Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

posted at 6:01 pm on May 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Allahpundit already covered the Syria-related aspects of Monday’s White House press briefing, but here’s another key bit that could prove mighty tricky for the Obama administration as the week progresses. Sounds like they’re sticking to their guns on the Accountability Review Board report from last December, to which they’ve ever since been referring questions; and although late last week the State Department’s IG office reported that they’re conducting an investigation into just how thoroughly definitive that report really was, Carney insisted that review was “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.” Via the DC:

I’m thinking there’s going to be a pretty major hitch in their narrative here with the ARB report (among other things); it’s the Obama administration’s official account of things, and sure, it did produce “a series of recommendations that have all been acted on by the State Department,” but it also basically cleared Hillary Clinton from any serious culpability. As Ed already pointed out, however, at least one witness taking part in Wednesday’s Congressional hearing is reportedly going to testify that Clinton deliberately cut the State Department’s counter-terrorism bureau out of the loop, and that the ARB report then deliberately omitted that pesky detail. That could prove troublesome, no?


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Let. Them. Burn!

HiJack on May 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Here’s a question I would like someone to ask these jerks: If you did make a mistake, would you admit it?

HiJack on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

what are the consequences of lying to congress these days?

DanMan on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

what are the consequences of lying to congress these days?

DanMan on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Nada. Zero. Zilch.

HiJack on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

unimpeachable

Interesting word choice.

aquaviva on May 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Yeah, state investigating state with state officials that answer to the Sec. of State. That outta be seriously in-depth. They won’t stop until they uncover every last detail of Hilary’s incompetence so they can hide it and shut everyone up who knows!

JAM on May 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What difference does it make?

catmman on May 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Liar Lair Pants On Fire!

journeymike on May 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Carney insisted that review was “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.”

Really? I thought they never interviewed the lovely Hillary.

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Here’s a question I would like someone to ask these jerks: If you did make a mistake, would you admit it?

HiJack

Remember when GWB just couldn’t admits his mistakes. He was intransigent and simple. He didn’t have a reflective bone in his dumb body!

Good times!

JAM on May 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Islam: Violence Emanates from its Core - “Progressives have a pathological need to ignore the differences in people.”

Mutnodjmet on May 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Here’s a question I would like someone to ask these jerks: If you did make a mistake, would you admit it?

HiJack on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Oh they do. Goes back to the Clinton administration. “Mistakes were made”—–apparently by the mistake fairy.

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

“That action saved American Lives”!
-Carney

Huh,and WTH-WTF!!!!

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

Hillary was spared from being questioned by Pickering and Mullins and the administration hid many witnesses by changing their names in their medical records.

Sorry, Baghdad Jay, but the jig is up.

Resist We Much on May 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Hmmmmmm…

US consulate attacked in Libya

Diplomat: US special forces team was stopped from going to Benghazi after embassy attack – @AP

51 mins ago from twitter.com/AP by editor

http://politics.breakingnews.com/topic/us-consulate-attacked-in-libya

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

“Rigorous and unsparing” does not mean “accurate and honest”.

Flange on May 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

That could prove troublesome, no?

Why would you think that? It’s disgusting, but I don’t think anything will come of any of this. We live in bizarre times.

whbates on May 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

As Ed already pointed out, however, at least one witness taking part in Wednesday’s Congressional hearing is reportedly going to testify that Clinton deliberately cut the State Department’s counter-terrorism bureau out of the loop, and that the ARB report then deliberately omitted that pesky detail. That could prove troublesome, no?

it should prove troublesome, however, the clintonistas will character smear the guy, find him with child pr0nergraphy or something and, voila, no problem.

ted c on May 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

what are the consequences of lying to congress these days?

DanMan on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

If yer a Democrat….lucrative book deal, talk show circuit…the sky’s the limit.

Peace Prize!!!!

BigWyo on May 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Carney is Baghdad Bob on crack.

VorDaj on May 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

Except for the part where they didn’t interview a lot of people involved.

Depends on how you define “rigorous”.

What did Obama know and when did he know it?

farsighted on May 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

A politically correct “panel” can easily find what it expects or wants to find. Had there been any doubt of an adverse finding this panel would not have been selected.

rplat on May 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Carney is Baghdad Bob on crack.

VorDaj on May 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

At least Baghdad Bob was trying to protect a decent enough fellow.

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

…however, at least one witness taking part in Wednesday’s Congressional hearing is reportedly going to testify that Clinton deliberately cut the State Department’s counter-terrorism bureau out of the loop, and that the ARB report then deliberately omitted that pesky detail. That could prove troublesome, no?

Call me cynical but doesn’t Fort Marcy Park have a vacancy?

glennbo on May 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

I hope Carney’s kids grow to be honest historians, and discover their father is a bigger sleaze than his boss. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth is an ungrateful child. a child who grows to disrespect a dishonest father.”

Liam on May 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

At least Baghdad Bob was trying to protect a decent enough fellow.

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Aw come on, Hillary is likeable enough.

Lily on May 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

Sean Hannity had one of the Benghazi drone operators on his radio program. The guy has never been contacted by anybody. He said he knew from the beginning just how much of a cover-up this has been because they could see that his wasn’t a spontaneous attack as the administration maintains. Now how can the ARB report be rigorous and unsparing if they haven’t even talked to those with eyes on ground at the time of this terrorist assault?

Jay Carney has the simplest schedule in DC.

Lie your ass off is inked in for every slot.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Carney insisted that review was “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.”

They found these guys in WASHINGTON, DC?

GarandFan on May 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Aw come on, Hillary is likeable enough.

Lily on May 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Only if Spock has a beard. And then, it is a bit iffy.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Hillary was spared from being questioned by Pickering and Mullins and the administration hid many witnesses by changing their names in their medical records.

Sorry, Baghdad Jay, but the jig is up.

Resist We Much on May 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

It’s Mike Mullen and he’s a political scumbag who went along with the rat-eared coward’s social engineering of the military when he headed the JCS.

But I’m looking forward to “Troll Free Wednesday” here at HA. If you haven’t noticed the trolls skitter like cockroaches exposed to light when the subject of Benghazi comes up. Wednesday will be hard on them.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Because the ARB cannot be ‘gotten to’.

BKeyser on May 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Issa, I recall, was going to put Obama away on Fast & Furious. I have no expectation that he will do better this time.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Issa, I recall, was going to put Obama away on Fast & Furious. I have no expectation that he will do better this time.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The difference, I think, is like Watergate the problem for the rat-eared coward is in the cover-up not the crime itself. Fast and Furious was about the crime.

Stevens died and Obama lied. There seems to be plenty of evidence that this is fact. The morphing of talking points from an Al Qaeda attack to a spontaneous protest has been documented. It is the latter version that Susan Rice used to lie her ass off on no fewer than five Sunday talk shows even though she and the administraton had been told otherwise from the very begininning.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Lying crapweasels acting like themselves. Move on, nothing to see here.

Philly on May 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Liar, liar, Lane Bryant plus size career pants on fire.

fred5678 on May 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

“rigorous and unsparing,” kind of like “severely conservative”

stefanite on May 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

‘I can’t imagine anyone with any heart that would watch a battle rage for seven hours knowing that heroes were there that were going to be slaughtered if you didn’t have help sent in. Because we know that C130s could have been sent there in less than an hour, jets could have been scrambled in minutes from many different parts of the globe. The order was ‘don’t help, them let them die.”

- Charles Woods, the father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods

Resist We Much on May 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Resist We Much on May 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I think one of the most under-reported and reprehensible parts of this story is the fact that one of those killed was up on the roof painting targets for military assistance never arrived because it was told to stand down. Thus making himself a target.

Think about that the next time you hear Hillary Clinton screech her “What difference does it make at this point” line.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Think about that the next time you hear Hillary Clinton screech her “What difference does it make at this point” line.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I share your outrage, but not your optimism.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Is it just me or is carney a swarmey little twerp…they make me want to puke….if this keeps up, I will be anorexic

crosshugger on May 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

If the Secret Service agents are guilty then they should pay the price.

MoreLiberty on May 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

“What did I say, Stanley? I said NO HOOKERS! NO HOOKERS! NO HOOKERS!”
– Bachelor Party

mojo on May 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

DanMan on May 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

lying to lyres isn’t a crime?

aceinstall on May 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM