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James Gibney

Republicans Confuse Benghazi With Area 51

Republicans need to stop conspiracy-mongering over Benghazi.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has reiterated his determination to put a hold on PresidentBarack Obama' s nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and Homeland Security secretary until the administration allowed survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, to testify before Congress. He first delivered this threat following the Oct. 27 broadcast of a "60 Minutes" feature on the Benghazi attack. CBS has now retracted that report, based on the unreliability of its primary source.

No matter. Like General Petain at Verdun, or perhaps like a Republican senator facing several challengers in a primary, Graham has said the administration's nominees shall not pass. He wants answers to a series of questions: Did survivors of the attack report a protest? Was there inadequate security? Did they tell anybody earlier about a threat from al-Qaeda?

It's rare when an ordinary citizen can help out a mighty senator, but let me try: Senator Graham, you can lift your hold, because those questions have already been answered.