Tue 17 Jun, 2014 04:48 pm
Reid Blasts 'Pathetic' GOP Reactions To Benghazi Suspect Capture
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite
Sahil Kapur – June 17, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) torched the reactions from some Republicans Tuesday to the capture of Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah in connection to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Unprompted, and without mentioning any by name, he sounded off on his political adversaries, calling their remarks "shocking and disgusting," insulting to U.S. special forces and "really pathetic."
Here's what Reid said at the top of his weekly press conference:
"It doesn't matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There’s no conspiracy here, this is actual news. But the reaction of some of the Republicans, I’ve been told, is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI. They’re trying to say, oh, it’s no big deal. I wonder if the men and women who captured the terrorist agree. But the Republicans said it's no big deal. Even in these days of polarization, created by the obstruction, the delay, and diversion of the Republicans, even in these days of polarization, their reaction is shocking and disgusting. They’re so obsessed with criticism, criticizing anything President Obama does. They’ll go so far as to sit here and insult the men and women in uniform and in law enforcement. They should stop and think, just for a little bit, about what it’s like to put your life on the line and to do something for our country -- that’s what they did. They’re insulting these good men and women who did some courageous things, heroic things, in order to criticize President Obama. I think they’ve lost touch with reality; it’s really pathetic, there’s no other word for it."
It's time like this that Americans should realize which side their media sits on.
Its time to kill the meme of a so-called "Liberal Press".
Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 04:13 PM PDT
NYTimes: Captured Suspect Said Benghazi Attack Revenge For Anti-Islam Video
Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces on Tuesday for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, reportedly said he was motivated in part by the anti-Islam online video made in America, according to the New York Times.
"What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," Times reporter David Kirkpatrick wrote in a story on Khattala on Tuesday.
Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM PDT
With suspect under arrest, GOP finally decides to praise Obama on Benghazi. Ha ha, just kidding.
by Jed LewisonFollow for Daily Kos
U.S. Republican Senators John McCain (L) and Lindsey Graham talk during the Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House in Washington February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
Last month, Sen. John McCain released a statement with his sidekick Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham accusing the Obama administration of sitting on its hands while letting Benghazi suspect Ahmed abu Khatallah roam freely. "Since we know where Ahmed abu Khattala is," they asked, "why hasn’t he been detained?"
Well, Khatallah has now been detained and is en route to the U.S. where he will face justice. Moreover, we've learned that far from sitting on its hands, the administration had a plan to capture him late last year, but postponed it because the operation would have been too risky.
So given those facts, McCain and his pals should be pleased, and maybe even apologize for suggesting that Obama wasn't trying hard enough to capture Khatallah, right? Of course not.
A pair of hawkish Republican senators [McCain and Graham] who have been outspoken critics of the Obama administration's response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, swiftly called Tuesday for a captured suspect in the attacks to be held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Yes, this is the same McCain who just last year vowed to close Guantanamo, saying in a joint statement with Sen. Dianne Feinstein that he would "take the steps necessary to make that happen." And it's the same Lindsey Graham who along with McCain had falsely accused the administration of letting Khatallah off the hook. But they've got a president to attack, and that's more important than being consistent or conceding that they've been wrong at every step.
Ayotte is no better, releasing a statement in which she suggested the administration was more concerned with legal process than protecting the nation:
Rather than rushing to read him his Miranda rights and telling him he has the right to remain silent, I hope the administration will focus on collecting the intelligence necessary to prevent future attacks and to find other terrorists responsible for the Benghazi attacks.
Ayotte has absolutely zero evidence to suggest that the Obama administration is doing anything that would make future attacks more likely, but that didn't stop her from raising the possibility that the president is effectively on the terrorists' side. And both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are saying the same thing.
For two years they've been attacking Obama for not capturing anyone responsible for Benghazi, but now that Khatallah has been captured in a flawless operation, they've decided its time to launch a new attack. Their collective response should make it clear to anyone who had any doubts that the GOP's Benghazi attacks aren't really about Benghazi: They're about the GOP's opposition to Obama, no matter what he does.
So what do you expect the Republicans to do? They've been spending all this time telling people how outrageous Susan Rice was by saying the riot was inspired by anti-Islam video, and we capture the ringleader who said that was exactly the reason for the riot. You're expecting the GOP to apologize? Won't happen-they'll just scream about the next phony accusation.
I expect more of the same from them.
That's it? 1 guy? After 2 years of "looking", now the found the 1 guy behind it all?
Stop the presses !!!!
The joke is how it was handled from the beginning up to even now.
Let's raise a cheer because Obama got the 1 guy behind it all.
How long did it take them to find the maker of the "video"? about 20 minutes.