The former deputy of the diplomatic mission in Libya, Gregory Hicks, had a lot to say in his testimony before a House committee last week regarding what he regards as a feckless U.S. response to the attack on the mission in Benghazi in September. He wasn't the first to make the argument that reinforcements should have been sent to fight the attackers or that jet fighters should have been ordered to fly over Benghazi during the attack.
But by taking note of praise he said he was given by a lieutenant colonel for having "bigger balls" than the military for pushing for such moves, he boosted his criticisms into the limelight days before he testified to representatives on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks's complaints about the U.S. response to the attack have gotten a lot of well-deserved pushback since then.
Over the weekend, they got some more of it when former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, a Republican, weighed in on the subject during an interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation. While not mentioning Hicks by name, he called the response scenarios the diplomat has said should have occurred a "cartoonish impression of military capabilities." Please read below the fold for the transcript from that part of the interview:
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