Benghazigate

Trey Gowdy, not your father’s investigation committee chairman

Featured image Speaker Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor who has consistently impressed me (and, obviously, Boehner) during hearings before the Oversight Committee on Benghazi and the IRS. Gowdy breaks the mold for chairman of a big ticket investigative committee. The typical chairman is a stern but somewhat subdued father figure — think Sen. Inouye of Iran Contra fame »

On Benghazi, Dems Double Down on Denial

Featured image This morning on Fox News Sunday, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff suggested that his party will boycott the House’s proposed select committee on Benghazi: Establishing a select committee to investigate the State Department’s handling of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya is a “colossal waste of time,” according to Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.). “We’ve had four bipartisan investigations already,” Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding »

Scandal? What Scandal?

Featured image How will the Democratic Party press try to defend the Obama administration over Benghazi? It won’t: it will ignore the story and hope it goes away. To the extent that liberals comment on Benghazi, it will be to mock conservatives for being concerned about it, without ever explaining what the scandal is all about. Here are two examples. Steve Sack has been the editorial cartoonist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune »

Visions of Vietor

Featured image In his weekly installment of pictures this morning, Steve alludes to the interview of former NSC spokesman Tommmy Vietor by Bret Baier on Fox News Special Report on Thursday. The video below captures the interview’s most memorable moment. Vietor addressed Baier as “dude” and said he could hardly remember how he helped change the Benghazi talking points because it was “like two years ago.” Try as we might, we won’t »

Boehner calls for select committee to investigate Benghazi

Featured image Speaker Boehner announced today that he will ask the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Here is Boehner’s announcement: Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the »

State Dept., CIA, and Dod all understood that Benghazi was a terrorist attack

Featured image As Scott notes below, Beth Jones, then the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, stated in an email that she told Libya’s ambassador on the morning of September 12, 2012 that the Benghazi attack was conducted by “Ansar Al Sharia [which] is affiliated with Islamic extremists.” So the State Department’s view within hours of the attack was that this was terrorism, not a protest over a video »

Another Benghazi email

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson draws attention to another newly released Benghazi email (the email is posted online here). I’m not sure, but this seems important: [The] email indicates that within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya[,] the State Department had already concluded with certainty that the Islamic militia terrorist group Ansar al Sharia was to blame. The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President »

Where Was Barry? Where Was Hillary?

Featured image As I wrote here, one of the striking features of the White House’s latest email production is the complete absence of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the communications on the evening of September 11, 2012. Their names appear only later, when staffers write heartfelt statements about the deaths of four Americans to be released over their names. So where were they on the fateful night of September 11? Tommy »

Air Force General criticizes lack of military response to Benghazi attack

Featured image Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified today that the military should have done more to try to help the Americans who were under attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. At the time of the attack, Lovell was the deputy director for intelligence at Africa Command. Lovell told the House Oversight Committee: Many with firsthand knowledge have recounted the heroism displayed by the brave Americans in Benghazi that »

Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about the most significant email that the Obama administration produced in response to a FOIA request by Judicial Watch. It was sent by White House political operative Ben Rhodes to a variety of administration officials whose duties related to PR, not policy. Among the recipients were David Plouffe, Dan Pfeiffer, Dag Vega and Jay Carney. Sent on the Friday before Susan Rice made her infamous tour of »

All roads lead to…

Featured image At long last we have the email of assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications (hack/flack) Ben Rhodes on the urgent need to disseminate the (patently false) message that the video got Ambassador Stevens et al. killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Catherine Herridge observes: Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing »

The Benghazi Scandal In One Email

Featured image One aspect of the scandal, anyway. The administration has released a series of emails in response to FOIA requests by Judicial Watch. You can read them here. This one, by Benjamin Rhodes, a White House political operative, shows the administration’s priorities on the Friday before Susan Rice’s infamous tour of the Sunday talk shows. Click to enlarge: From the earliest hours after the attack, this is how the Obama administration »

Fools and knaves: Mike Morrell vs. Vile Rat

Featured image The author of the comments below is a reader who contributed “Fools and knives, part 2″ to our long-running series. With former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell scheduled to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this morning — Morrell had a powerful hand in shaping the Obama administration talking points from which the ineffably lame Susan Rice spoke on the Sunday gabfests following the 9/11 attack on »

Ms. Rice doesn’t regret

Featured image In Cole Porter’s song “Miss Otis Regrets,” the singer passes on the heroine’s regrets that she’s unable to lunch today. Why? She was strung up by a mob for killing “the man who had led her so far astray.” It’s a reasonable excuse presented with demure understatement in Ella Fitzgerald’s classic rendition of the song. This past Sunday on Meet the Press Rice passed on the opportunity to express regrets »

Obama ties military’s hands by reading al Qaeda out of Benghazi

Featured image Katherine Zimmerman of AEI, whose work we have highlighted before, wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post about the need to formulate a reasonable definition of al Qaeda. The whole column is worth reading, but I was struck most by her explanation of why the military won’t take action against the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack: Here’s the problem: According to recently declassified testimony of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of »

The smearing of Chris Stevens

Featured image Last week the Wall Street Journal published Gregory Hicks’s column “Benghazi and the smearing of Chris Stevens.” It would be easy to overlook Hicks’s column in the crush of last week’s news, but it is deserving of special attention. In the column Hicks offers his eyewitness testimony to the security issues that Stevens dealt with at our Libyan facilities before his death. The redacted report of the Senate Select Committee »

The Senate Benghazi Report: What Does It Say?

Featured image Yesterday, the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence released what I take to be its final report on Benghazi. You can read it here. The main body of the report is attributed to the committee as a whole, while the majority and minority each added separate comments. The bipartisan nature of the report (for better or worse) is apparent from these comments by the Democratic majority: The Majority would like to »