Graham: I'll Block Brennan, Hagel Over Benghazi
Wants White House to 'fess up on what happened
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham questions Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Lindsey Graham says he's ready to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if President Obama isn't a little more forthcoming with what he knows about the Benghazi consulate attack. "No confirmation without information," he said today, adding that the confirmations shouldn't go forward "until the White House gives us a full accounting." Specifically, Graham wants to know if Obama got on the phone to Libya during the attack, theorizing that the four Americans who died might have been saved, reports Politico. Senate Dem Jack Reed dismissed Graham's threat as "unprecedented and unwarranted." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Mike Rogers on drone program: “I, as chairman, review every single airstrike that we use in the war on terror, both from the civilian and the military side when it comes to airstrikes. There is plenty of oversight here."
  • John McCain on drone program: "What we really need to do is take this whole program out of the hands of the Central Intelligence Agency and put it into the Department of Defense, where you have adequate oversight, you have committee oversight, you have all the things that are built in as our oversight of the Department of Defense."
  • Eric Cantor on Obama: "The problem is every time you turn around, the answer is to raise taxes. He just got his tax hike on the wealthy. And you can't in this town every three months raise taxes. Again, every time, that's his response."
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison on the State of the Union: “One of the best things about not being in the Senate anymore is not having to ... either stand up and clap every 15 seconds or sit on your hands for the whole thing. I just wish so much that we would have a moratorium on standing and let everybody listen like the people outside (in) the country are.”

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Feb 14, 2013 9:17 AM CST
I just emailed Lindsey Graham with the following message. I watched you talking in Congress on February 13, 2013. You were weaving from side to side. May I suggest that you refrain from drinking alcohol at least 6 hours before being televised while addressing Congress.
Feb 11, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Another Republican trying to look like he's relevant. He gets a paycheck & health plan on the taxpayers' dime but he never works. Most folks in the unemployment lines could easily do his job and really understand middle class Americans.
Feb 11, 2013 12:00 PM CST
Mainland China's men and Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou and Hong Kongers WON'T block Chuck Hagel; we like to watch curiously either a modified Moskit to bite the Japanese "sun" or a Sunburn SS-N22 or 24 to hit Japanese "sun" in Diaoyutai water district. Sorry, Chuck Hagel, this time we'll give you hard time for sure. We Chinese think we are 1st class citizen, and Obama is just a 3rd class US President.