To The Daily Sun,
In November, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republicans, released the results of a lengthy investigation that debunked a series of allegations perpetrated by conservative media outlets about the events and culpability surrounding the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The report reaffirmed the findings of several previous investigations and once again determined that "there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria." Benghazi is pretty much what the entire non-insane world has figured all along.
Of course, Fox down played this report, as it indicates that the thousands of hours they have spent on Benghazi have all been based on yet another conspiracy/lie. In fact, Fox ran a hilarious story that ignored nearly every finding of the report and managed to all but say that it was actually a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration. This warped reporting is another example of how Fox viewers come to believe lies to be the truth and has the makings for an even greater conspiracy theory.
In his most recent letter, Mr. Wiles accuses liberals of "giddiness" and smugness," when in fact, it was a collective sigh of relief that the facts and truth had been heard and the conspiracy/lie was put to rest. But no, wait, has it? Not wanting to waste a good lie, Wiles attempts to subvert the committee report by injecting his own findings. To his credit, Wiles mentions his sources, which I took time to research. The Daily Signal is a news organization which provides conservative coverage and analysis. The Blaze is a news and entertainment network founded by Glenn Beck. And Elise Cooper authors a conservative blog and contributes conservative views to the Tea Party Tribune.
While I have no problem with Wiles using whatever sources he chooses, I do believe his views to be very narrowed by relying on the above-named "authorities." I would also question if these sources were made privy to all the testimony and documentation that the Intelligence Committee had at its disposal.
If malfeasance or cover-up were found in the Benghazi investigation, you can be assured that Wiles and other conservative contributors to this forum would be shouting it from the rooftops 24/7.
It's unfortunate, but right-wing conservatives will not let the Benghazi conspiracy theory expire. They are determined to use this tragic event and the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty as a potential weapon against Hillary Clinton if she should decide to run for president in 2016.
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