5 results for tag: Benghazi


Has the State Department learned nothing post-Benghazi?

Todd Keil, one of the experts who testified at the first Benghazi hearing [1] on Wednesday told the committee that the State Department has failed to follow through on proposals that would improve diplomatic security. “Clear the smoke. Remove the mirrors,” said Keil. He later added, “Words and cursory actions by the Department of State ring hollow absent transparency and verifiable and sustainable actions to fully put into practice the letter and the intent of our recommendations.” Wednesday’s hearing by the Benghazi Special committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, focused on the State Department’s implementation of the Accountability ...

Two years later, still searching for answers

Last week, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who chairs the House Select Committee on Benghazi, released a statement[1] on progress in the investigation into the deadly attack. In it, he leaves no doubt his investigation will continue pursuing the truth about what happened on September 11, 2012: We welcome the opportunity, and expect, to talk to personnel who were on the ground in Benghazi, their superiors, and anyone with relevant information related to the Benghazi terrorist attack. There are still facts to learn about Benghazi and information that needs to be explained in greater detail to the American people. And this Committee will do just that. As we ...

Democrats join Benghazi committee, reluctantly

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has finally decided[1] that a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead is worthy of Democrats’ participation. On Wednesday, Pelosi appointed five members of her caucus to the committee after several days-worth of criticizing and denouncing the committee’s very existence. Even in making the announcement, the Democratic leader denounced it as “partisan exercise” and said Democrats were needed to make sure the investigation is honest and fair. “Unfortunately, the Republican obsession with Benghazi has not been about the victims or their families or our country,...

Committee on Benghazi is a good first step

Speaker John Boehner announced[1] Monday that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will head up the select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. We applaud the choice of Gowdy, who we know will bring his hard-hitting prosecutorial style to the table. We also appreciate the fact that Boehner is finally giving this scandal the attention and man power it deserves. The latest White House emails, turned over thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, confirmed what we knew all along; the Obama administration went to great lengths to downplay the importance of the attack, and pushed a bogus story about the attack being caused by a video. We ...

On Benghazi, the truth will come out

The White House, specifically Press Secretary Jay Carney, have seen finer weeks. But ultimately, that’s what happens when you obfuscate, attempt to intimidate, and hide the truth. The beginning of this week saw the release[1], via a Freedom of Information Act request, of a never-before-seen email detailing the White House’s response in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The email, written by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, was sent with the subject line of “PREP CALL with Susan.” The email includes messaging “goals” for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, including, “to ...