Friday, May 10, 2013

Hillary ‘What Does it Matter” Clinton (Part I)

In a testimony, before congress about the Benghazi Terror attack on the U.S. Embassy, Hillary Clinton emphatically stated “What does it matter” to questions inquiring into the who and why 4 Americans were killed including Ambassador Chris Stevens. So what did we learn from the Congressional oversight hearing with 3 Benghazi whistleblowers (Gregory Hicks – second in command at the Libya Embassy, Mark Thompson – A career State Department counter-terrorism specialist, and Eric Nordstrom – The Libya security chief)? We learned the death of four Americans due to a terror attack did not matter to Clinton, Obama, Democrats, and liberals alike. If it did matter than the following would have occurred:

1. There has been limited media attention and scrutiny about the attack on most major news stations. In fact, there was not one article about the Benghazi whistleblower hearing on Google or Yahoo news.

2. The administration and state department lied that the attack was due to a spontaneous protest that broke out because of an anti-Islamic video. The Benghazi whistleblower testimony uncovered once and for all this was not true and in fact, an email circulated the day after the attack saying the terrorist group Ansar Al-Sharia, which ties to al-Qaida, was responsible for the attack. Remember, Secretaries Clinton and Rice (the president's hand-selected messenger on Benghazi to the American people) repeatedly stated that the attack arose from "spontaneous protests" over an obscure YouTube video.  This was never true.  Hicks called the YouTube a "non-event" in Libya.  He and others on the ground -- including Ambassador Stevens -- recognized the raid as a coordinated terrorist attack from the very beginning.  Hicks testified that he personally told Secretary Clinton as much at 2 am on the night of the attack, along with her senior staff.  Days later, Rice recited bogus talking points on five American television networks, and Clinton denounced the video while standing next to the flag-draped coffins of the fallen.  Hicks said he never mentioned any "spontaneous demonstrations" related to a video in his phone call with Clinton. This raises some serious questions. How, why, and by whom did the administration's talking points get scrubbed and re-written?  Why did the president refuse to identify the attack as terrorism in an interview with CBS News on September 12, and why did he allow Sec. Rice to disseminate patently false information on his behalf?

3. The administration and State Department also lied about the intent of the Libyan people who took Ambassador Stevens to a local hospital. The administration and State Department claimed this was the “goodwill” of the Libyan people trying to support and help Americans. The whistleblower hearings uncovered the hospital was run by the same terrorists who committed the assault on the embassy. And for this reason no one went to the hospital to recover Stevens’ body after the attack because they knew it could be a trap.

4.  The US government did not seek permission from the Libyan government to fly any aircraft into Libyan airspace, aside from a drone.  The witnesses testified that they believe the Libyan government would have complied with any such request. The fact that none was even made indicates that there was never a plan or intention to rush reinforcements to Benghazi. This renders the "would they have made it on time?" argument largely irrelevant. Another important point about the "they wouldn't have made it" defense: The assault lasted for eight hours and took place into two waves at two different compounds. How could anyone have known how long the fighting would last?  How could they have anticipated that ex-Navy SEALs Woods and Doherty wouldn't have been able to stave off the enemy for a few more hours? Help was not on the way. It was never sent.

5. Gregory Hicks, was instructed not to speak with a Congressional investigator by Sec. Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. Hicks said he'd "never" faced a similar demand at any point during his distinguished 22-year diplomatic career. When he refused to comply with this request, the State Department dispatched an attorney to act as a "minder," who insisted on sitting in on all of Hicks' discussions with members of Congress. In fact, Hicks was later demoted for not conforming to State Department threats, just weeks after his service was praised by both Obama and Clinton.

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