What Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham Can Learn from Sherlock Holmes


The Republicans won't let go of Benghazi. Fair enough. The whole narrative does  need to be definitively replayed and carefully vetted. There are at this moment 4 Congressional committees investigating the incident. On Friday, General Petraeus--- who headed  the CIA until his resignation over a  randy escapade--- will testify on Friday before one of them, the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence.

I don't wish to run down what we know of the embassy attack  at this juncture or when we knew it.  I'd rather  like  to focus on the  recent inflammatory comments made by Senator John McCain and Senatory Lindsey Graham about UN Ambassador Susan Rice. It seems McCain and Graham are quick to vilify Rice  by suggesting she may be implicated  in a grand conspiracy and  cover-up . They claim that the attack from its outset had the finger prints of A-Qaida all over it.  That  Rice deliberately misled the public when she first addressed the nature of the attack on national TV.

Objectivity evidently is not the strong suit of either senator.

 McCain and Graham and other Republicans are pushing for still another committee to investigate the matter: along the lines of  Watergate.

 The fact is that when Ambassador Rice first informed the nation about Benghazi, she was merely acting as the government's spokesperson and  reporting  what the CIA told her in its briefing.  A fair-minded person might say that she  was a model of  circumspection  in her statements, prudently hedging on the details until further evidence could be produced

In her interviews Ms. Rice propounded the following CIA talking points: (1) The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protest at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic  post in Benghazi and subseuqently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations. (2) The asssessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated. (3) The investigation is on-going and the U.S. government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsiblee for the deaths of US citizens.

Rice's words were diplomatic, restrained, and eminently discreet.

In direct contrast to the partisan rhetoric of Senators McCain and Graham.  McCain pledging to block the appointment of Rice to head the Department of State because of alleged misconduct and/or incompetence; and Graham blaring out, "I don't trust her!" So much for a dispassionate search for the truth   As Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar: "[But] men may construe things after their fashion/ Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.

I find McCain's and Graham's harangues against Ambassador Rice to be grossly irresponsible, intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible.

Benghazi should be investigated  on a number of levels. But until it thoroughly and painstakingly is, judgment should be withheld, especially by those conducting the investigations.

I'll let someone whose business was" to know what other people don't know" have the last word: Sherlock Holmes. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to  suit facts."

And when it's a 'Capitol' mistake it's  a Senatorial disgrace.



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  • You are clearly naive(clueless) about how politics work, specifically, how and why an administration official is chosen to appear on the Sunday talk shows, and in this case not one, but 5 of them.

    She clearly was ordered to repeat a complete falsehood(a lie) over and over again. The only thing left to figure out, is exactly who ordered her to do so(i.e. Obama through one of his handpicked surogates)

    throw in the Patreaus mess, and even a naive fool(partisan democrat) has to know that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    the only real question left is who will be Obama's Oliver North, and will we(the American Public) ever know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Thank you, faithful Fox News viewer. Please pass your privileged information to all Congressional committees so they can wrap up their business posthaste.

  • The only thing I noted was this was the only thing about which President Obama was loud at yesterday's press conference.

    As you indicate, Sherlock probably applies to both sides, and it will be up to Congress to find out. While they may not tell us, the two senators will have the opportunity to grill anyone they want, probably making sure that the internal temperature is 140 degrees.

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    Sounds like another witch hunt just like the Whitewater investigation. When terrorists bombed the Marine barracks in Lebenon in 1983, Congress did not accuse President Reagan or Caspar Weinberger of any wrongdoing or coverup. This shows how the GOP operates.

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