The official report into the Benghazi terror attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Navy Seal Tyrone Woods slams Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for their ineptness and outright lies to the American people.
It’s a damning indictment of political corruption at its finest; two politicians lying to the American people in order to save their political careers and cover up their total policy failure in Libya.
The report opens with a simple plea to the American people.
“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.”
Isn’t that the least we can do? Read the report and learn precisely what happened and why Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were left to die so senselessly?
I love the way Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy describes it too.
“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 absolute least the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton would be honest with the committee but that, of course, was never going to happen. Clinton lied and lied and lied and Obama made sure that nobody who was actually in the situation room at the time would ever testify before the committee.
That’s liberal “transparency” for you.
The Democrats released a “minority” report in hopes of damaging or undermining the claims of the Committee. One hilarious fact from that pathetic document is this:
Donald Trump’s surname appears more often than the surnames of two of the men killed in Benghazi, Navy Seal Tyron Woods and Glen Doherty.
Why Trump’s name is in their report at all is anyone’s guess, since he had zero to do with Benghazi.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi. Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try.”
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“Our committee’s insistence on additional information about the military’s response to the Benghazi attacks was met with strong opposition from the Defense Department, and now we know why. Instead of attempting to hide deficiencies in our posture and performance, it’s my hope our report will help ensure we fix what went wrong so that a tragedy like this never happens again.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“Obama Administration officials, including the Secretary of State, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Rather than tell the American people the truth, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly.”
The deaths of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods are rooted entirely in Hillary Clinton’s failed policy in Libya. Period.
That’s why she had to spin that the attack was because of some YouTube video nobody had ever heard of. Anything less than that flat-out lie would mean she was responsible for the deaths of those four Americans which, in truth, she is.
Mollie Hemmingway in her article “5 Big Takeaways from the House Benghazi Report” on TheFederalist.com, explains clearly how their deaths lie directly at the feet of Hillary Clinton, or the “The Butcher of Benghazi” as I prefer to call her.
Even though U.S. officials — including Hillary Clinton — knew immediately that the siege in Benghazi was a highly coordinated terror attack, they chose to mislead the public with statements about spontaneous protests caused by a YouTube video.
The report indicates that political considerations were on the minds of State Department officials learning about the attack. Before the Benghazi attack 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. As Jordan and Pompeo put it:
And so on this highly charged political stage — just 56 days before the presidential election — events forced the administration to make a choice about what to tell the American people: Tell the truth that heavily armed terrorists had killed one American and possibly kidnapped a second — and increase the risk of losing the election. Say we do not know what happened. Or blame a video-inspired protest by tying Benghazi to what had occurred earlier in the day in Cairo. The administration chose the third, a statement with the least factual support but that would help the most politically.
Obama’s reelection campaign was a prominent consideration, but Hillary Clinton’s signature policy achievement was her push to invade Libya, so the political ramifications were serious for her as well. As her Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Jacob Sullivan characterized it in 2011, Clinton had “leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country’s Libya policy from start to finish.” 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.
The Benghazi committee shows that the administration told a public story designed to connect the attack to the video and protests in Cairo and a private story that acknowledged the reality that it was a terrorist attack. Clinton’s September 11 statement referred to a “response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” while internal documents about the al-Qaeda-like terror attack didn’t mention any video or protest.
Clinton’s public statement on September 12 again referred to “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” while her 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.”
Each day it goes on like this: Clinton tells family members of those killed in Benghazi that the video was to blame, while privately admitting their deaths had nothing to do with a spontaneous protest of a video. Administration members’ public statements all talk about the video, while most private statements don’t.
One exception would be Ben Rhodes’ email that says, “Goals: To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
Will “The Butcher of Benghazi” be the next President of the United States?
God save us from that nightmare!
And for those who feel, as I do, that those four Americans deserve to be remembered beyond dying for two corrupt politicians and their own personal political interests, the 4 brave Americans who died in Benghazi are: