Senator Vows to Delay Obama’s Nominees Over Libya

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator said Sunday he would hold up Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominees to head the Defense Department and the CIA until the White House provided more answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. installation in Benghazi, Libya.

    The White House took aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham, a persistent critic of Obama’s response to the terrorist assault, by urging quick approval of the president’s second-term national security team and scolding any lawmakers trying to “play politics” with critical nominations.

    Graham accused the White House of “stonewalling” requests to release more information about the attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. “We’re going to get to the bottom of Benghazi,” he told CBS.

    A Democratic colleague branded Graham’s threat to stall the nominations of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary and John Brennan, Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, to be CIA director as “unprecedented and unwarranted.” Senators should have the chance to vote on the fate of those nominees, said Sen. Jack Reed.

    The White House did not address Graham’s demand for more information, but did note that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified Thursday before Congress about the chaotic day of the Sept. 11 attack.

    Republicans have accused the Obama administration of an election-year cover-up of the attack, and at the hearing several suggested the commander in chief was disengaged as Americans died.

    “We know nothing about what the president did on the night of September 11th during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander in chief did, if anything, during this eight-hour attack,” Graham said on CBS.

    Graham contended that a six-person rescue team was delayed from leaving the Benghazi airport because of problems “with the militias releasing them and a lot of bureaucratic snafus,” and he said he wants to know whether Obama called any Libyan officials to expedite their mission.

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    3 thoughts on “Senator Vows to Delay Obama’s Nominees Over Libya

    1. Graham is on the right track with blocking Gun Control. The Main reason why many of these “Gun Ban” bills won’t see the light of day: They are unconstitutional. Since the Heller decision (2008) and the McDonald decision (2010) the 2nd Amendment now is established as protecting a personal right to own firearms and accessories “in common use”. This rules out bans on most so called “assault weapons”. Since 30 round magazines for rifles and 15-20 round magazines for pistols are in “common use” they are protected too. As for the “weapons of war” argument – all guns have been weapons of war – so when gun owners hear this they quite naturally think, “they want my gun too”. In addition, SCOTUS has ruled in Miller (1939) that in order to be protected by the 2nd Amendment a firearm must have military value.

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    3. Lindsey Graham has been a constant critic Of the President since his first days in the White House. His concern about what took place in Libya is at best a self-serving manuveur that has less to do with “getting to the bottom” of anything and more to do with this jackass being in the spotlight. He agreed with President Obama’s ill-fated decision to change regimes in Libya which ushered in the murder of the President of the country and ultimately led to the deaths of the Ambassador and others, so why holler foul now! You got what you thought you wanted – the rest is, how do ya say in DC, “collateral damage.”

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