Benghazigate

Did the Dems walk? [With Comments by John]

Featured image We reported that, with two exceptions, the Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee walked out on Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the mother and father respectively of two of the men who were killed by terrorists in Benghazi. The walkout supposedly occurred in connection with their testimony before the committee on Thursday. In fact, only two Democratic committee members (including execrable ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings) stuck »

Benghazi scandal management

Featured image Last night John commented on the behavior of the Democrats during the House Oversight Committee hearing yesterday on Benghazi. Democratic committee members walked out on the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the mother and father respectively of two of the men who were killed by terrorists in the Benghazi assault. John observed that the Democrats on the committee didn’t even have the decency to listen to what these »

Democrats Walk Out on Benghazi Victims [Updated]

Featured image This is one of those stories that doesn’t need to be characterized, let alone embellished. You can draw your own conclusions. Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on Benghazi at which Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the mother and father respectively of two of the men who were killed by terrorists, testified. The Democrats on the committee didn’t even have the decency to listen to »

The case of Gregory Hicks

Featured image Former Libya deputy chief of mission Gregory Hicks takes the view that someone in the Obama administration sending him an unfriendly message. Cooling his heels in Washington, Hicks awaits reassignment. Hicks of course committed the grave wrong of testifying before Congress regarding the 9/11 attacks on our facilities in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty. Hicks expresses the view that »

Of Rice and men

Featured image Susan Rice is the protagonist of our “Fools and knaves” series going back to the Sunday she hit the gabfests to circulate the Obama administration’s stupid Benghazi talking points in her capacity as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the protagonist, but she is of course supported by a cast of Obama administration all stars including her patron. She is a piece of work. Failing upward, she »

Hillary Clinton and North African riots

Featured image Years ago, I read that the first movie Bill Clinton took Hillary to see when they were dating was The Battle of Algiers. If so, Bill made a shrewd choice. The Battle of Algiers was a cult classic among leftists of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its final scene depicting Algerians rioting against the French is so realistic and intense that, as a film critic for the New Yorker »

Can Hillary Clinton’s ambitions survive Pat Smith?

Featured image Like John, I’ve wondered whether Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations will be derailed by Benghazi. Like John, I’m skeptical that they will be. But if they aren’t, it won’t be due to lack of effort by Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith who was killed during the attack on our Benghazi facilities. In a Fox News appearance, Smith accused Clinton of “lying to my face” by telling her that the »

Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?

Featured image Well, sure: she’s a Democrat. That’s the easy, cynical response, and let’s face it–it’s probably right. Still, by any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle. Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary’s watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security. The cable denying the ambassador’s request for better protection went out over Hillary’s signature. THAT’S JUST A FORMALITY! »

Nixon or Obama? A quibble

Featured image John draws attention to the video brought to us by Michelle Fields of Next Generation TV. Fields didn’t have to go far to find what appear to be low information Obama voters on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to play the scandal game. The video is below. One of the questions evokes Benghazi and posits Obama as the right answer: “Under which administration was a diplomatic post attacked resulting in »

The State Department’s last living Benghazi victim

Featured image As Scott has noted, Secretary of State Kerry has reinstated all four of the State Department employees placed on administrative leave after the ARB investigation of the Benghazi fiasco. All four have been reassigned to positions within the Department. I have no quarrel with Kerry’s decision. First, the four appear to be scapegoats to one degree or another. Second, the ARB report found that there was no breach of duty »

Poetry’s loss…

Featured image is the State Department’s gain. Raymond Maxwell (photo at left) was one of three Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State placed on administrative leave as a result of the fallout from the Benghazi scandal. (A total of four State Department officers had been placed on leave.) The removals followed the findings of the Accountability Review Board convened by Hillary Clinton in the wake of the terrorist attack on our men in »

Fools and knaves: CNN on the case

Featured image CNN’s Jake Tapper straightforwardly presented the purported video connection to the terrorist assault on our men and facilities in Benghazi as something like a pack of lies yesterday. Tapper doesn’t call the story a pack of lies. Rather, he derisively calls the line peddled by the administration “a certain story.” This represents progress of a kind. NRO has posted the video of Tapper’s segment here in a post by Andrew »

Missiles gone missing

Featured image Our friend Hugh Hewitt took up the question of missiles gone missing that we posed yesterday. Hugh raised the question on his syndicated radio show at the top of his interview with Rep. Peter King. Rep. King’s comments lend credence to the remarks of Joseph DiGenova’s that we discussed, though not necessarily to the Benghazi connection. Rep. King responded to Hugh’s question as follows: You know, I can’t go into »

Missiles gone missing?

Featured image In London’s Daily Mail — where else? — we find the most detailed story on Joseph DiGenova’s assertion yesterday that 400 surface-to-air missiles were “taken from Libya” during the Benghazi attack, and that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners. David Martosko’s story includes the audio clip of the interview in which DiGenova made the statement and discussed the sources of his information. »

Photo of the Day, With Commentary on Golf and Benghazi

Featured image Reporters have followed President Obama to Martha’s Vineyard, where they are standing by to inform us of any wonderful deeds He might perform. Today, pool reporters were ecstatic that they were permitted to watch Obama play golf. You can read their #kneepadmedia–Brad Thor’s hashtag–tweets about the golf outing here. Zeke Miller, a political reporter for Time, tweeted this photo of Obama, taken just after he missed a putt: The pool »

Benghazi: Is the Alleged CIA Scandal Real?

Featured image Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to »

Ledeen on the Benghazi cover-up

Featured image Our friend Michael Ledeen is a student of intelligence matters and American foreign policy. He writes to comment on John’s post on the Benghazi cover-up. I have regularized the capitalization in Michael’s message but otherwise left it as is. Submitted for your consideration without further comment: I have never believed the rumor that we were sending arms from Libya to Syrian rebels. I was told by Syrian friends that the »