Sunday on Face the Nation, Schieffer used this stature to raise the stakes on the unfolding scandal surrounding the State Department and the Obama White House. Schieffer used the “C-word”: Cover-up. (Video below)
“Today, there is new information raising questions about whether there was a cover-up by the State Department to deflect criticism that it had ignored requests for more security for its people in Libya.”
“Everybody in the mission” in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror “from the get-go,” according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted with the No. 2 official in Libya at the time, obtained by CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
“I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning,” Greg Hicks, a 22-year foreign service diplomat who was the highest-ranking U.S. official in Libya after the strike, told investigators under authority of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks, the former U.S. Embassy Tripoli deputy chief of mission, was not in Benghazi at the time of the attack, which killed Chris Stevens – then the U.S. ambassador to Libya – and three other Americans.
he deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa.
The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
If things continue down this road it’s not going to be a pretty sight for the Obama Administration but I want to leave you with this thought:
Yesterday in my piece on Kelly Ayotte I noted how invisible her work and speeches on the subject of Benghazi has been to people like Morning Joe. I’d like to remind everyone of these two minutes back on November 14th 2012
The Money Quote:
“We owe it to the American people to make sure that we understand: Exactly what happened, What went wrong, Why couldn’t the greatest military in the world respond when an attack occurred almost over a seven hour period, and why were there at the minimum, misstatements made and certainly misimpressions given to the American people about the nature of this attack in the immediate explanations provided by the administration in two weeks following the attack.” Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 11-14-12
When Benghazi finally breaks through as it will is I suspect to the disappointment to many on the left in NH voters in 2016 will remember those words long after their astroturf on Manchen/Toomey is forgotten as the miserable failure it is.
Update: Morning Joe led with Benghazi & the Kidnapping today. For some reason that speech by Ayotte above wasn’t included.
Update 2: Reader Sauer ThirtyEight doesn’t get the relevance of the top quote. Long story short Captains Charles Stewart & William Bainbridge persuaded the Navy Sec & President to allow the Navy one cruse to fight the British rather than laying up the fleet in 1812. The full story is here
Morning Joe forgot to Mention Ayotte today and I left out the $300 paycheck pitch.
About a 1/3 of the way there, can you get me the rest of the way before Saturday?
Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.”
Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum.
“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.” [….]
Smart says children should be educated that “you will always have value and nothing can change that.”
Let me make something clear: I think that rape is a horrifically traumatic event because I think that human sexuality is an incredibly powerful thing – that which can either bind a couple together for life, through childbirth, child-rearing, sickness, old age, death of family, loss of jobs; or that which can utterly destroy a human being. All analogies, no matter how novel, would be trite, because it is intuitively obvious that things which are powerful-for-good can also be powerful-for-evil in the wrong hands.
I also have read the Bible and am pretty sure that Christianity teaches that all humans have intrinsic, unalienable worth, and that Christ – the son of God – had a crown of thorns beaten into His head, a spear thrown through His side, and was hung on a cross until He died. The worst that the human race could dish out did not change His worth in God’s eyes, and in fact, underscores His value and the worth of every human being on the planet. If crucifixion does nothing but glorify Jesus, then being a crime victim cannot diminish anyone in the eyes of God. This is just Christianity 101.