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December 20, 2012 10:27 AM Allen West Takes Whackjob Benghazi Theory to New Height of Ugliness

By Samuel Knight

Here’s a friendly reminder why anyone with a shred of decency will be delighted to see the back of war criminal one term Congressman Allen West in January.

Yesterday, on Fox News, the Islamophobic bigot and soon to be former legislator suggested that Hillary Clinton’s recent concussion was part of the grand Benghazi cover up that is being played out in the minds of paranoid wingnuts:

“I’m not a doctor, but it seems as though…the Secretary of State has come down with a case of Benghazi flu.”
“I think we have to get to the bottom of this. There’s still a very countless amount of unanswered questions.”

No, Congressman West is certainly not a doctor. Nor, astonishingly, is he familiar with how things work on Capitol Hill.

While Clinton was scheduled to testify yesterday, that has been postponed — not cancelled. And even if she quits her job before testifying, she will eventually be held to account — just like General Petraeus was forced to testify about Benghazi after resigning as CIA chief (despite similarly kooky conspiracy theories). Congress can compel anyone to testify before a committee through subpoena: me, you, my dear Aunt Sally, General Petraeus, Secretary Clinton, Karl Rove etc. No one is safe.

Congressman West doesn’t seem to realize that. But fortunately, he won’t need to learn the rules of the game. In fact, he can trash the rule book that he never bothered reading when he cleans out his desk at the end of the month.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • c u n d gulag on December 20, 2012 11:34 AM:


    Does my memory fail me, or didn't Rove manage to dodge the subpoena?

    Did he eventually come in and testify?

    I suffer from PTBD - Post Traumatic Bush Disorder.

    There were so many outrages during the Bush mis-administration, that I can't remember what happened in each one - since another one came right on the heels of the prior one, while people were still aghast the one two outrages ago.
    Rinsed and repeated, for 8 years.

  • zandru on December 20, 2012 11:40 AM:

    Frankly, I'm amazed that it took the tea-bag Republicans this long to come up with this whacked-out, but otherwise obvious, theory. Maybe they were too busy agonizing about what the Newtown school shooting would do to their campaign contributions.

  • HelpThe99ers on December 20, 2012 11:55 AM:

    "very countless"?

    Apparently, the soon-to-be-former Congressman isn't that much of a mathematician, either.

    Or an English speaker, for that matter.

    Full marks in overheated word salad, though.

  • boatboy_srq on December 20, 2012 12:01 PM:

    @CUND - "PTBD" is priceless.

    @zandru - I saw somewhere a rather odious tweet as an initial response to the report of HRC's illness "Help! I've fallen and can't testify about Benghazi." Wankers.


    Aren't we lucky we won't have Allen "Word Salad" West writing legislation after this month? Not that he "authored" anything I can remember to begin with, but the language of any bill he would have written would be remarkable (and easily voided by any worthwhile legal challenge).

  • AndThenThere'sThat on December 20, 2012 1:00 PM:

    Yes wingnuts, you caught us. Hillary Clinton was involved in a secret plot to leave Libyan consulate security understaffed and underfunded in the hopes that, if a certain type of "video" might ever come along, hand picked ambassadors of the administration might be killed off for political gain. Patreaus was in on it too.

    What you should really be doing is calling the office of your teahadist congressperson, and with an enraged-spittled conversation, demanding a full congressional investigation into who was really behind the making and releasing of this all important "video" in the first place. The liberal media quickly painted the person behind the video as a coptic christian to throw conservatives off the trail. But don't be fooled! The production and timing of distribution of the video is so crucial to this White House plot to take out one of their own that they must be behind it. Demand a FULL INVESTIGATION!!

  • efgoldman on December 20, 2012 1:29 PM:

    The odious John Bolton, who most likely would have been Mittster's Secretary of State, said the exact same thing (with better grammar and a better mustache-sneer) yesterday.
    Some diplomat!

  • oldswede on December 20, 2012 1:44 PM:

    The campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton has begun, in case she decides to run for President in 2016. GOPers are very afraid of her.

  • MuddyLee on December 20, 2012 1:54 PM:

    No sane political party would have ever supported Allen West - and no sane "news" network would give him air time - uh, what's my point . . .

  • Quaker in a Basement on December 20, 2012 2:52 PM:

    Congressman West doesn’t seem to realize that.

    What's to know? Poo is for flinging.

  • Grumpy on December 20, 2012 2:56 PM:

    I'm no expert in military protocol, but I'm pretty sure commissioned officers can't hold elected office. That is, as long as he's in office, West is not a colonel and should not be called by that title, as FOX News is doing. Once he's out of Congress, he can go back to being a retired lieutenant colonel (which FOX News should know is abbreviated LTC, not COL).

  • Col Bat Guano on December 20, 2012 4:03 PM:

    Congressman West understands the time-honored tradition of "If you miss your appointed time for testimony, you never have to come in again." It's right there, in the Declaration of Independence

  • Tired Liberal on December 20, 2012 4:23 PM:

    And how is this any different than what the grumpiest old man in the Republican Party, John McCain is saying? Time for the media sycophants to drop the pretense that he is a revered elder statesman who deserves to be forgiven for a little hyperbole.

  • Doug on December 20, 2012 4:55 PM:

    It's a bit involved, so it's probably not the correct answer, but perhaps (soon-to-be-former) Rep. West only associates subpoenas with CRIMINAL activity?
    Which, his gobbledy-gook to the contrary, he knows full well doesn't apply here.
    I'd say he's just an ass, but either definition has its' uses...

  • zandru on December 20, 2012 6:25 PM:

    Per oldswede, "The campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton has begun".

    Wrong. It began around 1991 and will never die. Why would I say this? The wingnutters are STILL on Ted Kennedy's case for Chappaquiddick, and he's been dead for years now.

  • Nick on December 20, 2012 7:42 PM:

    Unfortunately after Deal-Maker Obama cuts Social Security for no reason, West wll regain that seat in two years. We'll see seeing his freakishly large, square head again.

  • jpeckjr on December 20, 2012 8:29 PM:

    Mr. Knight: I am not expecting a subpeona to testify on this matter. You're probably not either.

    But what exactly DOES your dear Aunt Sally know about Benghazi? And when did she know it? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

  • TheRightWay on January 07, 2013 1:20 AM:

    You guys are all so clever! Is it fun to just keep jacking each other off with your comments? I think you should all be a little more concerned about the big picture here, because if the "wingnuts" are correct about their theories on Obama and Benghazi we're all pretty much fucked. Ever seen a dictatorship in action? Read up on your history and see how things transpired for the 5-10 years leading up to it. You morons voted for it, now we're all cooked...thanx

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