Skip to comments.‘Hillary killed my son’ (Sean Smith's Mother Responds to NYT Article on Benghazi)
Posted on 01/01/2014 7:25:48 PM PST by xzins
WASHINGTONThe mother of a victim in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with WORLD, saying a recent article in The New York Times is only trying to protect Clintons 2016 presidential aspirations.
Theyre just covering up for Hillary, Pat Smith, mother of slain foreign-service officer Sean Smith, told me by phone. Hillary killed my son. As far as I can tell from all my sources, she was responsibledirectly.
Lawmakers, media outlets, and analysts have all criticized a front-page story in Saturdays edition of The New York Times, in which reporter David Kirkpatrick, after months of investigation, concluded neither al-Qaeda nor other international terrorist groups were involved in the 9/11 anniversary attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Kirkpatrick, whose story is part of his forthcoming book, also wrote that contrary to claims by some members of Congress, [the attack] was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.
Smith told me that conclusion doesnt jive with reports from her sources, many of whom have reached out to give her information since she testified before Congress in September. She said shes very upset about the Times article, which doesnt mention Clinton and offers no explanation for why security was porous or why reinforcements were told not to go help during the all-night attack.
All the [U.S. Navy] SEALs and everybody Ive talked to recently, they say they would never, ever, ever leave someone to be sacrificed. And thats what happenedthey were sacrificed, she said.
The Times story contradicted the sworn testimony of Gregory Hicks, then the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, who in May told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the YouTube video was a non-event for Libyans. Hickswho spoke by phone with Stevens during the attack, the last known conversation the ambassador hadsaid he talked with Clinton at 2 a.m. local time, and the video was never discussed as even a possible reason for the attack. Hicks said he was stunned when he heard the administration blaming the film: My jaw dropped. And I was embarrassed.
According to Victoria Toensing, Hicks legal counsel, Kirkpatrick made no attempt to talk to Hicks for his article or the book. Its obvious he didnt want to talk to my client, she told me. Its inexplicable to me why he did not call.
Kirkpatrick built his story mostly on sources, including numerous anonymous ones, from Benghazi, which Toensing said was like going to Japan during World War II to ask if they attacked at Pearl Harbor. The story is based on proving a negative, she said. I was shocked that The New York Times published something so unsophisticated.
The story says al-Qaeda had been unable to establish a foothold in Libya, a claim that runs counter to the U.S. governments findings a month before the attack. An August 2012 Library of Congress report said al-Qaeda has established a core network in Libya, though it remains clandestine and refrains from using the al-Qaeda name. It said Ansar al-Sharia, the group that immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, has increasingly embodied al-Qaedas presence in Libya.
Kirkpatrick acknowledged Ansar al-Sharias role in the attack but found no evidence to suggest a direct role for al-Qaeda. Kirkpatrick contended only local extremists, led by an eccentric militia leader named Ahmed Abu Khattala, carried out the assault.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of that committee, both told Fox News the Times story was misleading. Rogers said the FBI is targeting people with strong al-Qaeda ties in connection with the attack, and Schiff said, The intelligence indicates al-Qaeda was involved.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the Times story largely tracks with what the State Department believes happened in Benghazi, though the investigation is still ongoing. When asked if she agreed that al-Qaeda played no role, she chose her words carefully, saying no core al-Qaeda members directed or planned the attack, but extremists were involved. These were clearly terrorists.
Clare Lopez, a former CIA officer who is part of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi, said it would be very easy to identify what kind of attack took place if the administration would release the surveillance.
Theyve got a lot of camera footage, and theyre not releasing it, she told me. They knew who broke through, when they broke through, and what weapons they were carrying.
The regime pissed on the 1st Amendment as cover for gross negligence.
Senator should have responded to Hillary:
The difference, Madame Secretary, is THE TRUTH!
And the American people and this Senate deserve and DEMAND THE TRUTH!
The difference, Madame Secretary, is that this was important enough for Susan Rice, The President, and YOU, TO LIE ABOUT SOME BOGUS VIDEO!
The difference, Madame Secretary, is that in spite of the fact nobody had any way of knowing how long the attack would last, and yet FORCES PREPARED TO EFFECT A RESCUE WERE ORDERED TO STAND DOWN!
Madame Secretary, because you come before this body, and arrogantly and loudly proclaim that you do not recognize what difference it makes, I DEMAND THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR RESIGNATION, IMMEDIATELY!
Hillary was a disaster at every single subject she touched. She is totally incompetent.
I agree with your entire statement.
They also ran a disinformation campaign against the American people using all the resources of the federal government to hide their incompetence.
Benghazi is Obama's crisis...not Hillary's (she will say).
She will demonstrate how she would have saved the Ambassador were it not for the stand-down order issued by ValJar.
Obama was in charge...not Hill.
This is where she will sweep up the votes. And Obama will slide even lower into history.
Kudos Huzzah Bingo Hurrah and Well Put!
Now just a cotton pickin’ minit here. Let’s be fair. Hillary did not take part in the attack on the Benghazi compound (did she?). She sat on her hands and prevented US assets in the area from coming to the rescue, but that’s not the same thing as picking up an AK47 and shooting her son in the head with it. That she did not do, unless the footage they’re withholding shows her doing it. In which case, Pat Smith’s statement is accurate.
The mother should be in every commercial the republicans run.
Gotta disagree. Conspirators to murder are also guilty of murder.
Additionally, Clinton was grossly, criminally negligent after repeated requests for additional security so that her lack of action rises to criminal negligent homicide. I think that’s a 2nd degree murder or manslaughter charge. (I’m no lawyer, but I think I remember such a discussion during the George Zimmerman trial this summer. Zim’s supposed “negligence” rated a murder/manslaughter charge according to many of his detractors.)
I agree. It will be interesting to see if she gets challenged and if her democratic challenger uses Benghazi to attack her.
I don't know about that. She will be campaigning while Obama is still in office. I doubt that narcicist will allow her to say that without leaking the truth about Hillary's participation in pre-attack weapons smuggling and subsequent lack of response to the attack.
Not a disaster though to the American people, and they will elect her to whatever she runs for.
She was supposed to be a sure thing the last time, too. And she couldn’t even win the democrat nomination.
No reason that can’t happen again. I think she has plenty of enemies.
But, I am supposed to run for president in 2016!
Sacrificed and murdered. The plan was to sacrifice ALL the Americans at the compound. It's worse when you get down to the nitty gritty. And we can't stop with hillary. obama, petraeus, panetta, holder, and brennan need to be hung for treason.
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Hillary has the name ID that thrills the American people, but I have no idea why someone would be thrilled by Hillary Rodham Clinton.