From Big Peace.
On the eve of the hearings, the State Department claimed not to have linked the Libya attack to an anti-Islamic video made in the United States–although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did so in television advertisements the State Department produced for Pakistani television, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice told the media over and over again that the attacks had been part of a spontaneous demonstration of outrage across the region. Numerous requests for additional security in Benghazi had been ignored by the diplomats at Foggy Bottom.
The hearings so far:
Former Army Special Operations officer LTC Andrew Wood, and the State Department’s former regional security officer in the country, Eric Nordstrom, expressed anger at the way the State Department dismissed and ignored concerns over the lack of security measures at the U.S. embassy in Libya:
After a day of testimony on Capitol Hill and weeks of conflicting accounts from the Obama administration regarding the deadly Libya attack, the frustration of boots-on-the-ground employees boiled over late Wednesday.
Scathing criticism from two former security officers for the U.S. mission in Libya surfaced at the close of an already-tense hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
During that hearing, senior officials continued to play down any suggestion that additional security forces could have prevented what was described as an “unprecedented” attack on Sept. 11.
But the two security officers indicated they were butting heads with higher-ups all along to try to secure more staffing.
“We were fighting a losing battle. We couldn’t even keep what we had,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, former head of a 16-member U.S. military team that helped protect the embassy in Tripoli.
The State Department’s former regional security officer in the country, Eric Nordstrom, closed by recalling a conversation he had with a State official when asking for more agents on the ground. After being told he was asking for too much, Nordstrom recalled saying:
“‘You know what (is) most frustrating about this assignment? It’s not the hardships, it’s not the gunfire, it’s not the threats. It’s dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me.’
“And I added it by saying, ‘For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building.'”
Nordstrom also testified that the State Department told him they wanted to keep the number of security personnel in Benghazi “artificially low”. Whatever the hell that means.
Darrell Issa wants to conduct classified briefings on the Libya intel. If it goes anything like the Fast and Furious testimony, don’t expect the State Department to tell the truth.
The Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, State Department chief Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice, Spokes-kid Jay Carney, and Obama, have lied, denied, spun, and blamed others throughout this whole goddamned disaster.
Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, refuses to admit it was an act of terrorism. It’s just a man-caused disaster.
The willful ignorance, ignoring the warnings of attacks prior to the storming of the embassies, refusing the request for more security, and the sickening incessant groveling by embassy officials, the military hierarchy, the State Department, and Obama, have taken place in full view of the world.
The mother of Sean Smith, one of the slain embassy personnel, calls the explanations given by the Obama regime “baloney that comes through with this political stuff”. The rest of us have a stronger interpretation: Bullshit on stilts.
Hillary and Obama blamed the Innocence of Muslims video, then denied they ever did so.
The Left vilified the video’s creator, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, as if he were at fault for perpetually outraged, violent muzzie thugs. He was subsequently arrested for violating Obama’s idea of the First Amendment.
That’s how the entire crew in the Obama regime operates. Deny everything, don’t own your mistakes, refuse accountability, and blame others. They have no fucking shame.
4 thoughts on “Congressional Hearings on Obama’s Benghazi Fail”
I find myself mistaken in observations of this administration’s foreign policy strategy. Previous observations were that the administration’s policy was ‘amateur week’ or following the example of the ‘Keystone Cops’. I was very mistaken. The first mistake was actually assuming that the administration was following a coherent policy that looked out for the better interest of our nation and its citizens, or more specifically, our citizens (and officials) safety overseas. Now that the various investigations are revealing all kinds of information concerning the security picture in Libya , it becomes very clear that the average citizen can see a security problem there. Imagine if we had access to the Intelligence briefings that are prepared for the various offices of the federal executive departments. The evidence that is coming to light is of an administration that did not know, and did not care, about the safety of Ambassador Stevens. A news program today pointed out that there are more Marines in our mission in Barbados than in Libya. The anniversary of 9/11 was not of consequence to this administration. It appears the administration was actually trying to make a statement about how relations with Islamic countries could be normalized. I will leave it to you to judge how successful the President’s foreign policy worked. I’m beginning to think this administration believes that intelligence briefings are distractions and unimportant. Perhaps “We The People” should explain it to him next month.
I have said it many times, “everyone emulates the boss”. If he doesn’t think intelligence briefings are important, then why should they care about informing themselves?
damn it!!!…where’s that fookin’ oil I keep hearin’ we’s fightin’ for???…
To adapt an old fable, Emperor USA became a Practising Imperial Nudist decades ago, and sleeping with Islamic Terrorists, Tyrant Sheikhs and Military Dictators. This Pampering, arming and setting up Insane Cutpricks against their own insane people, and fattening off their Oil and Lands has now set all insane Islamists against all Christianity – and that means the USA. Democracy, Freedoms, Sovereignty was never an actual concern of the USA. As you sow . . . . etc.
I agree that the United States should pick and choose its allies carefully. That requires an understanding of history and the ability to think in the long term. Having said that, the Middle East is a cesspool of violent, backwards Islamic pigs, who want to set up a new Caliphate. They breed, fund, train, and support terrorism world wide. Obama’s foreign policy has been rife with ass-kissing and kowtowing, as if that would make everything hunky dory. They don’t like us and quite frankly, I couldn’t care less. The feeling is mutual.
I’d have scorched the entire region on 12 September 2001. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, each and every one of the Islamofascist nation-states would be cleansed of all their populations. Neutron bombs would do the trick. I’d leave the oil rigs and the pyramids and other ancient antiquities for us to keep as the spoils of war. Those are the only things that are worth a shit over there. The human excrement would be gone.
How’s that for reaping?