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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    You mentioned the 1:15 mark and that's she was talking about she was also wrong when she said Mr. Hicks was demoted, it was his choice not go back to Libya.

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    GATES: I think the one place where I might be able to say something useful has to do with some of the talk of the military response. And I listened to the testimony of both Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey, and frankly had I been in the job at the time, I think that my decisions would have been just as theirs were. We don't have a ready force standing by in the Middle East, despite all the turmoil that's going on with planes on strip alert, troops ready to deploy at a moment's notice. And so getting someone there in a timely way would have been very difficult if not impossible.

    And frankly I've heard, well, why didn't you just fly a fighter jet over there to scare 'em with the noise or something. Given the number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from Qaddafi's arsenals I would not have approved sending an aircraft, a single aircraft, over Benghazi under those circumstances.

    And with respect to sending in Special Forces or a small group of people to try and provide help, based on everything I've read people really didn't know what was going on in Benghazi contemporaneously, and to send some small number of Special Forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on on the ground, I think would have been very dangerous and personally I would not have approved that because we just don't -- it's sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces. The one thing our forces are noted for is planning and preparation before we send people in harm's way, and there just wasn't time.
    So now its not that help couldnt get there... But that people were too scared to help?
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Hicks has said he was demoted but it isn't true, it was his choice to come back to the sates. Pity party anyone.



    The State Department on Wednesday rejected charges by Gregory B. Hicks, the former deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, that he was demoted and treated unfairly after he criticized the department’s performance during and after the September terrorist attack in Benghazi.

    “The Department has not and will not retaliate against Mr. Hicks,” said Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesman for the State Department.

    In House testimony, Hicks said that despite receiving high praise for his performance during the Benghazi crisis from President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was later given a “blistering critique of my management style” by Elizabeth Jones, the acting assistant secretary for the Near East.

    Hicks said family concerns were the “overriding” reason for his decision not to return to Libya. But he said he also felt that “I would never be comfortable working there” after the criticism. When he voluntarily withdrew from his assignment in Tripoli, Hicks said, he was given a State Department job in Washington that he considered a demotion.

    Hicks’s decision took him out of the annual assignment cycle, and difficulty in finding a suitable assignment was “not uncommon” in such situations, Ventrell said.

    “However, the Department worked with him to find a suitable temporary assignment and succeeded,” he said. “Mr. Hicks still receives the same salary and has the same employment status and rank as before. Per standard procedure, Mr. Hicks recently submitted a preference list for his next assignment and is under consideration along with other Foreign Service employees.”

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    They're lying, and you're helping them. Congratulations.
    Of course they are lying, because you said so.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    So now its not that help couldnt get there... But that people were too scared to help?
    Why don't you ask Mr. Gates, he's the expert?

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Of course they are lying, because you said so.

    The way to know a government bureaucracy is retaliating is this: When they say they aren't retaliating, they are.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Of course they are lying, because you said so.
    Are you saying they're not?

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The way to know a government bureaucracy is retaliating is this: When they say they aren't retaliating, they are.
    This is what he said at the oversight meeting on Wednesday:

    REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN): So when you came back to the United States, were you planning on going back to Libya?

    MR. HICKS: I was. I fully intended to do so.

    REP. DESJARLAIS: And what do you think happened?

    MR. HICKS: Based on the criticism that I received, I felt that if I went back, I would never be comfortable working there. And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. So I voluntarily curtailed -- I accepted an offer of what's called a no-fault curtailment. That means that there's -- there would be no criticism of my departure of post, no negative repercussions. And in fact Ambassador Pope, when he made the offer to everyone in Tripoli when he arrived -- I mean Charge Pope -- when he arrived, he indicated that people could expect that they would get a good onward assignment out of that.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The way to know a government bureaucracy is retaliating is this: When they say they aren't retaliating, they are.
    Whoever it was that originally said "it's not true until it's denied by officials" sure had it pegged!

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is what he said at the oversight meeting on Wednesday:

    REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN): So when you came back to the United States, were you planning on going back to Libya?

    MR. HICKS: I was. I fully intended to do so.

    REP. DESJARLAIS: And what do you think happened?

    MR. HICKS: Based on the criticism that I received, I felt that if I went back, I would never be comfortable working there. And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. So I voluntarily curtailed -- I accepted an offer of what's called a no-fault curtailment. That means that there's -- there would be no criticism of my departure of post, no negative repercussions. And in fact Ambassador Pope, when he made the offer to everyone in Tripoli when he arrived -- I mean Charge Pope -- when he arrived, he indicated that people could
    expect that they would get a good onward assignment out of that.
    Yes. And?
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Yes. And?
    How can he perform the same job in the states that he had in Libya?

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