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farah stockman

‘Benghazi Show’ jumps the shark

I’m not a Jerry Springer fan, but once his show is on, it can be hard to look away. I felt the same, back in October, when I tuned into a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Benghazi. It had high drama: A stiff State Department official described his requests for additional security in the months leading up to the attack on the US consulate in Libya. When his grim-faced boss, seated next to him, retorted that the consulate had the “correct” number of armed guards, you could almost hear the audience mutter: “Oh no, she didn’t just say that.” I watched all 3 hours, 12 minutes, and 59 seconds of it.

In the weeks that followed, I checked in on the news of the House and Senate intelligence committee Benghazi hearings. But the plot didn’t really thicken. There were no big revelations. Nobody said or did anything surprising or new. So, I must confess, I skipped the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, “Benghazi and Beyond.” And I’m probably going to miss the next episode: the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s “Benghazi: the Attack and Lessons learned.”

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