Skip to comments.The ongoing shame of Benghazi cries out for deeper investigation
Posted on 01/20/2014 7:01:18 PM PST by smoothsailing
January 20, 2014
When anything bipartisan comes out of a polarized Washington, one should be grateful. That's why a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans represents progress of sorts.
The committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., faults the State Department and intelligence community for failing to prevent the attacks. The committee determined that the U.S. military command did not know about a CIA annex in Benghazi and that, writes the Washington Post, the Pentagon didn't have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency. This communications failure between agencies, supposedly solved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, had not been. If it had, the report found, Benghazi likely could have been prevented.
Sen. Feinstein criticized some Republicans on the committee for adding a section in the report called additional views in which they intimate that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was culpable in the attacks. In a statement, Feinstein, wanting the record clear, said the accusation was patently false and that Clinton was not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report.
Yet, in an Oct. 16, 2012, interview with CNN in Peru, Clinton said about Benghazi, I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts.
So, Clinton was in charge, but not at fault, is that it?
In her additional views entry, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said, To be clear, the responsibility for the attack lies with the attackers themselves. Unfortunately, the promises of the president and other senior administration officials to bring any of the attackers to justice have ringed hollow thus far. The report finds that more than a year after the attack, the terrorists who perpetrated the attack have still not been brought to justice.
The New York Times reported in September, Intelligence officials have a general idea of where they are hiding. And the military has a contingency plan to snatch them. ... But the fledgling Libyan government, which has little to no control over significant parts of the country has rebuffed the Obama administration's efforts to arrest the suspects.
The report contradicts claims by the administration that the attacks were sparked by an anti-Muslim video and concludes that individuals associated either directly with al Qaeda or one of its affiliates were involved and likely planned and carried out the attacks.
What is needed is for House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee, modeled after the Senate Watergate Committee, with subpoena powers to question under oath witnesses and those in charge.
According to an exclusive report from Breitbart.com, three relatives of those killed in Benghazi, including Pat Smith, the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, have written Boehner asking that he name a special committee. Co-signers include scores of conservative and military leaders. Pat Smith has said President Obama and Secretary Clinton promised her they would find out what happened to her son. So far she has heard nothing.
A New York Times' editorial writes, The report, parts of which were blacked out, says there is no indication that the CIA knew of a time and place of a specific attack. It describes the attack as opportunistic' and not a highly coordinated plot.' This dovetails with an investigation by the Times, which found that the attack was triggered in part by spontaneous anger over an anti-Islamic video. The Times has a lot invested in its incorrect position and to issue corrections might take gallons of ink.
In the alternative media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to Fox News, that network's chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, would deserve one. Her tenacious and accurate reporting kept the Benghazi story alive when mainstream media appeared to have lost interest. In an email to me, Herridge writes about those who died in Benghazi: We cannot bring them back, but we can honor them with the facts.
It's a shame the Obama administration does not seem to share her attitude. That's why Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up.
They didn’t know a time and place? How about a time? Like the anniversary of 9/11, the day I learned all about Islam.
you're damned right I'm shouting!
” - - - Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up. - - - “
They had no heavy weapons to defend because the plan was to rely on a rapid US air response with precision weapons.
The SEALs laser designation of targets was done because THEY WERE FOLLOWING THE PLAN WORKED OUT AHEAD OF TIME.
The ONLY party who didn’t do ANYTHING to help was the one with the SMALLEST but MOST IMPORTANT duty —the WHITEHOUSE.
One word from Barry, “go” would have sufficed. BUT NO.
Suppose throughout the whole “The Lone Survivor” battle that WH higher-ups had PERFECT real-time video and audio communication with our men, as they were repeatedly shot and driven off of cliffs:
What would have been the reaction...?
Both parties, partying drunk and whoring in DC,
have armed al Qaeda with MANPADs while keeping the
borders open, and removing all Law from illegals.
The US Congress and their Tyrant have
destroyed America, its freedom,
its law, and its liberty.
Catherine Herridge has done an outstanding job of reporting, we need many more of her caliber in the media.
If the media majority consisted of people with integrity like hers 0bama wouldn’t be in the WH now.
NSA was and is collecting information on citizens.
With all the stuff they record and archive, the NSA should be perfect source of evidence what happened before, during and after Benghazi attack, IRS no scandal etc..
Our elected representatives should look into this with at least such veracity as the liberals do chasing innocent citizens. Lets have taxpayers money work.
Lives and countrys future are at stake.
Boehner is the key to the 2014 Impeachment of B. Hussein Obama.
As long as Obama can keep Boehner on as Speaker of the House, Obamas job is in safe and loyal hands.
The cowardly House RINOs fear Boehner, and thus keep Boehner on as Speaker.
Thus, the basic problem of stopping Boehner from running with Devil Obama lies squarely with the cowardly House RINOs.
The GOP Cave In on the amnesty for illegal alien invaders from Mexico bill to Devil Obama avoids having to enforce existing Federal Border Laws, a consistent goal of the Democrat Party from 1986 onward.
The GOP Establishment will always avoid any conflict with their betters, - - - the Democrat Politicians.
Boehner is dedicated to giving aid and comfort to the illegal alien invaders from Mexico, and America is the worse for it.
If politicians stand for nothing then they will fall for anything.
To make a difference, you have to have a difference.
Is Boehner resisting or running with the Devil Obama?
Bengazi, pick one:
1. Missiles for Muzzies
2. Swap of Stevens for Cyclops
3. BOTH of the above
Oh come on, you can hardly expect the CIA to have a calendar just lying around at Langley for everyone to see.
WHERE THE HELL WAS ØBAMA??? WHY WILL NOT ONE SINGLE NEWSIE ASK THAT SIMPLE QUESTION, ON THE RECORD????
EXACTLY! No one will ask this question anymore. At the beginning it was asked frequently but no more. What are they hiding and what do they know????
"Everyone clap for me! I allowed a US Ambassador, a diplomat and 2 Navy seals to get killed exactly one year ago today. Thank you Jeb Bush for getting on your knees and kissing my behind! I am so glad you know your place!"
Judge Jeanine Pirro doing what the RINO party refuses to do....
If I worked for the company, I would set a recurring reminder on 9/11 in perpetuity. Totes.
I see Bonehead in the US House and the Republican leadership is getting right on this, just like Fast and Furious, democrat voter fraud, IRS and the TEA Party, the money spent on the OBCARE website, Muslim Brotherhood in the WH, money for terrorists, weapons for terrorists, oh never mind any one who doesn’t think the republican leadership is in bed with these crooks is insane.
Three patriots who happen to be journalists.
Absolutely!! What a great trio.
Within 3 days of 9-11-12 I posted these three articles on Twitter.
If I had that kind of information, some of which was known the next day from 9-11, HOW is it POSSIBLE that Congress does not know what happened yet?
No other answer.