Sharyl Attkisson at CBS has provided an unbelievable report on Benghazi where unnamed Obama administration sources spoke to her in a series of interviews and communications under condition of anonymity. When it comes to the administration being portrayed by Republicans as either “lying or idiots,” one official said “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”
These officials, who were in key position on September 11, 2012 acknowledged that there were numerous mistakes. However, they also unanimously said that their errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect “incompetence rather than malice or cover up.”
Now stop and think about that for a moment. They have just admitted to being incompetent. Why then do they still have their jobs in the administration? Second, no call was made to support Americans under attack. While that may not have involved these particular officials, it did involve one Barack Hussein Obama. And failing to provide that support did cost American lives; four of them.
By the way, it wasn’t malice? Recall the outright lies we were told by this administration, from the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, to the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, to the man in the Oval Office Barack Obama. As Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said, “If not for Congress, they would still lead us to believe it was a video gone awry.”
South Carolina Republican Senator Graham echoed that sentiment, “Incompetence and malice are not mutually exclusive,” said Graham. “The storyline they chose to convey for a couple of weeks was politically the most beneficial one that could be told about Benghazi, and it’s no accident that story line was chosen.”
Many of us, including elected officials see that the Obama administration appeared to cover up the attack and emails that have come out seem to confirm there was a move to do just that; to hide the truth from the American people.
South Carolina Republican Senator Graham said, “There is no conclusion a reasonable person could reach other than that for a couple of weeks after the attack, [the Obama administration was] trying to push a narrative that was politically beneficial to the president’s re-election.”
Attkisson writes concerning the officials regret to use the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST):
Thursday, an administration official who was part of the Benghazi response told CBS News: “I wish we’d sent it.”
The official said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Patrick Kennedy, quickly dispensed with the idea. A senior State Department official Thursday told CBS News, “Under Secretary Kennedy is not in the decision chain on FEST deployment” but would not directly confirm whether Kennedy or somebody else dismissed the FEST.
Whoever made the decision, it came amid sharp disagreement over the FEST’s true capabilities. Kennedy and others at the State Department view the team as one that primarily restores communications at besieged embassies. However, the FEST’s own mission statement describes a seasoned team of counterterrorism professionals who can respond “quickly and effectively to terrorist attacks… providing the fastest assistance possible” including “hostage negotiating expertise” and “time-sensitive information and intelligence.” In fact, FEST leader Mark Thompson says Benghazi was precisely the sort of crisis to which his team is trained to respond.
While it was the State Department that’s said to have taken FEST off the table, the team is directed by the White House National Security Council. Those officials expressed the same limited view of FEST’s capabilities when CBS News asked on Nov. 1, 2012, why FEST hadn’t deployed. The officials argued that FEST teams were “used in the past to re-establish infrastructure, communications, etc. after a devastating attack…That wasn’t the need here.”
As soon as word of the Benghazi attack reached Washington, FEST members “instinctively started packing,” said an official involved in the response. “They were told they were not deploying by Patrick Kennedy’s front office… In hindsight… I probably would’ve pushed the button.”
Attkisson reports the views of these unnamed officials on how the Counterterrorism Security Group was not convened and how a special military force based in Europe, which was designed specifically to respond quickly to situations just like the one that occurred in Benghazi, was on a training mission in Croatia on September 11, 2012. These sources also dealt with the talking points and the use, or lack of use, of the term “terrorism.”Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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