Benghazi Witch Hunt Just Like Bush '16 Words' Fiasco
Jackson Diehl sees an uncomfortable parallel between the non-scandals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
Witnesses are sworn in during the House Oversight Committee's May 8 hearing on the attack on the Benghazi consulate.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Benghazi scandal feels awfully familiar to Jackson Diehl; it's a mirror image of the "16 words" fracas that dogged the George W. Bush administration, he writes in the Washington Post. To recap: In 2003, ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson accused Bush of, among other things, knowingly including a 16-word-long false accusation against Saddam Hussein in his State of the Union address. Almost everything Wilson said "proved to be grossly exaggerated, or simply false," Diehl recalls, but it still haunted Bush's team for years.

Now, Democrats are getting a taste of their own medicine, with Gregory Hicks playing Wilson's role when he claimed to have been punished after questioning Susan Rice's initial statement about the Benghazi attack. In both cases we have "the diversion of what should be serious, bipartisan discussion about government failings." Instead of diving into why US intelligence misread Iraq, Wilson had everyone arguing over 16 words. Now, we're debating who said what about the consulate attack, instead of the US' tenuous position in post-revolution Benghazi. "A constructive discussion is there to be had. Instead, we have more bickering over words." Click for Diehl's full column.

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Lefty_Libby
May 14, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
Yeah, like the way Bush hunted down Osama bin Laden.
75Greeno
May 13, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
I believe this was the insolent that the president or commander and chief of our armed forces was to busy with Jay-Z do do anything about. I could be wrong though he spends so much time with the celebrates that its hard to tell what incidents he is to busy for. Whether he is handing out money to people that refuse to work, supporting the murder of unborn children or limiting your constitutional rights its good to know we have a predictable president. What was he supposed to do anyway start a war because they killed a couple of americans? "What does it matter anyway"
I_hate_to_say
May 13, 2013 6:04 PM CDT
"There's something wrong here. When Bush's negligence led to the first 9/11 tragedy, Bush's approval ratings went up and made for a game changer. However, with Obama he gets the blame for the whole thing. Could it be that the Republicans were using it to prevent his reelection? Is it also possible that someone from the Republican camp leaked the fact that the embassy was in fact, a cover for a secret CIA intelligence collection site, in order to get Obama in trouble for not providing enough security? Hmmmmm. Naw... would the Republicans really go that far to keep Obama from being re-elected? You bet they would, in a heartbeat! Is it only a coincidence that it was planned to occur on again on 9/11? Of course that would be conspiracy thinking, and we wouldn't want to go there (like the Republicans are now doing), would we. Funny that Romney jumped on this before it was even known what happened, like he was expecting it, then had to recant his statements. But then, the GOP could not be that terrible, could they???" ~ DaveiRason (newser commenter)