Benghazi Report Takeaways, Part I

The Liberal Death Star aka The New York Times headline, “House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton,” is intentionally deceptive, and continues the media’s effort to cover for her incompetence and indifference about 4 brave Americans murdered on her watch.

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Are you sure it doesn’t make any difference why 4 Americans were murdered, Hillary? I think you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Check this out. Here are the first two paragraphs from today’s Liberal Death Star article about the House Benghazi report:

Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.

Editor’s Note: “[M]ost bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history?” Why do I suspect that the New York Times did NOT say anything similar about the Watergate witch hunt? Now, here’s the good part, the next paragraph.

The 800-page report delivered a broad rebuke of the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks in Benghazi, and especially for maintaining outposts there that they could not protect. (emphasis mine)

MMM…who led the State Department at the time of the Benghazi terror attack, who failed to grasp the security risk? Could it have been Mrs. “What difference does it make?” Clinton? Yes, and yet this ridiculous rag says “nothing to see here” as far as any wrongdoing by Hillary?

Ah, but there is so much more to see here, all of which demonstrates that Hillary and Barry lied and lied, and lied some more to cover up.

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s committee posted an excellent summary, containing the following interesting bullet points of all the NEW revelations. My comments are in parentheses.  The 800-page report, which has 5 parts, and 12 appendices is here.

From Part I of the summary:

  • Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141] (The last two Americans weren’t killed until almost 8 HOURS after the attack began, NOTHING WAS HEADED THERE TO HELP THEM?)
  • With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115] (So, we were waiting on an OK from the Libyans to rescue an American ambassador and 3 other Americans? Are you kidding me?)
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107] (Beyond ridiculous. I hope they had a great time!)
  • A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154] (Was this an anti-terrorism team or a Marx Brothers movie? Perhaps an audition for Project Runway? Why did they keep changing outfits? Because no one could decide whether it would offend the Libyans if they arrived in uniform, of course. Oh, that’s a great reason to get Americans killed!)
  • None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
  • The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. [pg. 144] (More about the bunch of Keystone Cops the CIA and State had designated to help out in the next post.)

From Part II:

  • Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real time. The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli. There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks—one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died—said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. [pg. 28] (Uber DC Attorney, the one who represented Gregory Hicks, Victoria Toensing, told us on The Teri O’Brien Show that Hillary sent Ambassador Stevens to Benghazi. Of course she did! The opening of the Benghazi facility as a Permanent Consulate was designed to be the crowning achievement of Hillary’s brilliant Libya policy!) 
  • The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning. … Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” [pg. 39] (See above re Ben Rhodes)
  • Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” [pg. 44]
  • According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call. While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. [pg.98] (David Plouffe is strictly a sleazy, political apparatchik, and Ben Rhodes is the adolescent scribber/would novelist/national security adviser who bragged about deceiving clueless “journalists,” and the American people about the heinous Iran deal. Gee, why would anyone think that the Obama Regime was more interested in politics than what happened to 4 brave Americans murdered by Islamist terrorists? That’s a real head scratcher! More about the Benghazi talking points here.)
  • On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS [Secure Video Teleconference] group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” [pg. 135] (So Rice lied. She was chosen precisely because she had no connection with Benghazi or national security, and no one from the FBI, CIA or Department of Defense helped prepare her for her Sunday show appearances, so she could be a more effective liar about a terrorist attack that happened on the anniversary of 9/11, 6 weeks before the presidential election.)
  • After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” [pg. 128]
  • Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” [pg. 132] (emphasis mine)
  • The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points. The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred just prior to the attack on September 11. [pg. 47] (emphasis mine)
  • A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.” That small but vital difference—from Cairo to Benghazi—had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. [pg. 52]

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Pompeo (R-Kan) released a Supplemental Report. The Washington Examiner excerpted the following from it:

The Pompeo-Jordan report, written as “additional views” to the main GOP report, provided this summary:

— Secretary Clinton did not make every effort to ensure the Americans being sent to Libya were safe, a project she has full ownership of from start to finish. They were inadequately protected and their requests for help fell on deaf ears.

— Following the attack, the administration misled the public about the events of that night in Benghazi. The State Department and Secretary Clinton learned quickly that this was a terrorist attack, but rather than be square with the American people and risk losing an election, they opted to blame a video‐inspired protest that never happened.

— Our government did not move heaven and earth to rescue our people. The American people expect that our leaders will do whatever is necessary to save our people when things go wrong. We now know the U.S. military never reached Benghazi and the government never directed men or machines to enter the fight there.

— The administration broke its promise to bring those responsible to justice. Now four years after the attack, only one person has been arrested and was brought to America before proper interrogation took place.

— The administration never had a sincere interest in helping the Committee and working with us to find the truth. It was politics, deceit and deception. (Even the New York Times admits this fact in its story: “The Obama administration repeatedly sought to obstruct the select committee’s investigation by delaying or refusing to respond to requests for documents and testimony.”)

I’ve only scratched the surface. Watch this page for the next installments of Benghazi Takeaways.

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