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Benghazi: It Makes A Difference

- January 23, 2014

FLASHBACK: One Year Ago Today, Then-Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Asked At A Senate Foreign Relations Committee Benghazi Hearing: “What Difference At This Point Does It Make?” CLINTON: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest? Or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”  (Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/23/13)

RECENT REPORTS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE BENGHAZI ATTACK WAS PREVENTABLE AND WASHINGTON IS TO BLAME

The Former Deputy Chief Of Mission In Benghazi Says The Blame Lies With Washington And Hillary Clinton’s State Department

Former Deputy Chief Of Mission Greg Hicks: The Blame For Benghazi “Lies Entirely With Washington.”  “Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington.” (Gregory N. Hicks, Op-Ed, “Benghazi And The Smearing Of Chris Stevens,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/14)

  • Hicks: Ambassador Chris Stevens’ Requests For Additional Security Were Denied Or Ignored, And Officials In Washington Were To Blame For The Reduced Security In Benghazi. “To sum up: Chris Stevens was not responsible for the reduction in security personnel. His requests for additional security were denied or ignored. Officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington made the decisions that resulted in reduced security. Sen. Lindsey Graham stated on the Senate floor last week that Chris ‘was in Benghazi because that is where he was supposed to be doing what America wanted him to do: Try to hold Libya together.’ He added, ‘Quit blaming the dead guy.’” (Gregory N. Hicks, Op-Ed, “Benghazi And The Smearing Of Chris Stevens,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/14)

A Recent Senate Report Confirmed That The Benghazi Attack Was Preventable

The New York Times Headline: “Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable In Senate Report” (Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt, And David D. Kirkpatrick, “Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable In Senate Report,” The New York Times, 1/15/14)

The Senate Intelligence Committee Released A “Scathing” Report, Which Found The Attack In Benghazi Could Have Been Prevented. “The Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday released a scathing new report on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, charging the attack could have been prevented and that the Obama administration used inadequate intelligence in initially blaming it on spontaneous protests.” (John Stanton, “Senate Intelligence Committee: Benghazi Attack Was Preventable,” BuzzFeed, 1/15/14)

  • Committee Panel: “The Attacks Were Preventable, Based On Extensive Intelligence Reporting On The Terrorist Activity In Libya—To Include Prior Threats And Attacks Against Western Targets—And Given The Known Security Shortfalls At The U.S. Mission.” “‘The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya—to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets—and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,’ the panel said in a statement.” (Adam Goldman And Anne Gearan, “Senate Report: Attack On U.S. Compound In Benghazi Could Have Been Prevented,” The Washington Post, 1/15/14)

“The Report Makes Clear That The Intelligence Community Had Ample Warning Of The Attacks And The Overall Grim Security Situation In Benghazi.” “Although administration officials and some Democrats initially sought to place the blame for the attack on protests against an anti-Islam movie, the report makes clear that the intelligence community had ample warning of the attacks and the overall grim security situation in Benghazi.” (John Stanton, “Senate Intelligence Committee: Benghazi Attack Was Preventable,” BuzzFeed, 1/15/14)

The Report Found That The State Department, Then Under Hillary Clinton, Refused Requests To Increase Security Despite Warnings. “The report was done by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and found that State, then under Hillary Clinton, refused requests to boost security despite warnings from the CIA and its own staff about the danger of militant attacks.” (Oren Dorell, “Democrats Join GOP To Blame State In Benghazi,” USA Today, 1/15/14)

  • “‘The State Department Should Have Increased Its Security Posture More Significantly In Benghazi Based On The Deteriorating Security Situation,’ The Report Argues.” (John Stanton, “Senate Intelligence Committee: Benghazi Attack Was Preventable,” BuzzFeed, 1/15/14)

The Panel Also Scolded The Administration For Failing To Bring The Attackers To Justice More Than A Year After The Attack In Benghazi. “Finally, the senators took the administration to task for failing to bring the attackers to justice more than a year after the attacks. The report said U.S. intelligence has identified several individuals responsible but can’t capture them because of limited intelligence capabilities in the region and limited cooperation by local governments.” (Kimberly Dozier, “Report: Systemic Failures Led To Benghazi Attacks,” The Associated Press, 1/16/14)

OVER A YEAR AGO, HILLARY CLINTON PROMISED TO BRING THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BENGHAZI ATTACKS TO JUSTICE

Hillary Clinton: “We Will Not Turn Our Back On That, Nor Will We Rest Until Those Responsible For These Attacks Are Found And Brought To Justice.” “The friendship between our countries, borne out of shared struggle, will not be another casualty of this attack. A free and stable Libya is still in America’s interest and security, and we will not turn our back on that, nor will we rest until those responsible for these attacks are found and brought to justice. We are working closely with the Libyan authorities to move swiftly and surely. We are also working with partners around the world to safeguard other American embassies, consulates, and citizens.” (Hillary Clinton, “Remarks On The Deaths Of American Personnel In Benghazi, Libya,” Washington, D.C., 9/12/12)

But U.S. Efforts To Capture Benghazi Suspects Have Stalled

The Washington Post Headline: “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say” (Adam Goldman And Sari Horwitz, “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say,” The Washington Post, 12/5/13)

  • U.S. Officials Say Efforts Have Stalled To Capture Suspects Charged In The 2012 Benghazi Attack. “U.S. officials say efforts have stalled to capture about a dozen people secretly charged in the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.” (Adam Goldman And Sari Horwitz, “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say,” The Washington Post, 12/5/13)

So Far, No Suspects Have Been Brought To Trial And The Lack Of Progress Has Frustrated Intelligence Officials. “So far, none have been brought to trial and the lack of progress in capturing Khattala has frustrated U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers who want to see him and the others prosecuted.” (Adam Goldman And Sari Horwitz, “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say,” The Washington Post, 12/5/13)

One Of The Suspected Ringleaders Of The Attack, Ahmed Abu Khattala, “Continues To Operate In Eastern Libya With Impunity.” “The individuals have been charged in sealed criminal complaints filed in federal court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. They include one of the suspected ringleaders of the attack, Ahmed Abu Khattala, a militia leader with ties to ­al-Qaeda,­ said several U.S officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly...One official said that Khattala continues to operate in eastern Libya with impunity.” (Adam Goldman And Sari Horwitz, “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say,” The Washington Post, 12/5/13)

  • U.S. Official: Khattala Is “As Free As A Bird.” “‘He’s as free as a bird,’ the official said.” (Adam Goldman And Sari Horwitz, “U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects In 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say,” The Washington Post, 12/5/13)

Military And Law Officials Have Been Frustrated By The Sluggish Efforts To Arrest Benghazi Suspects

Military And Law Enforcement Have Been Frustrated By The White House’s Unwillingness To Pressure The Libyan Government Or Make Arrests Of Benghazi Suspects. “Some military and law enforcement officials have grown frustrated with what they believe is the White House’s unwillingness to pressure the Libyan government to make the arrests or allow American forces to do so, according to current and former senior government officials. Mr. Obama acknowledged last month at a news conference that the suspects had been charged but were still on the loose.” (Michael S. Schmidt And Eric Schmitt, “Libya Thwarts Arrests In Benghazi Attack,” The New York Times, 9/9/13)

Senior F.B.I. Officials “Believe The White House Should Be Pressing Harder For Arrests.” “Several senior F.B.I. officials and members of the F.B.I. team based in Tripoli, Libya, who have been building the investigation for the past year believe the White House should be pressing harder for arrests. Among the decisions that the new F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, will be confronted with in the coming weeks will be how hard to lobby the White House to exert more pressure on the Libyans.” (Michael S. Schmidt And Eric Schmitt, “Libya Thwarts Arrests In Benghazi Attack,” The New York Times, 9/9/13)

Former Senior Official: “There’s A Huge Frustration On The Issue Among The Agents About Why Nothing Has Happened To These Guys Who Have Killed Americans.” “’Whether he likes it or not, he is going to have to deal with this issue,’ said a former senior American official, referring to Mr. Comey. ‘There’s a huge frustration on the issue among the agents about why nothing has happened to these guys who have killed Americans.’” (Michael S. Schmidt And Eric Schmitt, “Libya Thwarts Arrests In Benghazi Attack,” The New York Times, 9/9/13)


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