Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
Well, well, it looks as though the first day of testimony on Benghazi was fruitful.
So much for Republicans playing “politics” People dies, but remember that was a long time ago and virtually any good democrat would want to forget about it rather than learn the truth about the coverup.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J..C. and I approve this message.
The Morning Jolt with Jim Geraghty.
Daveed Gartenstein Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: “I defended the administration during the election from some attacks I saw as unfair. Well, today’s testimony deeply disturbed me. It is impossible at this point to argue that only the Republicans are ‘playing politics’ with Benghazi. 1) Claims the witnesses’ cooperation in investigation was impeded. 2) Claims the Rice talking points hurt relations with Libya. 3) Explanation of why the Rice talking point[s] were obviously implausible to those on the scene.”
Bryan Preston’s assessment of the House Benghazi hearings is worth reading in its entirety, but he summarizes the big headlines quite well:
1. There were multiple stand-down orders, not just one. Special Operations forces were told, twice, by their chain of command not to board aircraft to Benghazi to rescue the Americans then under attack. The U.S. deputy diplomat, Greg Hicks, testified that the military commander, Lt. Col. Gibson, had his team ready to go twice. They were on the runway about to board a flight to Benghazi in the middle of the attack. They were ordered to stand down and remain in Tripoli to receive wounded who would be coming out of Benghazi. One of the orders came in the middle of the attack, the other came toward the end after Hicks’ team had traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi. The fact that Hicks’ team was able get to Benghazi before the end of the assault strongly suggests that the Special Operations team could have made a real difference.
At the same time, the State Department’s commander on the scene, Hicks, ordered his personnel into Benghazi and went there himself. Hicks testified that Gibson never told him who issued the stand-down orders. He commented that Gibson told him that the military stand-down was a shock: “This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than someone in the military.”
Hicks also testified that the US government never even requested military overflight to support the Americans in Benghazi. The US had an unarmed drone overhead and could have gotten permission to fly fighters over the scene, at least, but never asked.
2. Ambassador Stevens’ reason for going to Benghazi has been cleared up. Hicks testified that Ambassador Stevens traveled to Benghazi to fulfill one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s wishes. Despite the fact that security was worsening in Benghazi for months leading up to the 9-11 attack, Clinton wanted to make the post there permanent. Her State Department had denied repeated requests from the US team in Libya to upgrade security there, but she wanted to use the permanent post as a symbol of goodwill. (Entire article below)