Jason Chaffetz is a hero to many Utahns, and not just because he represents part of the state as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a kicker on the Brigham Young University football team years ago as well.
Chaffetz could be considered a bit of a hero to some non-Republicans lately as well. If it weren’t for Chaffetz, we might not see election-year politics in all its full “glory” with a hearing being conducted by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), to investigate the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and three security officers.
Issa’s committee is looking for heads to roll in the Obama administration — including Obama’s come election time — for what it sees as failures in providing enough security at the embassy.
That’s where Chaffetz, who also serves on that committee, comes in. In full “revelation mode,” Chaffetz appeared on CNN Wednesday with Soledad O’Brien and proudly answered a question posed about him voting against more security in the GOP-controlled House along with other Republicans prior to the attacks.
“So when there are complaints that, in fact, that there was not enough security, you’ve just said ‘absolutely’ that you cut — that you were the one to vote against, to increase security for the State Department, which would lead directly to Benghazi,” O’Brien told Chaffetz. “It seems like you are saying you have a hand in the responsibility for this? Right? The funding of the security, you’re happy to cut it.”
“You have to prioritize things,” Chaffetz insisted. “Libya before 9/11, two bombings on our consulate out there. Of course, that’s got to be a higher priority than making sure that we’re protecting some other interest.”
“We’ve just heard from the clip from one of the guys that’s going to testify before you today that there’s definitely this pressure, in his mind, to not staff the security fully security-wise,” the CNN host noted. “Wouldn’t that pressure be coming from you directly essentially? People and others who voted against funding for security? Keep it low because there’s no funding for security?”
“Well, you’re also talking about a vote that never came to fruition because we actually continued at the exact same funding levels moving forward,” Chaffetz insisted. “This is what happened over in the House but the Senate never got to this point. So, it’s a red herring.”
So, when the truth comes out and the chips are down, pass the blame over to the other branch of Congress that’s controlled by Democrats, and make sure the Democratic President and his administration feel some heat by scheduling hearings shortly before the next presidential debate which focuses on … foreign policy.
Woo-hoo! Isn’t it fun how this game is played? Like I said, Jason Chaffetz was a kicker on the BYU football team years ago. He knows how to kick a political football around.
- Libya attack: Congressmen casting blame voted to cut diplomatic security budget (csmonitor.com)
- Bombshell: State Department Reduced Security in Libya Despite Numerous Attacks (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Chaffetz suspects Libya security decisions ‘coordinated’ between White House, State Dept. (thehill.com)
- Chaffetz Back from Libya: ‘Never Once Did a Single Person Mention a Video’ (pjmedia.com)
- Rep. Chaffetz returns from fact-finding mission in Libya (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Utah commander wanted more security before Libya attacks (ksl.com)
- Rep. Chaffetz: U.S. Consulate in Libya Was ‘Begging’ for Tighter Security Prior to 9/11 Attack (foxnewsinsider.com)
- U.S. official sought more security for Benghazi post (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Whistleblower: Libya Risk was ‘high’ (thedailybeast.com)