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Cruz: What We Still Don’t Know About Benghazi

I wanted to make you aware of an excellent piece today in National Review by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who scrupulously analyzes the problems with the administration’s response to the Benghazi incident and its aftermath. It’s one of the most thorough summaries I’ve seen rebutting the White House line.

From the piece:

  • Why was the State Department unwilling to provide the requested level of security to Benghazi?
  • If the secretary of defense thought there was “no question” this was a coordinated terrorist attack, why did Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary Clinton, and President Obama all tell the American people that the cause was a “spontaneous demonstration” about an Internet video?
  • Why did the State Department edit the intelligence talking points to delete the references to “Islamic extremists” and “al Qa’ida”?
  • Why did the FBI release pictures of militants taken the day of the attack only eight months after the fact? Why not immediately, as proved so effective in the Boston bombing?
  • Why is the administration apparently unaware of the whistle-blowers who have been attempting to tell their stories? Is it true that these career civil servants have been threatened with retaliation?
  • Did President Obama sleep the night of September 11, 2012? Did Secretary Clinton?
  • When was President Obama told about the murder of our ambassador? About the murder of all four Americans? What did he do in response?
  • Why was Secretary Clinton not interviewed for the ARB report?

As he notes, these are not all of the relevant questions. And in fact, more questions will arise as new facts come to light.

Were the mainstream media participating in this investigation, we’d know a lot more. Instead, it’s been left to the conservative press and House Republicans to do the job. Hopefully this will be enough to get answers.

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31 Responses to Cruz: What We Still Don’t Know About Benghazi

  1. It’s been left to conservatives to do the work because the liberal left know how damaging this is. Since when do they what to seek the truth when the truth will bury them. As I said earlier, their silence speaks volumes.

    • I’ve gotten three ABC News Breaking News updates today. Not a word about the Benghazi hearings. Arias, Castro and Arias merited headlines. Also zero from Politico and Washington Post. (Apparently, “new” facts just aren’t newsworthy.)

      BTW: Fascinating synchronicity on the Cleveland kidnapping, considering how long it takes for things to be done: 1) Jaycee Dugard, held for eighteen years in CA was honored in D.C. the day after the three girls were released in Cleveland. 2) And Monday’s night’s “Hawaii Five-O” featured a girl named Amber who had been kidnapped and held hostage for ten years. Same period of captivity and same name of the first girl released in Cleveland on the day of the real escape.

      Sometimes the stars align in mysterious ways.

  2. I don’t know. That is not my comment. That is the comment from any and all administration people, toadies and lackeys.

  3. For months I tried to recall when the original mention of a anti-Muslim video was made by someone in the State Department at Cairo on 9/11/12 BEFORE the attack in Benghazi. I recalled that the WhiteHouse “disavow”ed the tweet (!) as unauthorized. The attack on the compound in Benghazi was not in response to that video, but it seems the WhiteHouse seized the original tweet as a sellable reason rather than a terrorist attack.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/09/white-house-disavows-cairo-apology-135247.html

    As you see by the linky to a piece in Politico.com that I was finally successful. That “apology” was the first mention of an offensive video.

    • As you read the piece in Politico, note that the distibution of this anti-Muslim video is supposedly being distrubuted by an “Israeli-American real-estate developer” who is unnamed.
      The intent of the WhiteHouse was to smear or blame this shadow figure for any harm that would come from the actions of insulted Muslims.

      There are layers of deceit, layers of lies and misdirection concerning what happened that day across the Middle East.
      As far as questions about the incident that go unanswered is the biggest one; why did the terrorists just quit and go home?
      They outnumbered the Americans, were better armed and had the annex surrounded. Why didn’t they aim to kill everyone?

      Rumors that AmbStevens was to be kidnapped and offered as an exchange for the “Blind Sheik” are still circulating. As a kidnap victim, MrSteven’s death was not the desired outcome, but an unfortunate accident. So it’s claimed.

  4. Why was the State Department unwilling to provide the requested level of security to Benghazi?

    SNIP
    ***************
    From 10/26/12

    Last night, it was revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked where four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered by Al-Qaeda but President Obama denied the request.

    The news broke on TheBlazeTV’s “Wilkow!” hosted by Andrew Wilkow, by best-selling author, Ed Klein who said the legal counsel to Clinton had informed him of this information.

    Klein also said that those same sources said that former President Bill Clinton has been “urging” his wife [Hillary] to release official State Department documents that prove she called for additional security at the compound in Libya, which would almost certainly result in President Obama losing the election.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/hillary-clinton/2012/10/26/report-hillary-asked-more-security-benghazi-obama-said-no#ixzz2SjyGShI4

  5. Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
    Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”
    Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

    At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

    SNIP

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2AQ3HBdgN

  6. Did President Obama sleep the night of September 11, 2012? Did Secretary Clinton?

    The terrible, terrible answer is: yes. And quite soundly I’m sure.

  7. Excellent article from Senator Cruz. Thank you for writing about it Keith. It’s not just the state-owned media that’s trying to hide the truth from America. This one is going to go all the way to the top. Bravo to these three men who testified today. They are courageous statesmen who put their personal lives and professional careers at risk with their testimony. No doubt Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty are smiling from above and saying “Well done, patriots.”

    Gotta say Allen West’s Facebook post from this afternoon pretty much speaks for me…

    “House Oversight Committee on Benghazi hearing today, and yes, it does make a difference. The difference is, have certain individuals become so focused on winning political offices that they will lie, deceive, and mislead the American people? Are we so willing to sacrifice the lives of four Americans just so we can have a president we like and set up a presidential run for someone we feel is entitled? Losing an Ambassador cannot be the new normal. Abandoning two former US Navy SEALS engaged in mortal combat is reprehensible. Warning to the MSM, if you maintain your normal political bias in this case you will never be forgiven. Furthermore, you will have surrendered your journalistic integrity, assuming it ever existed. President Richard M. Nixon resigned over breaking and entering. The trail of deceit in the Benghazi incident leads back to the White House. Video, what damn video? President Obama, I recommend you search your soul for honesty because no silver-tongued teleprompter speech is acceptable. Salvage your honor, what little there is, or face the eventual wrath of the American people: yes, impeachment.”

  8. I have another question. Who is Ben Rhodes, Obama speech writer?
    Is it true that he has a degree in fiction writing? Did he help Victoria Nuland “get the talking points together”? Jay Jay called them “stylistic changes.” That would fit in with “fiction.”

    • I don’t have the direct link but if you go to The American Thinker there is a good article on Rhodes. But essentially, like most of Obama’s people, good with words, sucks at substance. And he not only writes, but advises.

  9. Not surprised if the Big O goes out fundraising to Las Vagas like he did the day after. Good for the hearings, let them continue. Big O’s appointed political hacks slipping in a mickey to career employees who have no political concerns other then to safeguard American’s and their families.
    Lie’s and budget cuts were on full display. Can’t wait for more.
    (Most sad that it took this long and these events to unfold in this manner. It’s shameful.)
    God Bless the victims of a President that just sleeps in the White House.
    George Bush made him do that.
    In my house, I care for my family – even if they are away. Nice job on ducking that one too O.
    Total loser.

  10. Keith thanks for this. Cruz is solid.

    There’s alot on the blog today as there should be. Thanks for that also.

    I would just like to say that the performance of most of the Democrats today was shameful and the MSM refusal to treat this with the attention it deserves makes them complicit and guilty in this cover up.

    And WAPO did a soft hit piece on Sharyl Atkisson in the Style Section — they could learn something from her.

  11. Question–is the producer of the video that they blamed for the attack still in jail and if so why if it’s blatantly obvious/proven that the video didn’t have anything to do with the murders in Benghazi–thanks for the update!

  12. Cruz is keeping everyone in DC (Dems and establishment GOP) on their toes and we need to stand with him and support him in his endeavors so he doesn’t succumb to pressure/pestering/politicking from either the Dems or his own party (that means you McCain and Grahamnesty)!

  13. We could watch the C-SPAN III hearings only on our computer. It was riveting.
    And we were SO impressed with the Republican Representatives!

    • and as usual the pathetic Dem. “representatives” were very ‘impressive’ with their ignorance, arrogance, bias & stupidity…

      • Yes, the D “attack dogs” – gotta move on, REpubs cut financing, support, we weren’t told – all the usual song and dance. I got the sense that the Dems would’ve liked to blame Stevens for being there: “it’s his own fault”…

  14. Who in White House briefed Obama’s campaign team of Axelrod and his cronies to talk gutter nonsense to protect Obama or White House consulted this team to get talking points for Susan Rice’s TV appearance from them?

  15. Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her
    ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I
    had to tell someone!