The TEApublicans in the House just can’t resist an opportunity to trot out all of their boogeymen and conspiracy theories aimed at the Obama administration and Wednesday’s hearing on Syria by the House Foreign Affairs Committee was no exception. In questioning Secretary of State, John Kerry, Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson (R-SC) insinuated that the timing of the request to take military action in Syria was designed to draw attention away from the “scandals” surrounding Benghazi, the IRS and “problems” with Obamacare.
He asked why there had been no call for action in April when 26 people died in a chemical weapons attack, asking, “Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals; the failure of Obamacare enforcement; the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote? Again, why was there no call for military response four months ago when the president’s red line was crossed?” In asking the question he skips past the point that, at the time there were “with varying degrees of confidence,” among those in the U.S. Intelligence community that the Assad regime had used these weapons on a small-scale. Both sides were pointing the finger at the other at the time.
Kerry explained to him that in April, “the president didn’t believe it was a compelling enough case to win the support of the American people and the world. But this is. The president did respond; he upgraded what we were doing very significantly.”
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) also weighed in raising the same unrelated issues of Benghazi, the IRS, and fast and furious saying, “I can’t discuss the possibility of the U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war without also talking about Benghazi,” said Duncan. “The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people, due to the unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago. When you factor in the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the AP and James Rosen issues, ‘Fast and Furious’ and NSA spying programs, bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration.”
It looks like their 5 week vacation has done nothing to make the TEApublicans in the House more amenable to working with the President than they were before the hiatus.
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