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Key military commander to testify on Benghazi the day before his retirement
The Hill ^ | 7-29-2013 | Jeremy Herb

Posted on 07/29/2013 10:41:41 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Key military commander to testify on Benghazi — the day before his retirement

By Jeremy Herb - 07/29/13 12:13 PM ET

Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day.

Col. George Bristol, the former commander of a task force that operated in Northern and Western Africa, will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee, congressional and Defense sources told The Hill.

Republicans have been pressing the military to allow Bristol to testify.

They argue he has a unique perspective given their concerns that the military wasn’t prepared to quickly respond to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic annex that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“Col. Bristol has experience that could be valuable in deepening our understanding of the events of that day,” a committee source told The Hill. “Of particular interest to the committee is what our posture was in the weeks and months that proceeded the attack.”

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of downplaying or covering up the attack amid the heat of the 2012 election, and they have criticized the military’s posture in the run-up to the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Bristol’s testimony has not been easy to obtain.

House Oversight subcommittee on National Security Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), two of the most vocal critics of the administration’s Benghazi response, had requested that Bristol appear.

The Pentagon told CBS News on July 5 that Bristol, the commander of the Joint Special Forces Task Force-Trans Sahara, could not testify because he was retired.

But the Marine Corps Times first reported two weeks ago that Bristol had not yet retired, and he was actually on active-duty preparing for retirement through the end of the month.

Marine spokeswoman Maj. Shawn Haney said Bristol is in fact retiring from active duty on Aug. 1, which means he will be spending his last official day of service before Rep. Martha Roby’s (R-Ala.) Armed Services subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Haney said that Bristol was placed on the Marine Corps officers retired list on July 1, but he was voluntarily retained on active-duty until July 31, on terminal leave.

In response to the Times story, Graham quickly sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking for his request to be reconsidered.

“Due to his in-depth knowledge of the region, coupled with his close interaction with U.S. Special Operations Forces operating on the African content, I believed he would be the ideal person to speak with about what happened on the ground in Benghazi,” Graham wrote.

Bristol left his post as the special operations task force commander in March. At the change-of-command ceremony, he said that “an evil” has descended on Africa, according to Stars and Stripes. “It is on us to stomp it out.”

Bristol is just the latest military official to testify before congressional committees over the Benghazi attack.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; georgebristol

1 posted on 07/29/2013 10:41:41 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee

Kind of gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling that nothing is being hidden.

2 posted on 07/29/2013 10:47:22 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing
“It is on us to stomp it out.”

Africa ... no wonder Col. George Bristol is retiring. zer0 likes things going the way they are going.

3 posted on 07/29/2013 10:49:33 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Good, if it his last day before retirement, then he can tell the truth to the subcommittee, and not have to worry about being penalized by the Obama Admin, as he is retired as of the next day. They won’t have any time left to pimp him.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 10:56:58 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: smoothsailing
It must be just another coincidence that a person Congress wanted to talk to was unavailable for some reason or another. /sarc
5 posted on 07/29/2013 10:57:45 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

If there are any Americans left in the Pentagon,
WAKE UP!!!!! You swore an Oath to a Constitution,
and not a tyrant.

al Qaeda does not need MANPADs.

Narcoterrorists do not need Fast&Furious weaponry.

Terrorists who bombed the Pentagon do NOT deserve your help!
The American people do.


6 posted on 07/29/2013 10:59:43 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: flaglady47

there might be a little thingy called a pension involved?


7 posted on 07/29/2013 11:00:02 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing; MestaMachine

Just wow


8 posted on 07/29/2013 11:00:23 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: Diogenesis
Read an article this A.M. and if true the Pentagon is history ... zer0 and his crowd have replaced all not loyal to zer0 per the article. Whether the article is true or not true ... I do not know.
9 posted on 07/29/2013 11:01:50 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing
Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday...

Congress is where facts go to die.

10 posted on 07/29/2013 11:04:10 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: smoothsailing
Without a congressional select committee or special prosecutor, this ain’t going anywhere.
11 posted on 07/29/2013 11:09:14 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: smoothsailing
will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee

Anybody else getting sick of this same old DC insider BS of these congressional insiders protecting the other DC insiders? Everyday that goes by where a special prosecutor is not assigned to investigate is an indicator that they plan to play out the clock and that nobody will ever be held to account for this administration's abandoning four LIVE Americans undergoing an attack by muslim terrorists. What will result of these phony hearings, the same as in the F&F hearings, is that they will announce the hearings have given them insight how to avoid a repeat incident. What a bunch of effing cowardly sell outs this bunch in DC are. Although those in DC have a negative value on this country, yet they value their own asses at the expense of us and the survival of the USA. Pouring hot tar and then covering them in feathers would be TOO good for every last one of these elite DC traitors.

12 posted on 07/29/2013 11:21:59 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: smoothsailing

First question: Who has talked to you in advance about today’s testimony and what did they say?


13 posted on 07/29/2013 11:26:08 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: drypowder
they value their own asses at the expense of us and the survival of the USA

yep ... and they are not concerned. We (the serfs) have no power. It was all done by design and implementation of a plan of which we were unaware. Now that We the Serfs have figured it out, their thought is So What ... What Difference Does It Make? .... sad, but true.

14 posted on 07/29/2013 11:27:46 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing
Another 'members only' briefing, closed to the public? This is worse than White House tours! When everything goes 'secret' with the public cut-off from the truth, the Dictatorship becomes more deeply entrenched.

Egypt knows what happened in Benghazi. Morsi's/Hillary's involvement is captured on video with one man shouting "Don't shoot.. We were sent by Morsi".. A staged kidnapping of Stevens to give 0bama the excuse he needed to release the Blind Sheik. Two SEALs ruined the plan when they engaged with live fire.

We want the TRUTH about Benghazi. 0bama has gone to great lengths to divert America's attention from what happened there, including the video lie. Something BIG and DEEPLY DEEPLY DAMNING TO OBAMA happened that night and it's NOT the gun running theory.. It's something far far worse and involved an 'election bounce' hostage taking stunt that backfired in their faces.

Make no mistake; HILLARY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS PLOT. She was the deal broker for 0bama and VERY VERY close to Morsi. I think 0bama is throwing money at Egypt as HUSH MONEY. No matter what, he INSISTS on giving Egypt the money, regardless who is in power. What coup?

15 posted on 07/29/2013 11:27:53 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: smoothsailing
"The Pentagon told CBS News on July 5 that Bristol, the commander of the Joint Special Forces Task Force-Trans Sahara, could not testify because he was retired."

FIRE, IMPEACH, COURT MARTIAL WHOEVER SAID THAT.

16 posted on 07/29/2013 11:33:49 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I agree.

As long as Holder is AG there will be no special prosecutor.

So that leaves the select committee...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3043707/posts


17 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:00 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

It is somewhat like wishing on a fallen star and thinking the outcome will be one would have wished for.


18 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:07 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing

and there ain’t no alligator lizards in the air.


19 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:58 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing

Officers may be recalled to duty at any time. You are never really retired.


20 posted on 07/29/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: jazusamo
Is this the same guy who they tried to pass of as already retired but wasn't? Or is he another in the ever growing list of early retirement/stepped down/reassigned officers?

Verrry interesting anything he might say will b behind closed doors. Transparency, my aunt fanny!

21 posted on 07/29/2013 11:40:23 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: smoothsailing

Day before retirement, if not the day after his unexpected heart attack / “suicide”. I’m surprised that more witnesses pending or potential haven’t been liquidated before now.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 11:47:35 AM PDT by George Varnum
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To: flaglady47

I’m hoping some of the goobers there at the meeting leak its content


23 posted on 07/29/2013 11:50:17 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: bgill

Yes, the same one that they said was retired. Of course they have a story to explain it but I’m not going for it.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 11:50:40 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: no-to-illegals
Col. George Bristol could have testified at any time IF he wanted too! What prevented him from doing so before his penultimate day of retirement?
25 posted on 07/29/2013 11:51:00 AM PDT by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: blaveda

My apology ... I do not know.


26 posted on 07/29/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: jazusamo

That’s the problem with delaying depositions, hearings, testimony, etc.. It gives the evil empire more time to make sure the LIES are successfully corroborated among all players.


27 posted on 07/29/2013 12:00:32 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: blaveda

I’ll venture a guess or an opinion ... but why these hearings are being held behind closed doors is very telling of there is more wrong doing, going on, than We the Serfs are entitled to hear about. This is an opinion but has possibilities of being true based on what is currently known. Not everything is classified is another opinion.


28 posted on 07/29/2013 12:00:49 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing
Just another pesky "phony scandal" for....him.

Can't use his name right now. I don't want to go on a rant that could get me throw off FR.

I'll just say FUBO and leave it at that.

29 posted on 07/29/2013 12:01:03 PM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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To: Truth29

Excellent!


30 posted on 07/29/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: drypowder
Everyday that goes by where a special prosecutor is not assigned to investigate is an indicator that they plan to play out the clock and that nobody will ever be held to account for this administration's abandoning four LIVE Americans undergoing an attack by muslim terrorists.

A special prosecutor has to be appointed by the AG. Ain't gonna happen. The only other avenue open to Congress is a select committee.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3043707/posts

31 posted on 07/29/2013 12:07:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: no-to-illegals

A public hearing gives witnesses the ability and excuse to not answer due to information being classified. The House Armed Services Committee has cleverly taken that option off the table with a classified members only briefing.


32 posted on 07/29/2013 12:08:08 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

The only problem I have with a closed door hearing is there are facts known and if this was a republican president there would not be closed door hearings. These people are supposed to work for the citizens of the United States but our representatives are behaving as though they work for a third world country ... imho.


33 posted on 07/29/2013 12:12:41 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: blaveda; no-to-illegals
What prevented him from doing so before his penultimate day of retirement?

Let’s speculate. Perhaps initially he was unwilling to testify in an open session for security reasons. Perhaps he was unwilling to testify in any session, secure or not, because superior officers, some or all of whom he may respect, asked him too defer appearing pending further investigations by those superiors.

The bottom line is that he will testify and it may have been his bottom line, that notwithstanding any housekeeping or political pressures, he would indeed testify prior to retirement.

From what we know of him, he sounds like a Marine’s Marine, in which event we are fortunate to have him on our team.

34 posted on 07/29/2013 12:30:11 PM PDT by frog in a pot ("To each according to his need..." This from a guy who never had a real job and his family starved.)
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To: frog in a pot

May your assessment be correct. We have had too many losses.


35 posted on 07/29/2013 12:54:58 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

there might be a little thingy called a pension involved?

After he’s retired, there is nothing the Obama Admin can do about his pension, unless they want to do it to every military pensioner. Their goose is cooked as to weapons to use against him, the day he is retired. Why do you think all of these military generals, and other high ranking military become talking heads on the cable TV programs after they retire. Because then they can voice their true opinions. Hope this general rats out the Obama Admin and Hillary and Panetta, bigtime.


36 posted on 07/29/2013 12:58:44 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

Prayers up that you are correct but I have also heard and seen of things promised disappearing. Not to say you are incorrect though.


37 posted on 07/29/2013 1:00:13 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: smoothsailing
Bristol left his post as the special operations task force commander in March. At the change-of-command ceremony, he said that “an evil” has descended on Africa, according to Stars and Stripes.

Dang. Baraq hadn't even visited there yet.

38 posted on 07/29/2013 1:00:53 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: flaglady47
one little nit picky point ... the person to testify is a Colonel.
39 posted on 07/29/2013 1:04:12 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

“one little nit picky point ... the person to testify is a Colonel.”

Thanks. I elevated him, although I’m sure he wouldn’t mind, lol.


40 posted on 07/29/2013 1:21:58 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: no-to-illegals
Kind of gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling that nothing is being hidden.

With the way the middle East has been going, nothing involved with it should be classified anymore. Why classify utter failure ?

41 posted on 07/29/2013 1:26:50 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Diogenesis

Yes.


42 posted on 07/29/2013 2:01:15 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: justa-hairyape

Amen ...


43 posted on 07/29/2013 4:59:02 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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