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What's Behind the Benghazi Hearings?

05/14/2013 05:46 pm ET | Updated Jul 14, 2013

Remember Whitewater and the "travel office" non-scandals of the 1990s? The Republicans and certain media outlets wasted the nation's time and millions of dollars in pursuit of alleged wrongdoing by First Lady Hillary Clinton. It was all sound and fury signifying nothing. Two decades later, the same script is being revisited about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which the president and Secretary Clinton clearly labeled a "terrorist act."

If the Republicans want to revisit tragic acts of terrorism, shouldn't we go back to 9/11/2001? The nation later found out there was massive incompetence on the part of the Bush Administration leading up to 9/11. President Bush received repeated warnings from Richard Clarke, the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, regarding an impending terrorist threat. Furthermore, while vacationing on his Texas ranch on August 6th, the president received a CIA briefing stating that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States. President Bush dismissed the briefer saying he had "covered his ass" and went fishing.

In the aftermath of this horrific attack that killed almost 3,000 people, the Democrats didn't spend months trying to politicize the tragedy by asking, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" Sometimes in the face of national tragedy, politics should take a backseat. The hypocrisy of turning Benghazi into a deliberate cover-up scandal is preposterous at a time when the nation faces so many serious problems. The budget sequester, sponsored by Republicans, is already cutting back security at U.S. embassies around the world. Why don't the Republicans deal with the very real effects of the sequester at home and abroad?

But the Republicans are intent on politicizing the tragic deaths of four Americans last September 11th in Benghazi. Despite Secretary Hillary Clinton's answering questions at Senate hearings into the matter, the Republicans in the House are trying to drum up a scandal with little new factual evidence. Could it be because they're afraid Secretary Clinton might run for President in 2016? The report that came out of the The Accountability and Review Board, headed by seasoned diplomat Thomas Pickering, along with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, absolved Secretary Clinton of wrongdoing, yet the Republican refuse to let this issue go.

The public should demand that the Republicans get on with the nation's business and not spend their time and money undermining the current administration and former Secretary Clinton.

It is beyond hypocritical that Karl Rove, who was referred to as "Bush's Brain," should be running ads through his super PAC, American Crossroads, attacking Hillary Clinton now and accusing her -- with no proof -- of a "cover up." This established lie is nothing but a smear and character assassination.

As Army lawyer Joseph Welch said to Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy on June 9, 1954, "Have you no sense of decency?" You could still ask the same question today.