Methodist”
He is a politician who served as an FBI Agent.
“Rogers was born in Livingston County, Michigan. He graduated from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan in 1985, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989. He worked as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its Chicago office, specializing in organized crime and public corruption, 1989–1994. He is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“Congress, in bipartisan tone, disputes report Al Qaeda not involved in deadly Benghazi attack Published December 29, 2013FoxNews.com House lawmakers on Sunday disputed a new report that concludes Al Qaeda played no role in the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The report, published Saturday in The New York Times, found no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had a role in the assault that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, and that it appeared that the attack was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made anti-Islamic video, as the Obama administration first claimed. “I dispute that, and the intelligence community, to a large volume, disputes that,” Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” He also repeatedly said the story was “not accurate.”