The Washington Post’s bogus Benghazi end-zone dance

Featured image The Washington Post, in an editorial called “Benghazi debunked,” claims that the House Intelligence Committee has “dump[ed] cold water on the GOP’s conspiracy theories” regarding Benghazi. The Post cites three alleged “GOP conspiracy theories:” (1) that the White House tried to obscure the fact that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the attacks, (2) that stand-down orders were issued to those who were in a position to aid the compound, and »

More on “more than fair”

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about the report on Benghazi issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The report found essentially no fault on the part of the CIA or the military in its response the attack in Benghazi — findings that I consider sound. The report also finds that the administration’s subsequent narrative about the attack was the product of a “flawed” process. What’s more it finds that aspects »

The House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi Report — more than fair

Featured image The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has issued its report on the Benghazi attack. You can find it here. The Committee concludes, among things, that CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi during the attack behaved bravely and made reasonable tactical decisions that saved lives, and that the CIA received all military support that was available. It further concludes that after the attack, the administration’s initial public narrative (via »

Panetta on Benghazi: I knew right away

Featured image In an interview yesterday on MSNBC Leon Panetta stated that he knew immediately the 9/11 incident in Benghazi was a terrorist attack (video below). How did he know? “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was: when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack — this was a terrorist attack »

Report: “Queen” Clinton’s “henchmen” scrubbed Benghazi documents

Featured image Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. When Hillary Clinton removed him from this position and placed him on leave in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Maxwell wrote a poem called “Invitation” which we posted here. The “invitation” as the poem made clear, was to “lynching” and it came from the “henchmen” of »

Benghazi security personnel say they were told to “stand down”

Featured image Tonight at 10:00 Eastern Time, Fox News will present a program, hosted by Bret Baier, called “13 hours in Benghazi.” Baier’s report will be based on a book by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team that will be released next week. The book is 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. Fox News has presented a preview of the program. Three security team members who »

Hillary Clinton: still looking for answers to questions that “make no difference”

Featured image In her appearance on CNN yesterday, Hillary Clinton said there are still too many unanswered questions about the Benghazi attacks. “I’m still looking for answers because it was a confusing and difficult time,” she declared. But Clinton hasn’t always been so inquisitive. In January 2013, responding to questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about what caused the attacks, Clinton famously responded, “What difference does it make?” In all likelihood, »

Dana Milbank or your lyin’ eyes?

Featured image In his most recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank purported to report on a program hosted by the Benghazi Accountability Coalition at the Heritage Foundation. As you might guess from the subject of the panel if not the venue, Milbank came to bury the panel, not to praise it. The subject all by itself seemed to put Milbank in a bad frame of mind; he described it as “the umpteenth »

Hillary does Fox

Featured image Hillary Clinton appeared on Fox News this evening, fielding questions for almost half an hour from Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren. Clinton’s demeanor was good throughout. She was friendly, receptive to the questions, and adroit in her answers without, for the most part, appearing too evasive. Clinton benefitted from the approach of the two questioners. Neither Baier nor Van Susteren was belligerent. And though both were as persistent as »

Benghazi Suspect Captured

Featured image Over the weekend, U.S. special forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is alleged to be a ringleader of the September 11, 2012 attack on the State Department’s Benghazi complex. Khattala was seized near Benghazi and will be returned to the U.S. to stand trial. The Washington Post describes Khattala’s apprehension as “a major victory for the Obama administration.” Well, maybe. But is is hard to understand why, after more than »

Benghazi: Not so foggy after all

Featured image We have said, based on the statements of government officials, that our intelligence personnel knew straight away that the Benghazi attack was an act of organized terrorism, not a spontaneous, “populist” response to a video, as the Obama administration persistently claimed. But I wondered how, during the “fog” of the battle, anyone was able to reach this conclusion. I supposed that it was organized terrorism from the nature of the »

Will voters eventually roll their eyes at Hillary Clinton?

Featured image Democratic operatives must be nervous, if not panicked, after Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer in which Sawyer, to quote the Washington Post’s headline, “destroyed” the former Secretary of State. It’s common knowledge that Clinton is anything but a natural on the campaign trail. But the tone deafness of some of her responses (e.g., we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses) suggests that Clinton may be »

The fog of Hillary

Featured image Watching Diane Sawyer question Hillary Clinton about Benghazi on ABC News (video below), I found myself thinking back to Roger Mudd’s destruction of Teddy Kennedy on CBS in 1979. Ms. Hillary was awake and alert, she goes on offense as always, and she scares off the posse. Even so, she wasn’t quite ready for Sawyer’s interrogation on the question of responsibility. Ms. Hillary cannot be happy with this segment. Glenn »

When will Obama move mountains to rescue Americans and when will he not?

Featured image Substantial questions surround Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW for whose release President Obama traded five murderous members of the Taliban. The questions are collected in this New York Post article. The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban are murky. Did he desert? Did he wonder off base drunk? Was he simply lagging behind his patrol, as he has claimed? We don’t know for certain. But Bergdahl view of »

Team Clinton provides Pelosi an intervention

Featured image The need for Democrats to participate on the Benghazi select committee has been obvious all along. As I wrote almost three weeks ago: If they participate, Democrats can break the Republicans’ momentum and rehabilitate, or at least assist, administration witnesses after they have been worked over by the likes of Trey Gowdy. Imagine you’re Susan Rice testifying before the committee. Would you rather face non-stop questioning from Republicans or have »

Dems name Benghazi select committee members

Featured image After weeks of posturing, the Democrats have done the sensible thing and agreed to participate in the select committee to investigate Benghazi. Today, Nancy Pelosi named her five allotted members. They are: Elijah Cummings (Maryland) Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) Linda Sánchez (California) Adam Schiff (California) Adam Smith (Washington) Cummings gained invaluable experience carrying water for the administration during hearings by the House Oversight Committee (of which he is the ranking member) »

Trey Gowdy has a few questions…

Featured image …for the media about Benghazi (video below). Working as a prosecutor, he learned how to ask questions. In his capacity as the chairman of the House Select Committee, he may get some answers. RealClearPolitics has posted the video along with this transcript: We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi, and make no mistake, justice will be done.” That »