OK, election’s over, the post-election sour grapes are winding down (I hope!), and Fox is getting back to business as usual – which includes ad nauseam coverage of “Benghazi-gate.” Congressional intelligence and foreign affairs committees are holding hearings right now, but that’s not enough for some Republicans. Senator John McCain, along with Lindsey Graham and Kelley Ayotte, has demanded a select committee, like the ones that investigated Watergate and Iran-Contra, to investigate the Benghazi attack. And since the government won’t establish one on its own, they need you to demand the committee, as McCain told Greta Van Susteren last night.
The government has a lot to hide, McCain said. “I mean, there are so many things that went wrong in this thing. This centipede has a lot of shoes that are still going to drop.” But they won’t establish a committee on their own, but “if there's enough of an outcry, if there's enough anger over this needless murder of four brave Americans --…. It seems to me that the American people will demand it. And I hope those demands are heard by their representatives…We want answers, and the buck does stop at your desk, Mr. President”.
Note: This appears to be a change in tone from previous scathing attacks that singled out UN Ambassador Susan Rice for her news conferences claiming the assault occurred during a spontaneous demonstration. After today’s press conference at which President Obama accused McCain and others of picking on Rice, the senator is also levelling blows directly at the President, saying that Rice was merely parroting White House talking points.
McCain had his own opinions about the reason for the so-called cover-up. “One can speculate that the president's delivery to the American people all during the campaign is, We got bin Laden and al Qaeda's on the run. If you believe that this was just a spontaneous demonstration, that fits with that narrative. If you believe, as is the facts, that al Qaeda is coming back everywhere -- in Iraq, they've taken over Mali, …they are coming back everywhere, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Syria.”
So – are you properly outraged, gentle reader? Are you going to demand an inquiry so we can watch the centipede shed all its shoes? Because Fox News may not shut up until it’s browbeaten you into demanding one.