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The MSM and Congressional Failure in Libya

It’s one thing for us to criticize the MSM — we expect them to parrot the Obama administration’s version of events. Susan Rice completely beclowned herself, for example, with her Sunday show visits and statements that were laughable at the time to anyone paying attention, and now have been proved so by reporting — late to the investigation of what happened in Libya, but welcome nonetheless.

But one area that will get missed, as it did after the 9/11 attacks on the WTC, is the role Congress of in this failure. From the website of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs:

The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the chief oversight committee of the U.S. Senate. Formerly known as the Committee on Governmental Affairs, it took on primary oversight responsibility for the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 and has long focused on the issue of violent Islamist radicalizaton and homegrown terrorism.

The Committee currently has five subcommittees that examine issues ranging from the federal Civil Service, to the government’s financial management to how government helps communities recover from catastrophes. Over the past few years, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has focused on corporate financial abuses.

Yeah, so nobody on this committee realized that security at our consulates and embassies might not be up to par? How many trips overseas have these members made where they didn’t notice anything amiss?

Congress continues to fail at its most basic responsibility of oversight but you’ll never read about that, especially in the undoubtedly soon-to-be-announced Congressional investigation into what went wrong.

I’ll tell you right now that nowhere in this future report will there be a single section on how Congress failed and that’s the real problem in Washington that neither the Democratic or Republican parties want to talk about. From Fannie to Fast and Furious and now Libya. After-the-fact investigations are not oversight and nobody seems to get that.


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