May 8th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
12 months ago

Fireworks expected in Benghazi whistle-blower hearing

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration's handling of the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack has long sparked outrage from Republicans on Capitol Hill and fueled conspiracy theories on talk shows and across the blogosphere.

And those sparks are likely touch off fireworks Wednesday, when three current State Department employees are expected to contradict their leadership in testimony before Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's oversight committee.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    If I heard correctly Obama was informed of the attack and then promptly went off on a Fundraiser. And there was a lot of "Creative" engineering by the Adminstration of what happened. After all the dust settles it comes down to the current Adminstration and their Track Record. Not good. The Obama Adminstration will call this just a "Bump" in the road. Some have called this the most Incompitant Adminstration in History. Can't say I disagree. The World is still a dagenrous place as evidenced by the recent happenings in Boston. I would say the current Adminstration is "Asleep at the Switch"

    May 8, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Sniffit

    And while we're at it, let's have fun with immigration reform:

    Heritage Foundation study was co-authored by Jason Richwine, who in 2009 wrote an entire paper arguing for IQ to be made a requirement for immigration...AND...then went on to argue that there is a genetic component to IQ that Hispanics and other minorities cannot overcome and will remain a persistent difference between them and white people.

    In light of that, is it all surprising that one of the major underlying assumptions of the Heritage Foundation's immigration report was that Hispanics will never reach educational levels sufficient to make them a benefit to the economy?

    Once again, it all comes down to the conservatives/GOP/Teatrolls trying to find creative ways to mask their racism.

    PS: Thanks TPM...this one's gonna be fun.

    May 8, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "I want Hillary's mug nailed to the wall on this! Don't give we the W and Cheney crap, totally different!"

    How so? Please...do launch into a detailed rationalization for your claim.

    /popcorn

    May 8, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. patjones

    Sorry, but not a 'slobbering Republican'...bush did not deny aid when needed to solider in Iraq and there was a little thing called 911 remember? Granted many wars are not necessary, but sometimes we have to defend against attacks on our country. I am assuming all the liberals saying this has been blown out of proportion have not served our great country yourselves and do not have children that serve either.

    The issue here is not the attack itself, but the fact that additional military aid was being told to stand down. regardless of what kind of attack it was, we should have sent additional help when requested. if it was your child it that mess you would expect the government to respond quickly. They had seven hours to send aid and did nothing.

    May 8, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Tony

    The Benghazi hearing: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Just because people on the ground thought that it was a terrorist attack, it does not mean that the Obama Administration should have gone out and said it before all the facts were in. Bush were so certain that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that he kicked out the UN inspector and launched the Iraq invasion, and guess what happened. Investigate first. I thought that Republicans love investigations.

    May 8, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. nurselady

    The Pres. and his cohorts lied. The Americans who died fought for over eight hours. Jets from Italy could have arrived in less than two hours. Stand down orders were given. A cover-up was already in place. Look at the facts and think Watergate. This is treasonous behavior. The video story was a set up scapegoating a citizen who is still in prison. Wake up dears. This makes Nixons' Watergate look like a practical joke.

    May 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. rs

    Sorry, but not a 'slobbering Republican'...bush did not deny aid when needed to solider in Iraq and there was a little thing called 911 remember?
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    Funny, I remember soldiers having to scour junk yards to find metal to armor their Humvees, and parents holding fundraisers to buy bulletproof vests for their soldier children. Iraq was a way bigger CF than Benghazi. No comparison whatsoever.

    May 8, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. sonny chapman

    Ray, let me guess where you "heard" what you say you heard. That's like idle barber shop gossip. Interesting topic on a slow day, but not the stuff for a 3rd Congressional Hearing. Besides, to quote Bush/Cheney, "this continued discussion over past events(the REAL 9-11, Tora Bora, WMDs, The Iraq Battle Plan) only EMBOLDENS the enemy.

    May 8, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "bush did not deny aid when needed to solider in Iraq"

    Really? You're going to make an easily disprovable claim like that and force us to go Google all the articles from over the course of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that talked about the lack of appropriate combat gear, equipment and technology...vests, helmets, properly armored vehicles, etc...that the military and soldiers complained about...to the extent that there were even instances of parents sending their kids privately purchased stuff, etc.?

    May 8, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. rs

    The truth here is that the GOP really doesn't care at all about federal workers (more than enough documentation there). This, they feel is an opportuinity to throw a little mud at Ms. Clinton and the President of the United States over a tragic event that occured 10,000 miles away from America, in a newly freed nation still fighting, essentially, a civil war.
    The U.S. did not control the ground in Libya, yet it was important to recognize the new government- hence the very existance of the consulate.
    Given the GOP's role here (the budget cutters), and their brand of foreign policy (i.e. start a war with no plan), the Obama Administration has done a wonderful job of re-creating respect for America, and not involving the U.S. in more wars. If the GOP had had its way, we would have sent soldiers to Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea and God knows where else. Do soldiers not die in battle? No, the Obama Administration has little to answer for her except preserving American lives, and our credibility by shutting down the two longest wars ever in American history- started by one Mr. Bush, and one Mr. Cheney.

    May 8, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Sniffit

    " regardless of what kind of attack it was, we should have sent additional help when requested."

    If it's so automatic and should just be done no matter what if/when requested, then why do we have a chain of command that requires it be "requested" in the first place? Is your argument that "requests" are not really "requests" at all? Or hey, why not just authorize them to scramble jets, put boots on the ground and what not all by themselves without having to go "request" it from somewhere/someone else?

    May 8, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    slobbering, hyperventilating GOP'ers can't wait on this. "This makes Nixons' Watergate look like a practical joke." is a true example of their thought process.....warped to the end. They'd better be ready for the big letdown but it won't stop their insane rablle-rousing for impeachment where everyone but the sheep and their herders will not care

    May 8, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Data Driven

    Fireworks? I expect partisan hackery. No Democrats on the committee, if this story is correct. Well, it will keep McCain and his kept-boy Graham too busy to rattle sabers at North Korea and Syria for a few Sunday chat-shows, one hopes.
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    Of course no Dems on the committee, they want the truth kept swept under the rug.

    May 8, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. rs

    "The Pres. and his cohorts lied. The Americans who died fought for over eight hours. Jets from Italy could have arrived in less than two hours."
    ________________________
    And done what, exactly? What can fighter jets (flying beyond their fuel range BTW) have done at night in an urban landscape? You think maybe Libyans had never seen a jet and might be frightened off? Think!

    May 8, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. rs

    "bush did not deny aid when needed to solider in Iraq"
    _________________________
    He certainly did nothing while Cheney's Halliburton showers electrocuted soldiers on their bases.

    Bush was the biggest joke ever perpetrated on America and the world. One day we may even laugh about him. But, not now and not for a long, long time.

    May 8, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Wilson

    @rs

    Sorry, but not a 'slobbering Republican'...bush did not deny aid when needed to solider in Iraq and there was a little thing called 911 remember?
    _________________________
    Funny, I remember soldiers having to scour junk yards to find metal to armor their Humvees, and parents holding fundraisers to buy bulletproof vests for their soldier children. Iraq was a way bigger CF than Benghazi.
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    If what you say is true, then that means that the democrats learned no lessons from Iraq and keep making the same mistakes. In fact every time someone from the left throws out "mistakes" made by the right to justify the "mistakes" of the left, it means that nobody is learning from any of the "mistakes" that are made.

    May 8, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:

    Well,
    If I heard correctly Obama was informed of the attack and then promptly went off on a Fundraiser.
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    I'm sure you heard it correctly, just as it was uttered. The problem is that there is nothing accurate about what you heard. It was the anniversary of 9/11. The POTUS is not going to be attending any events, except keeping his exact location secret.

    May 8, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Guest

    If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck,.......you know the rest. Unfortunately the oblabla admin decided it was more important to cover their politcal self serving azzes at the time rather than simply being forthcoming and truthful with the American public. THAT is the only reason we are here now.

    May 8, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Thomas

    @Ray E. (Georgia)
    Well,
    If I heard correctly Obama was informed of the attack and then promptly went off on a Fundraiser. And there was a lot of "Creative" engineering by the Adminstration of what happened. After all the dust settles it comes down to the current Adminstration and their Track Record. Not good. The Obama Adminstration will call this just a "Bump" in the road. Some have called this the most Incompitant Adminstration in History. Can't say I disagree. The World is still a dagenrous place as evidenced by the recent happenings in Boston. I would say the current Adminstration is "Asleep at the Switch"
    ====

    "Asleep at the Switch"
    Next you deep thinkers will blame our President for The explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
    Saying he didn't in force regulations .

    You GOP people need to take more showers , all the deodorant in the world wont cover up the smell that perforates your essence .

    May 8, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Carioline

    Since taking office, the little boy from Chicago's first item on the agenda was to protect Muslimism. Everyone who works for him buys into deal and does everything possible to move that forward. Four innocent, good Americans died so the little boy from Chicago could use an excuse to cover up the fact that Muslims attacked and killed them. Hillary's reputation won't survive this. Bill could get away with anything, but Hillary ain't Bill.

    May 8, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Guest

    Thank you Lynn, thats what most of America wants, the truth! It is shameful to see what the DEMS have done and the comments by their traiterous following of fools.
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    Truth? If the administration decides to not release information in the name of national security, that is not only their right but their duty. Republicans have politicized a decision to not let the enemies know just exactly how much we know. So what if they did not tell the entire story a few hours after it occurred. That's what they're supposed to do, put security first by erring on the side of safety.

    May 8, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    Hey Pat Jones, if you want to talk about who served & who didn't serve, let's go back to the Vietnam War. There were guys like my wife's first husband, a kid from Jasper TX, who had no connections. He ende up going to Vietnam & never came back. He ended up with a son who never saw his father. Then you had a guy Like George W. Bush., whose "Poppie" was well connected in TX. Lil W. ended up protecting this country that he claims to love so much as a sometimes member of the TX Air National Guard; a prized spot in those days. Then there's Dick Cheney, who took 8 Deferments, including his wife's pregnancy for Lil Liz, because he had "other priorities" at the time. This was pointed out by some in the Great Run Up to the Iraq War but couldn't be heard over the beat of the War Drums.

    May 8, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Peoples State of Illinois wrote:

    Of course no Dems on the committee, they want the truth kept swept under the rug.
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    Uh, Duh? Republicans hand picked all of the members of the committee, the witness, and all of their secret evidence.

    May 8, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    " What can fighter jets (flying beyond their fuel range BTW) have done at night in an urban landscape? "

    Well, according to Hicks...and seriously, this is literally going to be the basis of his testimony and what the GOP/Teatrolls will latch onto...it would've spooked them into running away if we could just have done a flyover.

    May 8, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Name VA865

    BOY, you wouldn't classify GWB AS A BOY WOULD YOU??no wonder YOUR party WILL NEVER
    win the WH!!...FOR YRS TO COME...

    May 8, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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