Congressman Elijah Cummings Sums Up Benghazi: "Death is a Part of Life"
May 08, 2013
RUSH: Elijah Cummings is the ranking Democrat on the House committee that is investigating Benghazi, and he decried the full-scale media campaign unleashed over the last few weeks that is not designed to investigate what happened in a responsible and bipartisan way and rather to launch unfounded accusations to smear public officials. This is how he tried to characterize what's happening today. He's the first Democrat member of Congress to speak during the hearing today. He didn't waste any time before going after the chairman, Darrell Issa, for what he believes was the congressman using the Benghazi attack for his own political gain.
Cummings began by thanking the witnesses, said, "If I had been in your place, hearing Ambassador Stevens' voice on the phone and wanting to do everything possible to help him, I would have had the same questions you had: where's the military, where are the special forces, where are the fighter jets to rescue my colleagues? These are legitimate questions." But from there Elijah Cummings proceeded to challenge a series of theories about how the US could have saved the four men who died in the attack, claiming that official sources have confirmed to him, Elijah Cummings, that under the circumstances, it wouldn't have been possible for military help to arrive in time. And we heard yesterday that that was gonna be one of the excuses. "Well, couldn'ta got there on time."
This thing only took place over nine hours. This event did not just happen in five or 10 minutes. We had assets there who were told to stand down. We had assets nearby who were told to stand down, to not offer assistance. There wasn't proper security for the ambassador in the first place, and then when the attack began there wasn't any suitable defense nearby, but there were people willing to go in and help, and they did. They defied orders and went in anyway, and they died because they assumed they had help in the sky, and they didn't.
But Elijah Cummings said: "I have seen nothing to make me question the truthfulness of our nation's military commanders." And while he said the oversight committee has a duty to hear testimony from Hicks and the other whistleblowers, "We also have a duty to thoroughly investigate these claims before we make public accusations," which means we're gonna examine the seriousness of the charge. And if we don't think the charge is serious, then nothing else that follows is relevant. And that's the way they play the game. So what he's really talking about is this has all been trumped up. This is nothing but an attempt to embarrass our dear president, therefore nothing happening here is real.
RUSH: Hi. Elijah Cummings. Get this. "Death is a part of life." Get over it! He didn't say, "Get over it," but that's what he means. "Get over it! Death is a part of life. People die doing stuff. Get over it." Elijah Cummings (Democrat-Maryland), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucasians, ranking member of the House oversight committee (which means ranking Democrat) told the Benghazi witnesses, "And, as I listen to your testimony, I could not help but think of something that I said very recently -- two years ago now -- in a eulogy for a relative.
"I said that death is a part of life. So often we have to find a way to make life a part of death. And, I guess the reason why I'm saying that, going back to something Mr. Nordstrom said. He wanted... I guess all of you said this. He wanted to make sure we learn from this." Well, what we learn from this is, "Death is a part of life." Yeah, like in Chicago. Like Boston. Like the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Like in Kermit Gosnell's back-alley abortion clinic.
Yeah, yeah, "Death is part of life!"
So for all of you who are concerned about the Boston Marathon bombing? Well, the lesson here is that death is a part of life -- and life is a part of death, by the way. We have to learn. "We have to find a way to make life part of death since death is a part of life. I said that in a eulogy," Elijah Cummings said. Elijah Cummings also said, "Look, I don't think there was any way anybody was gonna get there in time." Well, I think two dead people did get there in time.
There were two Americans that tried to help out.
They thought they had support. They didn't. But they got there in time. The idea they couldn't get there in time? Is "Death is a part of life" maybe a motto for Obamacare? Maybe that ought to be on the posters at the exchanges when you go in to sign up for Obamacare. "Death is a part of life." Quote, "Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat, House Government Oversight Committee," blah, blah, and put the date there.
Just remember this when you sign up for our wonderful new health care plan: "Death is a part of life." Isn't that deep? Remember, "Death is a part of life" at an elementary school when a young, mentally disturbed kid goes nuts with a gun. Or how about the Nanny State in New York that bans what might kill us: Cigarettes, butter, meat, soda, salt, tanning salons, light bulbs, cars, coal. "Hey, death is a part of life!" Make that a required warning label on automobile stickers every time you buy a car.
"Remember, death is a part of life. Drive carefully."
Folks, we have a new profundity here that has been put forth by Elijah Cummings of the Congressional Black Caucasians to excuse what happened in Benghazi: "Hey, people die! Get over it! Sometimes they die because a guy did a video. Get over it! Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, read from a State Department e-mail sent the day after the Benghazi terror attack to secretary of state Hillary Clinton's counsel, i.e., lawyer, and the State Department spokesperson.
It states that the State Department official had informed the Libyan prime minister that terrorists carried out the Benghazi assault. Acting Assistant Secretary for Near-Eastern Affairs, Beth Jones, wrote the e-mail on September 12th, 2012, quote: "I spoke to the Libyan ambassador, and I emphasized the importance of Libyan leaders continuing to make strong statements. I told him that the group that conducted the attack, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists."
(New Castrati impression) "So what, Mr. Limbaugh? What's the point of that?"
I'll tell you what, Mr. New Castrati: The day after, the State Department was telling everybody but the American people that it was an act of terrorism. The American people were hearing that it was a random protest brought about by a video. But now some undersecretary for communications in the State Department's telling the Libyan president, rather, that it was Ansar al-Sharia. It was terrorism.
The day after -- the day after -- the State Department told Libyan prime minister it was a terrorist attack Benghazi. It wasn't random. It wasn't a protest. It wasn't a video. It was Ansar al-Sharia. Yet three weeks later, two weeks later, there's Susan Rice on television -- five different Sunday morning shows -- blaming a video. There's Hillary and Obama making a telephone commercial to air in Pakistan about the video. And today Elijah Cummings says, "Death is a part of life. So we have to find a way to make life a part of death."
How do you that, by the way?
Would somebody tell me?
You know, I'm the mayor of Realville, and I need somebody to explain to me how do you make life a part of death. Why isn't Elijah Cummings in that Reader's Digest list of most trusted Americans? How did he get missed? Man, with thinking like this. "Death is a part of life" ranks up there with, "What difference does it make?"
RUSH: If death is a part of life -- which means, "Get over it! People die!" -- then why worry about trans fats and why worry about coconut oil and popcorn and movie theaters, and why worry about how big your soft drink is? Why worry about health care? Why worry about anything? If we're all gonna died, what difference does all this make? Why all this concern about this? People are gonna die! (interruption) He's not talking about quality of life. He's saying, "You guys are sitting there worried about four people died in Benghazi. Hey, death is a part of life. Nobody coulda gotten there in time anyway."
Two people did.
They got there in time.
RUSH: Here it is, folks. Elijah Cummings. The hearings just moments ago, death is a part of life.
CUMMINGS: And I listened to your testimony, I could not help but think about something that I said very recently, two years ago now, in a eulogy for a relative. I said that death is a part of life, but so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death. And I guess the reason why I'm saying that, I want to go back to something Mr. Nordstrom said, he said that he wanted to make sure that -- and you -- all of you said it, pretty much. He wanted to make sure we learn from this, so that --
RUSH: And that's it, life, death, part of life. Gonna die anyway, what the hell does it matter?