House Republicans took the Barack Obama White House to task with renewed vigor on Wednesday over charges that the Administration orchestrated a shameful cover-up of the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack in September.
Two attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi occurred within hours of one another on Sept. 11, resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Upon review by a committee consisting of former top diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Gen. Mike Mullen, it was determined that management and leadership failures at the State Department and gross lack of security at the embassy were major factors in the fatal attacks.
Democratic lawmakers time and again have accused Republicans of politicizing the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, but information revealed in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing this week highlights a certain level of Administration culpability in the fatally botched government response as the attacks unfolded. Even more damning for top Administration officials is information revealed in the Wednesday hearings that provides further evidence of a cover-up attempt.
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It is beyond me how anyone who voted for this lying, deceiving and incompetent Administration to remain in office can live with the knowledge that these are the quality of people they supported.
It is clear from the testimony yesterday the at one point our heroes who defended the Embassy at one point in the attack fought back at least 60 combatants who managed to get inside the embassy grounds in Benghazi. It is clear that the communiques coming from the embassy in Benghazi that there was no demonstration, and specifically, no demonstration over a video – a position that the White House took to the point where a man is sitting in prison serving penance for their willful lies.
This entire affair is disgusting, immoral, anti-democratic and in great opposition to the ideals of the United States of America that I grew up loving so much that I chose to defend. I’ll never regret my decision, but I will always carry a sadness and cynicism with me through to my dying day over how much the attitude, the honesty, the desire for fairness and justice and so much more has been lost by the majority of our citizens over the years since I took my first oath of many to keep them and the U.S. Constitution safe and defended at all cost to me personally and my family.
This is surely a dark day for America.