BRISTOL, Tenn., May 8, 2013 — Appearing before a House investigatory panel, Gregory Hicks said that his government left his men to die in Benghazi, Libya. Referencing a 2:00 a.m. call received that evening from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“’She asked me what was going on and I briefed her on developments. Most of the conversation was about the search for Ambassador Stevens,’ Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. ‘It was also about what we were going to do with our personnel in Benghazi and I told her we would need to evacuate and she said that was the right thing to do.’”
Hicks sadly recounted that “the saddest phone call in my life” was learning from a Libyan official that Stevens had been killed.
Mark Thompson, acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism; Hicks, the former deputy of mission in Libya; and Eric Nordstrom, a former regional security officer in Libya testified before the House panel today.
Hicks testified that shortly after learning that Steven’s was dead, he received a call from unidentified Libyans saying that Stevens was with them and they should send “someone” to get him. Hicks believed that Stevens was at the hospital and that the callers were “baiting” him into a trap. “We did not want to send our people into an ambush,” he said.
A focus of Republicans, including Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), were the comments made by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice five days following the attacks. In televised broadcasts, Rice said that the attacks appeared to be connected to the demonstrations in Egypt and Libya over an anti-Islam video. Those statements, according to Gowdy, contradicted Libyan leaders who quickly called the attack pre-meditated assaults by terrorists.
Liberals in Congress intone that they care about the men killed, that their priority is not political, not to conceal the facts about Benghazi. They proved their sincerity by blaming budget cuts for the security failure there, showing themselves prepared to do anything but demand accountability or insist that anyone in the Obama Administration take responsibility.
Four Americans were murdered by Radical Islamists. That isn’t the first time that American diplomats have been killed in the service of their country, but Benghazi is extraordinary for one reason: Our government allowed it, then covered it up.
The ramifications of Benghazi are far-reaching, leading us to ask whether Clinton or President Obama see people as anything more than political game pieces. Let us know now so that we can stop U.S. military and civilians from serving leaders who do not value their lives.
Radical Islamists hate women, gays and trees; they are against abortion and gay rights, and their bombs leave huge carbon footprints. Why then are liberals so protective toward them?Why do liberals find it so difficult to care about the four murdered Americans beyond perfunctory words of regret?
Perhaps Dr. Benjamin Carson can undo the cranio-rectal anastomosis that somehow conjoined Congressman Elijah Cummings’s head to Obama’s posterior. Cummings said that “death is part of life,” a fancy way of saying “stuff happens,” or “What difference at this point does it make?”
Perhaps Cummings should be reminded of that when black inner city children in his Maryland district are murdered trying to make it home from school alive. Being murdered is not just part of life. It is preventable and should have been prevented in Benghazi. Government bungling is not a defense.
Meanwhile, Obama and Hillary may be sending thank you notes to the three Cleveland victims and the Jodi Arias jury. Maybe the Kermit Gosnell jury can make it a trifecta of weapons of mass distractions to ensure nobody covers Benghazi on the nightly news.
One would ask whether people have to die to get attention, but the Benghazi victims already tried that. Apparently four murdered Americans is too boring for the celebrity sensationalist media.
Benghazi matters. We all should care about it. If it was our families murdered by Radical Islamists, we would want the truth and justice.
That is what Republicans in Congress are trying to obtain. The least the rest of us can do is care enough to pay attention.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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