Benghazie testimony debunks GOP conspiracy theories.
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#1 May 10, 2013
1. F-16s could have been sent to Benghazi
Part of the prevailing theory surrounding the events the night of the Benghazi attacks is that the Obama administration did not do enough militarily to respond to the crisis. Gregory Hicks a Foreign Service Officer and the former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya claimed during his pre-hearing testimony that fighter jets could have been flown over Benghazi, preventing the second wave of the attack from occurring.
Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) questioned that statement, asking Hicks whether he disagreed with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gen Martin Dempseys assessment that no air assets were in range the night of the attack. Hicks didnt disagree, saying he was speaking from [his] perspective and what veteran Libyan revolutionaries told him, rather than Pentagon assessments.
2. Hillary Clinton signed cables denying additional security to Benghazi
House Republicans came to the conclusion in their interim report on Benghazi that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to them about what she knew and when during her testimony this January. This includes her statement that at no time was she aware of requests for additional security at the diplomatic facility in Benghazi prior to the attack.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) used her time to take issue with this claim, asking all three witnesses about standard protocol for cables leaving the State Department. All three agreed with Maloney, that the Secretary of States name is placed at the bottom of all outgoing cables and telegrams from Foggy Bottom, whether the Secretary has viewed them or not, shooting down the GOP claim.
3. A Special Forces Team that could have saved lives was told to stand down
One of the most shocking reveals in the lead-up to todays hearing was that a team of Special Forces in Tripoli were told not to deploy to Benghazi during the attack. That decision has led to an uproar on the right, including claims of dereliction of duty towards Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey for not taking actions that could have saved lives.
During questioning, Hicks confirmed that the team was ready to be deployed not to join the fighting at the CIA annex but to secure the airport for the withdrawal of our personnel from Benghazi after the mortar attack. Hicks also confirmed that it was the second such team to be readied for deployment, with the first having proceeded to Benghazi earlier. Despite the second team not deploying, the staff was all evacuated first to Tripoli, then to Germany, within 18 hours of the attack taking place.
4. The State Departments Accountability Review Board isnt legitimate
Republicans have been attacking the State Departments official in-house review of the shortcomings seen before, during, and after the assault in Benghazi. That criticism prompted House Republicans to write their own report. When asked point blank about the recommendations of the Board, however, the witnesses didnt cooperate with the GOP narrative.Absolutely, Eric Nordstrom, the Regional Security Officer for Libya prior to the assault in Benghazi, answered when asked if he believes implementing the recommendations would improve security.I had an opportunity to review that along with other two committee reports. I think taken altogether, theyre fairly comprehensive and reasonable. Hicks, when questioned, said that while he had some issues with the process by which the Board gathered its information, he demurred on criticizing the report itself.
#2 May 10, 2013
Well reasoned but don't expect much but insults from the right. This forum, much like the Ukiah Forum and others, was infected by Here is One, which effectively diminished participation and increased animosity....at least he/they have been shut down....
#3 May 10, 2013
Benghazi cover-up will drive Obama from office
Mike Huckabee on Monday predicted that President Barack Obama wont finish out his second term in light of the cover-up of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the former Arkansas governor called the affair more serious than Watergate.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/huckabe...
#4 May 10, 2013
Mike Hukabee???? LOL
No response to the points in post #1???
Why not? Facts get in your way or what?
And by the way, you say it is a "cover up"......a "cover up" of what exactly....I have never heard any of you provide a reasonable answer to that question.
#5 May 10, 2013
Doesn't mater what three dip sh_ts on this site think. It will go internal now. Don't worry about Republicans. All those people that work in government that were involved will start trying to protect themselves aka CYA and the lying stinking rotten scum suckers from hell will be exposed. We call it survival, Dumb heads. All the Democrat talking points the first poster put up are meaningless, a waste of time. We all know this government lied like stinking dogs to the country, to the world. They disgraced the whole damn bunch of us to get the hoopster elected, deal with it.
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