Let’s Hear It for Scandal!
Gene Healy writes:
At a minimum, scandals serve as a useful reminder that we’re usually led by people of questionable competence, miserable judgment and a flexible relationship with the truth. At their best, they can even provoke much-needed reforms.
As disgraced former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus snuck over to the Hill Friday to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it wasn’t clear whether this would end up being the latter sort of scandal.
With all the focus on “who altered the CIA talking points?” and “what did [U.N. Ambassador] Susan Rice know and when did she know it?” — the Republicans seem to be missing more fundamental questions. For starters, how about, “what are we doing in Libya in the first place?”