7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblowers’ Hearing

Photo Credit: شبكة برق | B.R.QThe Republicans mishandled the Benghazi whistleblowers’ hearing. What should have been stretched across several days to give the nation time to digest it all, was instead packed into a single day filled with an overwhelming amount of information. The media’s attention span is not that long. The verdict in the Jodi Arias trial came along in the afternoon and blew Benghazi off the networks, most of which didn’t want to cover it at all. Even Fox joined the drive-by media, taking Benghazi off the air in favor of the irrelevant Arias trial. Following the announcement of the Arias verdict, charges were read in the Cleveland kidnapping case. Those were aired live as well, relegating Benghazi again.

Nevertheless, for those who slogged through the entire day of hearings and ignored local crime stories, new information was there to be learned.

1. There were multiple stand-down orders, not just one. Special operations forces were told, twice, by their chain of command not to board aircraft to Benghazi to rescue the Americans then under attack. The U.S. deputy diplomat, Greg Hicks, testified that the military commander, Lt. Col. Gibson, had his team ready to go twice. They were on the runway about to board a flight to Benghazi in the middle of the attack. They were ordered to stand down and remain in Tripoli to receive wounded who would be coming out of Benghazi. One of the orders came in the middle of the attack, the other came toward the end after Hicks’ team had traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi. The fact that Hicks’ team was able get to Benghazi before the end of the assault strongly suggests that the special operations team could have made a real difference.

At the same time, the State Department’s commander on the scene, Hicks, ordered his personnel into Benghazi and went there himself. Hicks testified that Gibson never told him who issued the stand-down orders. He commented that Gibson told him that the military stand-down was a shock: “This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than someone in the military.”

Hicks also testified that the U.S. government never even requested military overflight to support the Americans in Benghazi. The U.S. had an unarmed drone overhead and could have gotten permission to fly fighters over the scene, at least, but never asked.

Read more from this story HERE including discussion of these additional six points:

2. Ambassador SteveDemocrats were uninterested in getting at most of the facts, but were very interested in destroying Mark Thompsons’ reason for going to Benghazi has been cleared up.

3. Clinton was briefed at 2 am on the night of the attack, was never told that a movie had anything to do with the attack by those on the ground in Libya, yet blamed the movie anyway.

4. Whistleblowers were intimidated into silence.

5. “The YouTube movie was a non-event in Libya.”

6. Democrats were uninterested in getting at most of the facts, but were very interested in destroying Mark Thompson.

7. House hearings are a poor way to determine who did what and why during and after the attack.

  • wandamurline

    Where is Kenneth Star? This entire fiasco should have been investigated by a private, independent investigator like Kenneth Star who investigated the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton fiasco….Star ended up with a vote of impeachment for Clinton, but then again, the Democraps would not remove him from office, but should have. The Republicans removed Nixon…when will the Democraps do their job and represent the people instead of themselves?

  • Kent2012

    What we really learned is that if the democommies commit crimes life goes on as usual……with the major media clowns as their cheerleaders….if,however, a Republican spits on the sidewalk the circus begins with an extended anal examine and banishment from the political arena to the tv limelight………….

  • Hopefully something comes of this, but the Black Caucus’ had to make it ‘partisan’!

  • Rep. Issa didn’t mishandle the Benghazi hearing, this is just another case of mainstream media refusing to report on important facts, just as they did in the Gosnell trial. It is up to us American citizens to get the word out. Thanks to Joe Miller and Restoring Liberty for his excellent coverage of both these very impotant events.

    Please contact Darrell Issa and encourage him to keep up the heat on Benghazi until all the facts are known by all and the American people.

    Darrell Issa
    Congressional District: California 49
    Phone: 202-225-3906
    Fax: 202-225-3303
    On Twitter @DarrellIssa

  • gracentruth

    I like this post. I will copy and paste into a document and use when it will be meaningful. Peace,

  • charles

    Kenneth Star investigation the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton is more important than four(4) dead Americans?
    Where is the value of those who are suppose to represent the American citizens? Congress show value to the lives of American Citizen.
    This is what country , Cuba, Russia, Iran? The U.S.A.
    Congress, America…… Where is your back bone? Where is you cojones?

    • Phd Marty

      Hillary could not get them away from Slick Willy, it was his turn to use them!