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Republican Benghazi report slams & exonerates Obama-Clinton Regime …Update

29 April 2013 One Comment

Last week the “Interim Progress Report for the Members of the House Republican Conference” on the Benghazi terrorist attack, was made public. The Republican Benghazi report slams and exonerates the Obama-Clinton regime. Questions remain unanswered. Seven months later we still don’t know what Ambassador Stevens was doing there and despite President Barack Obama’s and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s promises that the perpetrators would be brought to justice—nobody has been brought to justice.

While the report slams Hillary Clinton’s role for signing off on reducing security in Benghazi despite requests for additional support for starters, this article will solely focus on where the Republican committees cleared the Obama–Clinton regime of any wrongdoing in their Benghazi interim report.

First, in what arguably was the most disturbing and explosive allegation reported about a month after the Benghazi attack, Jennifer Griffin’s Fox News “Exclusive: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say,” was discredited.

Recall Fox News reported:

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11 ….”

“In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. “

However, on page 15 of the interim Benghazi report, the Republican Committees found that no one in the U.S. government “denied any emergency assistance.” It also refuted (Fox News) sources’ assertions regarding the lasers.

“In addition, the House Armed Services Committee conducted a review of air assets available to respond to Benghazi. No U.S. government element refused or denied requests for emergency assistance during the crisis. The evidence also does not show there were armed air assets above Benghazi at any time or that any such assets were called off from assisting U.S. personnel on the ground. According to witness testimony, the security officials on the ground did use laser sights, but they did so as an escalatory demonstration of force in an effort to deter some attackers. They were not lasing targets for air assets (emphasis mine).

The Republican interim Benghazi report cites a House intelligence Community staff briefing held on December 14, 2012 with key surviving personnel and U.S. security officials.

That means that either the Republican committee on-the-ground sources are not telling the truth or Fox News’ on-the-ground sources are not telling the truth. Who would lie about such an explosive, serious allegation?

What is certain, however, is that if the Fox News sources do not step forward immediately backing up their claims against the Obama administration, the so-called “stand-down” part of the Benghazi investigation is closed. As of this writing, email inquiries to Fox News for comment and/or explanation from their sources have not been answered.

It is worth noting that there is no mention in the Republican Benghazi report regarding the Spectre gunship reported in the Fox News report.

Also, the CIA does not have to disclose information.

Next, contrary to a litany of speculation reporting that claimed General Carter Ham of Africa Command (AFRICOM) was removed and forced to retire early for allegedly defying the now discredited stand-down orders has been disputed and discredited as well.
From page 15-16 of the Republican interim Benghazi report:

“Similarly, the evidence does not show that military commanders involved in the U.S. military’s response to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi were relieved of command, transferred, or encouraged to seek early retirement as a result of their actions in response to the attacks. In the case of General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), House Armed Services Committee staff were aware of General Ham’s plans to retire well in advance of September 11, 2012.”

While special interest outlets like Media Matters run this screaming headline: Fox News Gets Its Politicized Benghazi Report, and news outlets like Fox News airs:Democrats angered by Republican Benghazi report,” and CNN reports:Top House Democrat calls on Boehner to Retract Benghazi report, apologize to Clinton, now you know you are being treated to a distracting soap opera that does not tell the full story of where this investigation is going.

To read the report yourself click here. The Republican investigation into Benghazi continues.

Update: Fox is on it and thus far one of their sources has come forward. What say you Republican committee?