Hicks: Oddly enough, State started criticizing my performance only after I challenged them about Benghazi

posted at 6:41 pm on May 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, it’s not in the clip but he went on to say that he received the equivalent of a demotion after he started questioning his superiors about Susan Rice’s nonsense. Here’s his diplomatic record per Foreign Policy:

With a 22-year career at the State Department, Hicks has distinguished record of service in six overseas assignments in Bahrain, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and The Gambia. In the course of his service, he’s received six Meritorious Service Increases, three individual Meritorious Honor Awards, and four individual Superior Honor Awards. At the time of the attack in Benghazi, Hicks was the number two U.S. official in Libya.

More than 20 years stationed all over the Middle East, replete with awards and, allegedly, phone calls from both the president and the secretary of state after the Benghazi attack to commend him for his actions — and suddenly, after he started asking questions about Susan Rice, his “management style” was unacceptable. How does a guy with management deficiencies rise to number two in Libya, one of the most perilous diplomatic posts in the world? Should we start asking State instead to explain why they’re promoting alleged incompetents?

Here’s the significance of Hicks’s testimony from a media standpoint: Whether he’s telling the truth or not, it’s now a story requiring further investigation. If he’s really the disgruntled axe-grinder Hillaryland will inevitably claim that he is, he’s effectively perjured himself on a matter of grave national-security import. If he’s telling the truth, then Hillary and her deputies retaliated against a decorated diplomat for the crime of questioning their initial bogus narrative about the attack. The public needs to know, either way. If the press refuses to pursue this, it’s essentially a green light to Obama’s administration to retaliate against future whistleblowers on the assumption that the dismissive “disgruntled employee” explanation will be accepted without checking too much into it. If you’re a manager in some government agency and your underling challenges you, demote him/her and then claim axe-grinding if he/she goes public. We’ll see tomorrow and Friday how much afflicting-of-the-comfortable our fearless media is up for.

Early indications don’t look good.

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HAL is good for HA Capitalism.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

HAL is good for HA Capitalism – to his chagrin.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Conferring with HAL.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Is they what they call it now?

CW on May 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

KOOLAID’s mom’s spirits scared HAL into his soiled spielhosen.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM


CW on May 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

So will Boehner call a special prosecutor or will he continue to say no?

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I wait, whistling.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Gun running to Al Qaeda in Syria. Stevens arranged it, he was the “loose end” that had to be eliminated. In a worst case scenario now, if finally caught, both Hussein and Shillary can say they had no idea Stevens was doing it. At this point I wouldn’t put it past Hussein and Co. actually arranging the attack with a nicely used “mohammed video” pre-thought as an excuse. No way they came up with the video excuse on the fly.

riddick on May 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I don’t doubt the gun-running angle. And I’m totally with you on not trusting these people as far as I could throw them. But I can’t help but wonder if all that alone would make the deaths of 30+ Americans an acceptable outcome (because without the help of the two who went without authorization, that could very well have been the body count–which I’m sure you know, but actually saying it drives home the awfulness and how much Obama and Hillary were willing to risk for the sake of…???).

butterflies and puppies on May 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

As Hicks read his statement, I was surprised at the many accolades he was awarded by his superiors. Years and years of stellar reviews. This was a man who was really considered a rock star of the diplomatic corps.

Yes, it is stunning how his star quality bit the dust by simply questioning Rice’s five Sunday appearances. He knew he had reported from the very beginning that this was an attack, NOT a stupid demonstration. Of course he would be floored by watching Susan Rice fill the airwaves with absolute bull poop.
It’s very Obama regime for them to go for the jugular, particularly when Hicks, one of its own, commits the state crime of questioning/challenging the “narrative.”

Hicks is an honest man who not only loves this country and his fellow workers, but also felt an affection for those Libyans who longed for democracy. It was obvious, and moved me, in his testimony.

Am just saying this because I was able to watch when perhaps you couldn’t. I didn’t know squat about him before today, but Hicks seems to have been an honorable public servant, has performed admirably for over two dacades, who is being railroaded by the Obama Admin…and it’s probably just going to get worse for him.

He deserves our thanks.

marybel on May 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

…she could still kick has a$$…in absentia!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

That made me smile.

VegasRick on May 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

It must really hurt Republicans to know that the folks who are paying attention to this witch haunt are those who will never vote for a democrat even if their lives depended on it.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Never seen a Low-IQ Democrat Voter admit that Hillary was a Witch before.


But what pray tell is a “Witch Haunt”?, Urkel?

(Starts Sundial)

Del Dolemonte on May 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

bayam on May 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Please tell us what Bush (or any other President) could have done with Clarke’s warnings to prevent such an attack, in a manner that you Leftists would approve of.

Racial Profiling?

Warrantless Wiretaps?

Pre-Emptive Strikes on Florida, where Atta and the others lived?

(Starts Sundial #2)

Del Dolemonte on May 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Americans who decide elections

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

In 2012, O’bama lost the college graduate vote, and only won because he increased his share of the high school dropout vote from 70% in 2008 to 80+ %.


Del Dolemonte on May 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

‘The fact remains — as we have repeatedly indicated — that United States forces could not have arrived in time to mount a rescue of those Americans killed or injured that night.’

– George Little, Pentagon spokesman

Soooo weird. We could send a both a Learjet and a C-130 transport from Tripoli to Benghazi to pick up some of the State and CIA personnel DURING the attack, but we couldn’t send members of the Special Forces that were in Tripoli (and told to stand down twice) to Benghazi because they were too far away?

The other obvious problem with the Pentagon’s position is that it is based on facts that were unknown when the decision was made. At the times of the decision and multiple stand down orders, NO ONE KNEW HOW LONG THE ATTACK WOULD LAST. No one knew if it would be over in minutes, hours, days, or months, for that matter. 20/20 hindsight is nice, but it is not determinative.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I wonder what POTUS was doing, after the SECDEF got done briefing him. There are a lot of very senior people in USGOV, and both political parties asking 1600 that question. One thing keeps nagging at me. Where was the football. Did the team know where POTUS was. And how bad was the break in the NCA was? I know. More questions than answers.

flackcatcher on May 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I agree, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I think this fact (that nobody can actually see into the future) is not lost on the generals in charge here.

Part of me has to wonder if this is their way of ‘supporting’ the official narrative, but not in a way that actually supports it. As in, go on record the way you’re supposed to, but with a story that is so logically absurd it’s of no use to anybody in the administration.

Probably reading too much into it, but it’s hard to understand how a general would make a statement that is so ridiculous on the face of it.

rightmind on May 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

So the Left feels compelled to rally around Cheryl Mills. Anybody got a clue what will be said about anyone who criticizes her? The good thing is that it won’t be a new insult.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

These are the same people who complained about W finishing the goat book instead of finding a phone booth so he could change into Superman.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Under the Whistleblower Act I pray he gets justice and the rest of America too. The State Dept. is as corrupt to American values I have ever seen!

karlinsync on May 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I was impressed with all three men who testified yesterday. They definitely put the spotlight on a very defunct administration who did not know how to protect their people. Those Jhadists attacked at a bad time during and election season. It was a brilliant move on the part of the Jhadists. They knew that they would get away with it because of weak knees Democrats who rather lie than tell the truth.

I can not say very much for the American voter, who rather be lied to than do the responsible thing. They are the ones that fall for a line and do look any deeper. They have the sense of hearing but do not listen and evaluate. They are the ones that are sighted but do not have the sense to concern what they see. President Obama and his administration should have been judged on how Benghazi was handled. President GW was judged on how he handled the wars and was criticized constantly. Threatened all the time. Nothing like this has been done to Obama. We were not even at war but four men were casualties of an act of war on the part of terrorists. They even knew who the aggressors were and did nothing. At least when we were attacked when Bush was President. He did take a stand.

Portia on May 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM