The 800-page Benghazi report released by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today in Washington is a thorough retelling of the events leading up to, during and after the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2012. I’ve detailed many of the important points of this extensive report here.
But, if you don’t have time or the interest to go through all of the various details of the Benghazi report, if you can only take away one item from this comprehensive release, please listen to this interview between national talk show host Hugh Hewitt and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) this morning.
Pompeo, along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) delivered a 51-page addendum to the full report focusing on how the American team on the ground was let down and abandoned by the Obama Administration and CLinton State Department.
Here’s a key exchange:
HH: Representative Pompeo, if Secretaries Clinton and Panetta at Defense, State and Defense, and President Obama had moved with dispatch to order Marines in uniform, could they have gotten to Benghazi before Ty Woods and Glenn Dougherty were killed?
MP: Well, we’ll never know the answer to that. I don’t know the answer to that. I do know this. They didn’t try. At no time, Hugh, was there ever a U.S. armed aircraft en route to Benghazi, Libya. At no time. When the final mortars fell, Hugh, one last fact. These aren’t conclusion. We’re being accused of being political. These are just facts. When the final mortars fell, there was not a single wheel turning moving an aircraft with U.S. soldiers toward Libya. Not one when the final mortars fell. There was political spin taking place, but the wheels weren’t spinning.
HH: Well, and how long between the first report in Washington and that final mortar elapsed?
MP: Some seven-plus hours, Hugh.
HH: Wow. That’s, and who rescued our Libyan annex? It is reported by NBC that Qaddafi-ites rescued our annex people. Is that true?
MP: Yes, sir, that is true. No help from Washington ever arrived. The amazing work of a CIA case officer on the ground in Benghazi calling around, seeking help, demanding that he figure this out, solved the problem by reaching out to a group that was then known as the Libyan Military Intelligence. And they showed up with about 50 gun trucks and rescued our personnel that night.
“No help from Washington ever came.”
There was a rescue. It came from Libyan forces only after a 13 hour fire fight resulting in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Hillary Clinton’s friend.
But President Obama and Secretary Clinton spent their time debating what kind of uniforms the Marines should wear if they were ever given the go ahead to do their jobs and rescue our heroes. The Marines changed clothes four times while waiting for orders because Clinton’s State Department prioritized political concerns over the lives of Americans in harm’s way.
“No help from Washington ever came. ”
The conference of deputies that occurred during the fire fight where uniforms were debated and no order to engage was ever authorized did result in an 11-point action item list. Five of those action items related to the trumped up story that a YouTube video on the life of Mohamed was the inspiration for the attacks. They spent time getting that story in line so they could save their political hides, but they didn’t get it together to save the Americans’ lives who were fighting valiantly despite the lack of support from their supposed “leaders” in Washington.
“No help from Washington ever came.”
And today, nearly four years later, they’re still lying about it and letting politics get in the way of the truth.
And they want four more years.