Hillary to Issa: You should reserve judgment about Benghazi until … November; Update: Feds received “about a dozen” intel reports pointing to terrorism within hours of attack

posted at 9:42 pm on October 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Powerline, I think this is her version of a compromise. Deep down, she’d prefer that he held off until November 2016.

Clinton said that the State Department’s Accountability Review Board will begin work this week and the letter revealed the names of all five board members. In addition to former Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Pickering, who will lead the board, the other members will be former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen (ret.), Catherine Bertini, Hugh Turner, and Richard Shinnick.

Clinton asked Issa to withhold any final conclusions about the Benghazi attack until the review board finishes its work and reports to Congress, which could come as early as November or as late as early next year. She pledged to work with Issa’s committee and asked him to submit any requests for information or witnesses at hearings to the State Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs.

How’s the Accountability Review Board going to get to the bottom of what happened when the FBI still can’t get access to the crime scene? The news tonight from Reuters is that the State Department’s still negotiating with the Libyan government to get people in there, nearly three weeks after the attack. Even the locals can’t quite believe the foot-dragging:

Three weeks after the attack that killed four Americans in this city, the investigation of its causes remains in its initial stages, with just a handful of suspects detained, the crime scenes minimally secured and Walid Faraj waiting for a phone call from someone, anyone, asking him what he saw on the night he was injured while protecting the U.S. mission…

“Since that day, nobody has called, nobody cared,” said Faraj, 28, who lost a tooth in the attack and whose legs are peppered with small wounds from the firefight. “How is it the Americans didn’t anticipate anything?”

Witnesses are scattered across Benghazi, a port town where the uprising that toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi began. But many witnesses say they haven’t heard from investigators.

The Washington Post is on the scene but Hillary Clinton’s crack investigative team is nowhere to be found. Between this and her letter to Issa, I’m wondering if the White House has finally transitioned from trying to cover up what happened with “spontaneous protest” nonsense to simply stonewalling the investigation until the election is safely past.

ABC has something new out tonight about Stevens warning a retired military officer in late August, just a few weeks before his death, not to travel to Libya because it was too dangerous with so many militias still running around. That’s the backdrop for the light security footprint that State imposed on him.

Update: Take three minutes to watch this important Fox News vid revealing how State did nothing — actually, less than nothing — when the Libyan contractors hired to protect the consulate complained to their British parent company that security at the building was substandard. State refused to intervene, and then, when an American firm was hired to provide additional security, State … shut it down. T-minus eight days and counting until those House hearings.


Update: Cover up.

Within hours of last month’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama’s administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said…

The stream of intelligence flowing into Washington within hours of the Benghazi attacks contained data from communications intercepts and U.S. informants, which were then fashioned into polished initial assessments for policymakers.

Officials familiar with them said they contained evidence that members of a militant faction, Ansar al-Sharia, as well as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, were involved in the assaults…

One official said initial reporting suggested militants had begun planning attacks on U.S. targets in Benghazi before Sept. 11, but may well have decided to use the protests as a pretext for moving forward that day.

Note well: Even the “initial reporting” pointed to a pre-planned attack with the protest just window dressing exploited by the jihadis. And yet they pushed the “spontaneous” line afterward for days. Question: If U.S. intel had a dozen or so bits of info pointing to terrorism within a few hours of the attack, why did the CIA circulate talking points for legislators pushing the “spontaneous” nonsense? That’s the next blank to be filled in. Exit quotation from Saxby Chambliss: “It seems increasingly clear that the briefings provided to Congress and the public about the Benghazi attack were at best incomplete and at worst misleading.”


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Effin’ her!!!

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

This is just insane…

Americans must die to protect Obama…

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

So State was begged for better security and they basically said “Meh”?

Nice.

Bishop on October 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

They wanted to let Al Queda have an ambassador’s body so they could trace it back to the AQ leadership.

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

[Middle finger being extended towards Hillary]

tomorrow……

A shoe will be thrown you way..

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Come on Bill..

Tell us how his is Smart Power…

…Oh Wait….

Bad timing…

When you are done getting….

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Someone please tell Hannity….

If Rush EVER retires we don’t have a bench….or it’s a small bench.

Oil Can on October 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

The legacy media is America’s mortal enemy…we should treat them as such.

d1carter on October 2, 2012 at 9:49 PM

If this were under Bush the media would be spinning it as Bush personally committing multiple homicides through his negligence.

Dash on October 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Wingnuts and Israelis really need to get in line.

Listen carefully racists: First of all you don’t matter. Second of all, if you did matter it wouldn’t be until after November 6th.

Are we clear?

CorporatePiggy on October 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

This entire administration is massively incompetent and thoroughly corrupt.

AZCoyote on October 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Oh and by wingnuts I mean anyone complaining about the fact that the federal government is complicit in the murder of several border agents and several thousand Mexican civilians through a deranged gun running operation.

After the election we will have more flexibility (to ignore you).

CorporatePiggy on October 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Update: Take three minutes to watch this important Fox News vid revealing how State did nothing — actually, less than nothing — when the Libyan contractors hired to protect the consulate complained to their British parent company that security at the building was substandard. State refused to intervene, and then, when an American firm was hired to provide additional security, State … shut it down. T-minus eight days and counting until those House hearings.

It’s like they wanted something to happen. Hmmmmm.

the_nile on October 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

“Yes we can” — stonewall until Nov., and then some.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Between this and her letter to Issa, I’m wondering if the White House has finally transitioned from trying to cover up what happened with “spontaneous protest” nonsense to simply stonewalling the investigation until the election is safely past.

Ya’ think??? It is nothing but a stonewalling coverup!

texgal on October 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Charisma uniqueness nerve talent

SouthernGent on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Hillary, like Obama, is inept at 3:00a.m.

May both be destroyed by Egypt/Libya. It w/b the ultimate irony and Schadenfreude.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Reason 1,000,003 that Obama MUST be defeated on NO-vember 6th!

Khun Joe on October 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hillary, like Obama, is inept at 3:00a.m.

May both be destroyed by Egypt/Libya. It w/b the ultimate irony and Schadenfreude.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Inept at 3:00AM??

Tell that to her…..[Beeep]

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

They wanted to let Al Queda have an ambassador’s body so they could trace it back to the AQ leadership.
pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

First there was “Fast And Furious”, then there was “Slow and Stupid”.

whatcat on October 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

BREAKING HEADLINE (from 2020):

Former Sec. State Clinton discovers lost cables from US Embassy in Libya asking for increased security; says “I don’t know how they got under my bed…maybe Bill put them there”. Coincidentally, the federal subpoena for those documents expired last week.

BobMbx on October 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Bill’s not to happy.

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

…delay…delay…delay!
…they won’t know they’re screwed until November 7th

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Dear Leader will drone strike the attackers on video sometime prior to the election…

d1carter on October 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

We spent massive ordninance in the form of Tomahawks to achieve this effect, without Congressional consent.

wolly4321 on October 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The media can only ignore for so long. Nov. 6th can’t get here soon enough for them.

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, Hill, you’re presidential material. “Vote for me because I’m an oppressed woman!” Shoulda divorced the lying impeached felon when you had the chance. How much did you spend on your daughter’s wedding? Really?

RobertMN on October 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Charisma uniqueness nerve talent

SouthernGent on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

That was a cunning stunt.

de rigueur on October 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

We spent massive ordninance in the form of Tomahawks to achieve this effect, without Congressional consent.

wolly4321 on October 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

With the label on the side…
“Peace”
Hence the reason Hillary was on record sayin”

“I just don’t get it…
We helped them and they attach us”

Or something like that…

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I thought Issa’s committee’s job WAS for Reviewing,At the least he should be able to appoint 1 of his own to Hillary’s cleaning crew.

tygart on October 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

They wanted to let Al Queda have an ambassador’s body so they could trace it back to the AQ leadership.

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Were they inviting a kidnapping so they would be “forced” to trade?

the_nile on October 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Did the White House order a cover-up over the murder of Libya’s US Ambassador?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/concoughlin/100183452/did-the-white-house-order-a-cover-up-over-the-murder-of-libyas-us-ambassador/

jjrakman on October 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM

“It seems increasingly clear that the briefings provided to Congress and the public about the Benghazi attack were at best incomplete blatantly false and at worst misleading perjury.”

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Were they inviting a kidnapping so they would be “forced” to trade?

the_nile on October 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Someone wanted Hillary’s career to be over. It worked.

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

This is just insane…

Americans must die to protect Obama…

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Murder by terrorist?

There is a “bumbling idiot” style of sabotage.

CrazyGene on October 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I want republicans to grow a spine in those hearings..demand answers well before the election or serious consequences..people need to be held responsible for this and F & F.. i want people in jail over these 2 deadly scandals

sadsushi on October 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Just imagine how big of a deal this whole mess would to the media be if a Republican was president.

supernova on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Murder by terrorist?

There is a “bumbling idiot” style of sabotage.

CrazyGene on October 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bumbling idiot..
In the White House..

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

the American people saw a real leader in President Obama.
 
chumpThreads on September 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM

rogerb on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

This should be the breaking story, lies and more lies.

RedRedRice on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Sorry, anyone in the way of the grander glorious march to Progressive worldwide government and dominion is just “collateral damage”.

Brian Terry

Ambassador Stevens

Aborted babies

The Rule of Law

The reputations of those that identify as Tea Party Conservatives

U.S. soldiers dying in the politically correct Afghan war with the Tallybahn and in Pahkeestawn.

The seniors that will get death panels

Grocers that want to sell food that they want

Any and all pissy dictators that we’ve supported like Mubarak and Quaddafi and that son of Assad guy.

Neda in Iran

the U.S. Constitution

Congressional precedence

Congressman or even us peons that want an audit of the Fed to see where they have been sending our money.

Issa and his backbenchers shant dare question Madame Secretary and Huma Abedin.

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Someone wanted Hillary’s career to be over. It worked.

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

We can only hope. I’ve said before that the Clintons may be down for the foreseeable future, but they are far too dishonest and power-hungry to ever be out, IMHO.

PatriotGal2257 on October 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Ya’ know,I’d love to crow as much as the rest of y’all, but this is all oh-so-devistating! How many people have died under this administration’s EXPLICIT actions?? This is all so totally criminal, and I can-no-flippin-believe it is being ignored!

Chewy the Lab on October 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Yep, Hillary’s going to cooperate alright, on Clinton time.

TXUS on October 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Oh, but THERE’S A FIVE YEAR OLD VIDEO OF OBAMA SPEAKING GULLAH!

Squirrel, people. Squirrel to distract from THIS blood on their hands.

major dad on October 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Exit quotation from Saxby Chambliss: “It seems increasingly clear that the briefings provided to Congress and the public about the Benghazi attack were at best incomplete and at worst misleading.”

Where’s Joe Wilson when you need a clear and concise voice?

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Within hours of last month’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama’s administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said…

Obama went to bed not knowing the fate of the Ambassador. but, as I’ve suspected from the beginning, by the next morning HE KNEW THIS WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK.

What were his first public statements? To blame the video and to shift attention to Romney’s comments (shoot first, aim later). He KNEW the smoke screen needed to be thick and quick.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Someone wanted Hillary’s career to be over. It worked.

pedestrian on October 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Nailed it. Thats so logical, perfect and simple I am sad to say I looked over it. Only thats an exceedingly dangerous game to play with the Clintons. eh Vince Foster?

orbitalair on October 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Not acceptable. Hillary thinks she’s going to foist Congress of until AFTER the election? Well, she can think again. Americans have HAD ENOUGH of political games. And by God if they won’t come forward in a timely manner on their own, then Congress needs to put some people under oath and find out why. This is an outrage.

Murf76 on October 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Wow. This is worse than what I thought.

But..but..Romney said 47%

The Notorious G.O.P on October 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sitting on the throne at 3 am.
Too much arugula.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I think that killing bin Laden was Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. He really thinks that that was the end.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

So where are the tv ads crushing Obama over this?

National security FAILURE
Economy FAILURE
Debt/budget FAILURE

President Obama has FAILED. It is time for new leadership.

How hard could it possibly be to get this message across?

free-thinker on October 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Kiss it, Hill. Start issuing subpoenas to appear, Issa.

I really think Hannity should focus on this story instead of Barry pandering to his core and talking with a fake Southern accent. The next thing you know Hannity will drop a bombshell about Obummer relying on a teleprompter, or something.

Philly on October 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I think that killing bin Laden was Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. He really thinks that that was the end.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

In the media reality show , is could be.

the_nile on October 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM

And so I ask again (since no one with a loud voice seems to ask) – where are the 37 (?) wounded and/or healthy staff that were heroically evacuated out of the consulate? Why are they not telling their story? And why is no one asking? Are they well? Are they under some sort of gag order? Are they at liberty or somehow quarantined somewhere?

bofh on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I think that killing bin Laden was Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. He really thinks that that was the end.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

They stabbed him in the back…
Not Noble Surprised by this..

Electrongod on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

“How is it the Americans didn’t anticipate anything?”

Anticipate ?
Huma and Jarret didn’t anticipate these attacks ?
You kidding, right ?

burrata on October 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hillary: We came, we saw, my career died.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I guess the most meaningful thing here, if you think about it, is that we’re still at least allowed to discuss it.

LIke F&F, there are going to be no consequences. As time goes by, we’re going to see more and more that the only people who get investigated and punished are those that liberals deem to be enemies.

Corzine? Nada.
Vegas casino dude who bankrolls conservative commercials? IRS probing his activities.

Holder? Nada.
Anti-muslim video guy? In jail.

Obama bundler/cronies who’ve made off with billions of taxpayer dollars in scams of every shape and sort? Nada.

Etc.

Midas on October 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

More & more comes out on the Cover Up! This is making “Watergate” look like a Game of Patty Cake! The Enemy media may not be able to stop the onslaught from outside sources, trying get out of the way of the Blood Splatter! I’m sure they’re going to try their level best to deflect away from the Impotent Incompetence of the Failure-in-chief and his Regime!
For those following,How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Look there was a small intelligence gap at Pearl Harbor but I will not call the Japanese our enemy, We probably insulted them. No more questions about our failure in seeing that Japan would attack us. Oh and misogynist and racist.

jukin3 on October 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Anyone think Hillary muddied this purposely?

A number of people have said she’s not going to run in ’16…

…and she’s stepping out, whether Barry wins or not.

What better way to string an albatross around 0 than miscues and obfuscations?

We all know he’s afraid of her, so 0 is not going to question what she’s doing.

I think that’s going to be the story. How else is Reuters, CNN and ABC getting info?

From State. Not Team Barry.

Wasn’t she against the ouster of Mubarak?

budfox on October 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

And so I ask again (since no one with a loud voice seems to ask) – where are the 37 (?) wounded and/or healthy staff that were heroically evacuated out of the consulate? Why are they not telling their story? And why is no one asking? Are they well? Are they under some sort of gag order? Are they at liberty or somehow quarantined somewhere?

bofh on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

They are, more than half of them, CIA operatives, currently scattered all over the world. That’s the not so secret dirty little secret of Benghazi. It wasn’t a consulate, it was a spy mission, trying to prevent weapons smuggled in to overthrow Khaddafi from falling into the wrong hands, trying to check al-Qaeda in North Africa.

Al-Qaeda kicked their ass out. More here. And they’re not going to talk.

de rigueur on October 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Not acceptable. Hillary thinks she’s going to foist Congress of until AFTER the election? Well, she can think again. Americans have HAD ENOUGH of political games. And by God if they won’t come forward in a timely manner on their own, then Congress needs to put some people under oath and find out why. This is an outrage.

Murf76 on October 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

… and when they don’t – and they won’t – then what? Wait for the next election so ‘our’ stellar team can make things right?

Pffft.

Midas on October 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Didn’t the Brits close down their embassy the month before? Seems like they did heed the warning.

I sure bet there are messages from Stevens to State asking for more security.

Answer: Cairo speech!

PattyJ on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The more I think about it, the more it looks like State revolted against Obama.

It makes Bill’s closing argument a smokescreen or she was furious at his delivery.

Hillary hooked Barry. At the speed of info, we may find out by November.

budfox on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Just imagine how big of a deal this whole mess would to the media be if a Republican was president.

supernova on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

It would be unprecedented – wall to wall coverage, 24×7. Story line would be how damaging this is in election season, probably cost us the white house, cover-up worse than Watergate, etc.

The Count on October 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I sure bet there are messages from Stevens to State asking for more security.

PattyJ on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Exactly. It went to State.

Barry leaves State all to Hillary.

And she did nothing?

Even though she wasn’t on board with the Arab Spring, or at least Egypt?

Who runs the DOD? Panetta. Another Clinton guy.

Are we really to believe Petraeus botched this so badly? The guy knows the players better than anyone.

Barry got fragged.

budfox on October 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

At worse “Misleading????????????””””””

How about TREASONOUS????

Varchild on October 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

The Count on October 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

And they would be right.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Turn up the heat. Justice for the fallen and their survivors, and for this country. We need leadership and we don’t have it.

Philly on October 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM

If U.S. intel had a dozen or so bits of info pointing to terrorism within a few hours of the attack, why did the CIA circulate talking points for legislators pushing the “spontaneous” nonsense?

Which department controls CIA ?

burrata on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Just imagine how big of a deal this whole mess would to the media be if a Republican was president.

supernova on October 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

It would be unprecedented – wall to wall coverage, 24×7. Story line would be how damaging this is in election season, probably cost us the white house, cover-up worse than Watergate, etc.

The Count on October 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

THIS is why HA needs a “Like” button!

Chewy the Lab on October 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Hillary did this to herself. No one else has ruined her career.

She’s Secretary of State. She’s the one to have signed off on security.

You can bet that if she vehemently disagree with Obama that she would have laid her own paper trail of memos stating that she was overridden.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The more I think about it, the more it looks like State revolted against Obama.

It makes Bill’s closing argument a smokescreen or she was furious at his delivery.

Hillary hooked Barry. At the speed of info, we may find out by November.

budfox on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I don’t see it. She had to be responsible for trotting out Rice to spew the line on all those Sunday shows.

Oh wait a minute, no one is safe around Hil, even her “closest” allies…

Sorry Susan, sucks to be you.

ccrosby on October 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

One official said initial reporting suggested militants had begun planning attacks on U.S. targets in Benghazi before Sept. 11, but may well have decided to use the protests as a pretext

Protest? Was there even a protest?

Shocker! I thought it was simply an armed assault from three sides. The Alamo redux.

MTF on October 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Exit quotation from Saxby Chambliss: “It seems increasingly clear that the briefings provided to Congress and the public about the Benghazi attack were at best incomplete and at worst misleading.”

Shit & Shinloa. Even a Jerk can tell the difference.

Ugly on October 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Hillary, like Obama, is inept at 3:00a.m.

May both be destroyed by Egypt/Libya. It w/b the ultimate irony and Schadenfreude.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I don’t disagree with you but the problem is that they will take hundreds of loyal military with them on their way to visit their daddy (Satan)

Vntnrse on October 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

According to the NYT, Obama is preparing to strike Libyan targets associated with the spontaneous video-protesting hooligans. I think this begins Phase II of Operation Obfuscation, since Phase I is now in jail for unlawful speech and has otherwise run its course.

The Count on October 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Which department controls CIA ?

burrata on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The CIA is under the Director of National Intelligence who reports to the President.

From the Reuters news item that’s linked in the second update, it looks as if it was all departments on deck to lie.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

[Congressional Investigation Transcript]

ISSA: Why didn’t you deliver the information about a pre-planned attack to the President in a timely manner?

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFER: I did sir! I thought it was so important I put it right on his chair in the Oval Office!

chuck_pundit on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

From CBS News

“A number of people felt helpless in pushing back” against the decision not to increase security and “were pleading with them to reconsider,” Chaffetz said. He added that frustrated whistle-blowers were so upset with the decision that they were anxious to speak with the committee.

Geez…not only were requests for additional security denied, there were pleas for a re-evaluation of these decisions. Who on earth was so he11-bent on withholding aid for the consulate?

lynncgb on October 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Just how “spontaneous” was it that the Muslim Brotherhood decided to show that video on Egyptian TV that day?

crosspatch on October 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Even the Russians knew what was going on before the attack. Read about it here. The 4th, 5th, and 6th paragraphs are the most enlightening.:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/islamic-fundamentalists-in-the-kremlin/468525.html

Isn’t it a nice reflection on the credibility of the American MSM that the Moscow Times does a better investigation than our own MSM?

And why is Hot Air ignoring this as well? This is the second HA post I have posted this to.

woodNfish on October 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Watergate did not leave any dead bodies. Obama and his gang are corrupt Chicago pols. If a member of my family were killed I would be on FNC, CNN and every other channel demanding an answer and now! Why aren’t the families outraged? I am!
Hillary screwed up, so did Obama, they have to go. This ruined any chance of Hillary running for POTUS, not that I am a dem but I don’t see any other dems rising to a run, unless they back an empty suit like they did O in 2007-2008.

At least republicans have a young group of stars in the bench.

carolt2 on October 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Who’s first responsibility is it to secure the safety of our diplomats? The Secretary of State.

Is there a failure of security? Yes, resulting in four deaths.

Why isn’t Ms. Clinton on the hot seat? Why isn’t her boss?

Speakup on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

When does the Romney campaign contact the whistleblowers to do an ad?

It has to be more relevant to the election than ads about the guys who collected Romney’s trash. Was Romney supposed to help those guys with their work?

BuckeyeSam on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Politics above all, simple as that.

Wagthatdog on October 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

The media actually seems to be paying attention to this.

Terrye on October 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM

According to the NYT, Obama is preparing to strike Libyan targets associated with the spontaneous video-protesting hooligans. I think this begins Phase II of Operation Obfuscation, since Phase I is now in jail for unlawful speech and has otherwise run its course.

The Count on October 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

And I suppose he won’t need congressional approval for that either. I think the response to this attack should wait until we have the true story and the election is over. Congress should do like they do in Europe or Israel, take a “vote of no confidence” or do one of those sense of the House resolutions the democrats were always so fond of.

Night Owl on October 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Geez…not only were requests for additional security denied, there were pleas for a re-evaluation of these decisions. Who on earth was so he11-bent on withholding aid for the consulate?

lynncgb on October 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Hillary and/or higher.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Al-Qaeda kicked their ass out. More here. And they’re not going to talk.

de rigueur on October 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Thanks. That makes as much, or more, sense than any other explanation I’ve seen. Except that it’s tough to put the genie back in the bottle – getting weapons back wouldn’t happen just by saying “please”, so there must have been quite a bit of baksheesh getting distributed there. Which raises the question about where the funding came from.

That’s quite a game plan: try to get weapons back from AQ by giving money to AQ. With which they can buy more weapons.

bofh on October 2, 2012 at 11:18 PM

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2012/09/scandal-obama-libya-lies-and-al-qaeda.html

The facility in Benghazi was not a regular consulate despite what the press has been saying. It is not clear what exactly that facility was–it does not appear on the Embassy Tripoli website or in the State Department’s list of consulates–but appears to have been operated on the bureaucratic sly to enable it to avoid expensive and time-consuming security requirements. The Near East (NEA) head, the Diplomatic Security (DS) head, the Undersecretary for Management (M), the Deputy Secretary (D), and the Secretary of State (S), and, of course, the CIA Director, and the head of the NSC, knew this, or should have, and should be fired–if they did not, they also should all be fired.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Can someone please tell me…are there any adults in this administration?

SmallGovtGuy on October 2, 2012 at 11:22 PM

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/ has been writing and writing about this and F & F.

Those posts are interspersed with reminiscences of his experiences in various places around the world.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

The CIA is under the Director of National Intelligence who reports to the President.
From the Reuters news item that’s linked in the second update, it looks as if it was all departments on deck to lie.

INC on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Thanx INC.
Then it is trickle down lying and I’m sure there is someone in the CIA already lined up to take the fall for Herr Hussein.

burrata on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 PM

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