John King: Why Benghazi matters
August 6th, 2013
10:24 AM ET

John King: Why Benghazi matters

By John King

Nearly a year later, Benghazi remains a flashpoint in Washington for two very different reasons: indefensible pre-attack policy decisions and irresistible post-attack politics.

The Obama White House, from the president on down, complains of "phony" Republican-led congressional investigations. Yet the administration's own reluctant, and at times inaccurate, responses to congressional inquiries have contributed to the GOP charge that the administration, at a minimum, has been less than transparent.

"We need to get to the bottom of what happened that terrible night, why it happened, and how we can prevent similar tragedies in the future," House Speaker John Boehner said last week in serving notice the House Benghazi investigations would continue into the fall, and include new subpoenas for documents and testimony if necessary.

Erin Burnett Out Front: Benghazi attack timeline

Program note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Erin Burnett anchors a CNN special investigation: The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

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  2. Pete

    @California,see how your republicans plan voting almost unanimously for the sequester is working out..Pres.Obama is laughing now knowing its all on your idiotic republicans shoulders,you know the delushional,racist ones!!!

    August 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • California

      Obama's sequester and the military cuts were what Obama AND democrats wanted. This all falls on the democrats. That is a fact that you can't change.

      August 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @California,yes that as I said previously before republicans unanimously voted for in their plan hoping Romney the Mormon moron would win the presidency and republicans could go on and change many of the sequester cuts as in defense..But quess what California Romney didn't win and it all falls on republicans ..Another plan that's down the tubes as McConnell keeps doing ,creating ,helping legislature and when Pres.Obama agrees he takes it off the floor voting against it and you call republicans patriotic,far from it!!

        August 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • California

        I see this probably isn't your first time twisting the truth. Saying one thing and doing another is common place for Obama and the democrats. Your Utopian world isn't fact based and can never be. I'm starting to realize you most likely didn't get out of grade school.

        August 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,more likely more knowledgeable about politics than you and its nasty ,dirty history especially that of republicans..And yes I did graduate something you may not have done yourself and believe me I'm not twisting anything you're just too delushional and in denile especially for one that not only voted once for that moron from Texas but twice and you still won't admit it will yah because of the catastrophes he left us as a republican president as usual just like your Hoover,Reagan,Nixon and both Bushs...Now tell me California what problems if you're so politically knowledgeable did democrates leave this country that'll top what these clowns you back so ignorently left us!!

        August 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
  3. California

    A year ago Obama said Al Qaeda is on the run and now WE are? Yet ANOTHER lie from the all great and powerful messiah?

    August 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • California

      This was obviously Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment.

      August 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @California,that comment only belongs to the idiot like Cheney who doesn't have not only a heart but a brain as well_!!

        August 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • California

        Obama has his own now.

        August 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  4. California

    Obama is the one that supported the terrorists in their overthrow of Libya.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  5. George patton

    Did it ever occur to anybody here that not all Libyans liked our proxy takeover of their country two years ago? It was successful enough and the right-wing media made it look that it had almost universal support among the people. in fact, it didn't and now many of these people resent us!!!

    August 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  6. jack

    what did they know? and when did they know it?

    has the irs been notified?

    August 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  7. jack

    valerie jarret + benghazi

    August 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  8. John

    Did I miss something here? I was expecting to be told why Benghazi matters.

    August 6, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
  9. California

    It doesn't matter to democrats that is.

    Scandal, cover up all apply to this and others (IRS, NSA ect....)

    August 6, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @California,quit your crap on scandals,Reagan,Nixon and Bushs wrote the books on scandals and their consequences..Look in the mirror ole ignorent one and tell me that all your republican presidents haven't done worse because in fact all have and if you can read they've actually have done much worse but as usual you republicans like yourself are always in denile aren't yah!!

      August 6, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • California

        You trying to deflect from the issues at hand aren't working. You can't hide it now. Put Mrs. Benghazi in for the democrats and watch it get worse.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Pete

      @California,no deflecting..It's republicans who are doing everything to deflect from actually doing the jobs they were put in years ago for,remember California..Like create jobs they ran on but now obstruct,filibuster every chance they get!!And California you as well as all your hypocrites in republicans know you don't have a snowballs chance in hell of getting into the WH in 2016 if Hillary runs that's why this Benghazi crap is still going on with Issa because everything else he's thrown at this administration has failed hasn't it ignorent..Now deflect on that idiot!!

      August 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
      • California

        Thanks for proving your idiocy on a grand scale. The obstrutionists are obviously the democrats. Reid is Mr. Obstructionist and you liberals are too dumb to see what's in front of your face. Ignorance is your best friend apparently. Look in the mirror to see the biggest idiot of all.

        August 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,your ignorence is showing ,remember McConnell standing on the Senate floor proclaiming his only plan was to make Pres.Obama a one termer and they've shown it with record setting number of filibusters and other obstructionistic acts..You delushional as well as your party that's going down at midterms no matter what happens here and you,Issa know it!!Now who's the idiot, look in the mirror ,obviously you!!

        August 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
      • California

        That's the goal of both party's to each other. Be it said or not. Maybe you can actually come up with your own statments and not take no ones from whom you are debating with. It really makes you look pathetic. You did graduate grade school didn't you?

        August 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,see how your republicans plan voting almost unanimously for the sequester is working out..Pres.Obama is laughing now knowing its all on your idiotic republicans shoulders,you know the delushional,racist ones!!!

        August 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
      • California

        Keep laughing at your lies. Your idiotic propaganda doesn't work. It didn't work in the first half of last century either.

        August 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,check out Hoovers Great Depression and he was only a one term president and it took Pres.Roosevelt and democrates 12 years to get it back on track just like Pres.Obamas doing now after Bush.Proud California how republicans presidents always screwup and democratic presidents always go in afterwards to clean up their catastrophes,just fact and truth does hurt California doesn't it!!

        August 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm |

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