Damning Dozen: Yesterday’s Benghazi revelations
posted at 1:12 pm on May 9, 2013 by Guy Benson
Over at Townhall, I’ve distilled yesterday’s marathon hearings down to twelve bona fide revelations. I undertook the project for two reasons: First, to help inform people who genuinely care about the truth, but who — like most normal human beings — had neither the time nor bandwidth to follow the proceedings for hours on end. And second, to debunk the lefty line that “nothing new” came to light yesterday, and that the whole endeavor was just a “gotcha” re-run. The full piece includes hyperlinks and several embedded videos. Here’s an even shorter version:
(1) Career diplomat Gregory Hicks was ordered not to cooperate with Congressional investigators by Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, a move that he said was unprecedented over 22 years of service.
(2) Hicks went from hero to “effectively demoted” pariah once he started raising objections to the administration’s patently false talking points.
(3) Sec. Clinton was personally informed that the assault was a terrorist attack as it unfolded. The YouTube video tale was a complete red herring, and a “non-event” in Libya. And top administration figures knew it — days before Sec. Rice’s infamous talk show rounds.
(4) A small American fighting force in Tripoli was twice ordered to stand down as they prepared to deploy to Benghazi during the eight-hour attack. Who grounded them, and why, remain mysteries.
(5) The State Department’s chief of security in Libya, Eric Nordstrom, testified that Sec. Clinton was “absolutely” aware of his team’s repeated requests for more security assets in the months leading up to the attack, all of which were denied.
(6) Amb. Chris Stevens was in Benghazi on 9/11 at Clinton’s behest; she wanted to make the Benghazi compound a permanent diplomatic post.
(7) Some of the Libyan guards at the consulate were “certainly complicit” in the attack.
(8) Amb. Stevens was dragged to a hospital under the control of Ansar al-Sharia, the radical Islamist group primarily responsible for the attacks. US officials didn’t go to retrieve him because they believed they’d be walking into a trap.
(9) The US government didn’t request permission to fly any aircraft into Libyan airspace during the attack, perhaps suggesting that no rescue mission was ever seriously considered, let alone triggered.
(10) It was (again) definitively established that budget shortfalls had absolutely nothing to do with the lax security situation on the ground in Libya, despite claims from committee Democrats.
(11) Whistle-blower Mark Thompson offered to testify before the administration’s internal (ARB) investigation, but was not invited to do so. The leaders of the ARB were invited to participate in House hearings, but they declined. Committee Democrats asserted the opposite of the truth in both cases.
(12) Two whistle-blowers responded to Sec. Clinton’s infamous question about the administration’s bogus talking points, “what difference does it make?”
Benghazi happened “a long time ago” … yet we have no satisfactory explanations for the dreadfully inadequate security presence in Libya, no confirmation on who issued stand down orders (and why), and no accountability for the fabricated talking points that were disseminated to the public on behalf of the president. Also, no arrests. But aside from all of that, nothing to see here, folks.