Benghazi Report Released
The Benghazi Report was released yesterday by the Congressional Select Committee on Benghazi. The Chairman of the Select Committee Trey Gowdy made the following statement:
“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.”
“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.”
“Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”
The report (which you can read in full by clicking here) contains some new facts.
American Public Misled
The most important fact that can be gleaned from this long-awaited report is that the Obama Administration deliberately misled the American public about what happened during the Benghazi attack. They have continued to try to do so ever since.
Those in charge, including Obama and Crooked Hillary, knew immediately that the siege in Benghazi was a highly coordinated terror attack, but they chose to mislead the public with ridiculous statements about spontaneous protests caused by a YouTube video.
The report shows that political considerations were on the minds of State Department officials as they were learning about the attack. Before it even ended, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland sent an email to two other, high-level Clinton aides, Jacob Sullivan and Phillipe Reines, that noted top Obama aide Ben Rhodes was worried or upset about Mitt Romney’s comments on the attack.
It was a presidential election year don’t forget – and the Benghazi attack happened less than 2 months before the Election Day – so Obama’s priority was getting himself reelected, not what was happening to Americans in Benghazi. The administration cynically, and for its own ends, made the decision to hide the truth from the American people.
That truth was that heavily armed terrorists had killed one American and possibly kidnapped a second.
But instead they released a statement that was short on facts but which contained information that would be most advantageous to them in trying to ensure Obama won another term in the Oval Office.
The political consequences of the full truth becoming known were also a threat to Crooked Hillary because the invasion of Libya was one of her most prominent policy decisions as secretary of state. Buddy Sidney Blumenthal, who had business interests in Libya, praised Clinton for following his advice on invading Libya and encouraged her to take full credit for the invasion. We don’t yet know if, or how much, money changed hands to influence that decision.
The Benghazi committee report shows what we already knew, namely that the Obama administration misled the public with a story deliberately designed to connect the attack to the video and protests in Cairo, whilst knowing full well that it was a terrorist attack.
Although internal documents about the al-Qaeda-like terror attack did not mention any video or protest, Crooked Hillary’s September 11 statement referred to a “response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”
It was yet another of her deliberate and calculated lies.
Crooked Hillary’s private chat with the Egyptian prime minister clearly said, “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack – not a protest. … Based on the information we saw today, we believe the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.”
The administration’s misleading talking points were clear, such as Ambassador Susan Rice’s indignant claim on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “[F]irst of all, let’s be clear about what transpired here. What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi, in many parts of the region … was a result – a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated.”
None of these public statements were true. Also, despite claims to the contrary, they did not accurately reflect changing intelligence reports, House members say.
Security Warnings Ignored
Obama and Crooked Hillary had been warned well before the Benghazi attack occurred that the security situation was extremely dangerous.
House Republicans note that one State Department diplomatic security agent “viewed the situation as a ‘suicide mission’ where ‘there was a very good chance that everyone was going to die.’”
According to the summary report, “Some blame the deplorable security conditions in Benghazi on the facility’s ‘made up’ State Department designation. To them, the fact the Department labeled the facility ‘temporary’ excused shortcomings in the compound’s physical security. A ‘temporary’ designation enabled the facility to skirt a host of written internal security requirements that applied to more permanent locations. We also learned it was an improvised designation not used at any of the State Department’s other 275 facilities around the world.”
In addition to Ambassador Chris Stevens’ pleas regarding security, Crooked Hillary received a memo about the danger of keeping Americans in Benghazi in August 2012. The memo was alarming, for something so bureaucratic. It used words such as “urgency,” “lawlessness,” “unpredictable,” “lack of effective security,” “limited success,” “widespread violence,” and “act with increasing impunity.”
Crucially, while other countries and organizations fled the country, Crooked Hillary, who was in charge of American policy in Libya, chose not to remove Americans from Benghazi or beef up security.
The most plausible answer for why this was the case is troubling, House members say: “Secretary Clinton pushed for the U.S. to intervene in Libya, which at the time represented one of her signature achievements. To leave Benghazi would have been viewed as her failure and prompted unwelcome scrutiny of her choices.”
In other words, the unfortunate people at Benghazi died to keep Crooked Hillary from losing face. Further evidence that this woman will say or do anything to protect herself – even at the expense of innocent lives or the feelings of bereaved relatives.
Lies About Military Assistance
The Select Committee also say they are convinced — contrary to the administration’s public claim that the military did not have time to get to Benghazi — that the administration never even tried to get anyone to help in the fight.
Their report says:
Finally, we learned troubling new details about the government’s military response to the attack. Until now the administration has led us to believe the military did not have assets — men or machines — close enough or ready enough to arrive in Benghazi in time to save lives.
As one earlier committee put it, ‘given their location and readiness status it was not possible to dispatch armed aircraft before survivors left Benghazi.’ The first asset to arrive in Libya — a Marine ‘FAST’ platoon — did not arrive until nearly 24 hours after the attack began.
What is troubling is that the administration never set in motion a plan to go to Benghazi in the first place. It is one thing to try and fail; it is yet another not to try at all. In the end, the administration did not move heaven and earth to help our people in Benghazi, as Americans would expect.
The contrast between the heroic actions taken in Benghazi and the inaction in Washington — highlights the failure.
The day after the attack, President Obama promised, “We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston told the committee, “[T]he Administration’s focus since the attacks has been … an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans[.]”
The facts, however, tell a very different story. In the four years since the attack, only one terrorist has been captured and brought to the United States to face criminal justice.
Obama Administration Uncooperative
Finally the report confirms that the Obama administration did not cooperate with the investigation but “stonewalled at virtually every turn.”
The committee did manage to uncover Secretary Clinton’s breathtaking use of a private email account and server, something no previous investigative or oversight committee had known.
But “the White House in particular left large holes in the investigation by denying the Committee access to documents and witnesses.”
The Obama administration wouldn’t let the committee speak with anyone who was in the White House Situation Room on the night of the attacks or see the email communication between White House staffers.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich summed up the position well on Tuesday. He said the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to the United States as four Americans were dying during the 2012 attacks on the Benghazi, Libya diplomatic outpost,
“In fact, the White House and the State Department sat on the whole thing while the fight went on,” Gingrich added when speaking on Fox News about the House Select Committee on Benghazi report.
“The most disturbing thing is we now know without any reasonable doubt that they methodically lied to the American people and lied to the world about what happened,” Gingrich continued.
“You just have to, as you look at the elections this fall, as long as you understand that Hillary Clinton lied while Americans were dying, did so deliberately and knowingly, if you’re comfortable with that in your commander in chief, then Hillary ought to get your vote.”
Let’s hope you are NOT comfortable with that and vote for Donald Trump instead.