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Georgia Rep. Price: Obama Oversight Is ‘Laborious, Time-Consuming’ for Congress

Lawmakers sound off to PJM about Benghazi and Susan Rice's "cock-and-bull" talking points.

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May 13, 2013 - 1:17 am
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Addressing the House hearing on Benghazi with three “whistleblowers,” Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price told PJ Media that exercising oversight of the Obama administration has been “incredible, laborious, time-consuming work” for Congress.

“The next steps ought to be for the Obama administration to come clean on what happened. They have obfuscated at every single turn and there’s some people who believe it’s a significant cover-up. I think we’ll ultimately find out. The truth will come out but they need to come clean,” Price told PJ Media at the Capitol on May 8.

“I have great confidence and faith in Congressman Issa, Chairman Issa and his committee. They’ve done a great job on this but this just underscores the incredible, laborious, time-consuming work that oversight of this administration is. It takes months and months to put together just a single hearing to try to get to the truth when the administration is out there running all sorts of rules and regulations in the wrong direction.”

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold pushed back on the White House’s criticism of the hearing, telling PJ Media that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is “trying to get to the truth of what happened” on Sept. 11, 2012.

“We’ve got people who saw what happened on the ground, saw how it was handled and spun back home and did the right thing and came forward with the truth about what happened on the ground,” said Farenthold, a member of the House Oversight committee, on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, was among those who testified.

“I was stunned, my jaw dropped and I was embarrassed,” said Hicks when asked for his reaction to UN Ambassador Susan Rice saying on Sept. 16 that the attack was caused by an anti-Islam YouTube video.

“This is a subject that has, from its beginning, been subject to attempts to politicize it by Republicans, when in fact what happened in Benghazi was a tragedy,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday in response to the “whistleblower” hearings taking place.

Farenthold disagrees with Carney.

“It’s trying to get to the truth of what happened so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. Now, if that leads to some problems for the White House politically, that’s their problem,” he said.

“Now we need to go up the chain of command and say, ‘hey, why were these FEST teams stood down’? Why wasn’t there a military response and get, see if we can actually get real numbers about how long it would have taken to get military presence there, that’s the real problem.”

He continued, “Think about it as an American, you would think our military would be able to get to any hot spot in the world to help out Americans in a matter of hours and Benghazi proved that’s not the case and that’s not a very good feeling to have as an American.”

Farenthold offered his “personal theory” of why the Obama administration did not initially link the death of four Americans in Benghazi to terrorism.

“The Obama administration was campaigning on ‘we’ve got al-Qaeda on the run’. We got Bin Laden, the drone strikes are working, you should rest safely and a terrorist attack happening right in the middle of that narrative was an inconvenient truth,” he said.

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Getting to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi is easy - follow the chain of command and you'll find out who gave the order to "Stand Down". Secondly - follow the flow of munitions out of Libya to Turkey and into Syria.

Easy Peazy.
1 year ago
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The first "red flag" in this miserable cover up was basic. What the heck was Susan Rice doing making comments about a department that she has nothing to do with? Duh! I thought Hillary was the greatest Sec of State EVAH!
Most conservatives saw right through this charade from the get go and knew this was staged to get Obama elected. Another joke and poor excuse for a journalist is Candy Crowley. Remember this windbag that we allowed to control the debate between Romeny and the Great One. What did this get us in the end? More coverup. The MSM seems now to be awakening from a real bender that has lasted oh about 5 years. Rip van winkle is now awake. What does he see? Don't bet that they have changed. Their mission is still pretty clear to defend teh indefensible until the trade off becomes Obama or what is left of their miserable reputations. When the full story of this debacle is told, it will be even more disgusting than any one of us can imagine. Of course the final way to control the NEWSCYCLE is desparately take the attention off Benghazi. How can we do this? Well guess what they had a BIG STORY in the IRS going after conservatives. This should divert the conservative jackals long enough for Carney to get his story straight. Just maybe. There will be many more revelations as they try to shift the attention of the public away from you know what. Yes the IRS story is bad news. But it establishes the pattern of lies, deceit, and criminal conduct that is the hallmark of this administration. These creeps need to be impeached. I say put ALL GOVERNMENT ON HOLD. No more bills, no more reforms, no more spending, no more lies. The American citizen is fed up. I am ready to wait unitl 2016 and start over.
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Yeah, oversight is hard when you don't use your authority, including the power of subpoenas and of the purse. Listening to Tom Price is like listening to a parent who wants to be their child's friend.

Think about it: Eight months after the attack, the names of five people who were wounded still have not been released to congress. Anyone who thinks the current investigative approach is working needs his head examined.

It's time to form the Select Committee and start peeling the Obama/Hillary duct tape off the survivors mouths.
1 year ago
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We had better put everyone involved in this affair under guard as people attached to, and associated with, democrats seem to die unexpectedly. Susan Rice is a prime candidate as she is right in the middle between O and Hillary.....
1 year ago
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The idea that we should be able to get reinforcements to anywhere in the world in a few hours is rather nonsensical, even given our capabilities. I was in a unit which had to be ready to deploy in 45 minutes or so. We could do it... during the week. But if it was Friday or Saturday night, fuggedabout it. Some of the unit could deploy, but folks were scattered all over town, some of them key people. One cannot be ready always.

Having such a notion means that we are less than careful about whom we rely on to guard us. One of the biggest problem with Benghazi is that we relied on a group which was known to be sympathetic to our enemy. No sane government does that. Of course, our defenders got a heads up and bugged out. Some of them even turned coat. Entirely predictable. Inexcusable.
1 year ago
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I agree that doing this kind of investigation is incredibly hard (remembering that it is Congressional staff, behind the scenes, that is spending many days, nights, and weekends doing all of the grunt work), particularly when the Administration you are trying to investigate lies, withholds key evidence, makes every effort to block and to delay your probes, avoids having key individuals testify, and tries to intimidate and hamper possible witnesses against them. However, this is one of the main jobs of Congress, so quit crying about it and get back to investigating.

As to this particular investigation, the conduct of the Democrats at the recent Benghazi hearing was particularly nauseating, as they bloviated on and tried their best to spin Benghazi, made excuses for the Administration, and tried to mousetrap--look at the video of this hearing and see, for instance, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton trying to get one of the witnesses to call the Director of National Intelligence a liar--and to discredit the witnesses.

However, the Republicans on the Committee are not blameless either, for I found that they were far too mild, “civilized,” and “non-partisan” when they should have been mercilessly boring in to find the truth. They should not shy away from getting a little bloody in battle.

It is obvious that the Democrats on the committee are trying—in every way they can--to delay, defuse, confuse, and to deflect attention from this issue but, somehow, Issa and the Republican majority must bore in for the truth.

Is this conceivably “impeachment” territory?

Since the number one responsibility of the President, as Commander in Chief, is National Security and the safety of the United States, its interests and citizens, I think it is.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Getting to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi is easy - follow the chain of command and you'll find out who gave the order to "Stand Down". Secondly - follow the flow of munitions out of Libya to Turkey and into Syria.

Easy Peazy.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
'Addressing the House hearing on Benghazi with three “whistleblowers,” Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price told PJ Media that exercising oversight of the Obama administration has been “incredible, laborious, time-consuming work” for Congress.'

Well, it is also your job.

We are to believe that the President needed a nap instead of doing his job. No naps, Congress. We need some of our elected officials to stay awake and do their job!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The first "red flag" in this miserable cover up was basic. What the heck was Susan Rice doing making comments about a department that she has nothing to do with? Duh! I thought Hillary was the greatest Sec of State EVAH!
Most conservatives saw right through this charade from the get go and knew this was staged to get Obama elected. Another joke and poor excuse for a journalist is Candy Crowley. Remember this windbag that we allowed to control the debate between Romeny and the Great One. What did this get us in the end? More coverup. The MSM seems now to be awakening from a real bender that has lasted oh about 5 years. Rip van winkle is now awake. What does he see? Don't bet that they have changed. Their mission is still pretty clear to defend teh indefensible until the trade off becomes Obama or what is left of their miserable reputations. When the full story of this debacle is told, it will be even more disgusting than any one of us can imagine. Of course the final way to control the NEWSCYCLE is desparately take the attention off Benghazi. How can we do this? Well guess what they had a BIG STORY in the IRS going after conservatives. This should divert the conservative jackals long enough for Carney to get his story straight. Just maybe. There will be many more revelations as they try to shift the attention of the public away from you know what. Yes the IRS story is bad news. But it establishes the pattern of lies, deceit, and criminal conduct that is the hallmark of this administration. These creeps need to be impeached. I say put ALL GOVERNMENT ON HOLD. No more bills, no more reforms, no more spending, no more lies. The American citizen is fed up. I am ready to wait unitl 2016 and start over.
1 year ago
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I think we should start earlier and begin the cleanup in 2014 and make sure the "executive order" in chief doesn't have a willing senate to "have his back". We can finish the job in 2016. I agree 100%, this administration has done enough damage. Just maintenance, no more sweeping new reforms, no more bloated ear marks, no more higher taxes.
1 year ago
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Yep, just one more lesson in the Chicago Way. Alinsky would be proud.
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