Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Benghazi-gate: Hillary Clinton Testifies

First of all:

Government watchdog Judicial Watch released a report Tuesday criticizing the State Department’s and President Barack Obama’s actions both before and after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in which United States Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“The September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi resulted from a wide range of strategic and tactical failures by State Department officials,” according to the report. “Chief among them was the fateful decision to circumvent established security regulations by designating the diplomatic post in Benghazi a ‘Special Mission Compound,’ ignoring repeated requests for additional security resources by Diplomatic Security personnel on the ground.”

The report also criticized the State Department for being “well aware of the escalating violence in Benghazi and the political threat it posed to the U.S mission there.”

The report criticized the president and administration officials for continued insistence that the attack was triggered by “an obscure Internet video.”

“Our concern is that security has taken a back seat to politics at the State Department,” stated Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton in a press release. “The willingness of the State Department and the White House to lie about the Benghazi attack does not inspire confidence that the Benghazi security failures will be seriously addressed. In the meantime, our diplomatic personnel may remain at risk as politicians and bureaucrats avoid accountability.”
While it has been established that the Benghazi mission (whatever its purpose was - see pages nine and ten of the report) was dangerous and that all parties involved, including and especially the president, lied about the video being the instigator, it does not go far enough and demand what the parties involved were doing and why they failed to do something during the attack.

What is especially troubling now is Hillary Clinton's response at the 1:21 point:

For weeks, the Obama administration lied about what was clearly an al Qaeda (or variant) attack by blaming it on a film, even going so far as to arrest the filmmaker. It had taken months to co-ordinate responses, each of which do not stand up to scrutiny. What does it matter? It matters that the "peace in our time" president who now aids Egypt militarily sent an ambassador to co-ordinate what is the equivalent of "Fast and Furious" and then lied and prevaricated and let others take the fall. THAT'S what matters.

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