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Sen. Graham challenges Joint Chiefs' Chairman on Benghazi testimony
Fox News ^ | May 9, 2013 | James Rosen

Posted on 05/09/2013 4:51:55 PM PDT by what's up

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a sharp and unusual challenge to the truthfulness of the nation’s top uniformed military commander on Thursday, demanding that U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, return to Capitol Hill to provide fresh testimony on the Benghazi attacks.

The point of contention involved whether any military officers issued an order to U.S. armed forces personnel on the night of Sept. 11, when the U.S. consulate and a nearby annex came under terrorist attack, to “stand down” from providing assistance.

“I asked [Gen. Dempsey] directly,” Graham said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “Were there any military assets in motion, to help folks in Benghazi, [that were] told to stand down? And what did [State Department whistleblower] Greg Hicks say? That Lt. Col. [Steve] Gibson -- a DOD employee, a member of the Army -- was in Tripoli, ready and willing to go to Benghazi, preparing to go to Benghazi, and was told to stand down.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dempsey; gibson; graham; hicks; martindempsey

1 posted on 05/09/2013 4:51:55 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

The reason why Graham is first on the news cycle for this request is because he’ll fold like a cheap suit when push comes to shove.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 4:55:27 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: what's up

All roads lead to our Commander in Chief, you know the guy who got bin Laden.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 4:55:47 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: what's up
Sen. Graham challenges Joint Chiefs' Chairman on Benghazi testimony

You KNOW Dempsey in 0bama's lapdog when "Light in the Loafers Lindsey" challenges his veracity!

4 posted on 05/09/2013 4:56:24 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Benghazi - When you abandon four men to a terrorist mob, it is murder.)
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To: what's up

Keep pushing. The dam will break.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 4:56:45 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.)
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When the Left wants something to go away, it gets McCain and Graham to vomit all over the issue.

Remember... no showboating, Graham.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 4:58:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

Yep, the pieces never fit in a lie, let alone the Big Lie.

If you ask enough question, the Lie suddenly is exposed.

Obozo lies 24/7. And his actions indicate he serves the father-of-lies.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 4:59:28 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: what's up

The only place Graham keeps his chin up (as far as conservatives go) is supporting our military and defense operations. We should support him on this and encourage him to stand firm.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 5:01:07 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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9 posted on 05/09/2013 5:02:07 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: what's up

Someone probably has a “get out of jail free” birth certificate and my bet is on Hillary. One of these libs is liable to spill the beans about what really happened in Benghazi and I hope it’s sooner rather than later.


10 posted on 05/09/2013 5:02:43 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: what's up

Someone probably has a “get out of jail free” birth certificate and my bet is on Hillary. One of these libs is liable to spill the beans about what really happened in Benghazi and I hope it’s sooner rather than later.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 5:03:19 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: what's up
Gen. Dempsey is a political whore who will say anything to be reappointed.

A Pentagon spokesman already admitted the Spec Ops team was ordered to stand down. The Administration has been playing a word game. They claim the team was never ordered to "stand down" - they just weren't authorized to go to Benghazi. Riiiight. Lying slimeballs.

12 posted on 05/09/2013 5:05:12 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: what's up

From what I can gather Dempsey is an empty tunic.....


13 posted on 05/09/2013 5:05:28 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Benghazi had to be burned and all the weapons had to be stolen from the warehouses before any witnesses could arrive as any sort of rescue force. Imagine a rescue team showing up and discovering thousands of 50 cal rifles, shoulder fired missiles, RPG's, and other tools of mayhem which Obama said he was not supplying. The records and documents needed to be burned as well.

For all we know, this was the best way to wind it down in their minds. Clean.

14 posted on 05/09/2013 5:14:24 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight
Keep pushing. The dam will break.

Benghazi is deep. Benghazi was the curtain dropping.

Benghazi has exposed the real Obama to all of our people in harm's way.

The level of distrust in the ranks of the State Department, the CIA, and the military must be extraordinary.

This administration is extremely dangerous to those who work under it.

America, under the command of Obama, refused to protect it's own.

Payback time.

15 posted on 05/09/2013 5:19:46 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: blackdog

These weapons were being funneled to Syria through Benghazi, Libya. To have this information revealed before the election would have cooked Zer0’s goose.


16 posted on 05/09/2013 5:31:43 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“All roads lead to our Commander in Chief, you know the guy who got bin Laden.”

Has Barack Obama ever been held accountable for anything in his entire life? Don’t expect it to begin now.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 5:34:07 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: what's up

“They were simply told not to go to Benghazi.” Dempsey needs to retire tomorrow. He’s lost all effectiveness. “Trust is the foundation of all relationships.” How can any Soldier trust him now? When I was a Second Lieutenant, it was impressed on me by my bosses (in no uncertain terms) that when I called in that I had crossed the SP (Starting Point) I had better damn well be telling the truth. Here we have what, a four star general who can’t be honest? I wouldn’t tolerate that from a Second Lieutenant, much less a four star general. He has to go. Lives depend on it. He’ll have a good retirement check.


18 posted on 05/09/2013 5:37:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jonrick46

“Al Qaeda in Syria”.

Let’s anchor that phrase.


19 posted on 05/09/2013 5:39:03 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: jonrick46

The most mysterious unanswered question is when will the survivors give testimony.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 5:40:37 PM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: what's up
Asked to comment on Graham’s challenge to the chairman’s veracity, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Rob Firman told Fox News: “They weren’t told to stand down. They were simply told not to go to Benghazi. They were told to go to the airport in Tripoli to provide security there.”

So Benghazi will now boil down to semantics !!!

They weren't told to stand down, just don't go...

How Clintonian...

21 posted on 05/09/2013 5:40:46 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: what's up

This government fish is rotting from the head down. An African communist Commander-in-Chief is certainly not going to have as his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs a general who has any integrity. Sure enough, Dempsey is not only a faggot-hugging political hack, he’s also a brazen liar. The two of them are destroying the greatest military in the world. Slowly but surely.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 5:42:30 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Soul of the South

Has any Senator, House member or SCOTUS judge ever been held accountable for anything in his/her entire life?

The American system is broken because the American people are broken.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 5:46:17 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: what's up

Hey Graham:

This time don’t forget to swear him in.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 5:48:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: what's up

Graham is all sound and (fabulous) fury.


25 posted on 05/09/2013 5:58:58 PM PDT by skeeter
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I despise these a$$holes.

I would gladly send them to Benghazi or Quetta or Khost.

One-way.

No phones.

No entourage.

No money.

No food.

Call it a vacation.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 5:59:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

You are so right. The Al Qaeda rebels in Syria received these weapons through Benghazi. This is the worst foreign policy catastrophe of all. The Obama Regime is helping turn over Syria to the Al Qaeda. Syria borders Israel. We will be watching Israel be hit with rocket attacks loaded with sarin gas supplied by Iran. Sarin is estimated to be over 500 times more toxic than cyanide and it can be absorbed through the skin. People who do not get a lethal dose will have permanent neurological damage.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 6:25:43 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: what's up

Dempsey’s and the other military commanders statements that the Ready Reaction Teams were not available, were too far away, etc. is total BS. I would expect that all were on high alert and on standby for immediate deployment for the anniversary of 911. 5 hour deployment for the Italian team is pure BS. Non-deployment of ONE of the African/Mid-East teams was a choice not a fact. And since we have a multitude of drones over in the area one or two armed drones could have been there in minutes. They need to relieve from duty, court martial and drum out of service a good portion of the “political” military commanders.


28 posted on 05/09/2013 6:50:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (You don't have to be stupid to become a Progressive, but it does speed up the process.)
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To: Kevmo

Have some faith, not necessarily in lindsey, but in good decent people who might surprise you.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 6:58:04 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Third Person

Obama knowingly lied about a video, ran off to the UN and gave a speech referencing that video and saying “The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam”

He gives F16’s to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

He goes to Mexico, criticizes the United States and invites their illegal entry to the United States - promising no prosecution and enticing them with blanket citizenship.

He has LaRaza in the White House.

Do I have to go on?

Have the retard Democrats and the pussy Republicans figured out what’s going on? Silence is complicity. Acquiesce is complicity.

The man hates the United States and seeks to harm it. His loyalty is not to the United States. His instinct is not favorable to the United States, his reflex is to Islam.

He KNEW the video was not to blame. HE KNEW! Yet he used it as a pretense “The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam”. His instinct wasn’t to our dead ambassador or our military. His instinct was to defend Islam.

Rant over (for now)


30 posted on 05/09/2013 6:58:32 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: what's up

What scares me the most is they blamed a Coptic Christian for making a video that led to this “protest.” Is this the beginning of blaming Christians for the troubles in the world? Why hasn’t anyone mentioned this angle to this story. Our government is persecuting Christianity to save Islam.


31 posted on 05/09/2013 7:04:14 PM PDT by kagoots (Soon we will envy the dead)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
All roads lead to our Commander in Chief, you know the guy who got bin Laden.

Didn't he also shoot Liberty Valance?

32 posted on 05/09/2013 7:29:36 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: blueunicorn6

generals have been fired for less...

In the last couple of years a few have gone just for a stupid statement...

How much faster should a general go who is accountable for the deaths of Americans...

along with Obama, Hillary etc...


33 posted on 05/09/2013 7:39:45 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Ray76
“The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam”

Here ya go, Barry


34 posted on 05/09/2013 7:49:51 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: what's up

My question would be to the joint chiefs would be,where do you keep the Crystal ball that tells you how long an attack will last,and we can ask Defense Secretary Panetta why he says that we don’t send our people into a situation that we don’t know what is happening?but we do know how long it is going to last? Someone better put all this carp together


35 posted on 05/10/2013 3:38:19 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Have some faith, not necessarily in lindsey, but in good decent people who might surprise you.
***Exactly how many real conservatives can you count that are involved in the process at the level of Lindsey Backstabber Graham?


36 posted on 05/10/2013 7:12:37 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo

Oh jeez, ya know what, I am not interested in going through the whole crazy mess and name names. All I’m stating, take it or leave it, is to have some faith and maybe, just maybe keep a positive mindset. But hey, some here seem to revel in being down and out - have at it. I’m not interested.


37 posted on 05/11/2013 9:25:12 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Kevmo

And there is an upcoming election. He wants six more years in the Senate.


38 posted on 05/11/2013 9:29:31 AM PDT by sport
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To: jonrick46

I disagree. obama’s voters never consider issues such as national security or anything else there concerns were: 1. Who will give me the most freebies.2. Wil my freebies continue. 3. obama is not a Republican. 3. obama is not a Conservative. 4. obama is not a Christian. 5. obama hates America as much as I do. 6. obama hates Whites as much as I do. 7.I, myself, being born White wish to show that I hate both myself for being born that way and tthat I am not racists. I will accomplish that by voting for obama.
The above covers the obama voters from head to foot issuewise.


39 posted on 05/11/2013 9:40:19 AM PDT by sport
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To: Ray76
The man hates the United States and seeks to harm it. His loyalty is not to the United States. His instinct is not favorable to the United States, his reflex is to Islam.

"When the political winds shift I will go with the muslims"......we all thought that was a reference to his view of Israel vs. Islam.....it wasn't. He was speaking directly to which side he would choose when radical, terroristic, islam vs. the U.S.A.

40 posted on 05/11/2013 9:43:45 AM PDT by Texas Songwriter (')
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Balls from little Linsey lop de lou. Mighty uppity from him.


41 posted on 05/11/2013 1:46:54 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: sport

Spot on! The DemonRATs could have ran a “Yellow Dog Democrat,” a reference to southern Democrats said to be so loyal they would even vote for a yellow dog if it were labeled Democrat. In our case they ran a . . . black DemonRAT.


42 posted on 05/11/2013 2:03:51 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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