The House Republican
Hillary Clinton Witch Hunt Benghazi Committee has just entered its 722nd day of operation and will soon have cost the American people $7 million in taxpayer funds, with absolutely nothing to show for it. The American people aren’t the only ones frustrated, either. The Pentagon issued a sharply worded letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and the rest of his cronies on the Benghazi Committee, demanding that they essentially stop fooling around and making unreasonable requests that don’t ever amount to any real or reliable evidence.
The Department of Defense is clearly very tired of having their servicemen and women being constantly subpoenaed on unclear grounds, and the list of their complaints makes it obvious that House Republicans are simply drawing out this useless investigation for political purposes. The Benghazi Committee apparently keeps on demanding to interview the same people over and over again, even if their connection to the September 11th, 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was tenuous at best.
The Committee also keeps demanding to interview ancillary characters who may or may not even exist, forcing the Pentagon to waste valuable time and taxpayer dollars trying to track down people like “John From Iowa” who told a talk radio show host that he was a drone operator who saw “the whole thing” from the skies.
The thing is, John From Iowa doesn’t exist.
The Pentagon finally slammed the Committee for engaging in “speculative and hypothetical” questioning and demands that they focus on “obtaining facts” instead of dabbling in absurd conspiracies theories and trying to forcibly cobble together some kind of case, obviously to be used to smear the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she gears up for the general election. What happened in Benghazi that night was a tragedy, certainly – but this charade has gone on far too long. If a Congressional investigation is resorting to interviewing people who call into the Rush Limbaugh Show, it’s time to give it up. Nine different committees have investigated the attack, with countless hours and millions wasted. Gowdy himself already admitted this is just a partisan exercise – so why are the American people still paying for their political witch hunt?
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.