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Boycott Benghazi Investigation Committee?

As Obamacare is becoming more and more popular, even amongst some conservative politicians, GOP and Fox News has instead re-focused their attention towards politicizing Benghazi. The Republicans in the House of Representatives are eager to form a Benghazi Investigation Committee.

In forming this committee House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pleaded that the committee be a bipartisan effort, that “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan. The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee.” Pelosi stated further,  “It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

Pelosi’s request has fallen on deaf ears and  Benghazi Investigation Committee is quickly becoming a partisan (GOP-led) witch hunt. Some Democrats are having none of it.

DCCC chair Steve Israel for instance recommended Democrats this morning to boycott this committee altogether. He is reported to have said the following:

“If this were a fair inquiry, the Republicans would’ve accepted our offer for balanced rules. Instead, it has become a Republican political strategy meant to raise money and excite their base.  The American people want us to be focused on creating middle class jobs, not jobs for lawyers investigating Democrats. Republicans have now totally crossed the line by exploiting and fundraising off of this tragedy and the loss of brave Americans.  We should have nothing to do with that.”

Democrat Rep. James Clyburn has also called for a boycott of the investigation, basically arguing that participating in this panel is political suicide.

Joan Walsh of Salon opines that GOP’s renewed interest in Benghazi “is best understood as as a base-energizing fundraising tool for the GOP” especially in preparation for the 2014 election season. She argues further that there have already been five House committees which were assigned to investigate the Benghazi attack, which were later found to be biased and full of errors. What would this new committee achieve that the previous five haven’t? Many Republican politicians are eager to fundraise and galvanize the public for this matter; Democrats meanwhile would be wise to consider boycotting the whole thing altogether.


(photo credit: Washington Post)

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David Kwon is a freelance writer to Issue Hawk. He's currently a graduate student majoring in social work at New York University, mainly being trained to serve the poor and the homeless.