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Cotton: Democrats' 'Fake Outrage' Over Benghazi Select Committee

3:09 PM, May 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Congressman Tom Cotton took to the House floor yesterday to blast the Democrats' "fake outrage" over the establishment of the Select Committee on Benghazi:

Transcript via RealClearPolitics:

REP. TOM COTTON (R-ARKANSAS): A couple lessons I learned in the Army were, you move to the sound of gunfire and the most important step in the troop-leading procedures is to supervise the execution of your orders. 

When Americans were fighting for their lives in Benghazi, Barack Obama did neither—he sent no quick-reaction force and he didn’t even stay in the Situation Room to supervise the execution of his orders. 

We expect more from lieutenants in the Army than our president gave us that night. For two years, he’s covered up this failure of leadership by stonewalling. 

Not anymore. We will now get to the truth. 

But do what do our colleagues on the other side of the aisle say to this? They express great outrage at politicizing this matter. When I was leading troops in Iraq in 2006, men and women were being shot at and blown up by Al Qaeda. Where was the outrage as they fundraised endlessly off the Iraq war? Where was the outrage as they viciously attacked our commanders? Where was the outrage when they said that soldiers were war criminals? Where was the outrage when they said the war was lost? Where was the outrage when they said that only high school dropouts joined the army? 

Forgive me if I don’t join my Democratic colleagues in sharing in their fake outrage. Four Americans lost their lives that night in Benghazi. They deserve justice and the American people deserve the truth. 

One other lesson I learned in the Army is that we leave no man behind and we will not leave these four men behind.

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