Former US Attorney and Congressional Special Counsel Joe DiGenova says as a result of the formation of a Benghazi select committee President Obama is now in “wag the dog territory,” arguing that the president will send in special forces and the CIA to finally apprehend those responsible for the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate.
DiGenova appeared on “Mornings on the Mall” on Washington DC’s WMAL to address the “smoking gun” email obtained via a lawsuit by Judicial Watch revealing the egregious political nature of the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack.
The former congressional special counsel argued that the White House is now in crisis control mode, perhaps desperate enough to do what it has failed to do for two years: actually go after those responsible for the attack.
This is wag the dog territory. We are in wag the dog territory. I am predicting right now that the president is now, because of the problem associated with Benghazi, is actually going to go in, order the special forces and the CIA to go into Libya and get the people who committed the crime. Something he has been unwilling to do until now.
DiGenova’s “wag the dog” reference is an allusion to a satirical David Mamet film depicting a corrupt administration manufacturing a fake military effort to distract from a presidential scandal. A strike against those involved in the Benghazi attack, as the logic goes, could serve as 2014’s Osama bin Laden raid, distracting from the failings of the administration and proving that the president is serious about his protection of American interests in contrast to the counter-productive, politicizing efforts of the Republicans.