I don't think this was the first time that Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi, nor do I think it was inappropriate for Secretary Clinton to want to establish a permanent post in Benghazi. From what I've heard and read about Ambassador Stevens, I'm pretty sure he would have been the one pushing for it too because of his love of the Libyan people.
That said, choosing the anniversary of 9/11 was a critical mistake. It has been well known since 2001 that anniversaries of 9/11 are times for America and its satelites around the world to be on high alert with maximum security with the view that this day was just as important to Al Qaeda as it is to America. It was foolish of Ambassador Stevens and whomever was planning security for the trip to choose this day with such a limited security presence.
The issues for me still remain the apparent lack of concern in the White House and with the State Department with what was happening on the ground in Benghazi while Ambassador Stevens and his staff were under attack - the disregard for their lives, almost as if they were collateral damage to be expected - and the flat out lies to the American people in an attempt to fool them into thinking the attack was something it wasn't for the sole purpose of protecting the President's reelection campaign and foreign policy messaging.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
No more of a coincidence than the protests in Cairo against the video just hours before the attack in Benghazi. Hicks was watching it on TV when Ambassador Stevens called to tell him the SMC was under attack....coincidence?cnn: "on september 10, at least 18 hours before the attack, al qaeda leader ayman al zawahiri called for attacks on americans in libya to avenge the death of al libi"
on september 14, aqap "released a statement arguing the attack was revenge for the death of abu yahya al libi, a senior al qaeda operative, in pakistan in june 2012," notes cnn
in other words, it wasn't a video, it was a drone
Sources: 3 al Qaeda operatives took part in Benghazi attack - CNN.com
"...As the Intelligence Community collects and analyzes more information related to the attack, our understanding of the event continues to evolve. In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving...."
Furthermore, it was Muslim extremists that attacked the compound, not Al Qaeda....
"...As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate. However, we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al-Qa'ida. We continue to make progress, but there remain many unanswered questions. As more information becomes available our analysis will continue to evolve and we will obtain a more complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack....read..."
Statement by the Director of Public Affairs for ODNI, Shawn Turner, on the intelligence related to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
I don't think Rice was trying to cover anything up. She was given those talking points...so the person to ask might be Gen. Patraeus...who was head of CIA at the time. Unfortunately, his testimony was in private...BUT..... Rep. King said Patraeus contradicted himself during the private testimony from statements he had previously made....why did ambassador rice duplicitously point to a video when even the sterilized talking points, scrubbed assiduously the nite before by state spokespeople on behalf of "building leadership," dared not charge that bridge so far?
The Benghazi Talking Points | The Weekly Standard
"...He also stated that he thought all along he made it clear that there were significant terrorist involvement, and that is not my recollection of what he told us on September 14," King said....<snip>....
King said that unclassified talking points about the attack prepared by the CIA for use by lawmakers, and apparently relied on by Rice, originally pointed specifically to al Qaeda involvement, but were edited before being cleared for use.
"The original talking points were much more specific about al Qaeda involvement. And the final ones just said, ‘indications of extremists,'" King said.
He quoted Petraeus as saying that officials did not realize the significance of the change at the time, "and that for an unclassified statement, this was acceptable."
'BLAME IT ON US' .....read....."
In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early | Reuters
Because Chaffetz is a political hack and not interested in the truth. One minute he's praising the ARB report because it agreed with his agenda and then the next minute he's condeming it because it didn't and then the next minute he's praising it again......why was ambassador hicks directed NOT to talk to congressman chaffetz in libya?
Watch A GOP Rep Change His Position On Libya Review Three Times In 10 Seconds | ThinkProgress .
I dunno, why did Romney verbally assault the United States just hours after the attack and before all the information was in? Kinda makes you wonder who our real enemies are?and why in this white house must expediency always trump national interest, security and the truth?
lol Funny you should say that because Chaffetz does sleep on a sofabed in his office...mainly because he's too cheap to rent an apartment.the e-warriors are back at it:
Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference - ABC News
seeya at the committee, comrades bring a sofabed, it's gonna be a while
Here's a good time line for the aftermath of Benghazi.....
UPDATED: What Everyone Should Know About The Benghazi Attack | ThinkProgress
The political hacks on FoxNews didn't waste anytime spewing out the misinformation, did they?
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LOL!they said they wanted to testify at the oversight committee hearings too, but Issa won't let them
link aboveOversight Chairman Darrell Issa noted at the beginning of the hearing that Accountability Review Board co-chairman Pickering and Mullen refused to testify to the committee or even informally talk to it.
“On February 22nd, this committee wrote to Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen, who, as required by law, were appointed by Secretary Clinton and co-chair the accountability review board investigation,” said Chairman Issa. “We asked them to testify about their investigation and findings. They refused, and our minority said nothing.
“When we asked Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen to speak with us and our committee informally,” said Issa, “they again refused, and again there was silence by the minority.”
THE TWILIGHT ZONE THEME - YouTubeThe political hacks on FoxNews
not a single appearance by ed henry or jon scott on this entire well documented thread
there's quite a bit of cnn, however
abc, cbs, nyt, wapo, politico, the beast (tina brown), youtube, bloomberg, the ex, cns, natl jrn (ron fournier)...
how could you miss em, they're LINKED
oversight's letter to pickering inviting him to appear
per abc, known affiliate of fox