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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. calls President Obama “cop hater in chief” — It’s “Pushback” Time

July 9, 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Mark Hoffman photo

There were several commentators taking to the airwaves on Friday  in an effort to make sense out of the killing of five law enforcement officers in Dallas.

Americans each have their own “truth.” But there used to be “the truth” — which seems almost totally lost today.

Listen to some of the things said by Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

“Black lives matter but so do Asian lives, Hispanic lives and Blue (law enforcement officers’) lives.”

“It seems that we, as a society are unable to discuss Black on Black crime.”

“Tens of thousands of black American males are probably alive today because of the policies of Rudy Giuliani when he was Mayor of New York City.”

“Black Lives Matter” is a group of anarchists.”

“The liberal left want to keep us fighting among ourselves and divided so they can advance their socialist agenda…”

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Rev. Jeff Hood speaks to Good Morning America

“The liberal left want to keep us fighting among ourselves and divided so they can advance their socialist agenda…”

Sheriff David Clarke

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Sheriff David Clarke Slams Obama, Clinton, BLM After Dallas Attack

Leah Barkoukis
Townhall
Posted: Jul 08, 2016 6:00 PM
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In the wake of the Dallas shootings, Milwaukee Count Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. didn’t mince words in calling out President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Black Lives Matter movement for their divisive rhetoric, lies, and selective outrage.

While Clarke acknowledged President Obama, or “cop hater in chief” as he referred to him, didn’t cause the ambush against police officers in Dallas Thursday night, he said on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning that “[Obama] fuels this sort of anger, this misplaced anger.”

Clarke had also taken to Twitter to express his outrage over the situation.

American needs Obama to get out of bed & address Dallas situation NOW. He poured gas on this situation with his dog whistle message earlier.

Waiting for Obama, Lynch and anti gun bigots to blame Dallas slaughter of police on the need for more gun control or background checks.

All the phony outrage & news coverage over two police shootings yet nothing on the black on black carnage in Chicago that happens every day.

Black LIES Matter wants this conversation about Black lives? Let’s have it dammit. Talk to me about Chicago black on black murder Black LIES

Mrs. Bill Clinton earlier showed support for Black LIES Matter. Let’s see if this cop hater shows the same empathy for police in Dallas.

Clarke didn’t have to wait long to see partial blame for the attacks placed on gun control.

In President Obama’s statement from Poland about the shootings on Friday, he said, “We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, it makes shootings like this more deadly and more tragic.”

Coming to Obama’s defense was Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who told reporters during a briefing in Poland, “the president’s views about the impact that easy availability of guns has on our community is a significant source of concern for him. And too many innocent lives have been claimed because of the easy access people have to guns, in some cases, guns that were never intended to be on city streets.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, canceled her events Friday and tweeted that she “mourned” for the victims, their families, and the Dallas community at large.

I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H

On Thursday her campaign was quick to declare “Black Lives Matter” after the video footage of the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling spread on social media.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/07/08/sheriff-david-clarke-slams-obama-clinton-blm-after-dallas-attack-n2190120

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It seemed to us at Peace and Freedom that Hillary Clinton was probably delighted that the events in Dallas changed the national conversation away from her own unexplained (at least unexplained honestly) use  of a private email system with security less than that provided for any G-Mail account — to handle TOP SECRET/SCI U.S. Government documents.

To Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter but she seemed to totally neglect the lives of four brave Americans who worked for her: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith.

THOSE lives matter.

She failed to keep them alive and then she participated in a conspiracy to hide the truth by saying, “It was because of a video offensive to Muslims.”

Actually, four Americans died in Benghazi on Hillary Clinton’s watch because she failed to protect them. She was probably too busy leaking classified information from her Blackberry while chatting by email with Sidney Blumenthal.

Maybe Hillary is just pandering to Black Lives Matter so she can get elected president and be in a position again to further enrich the Clinton Foundation and herself.

Hillary better set the record straight on Black Lives Matter with her husband…..

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Which black people did David Clarke call uneducated, lazy and morally bankrupt?
http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/article/2015/nov/17/who-did-david-clarke-call-uneducated-lazy-and-mora/

Sheriff David Clarke Slams Obama, Clinton, BLM After Dallas Attack
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/07/08/sheriff-david-clarke-slams-obama-clinton-blm-after-dallas-attack-n2190120

If you like (or hate) David Clarke, you’ll also probably like (or hate) Jason L. Riley:

JASON L. RILEY is a member of the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994. He appears regularly on the Journal Editorial Report on Fox News. He has also appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Hannity and Colmes and ABC’s World News Tonight.

PLEASE STOP HELPING US

How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

By Jason L. Riley

205 pp. Encounter Books. $23.99.

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SHAME

How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country

By Shelby Steele

198 pp. Basic Books. $25.99.

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Jesse Jackson on Shootings and Blacks

By REUTERS | Jul. 8, 2016 | 0:54

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday that while his civil rights group mourned the loss of five police officers in Dallas, his coalition must not be derailed from ending the “executions” of black men.

The Truth Got Lost in The Obama Administration

June 29, 2016

President Obama’s First Inauguration, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Peace and Freedom Commentary
By John Francis Carey

Inauguration Day is about the happiest day in the political calendar here in the United States.

It’s always a time of hope and promise and joy that our political system, our cherished democracy, works.

Often times, after a few years, we become less hopeful. Maybe even jaded.

Barack Obama’s first inauguration was a time of particular joy and hope because America had, yet again, changed the world by doing something that had never been done before. People on the Mall in Washington DC that day were filled with honest-to-goodness joy for Mr. Obama, the American system, and our fellow man.

For me, it was a moment of patriotic pride like the one when the first man walked on the moon. The fist man on the moon was one of us. An American.

And in every great endeavor, the people invest their trust in the leader, and the leader pays us back with the truth.

That’s the compact between the leaders and the people.

Every great accomplishment in America is the culmination of the bond between the people and the belief that our top leaders are even more patriotic and truthful and good than the rest of us.

President John F. Kennedy said at his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Sadly, nobody talks that way in  American anymore. It seems like everyone, even our political class, our elites, is saying, “Get what you can and never mind the truth,” or “The end justifies the means.”

The truth, sadly, has gotten lost in the Obama Administration.

You couldn’t keep your doctor or your plan. But look how well it all turned out! Many more that were uninsured are now insured!

The end justifies the means. Sorry some of you lost your doctor and your plan and your savings to pay the new premiums.

There are no “radical Islamic terrorists.” That would be an offensive remark to all Muslims.

Really?

And “what difference at this point does it make?”

Human lives and the truth ALWAYS MATTER.

“What difference at this point does it make?” are the words spoken by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the lawmakers charged in our American democracy to find the truth and to keep the executive branch of government “in check.”  Hillary Clinton’s poor choice of words indicates a wrongful disdain for the truth, and a lack of respect for the lives and the families entrusted to her safekeeping to carry out the mission of the United States government.

These four dead Americans, who believed so  whole-heatedly in America that they volunteered to serve the the most troubled hot spot of all our diplomatic posts, became pawns in the great political infighting that now threatens to ruin our democracy. Their stories were never truly told because it was easier to lie during the election season.

The hero Chris Stevens along with Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith were not respected enough to get the truth.

Their blood was just another wrong-headed conservative newspaper editorial to be spun, lied about and defamed.

The leaders in America, at least some of them, lost the truth because they are not serving the people in the way John Kennedy had hoped. They are too busy covering up their own behind. They are consciously upon a covert mission to change America into their own version of the politically correct society.

There’s a lot of talk about tolerance and there’s a very high tolerance for lying.

The end justifies the means. Conservative lawmakers are the enemy. And conservative groups are denied their rights by the IRS while the President of the United States says, “there is not a smidgen of evidence of wrong doing.”

That was not true.

There’s a high tolerance for death, as long as there’s no mention of Islam.

Our American democracy has built-in accountability. Every one of us, every American gets to have her or his say in all of this.

Its often difficult on election day because, upon reading the ballot, some of us know they are all liars — on both sides.

So for myself, the current state of American democracy is this: I’ve decided not to vote for anyone who stepped over dead Americans to get to their lofty perch. Because in every dead American serving her or his country, like Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith — there is a part of me. They were there representing me and my family and my flag and the kind of America and Americans I want us all to be.

I will not dishonor them by voting for anyone that stepped over their blood and lied about it.

We should not shame them with more lies.

As Hillary Clinton said after the report by Trey Gowdy and his committee was released, “It’s time to move on.”

It might be time to move ahead to Donald Trump. Hillary had her chance to defend America.

And she failed.

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Updated on July 26, 2016

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Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. This appears to be her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013. She said during Congressional testimony, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” She seemed to attack the lawmakers entrusted with the task of getting to the truth. Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Ji on September 5, 2012. He got promoted, she’s running for president and China pretty much owns the South China Sea.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing the intention to “reset” US-Russian relations in March 2009. Photo: AP — Russia got Crimea, Syria, and half of Ukraine. NATO had to be reinforced by U.S. troops

 (From Sunday, June 26, 2016)

Susan Rice September 16, 2012, just a few days after the attack on the U.S. at Benghazi. She told and re-told the lie that blamed the attack on a video seen as offensive to Muslims on all five major U.S. TV Sunday news talk shows. President Obama promoted her from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to the post of U.S. National Security Adviser.

The number of migrants and refugees during the Obama Administration has exceeded the total number from World War II.

Because the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism was not addressed more forcefully from the start with a concerted campaign to eliminate them,  the number of killed, wounded and displaced has continued to rise. The citizens of Syria and other places gave up waiting for Barack Obama to end the war and, at great peril to their own lives, and the lives of their family members, they became refugees and migrants.  How much longer must the world stay in this state of upheaval?

President Obama now has the distinction of being the longest serving American president during war in the history of the United States. That’s his legacy.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/09/obamacare-architect-lack-of-transparency-was-key-because-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-would-have-killed-obamacare/#ixzz3x3hwzqxd

U.S. Failed to Protect Americans in Benghazi, GOP Says — And Covered Up The Truth After

June 28, 2016
House committee set to release Benghazi attacks findings

The lengthy report comes after a two-year investigation into the attacks on an American diplomatic mission in Libya.Video provided by Newsy Newslook

WASHINGTON —  House Republicans say that despite stonewalling by the Obama administration they were able to conclude a two-year investigation into the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi with an 800-page report that blames politically motivated bureaucratic delays for failing to prevent or stop the deadly attacks that claimed four American lives.

The highly anticipated report adds new detail to the findings of seven previous congressional inquiries, and is expected to be used by Republicans to question Hillary Clinton’s leadership just as the fall presidential campaign heats up.

Clinton, who was secretary of state when Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed on Sept. 11, 2012, was planning to visit Libya later that year, which pressured diplomats to stay at the poorly guarded, temporary outpost despite deteriorating security in the region, according to the report.

The Republicans said “despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began.”

Republicans highlighted a teleconference meeting a few hours after the attacks began as a turning point in the U.S. response. They say actions taken after that meeting, in which Clinton participated, only delayed the deployment of military forces. Communications afterward referenced the need to get clearance from various countries to deploy military resources for a rescue, according to the GOP report.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a former prosecutor and chairman of the committee, urged Americans to “read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions.”

“We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the special committee. “Politics were put ahead of the  lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the report “makes clear that officials in Washington failed our men and women on the ground when they were in need of help. … We must ensure that those who hold positions of responsibility do better for the men and women who serve in harm’s way.”

Democrats on the panel, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., have repeatedly accused the Republicans of using the investigation and numerous previous committee probes to try to embarrass Clinton and damage her chances of becoming president. They released their own minority report a day ahead of the Republicans, contending the report absolves Clinton of blame in the terror attacks.

Democrats, in their Monday report, highlighted the testimony of Pentagon officials who said diplomatic clearances were not necessary and emails mentioning them did not slow the response.

“I recall reading the email summary of the (secure video teleconference) that had arose in that conversation. And my view was that it was irrelevant, that if we needed to deploy forces to protect American lives, that we have the legal authority, and we have the, indeed, the obligation to do so,” said James Miller, who was undersecretary of defense for policy, according to the portion of the transcript released by Democrats.

The different partisan interpretations of such evidence, which has largely defined debate over Benghazi for almost four years, is likely to persist after the release of the two competing reports.

In a statement, Clinton’s campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the House investigation, after spending more than $7 million, did not find anything to contradict the conclusions reached by previous congressional committees.

“This report just confirms what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and even one of Trey Gowdy’s own former staffers admitted months ago: This committee’s chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Fallon said.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, anticipating the release of the report Monday, called the investigation “a Republican conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.”

He said seven previous congressional investigations found “there were no efforts by the White House or executive branch entities to cover up facts or make alterations for political purposes.”

“Republicans have been investigating this exhaustively. And with each turn of the crank, they’re unable to prove some of the wild conspiracy theories they’ve been proffering for years,” Schultz said. “So I don’t know why Republicans are obsessed with this,”

Schultz also disputed allegations of administration stonewalling, saying the cooperation was “far-ranging” and included hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and interviews with 77 State and Defense department officials.

Contributing: Paul Singer and Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, and Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/28/final-gop-benghazi-report-cites-failures/86459290/

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Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Committee Releases Full Report On Attacks

Photo of Alex Pappas

By ALEX PAPPAS
The Daily Caller
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After more than two years, the Republicans on the House Benghazi committee on Tuesday released a final report on its findings.

Four Americans died in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The special committee to investigate the attacks was formed in 2014.

“I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions,” committee chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina congressman, said in a statement. “You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans 

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans

According to a document released by the committee, here are the “new facts” uncovered by the probe, with corresponding page numbers in the released report:

Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]

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With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
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The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
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A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
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None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
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Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real time. The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli. There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks—one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died—said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. [pg. 28]
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The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning. … Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” [pg. 39]
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Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” [pg. 44]
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According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call. While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. [pg.98]
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On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS [Secure Video Teleconference] group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” [pg. 135]
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After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” [pg. 128]
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Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” [pg. 132]
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The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points. The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred just prior to the attack on September 11. [pg. 47]
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A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.” That small but vital difference — from Cairo to Benghazi — had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. [pg. 52]
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During deliberations within the State Department about whether and how to intervene in Libya in March 2011, Jake Sullivan listed the first goal as “avoid[ing] a failed state, particularly one in which al-Qaeda and other extremists might take safe haven.” [pg. 9]
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The administration’s policy of no boots on the ground shaped the type of military assistance provided to State Department personnel in Libya. The Executive Secretariats for both the Defense Department and State Department exchanged communications outlining the diplomatic capacity in which the Defense Department SST security team members would serve, which included wearing civilian clothes so as not to offend the Libyans. [pg. 60]
When the State Department’s presence in Benghazi was extended in December 2012, senior officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security were excluded from the discussion. [pg. 74]
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In February 2012, the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at Embassy Tripoli informed his counterpart in Benghazi that more DS agents would not be provided by decision makers, because “substantive reporting” was not Benghazi’s purpose. [pg. 77]
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Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate. [pg. 96]
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In August 2012 — roughly a month before the Benghazi attacks — security on the ground worsened significantly. Ambassador Stevens initially planned to travel to Benghazi in early August, but cancelled the trip “primarily for Ramadan/security reasons.” [pg. 99]
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Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta bluntly told the committee “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell also acknowledged multiple times an intelligence failure did in fact occur prior to the Benghazi attacks. [pg. 129]
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Democrats — in defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — have opposed the committee since before it was formed. Still, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Democrats to the committee.

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On Monday, the Democrats on the committee released their own report, which they used to call the probe a waste of time.

“Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation,” the Democratic report states. “They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars — and the formidable power of Congress — to attack their political foes.”

Tags: Benghazi committee, Department of State, Libya, Trey Gowdy

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Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/28/trey-gowdys-benghazi-committee-releases-full-report-on-attacks/#ixzz4Csz1m1Ez

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Benghazi report: Clinton should have realized risks

June 28, 2016

Updated 8:44 AM ET, Tue June 28, 2016

Exclusive early look at part of the Benghazi report 01:56
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Washington (CNN) House Republicans released a long-awaited report Tuesday on the Benghazi terror attacks that killed four Americans on Hillary Clinton’s watch as secretary of state, reviving the politically charged issue less than five months before the election.

The report, parts of which CNN reviewed in advance, paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.
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Clinton told the House Benghazi Committee last year that she was aware of the dangers in Libya but “there was no actionable intelligence” indicating a planned attack.
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The portion of the report obtained by CNN doesn’t offer a scathing indictment of Clinton. But it does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.
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“It is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either Kennedy or the Secretary in understanding the Benghazi mission compound was at risk — short of an attack,” the report says.
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Conservative members of the panel released a more political analysis of the attack Tuesday that’s far more critical of Clinton and the Obama administration. That study, authored by GOP Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio, blames the attack on a “tragic failure of leadership.”
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Their decision to release an addendum to the main report appears to suggest that Pompeo and Jordan believe the committee report does not go far enough in criticizing Clinton and the administration.
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“The overall report, it’s about the facts, what happened,” Jordan told Chris Cuomo Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.” “But Mr. Pompeo and I thought it was important to ask the questions. Why were we still in Benghazi when almost every other country had left? Why did we stay in Benghazi when the security situation was so terrible, so dangerous? And why did the administration mislead us?”
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How the Benghazi committee got so political

How the Benghazi committee got so political 02:49
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The committee report caps a much-politicized two-year probe into the attack on a U.S. outpost and CIA annex that killed Stevens along with IT expert Sean Smith and two security personnel, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The attack was initially thought to be perpetrated by an angry mob responding to a video made in the U.S. mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, but the assault was later determined to be a terrorist attack — a finding Republicans accused the White House of covering up to protect President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects.
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The committee report is sure to fuel charges by Republicans — including presumptive nominee Donald Trump — that Clinton is untrustworthy and that her tenure as the top U.S. diplomat was disastrous.

Reaction from Clinton, White House and Congress

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Democrats pre-emptively rebutted the findings Monday by releasing their own dissenting report. They accused Gowdy and the committee of flagrant political bias while arguing the investigation wasted taxpayer money to try to damage Clinton ahead of the November election.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel’s top Democrat, blasted partisanship on the committee.
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“Democrats offered to work with Chairman Gowdy on a joint report, and we even offered to give him a draft of our report ahead of time,” Cummings said. “Instead, he mocked our idea and decided to go it alone right before the presidential conventions. We can’t comment on his partisan report because we haven’t read it, and we haven’t read it because Republicans didn’t want us to check it against the evidence we obtained.”‎
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White House spokesman Eric Schultz ripped the Benghazi panel Monday, saying it amounted to a “Republican conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.”
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State Department spokesman Mark Toner said “the official facts surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi have been known for some time.”
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He cited “great progress towards making our posts safer since 2012” and said “our priority continues to be carrying out our national security mission while mitigating the risks to our employees.”
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Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the committee in an overnight tweet.
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“Far from honoring the four brave Americans who died, the Benghazi Committee has been a partisan sham since its start,” he wrote.
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Clinton herself appeared to anticipate the report — and the potential political firestorm that could ensue — Monday when she spoke frankly about public perceptions that she’s not trustworthy.
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“I personally know I have work to do on this front,” she said Monday at a Rainbow Push Coalition lunch in Chicago.

Adding texture to the public record

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The report being released Tuesday includes testimony from senior State Department and intelligence officials along with lower-ranking diplomats and diplomatic security agents. It adds color and texture to the public record of the attacks already unveiled by multiple congressional and independent investigations.
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It shows that the State Department assessment of the situation in Benghazi in 2011 and 2012 noted rising crime levels, rampant firearm ownership, and a high risk of militia violence in the security vacuum left by the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi. The precarious security situation, according to the report, was exacerbated by inadequate security at the Benghazi outpost, which was plagued by equipment failures, a lack of manpower and relied on an often-disorganized local militia for protection.
The report says requests for more security in Benghazi repeatedly met no response or were refused by senior officials in Washington, though the parts of the report seen by CNN do not directly lay the fault at Clinton’s door.
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The report also reveals that Stevens and senior department officials were apparently keen to set up a permanent consulate in Benghazi ahead of a planned visit to the city by Clinton in October 2012.
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But the difficulty finding a suitable secure facility prompted officials to exclude the Benghazi compound from official department rules and standards that would have otherwise been more stringent.
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“If you are in a non-diplomatic facility, there are no security standards. They don’t exist,” one unnamed diplomatic security agent told the committee.
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The full details surrounding the attack may never be fully understood, according to separate portions of the report obtained by Politico. The panel blames Clinton and the State Department for failing to turn over all emails from her private server — an omission it describes as “shameful.”
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But Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said officials went out of their way to cooperate.
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‘When combined with the seven previous Congressional inquiries, the Department has participated at least in 15 hearings, 64 briefings, 72 interviews, and has provided 100,000 pages of documents,” Toner said, adding that the panel requested huge volumes of information over a long period of years that was not relevant to the Benghazi tragedy.
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Other findings include :

The tenacity of Chris Stevens.

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The report reveals the determination of Stevens to keep the post open in Benghazi — “Chris had, I think a different tolerance of risk than I did,” said Joan Polaschik, former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya.
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— After the fall of the Gadhaffi regime in 2011, one of Clinton’s top State Department aides, Jake Sullivan, asked a colleague what it would take to get a team back to the Libyan capital of Tripoli to re-open the U.S. embassy.
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— “An ambassador to Libya who actually wants to go. Locking Pat Kennedy (then Under Secretary for Management) in a closet for long enough to actually take some real risks,” the colleage emailed back.
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— In testimony to the committee, Charlene Lamb, formerly a senior State Department official, said that Stevens was ultimately responsible for security at his post. “It is very unfortunate and sad at this point that Ambassador Stevens was a victim, but that is where ultimate responsibility lies.”

Inadequate security in Benghazi

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Throughout late 2011 and through 2012, security became perilous in Benghazi and there were at least two attacks on the compound and on diplomats and other international facilities.
— A diplomatic security agent in the city in November 2011 told the committee that security was “woefully inadequate” with no perimeter security, low walls and no lighting.
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The report said the Benghazi mission made repeated requests for new agents in late 2011 and early 2012. After a series of attacks on international targets in the city, more requests were made. But “no additional resources were provided by Washington D.C. to fortify the compound after the first two attacks. No additional personnel were sent to secure the facility, despite repeated requests for security experts on the ground.”
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— At one point, then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland emailed Stevens to ask how to publicly describe the security incidents in 2012 : “Washington D.C. dismissed Stevens’ multiple requests for additional security personnel while also asking for help in messaging the very violence he was seeking security from,” the report said.
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— The report, citing a cable from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, suggests there simply were not sufficient resources in the unstable nation to send to properly protect Benghazi. In early August 2012, there were only 34 security staff at the embassy. By the end of the month there were only six.
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— Such shortages might explain the overreliance on the February 17 local militia in Benghazi to help secure the outpost — but a diplomatic security agent quoted in the report said the group was “undisciplined and unskilled.”
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— In 2011 and early 2012, security sometimes became so difficult in Benghazi that staff were unable to do their jobs reaching out Libyans to report back to Washington on the restive political situation in the city. But the report says that in February 2012, the lead diplomatic security agent at the Tripoli Embassy told the post that “substantive reporting” was not its job anyway.
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“[U]nfortunately, nobody has advised the (principal diplomatic officer) that Benghazi is there to support [redacted] operations, not conduct substantive reporting,” the agent wrote, in a possible sign that the primary purpose of the mission was in fact to support the CIA.
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— The report also finds that the military did not carry out then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s order to deploy U.S. forces to help rescue Americans under fire in Benghazi, according to portions obtained by NBC News.
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“What was disturbing from the evidence the Committee found was that at the time of the final lethal attack at the Annex, no asset ordered deployed by the Secretary had even left the ground,” the report says.
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— The panel also argues that initial administration talking points framing the attack as the result of an angry protest over an anti-Muslim video released in the U.S. were drawn up by administration officials and did not include accounts from eyewitnesses or the Americans under attack, according to portions of the report obtained by Fox News.
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The report quotes an agent at the Benghazi compound as hearing chanting before a full-on attack begins, including explosions and gunfire and “70 people rushing into the compound with an assortment of “AK-47s, grenades, RPG’s … a couple of different assault rifles.”
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Another security officer described the assault as “a full on attack against our compound.”
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Asked if he had seen a protest before the attacks, the officer said: “zip, nothing, nada.”

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/28/politics/benghazi-report-hillary-clinton/

House Democrats Attack Forthcoming GOP-Written Benghazi Report

June 27, 2016

Committee Democrats claim it is tainted by a partisan focus on Hillary Clinton

House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), right, looking on as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), questions Hillary Clinton in Washington on Oct. 22, 2015.
House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), right, looking on as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), questions Hillary Clinton in Washington on Oct. 22, 2015. PHOTO: MANUEL BALCE CENETA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Updated June 27, 2016 4:51 p.m. ET

House Democrats moved to blunt a forthcoming Republican-written report from the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya—arguing that the panel’s investigation has been tainted by a partisan focus on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Democrats pre-butted the release of the widely-anticipated report from the panel’s GOP majority, which is expected as soon as this week, by putting out their own 339-page report on Monday, along with transcripts from 55 interviews with State Department, Defense Department and other current and former Obama administration officials.

The Democratic report acknowledged that security at the diplomatic facility in Benghazi was “woefully inadequate,” but places the blame on State Department officials in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for those staffing decisions. It argued Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of State at the time, played no role in those decisions.

The Democrats also found that the U.S. military could not have responded differently to the attacks and that its readiness posture was insufficient to lend any assistance to U.S. personnel in Benghazi.

“Our overarching conclusion is that the evidence obtained by the Select Committee confirms the core findings already issued by many previous investigations into the attacks in Benghazi. Although the Select Committee obtained additional details that provide context and granularity, these details do not fundamentally alter the previous conclusions,” the Democratic report said.

The report was signed by the committee’s five Democrats, led by ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, as well as Reps. Adam Smith of Washington, Adam Schiff and Linda Sanchez of California and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

The Republican-led House Select Committee on Benghazi was formed two years ago to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks against U.S. facilities in Libya. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attacks.

The investigation was led by the committee’s chairman, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, and consisted of more than 100 interviews and scores of documents. The committee also conducted an all-day public hearing in October with Mrs. Clinton herself. Mr. Gowdy has said the report will be released this summer.

A spokesman for the Republicans on the committee said that the panel’s investigation was never focused on Mrs. Clinton and that the Democratic report was unduly focused on defending the Democratic presidential candidate from criticism, noting that Mrs. Clinton was mentioned more than 300 times in the Democratic report, and the Republican Party was mentioned about 200 times.

“As Chairman Gowdy has said, this is not about one person. This investigation is about the four brave Americans we lost in Libya: Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. That is how the Majority has conducted its thorough investigation, and we look forward to revealing the new information we have uncovered to the families and the American people,” said committee press secretary Matt Wolking.

House Democrats used the executive summary of their report to attack Mr. Gowdy’s conduct in leading the panel.

“Chairman Gowdy has been conducting this investigation like an overzealous prosecutor desperately trying to land a front-page conviction rather than a neutral judge of facts seeking to improve the security of our diplomatic corps,’ wrote the five Democratic members of the panel.

The Democratic report also noted that last year, Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House, pointed to the committee’s work as a reason Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers were sinking.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable.” Mr. McCarthy said on Fox News in September. “But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”

Republicans on the Benghazi committee and the Obama administration remain at odds over documents and interviews concerning the 2012 terrorist attacks. The State Department has declined to release those documents, citing the need to keep some executive branch records from Congress.

The committee called on the State Department on Monday to stop “stonewalling” so the final report could be released.

White House Principal Deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said Monday that numerous administration officials have cooperated with the committee, producing of reams of requested documents and sitting for interviews. He cast the Republicans’ continued questioning as a never-ending fishing expedition, noting that multiple committees have spent multiple years investigating this issue.

“With each turn of the crank, they’re unable to prove some of the wild conspiracy theories they’ve been proffering for years,” Mr. Schultz said.

The committee last month also sent a list of 15 questions to the White House for President Barack Obama to answer concerning the attacks.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote to the committee last week that he had advised the president not to answer the questions “because of the implications of his response on the constitutional separation of powers.”

“If the President were to answer your questions, his response would suggest that Congress has the unilateral power to demand answers from the President about his official acts,” Mr. Eggleston wrote in a letter to the committee.

Write to Byron Tau at byron.tau@wsj.com

http://www.wsj.com/articles/house-democrats-attack-forthcoming-gop-written-benghazi-report-1467060427

Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Talk About Her “Foreign Policy Achievements”

June 23, 2016

John Francis Carey
Peace and Freedom Commentary

A friend at the Pentagon recently commented over lunch, “To know what Hillary Clinton was up to when she was Secretary of State, you’d have to ask Vladimir Putin.”

This not too veiled reference to Hillary Clinton’s private in-home email server is the kind one hears from seasoned military officers and intelligence official who suggest that Hillary Clinton’s disregard for the protection of  national secrets deserves a merciless punishment.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld voiced similar criticism in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016.

Rumsfeld: If Hillary Were in the Military, ‘She’d Be Prosecuted’ Over Emails

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke to Greta Van Susteren about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the ISIS threat. He said that if the former secretary of state were a member of the military, “she’d be prosecuted” for mishandling classified information.

Rumsfeld said that Clinton’s private email server had special compartmented and top-secret information, which shouldn’t have been there.

“I really believe that if she were a yeoman in the Navy or a sergeant in the Army or the Marine Corps or the Air Force that she’d be prosecuted,” he said.

Rumsfeld said he doesn’t know what will happen, but “it’s a serious offense.”

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/22/rumsfeld-talks-greta-about-defeating-isis-voting-trump

Rumsfeld mentioned that at least some of the Hillary Clinton emails came from documents marked as “Sensitive compartmented information (SCI).”

In my military career, we were taught that if you disclosed anything SCI intentionally or by mistake, the Hand Of God would immediately come down from on high and grab you by the balls and squeeze until you DIED.

I guess nobody cares about protecting those kind of national secrets any more — at the State Department and maybe not even at the Justice Department.We say that because President Obama’s first Attorney General was recently quoted as saying that Edward Snowden did us all a favor by disclosing highly classified U.S. government information.

Protection of the U.S. and whatever is classified has always been a bipartisan thing. We, as a nation, have always taken off our political jerseys to work as one united nation — to defend America as Americans — when dealing with national security information and national defense.

And there’s a bigger issue here. Our U.S. government men and women representing the United States of America overseas, wherever they may be, have always been giving the utmost protection. 

To have an Ambassador killed overseas has long been held as an act of war among diplomats. We go to any length to protect them.

At least we used to.

It isn’t politically correct to say it but the truth is this: Four U.S. government servants of the people were brutally killed in action against the enemy. They worked for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

In many circles this is an inexcusable sin. An unconscionable failure.

A video had nothing to do with it. The national leadership lied, shrugged their shoulders and moved on.

God rest the souls of those servants of the American people who died.

God will meet out his justice no doubt to those responsible.

Every voter should  make their own justice on this when the time comes.

That’s why Hillary Clinton isn’t talking about her achievements as Secretary of State.

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Killed at Benghazi: From left Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith died in the recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

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Benghazi: More U.S. Service Members Come Forward Asking Why No Military Response To Attack At Benghazi

May 12, 2016

F-16 pilots in Italy were on standby to help besieged US forces in Libya – but the order to launch never came

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US fighter jets were armed and fuelled on night of the Benghazi attack

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F-16s based in Aviano, northern Italy ‘could have provided air support’
Military claims the lack of re-fuelling aircraft prevented support mission

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Air Force source claims jets could have refuelled on the ground in Sicily
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By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 03:43 EST, 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 04:13 EST, 12 May 2016

A US Air Force source has claimed that a squadron of attack jets was being armed and fuelled on the night of the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

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The jets, believed to be F-16s were on the runway ready to launch, as terrorists bombarded the US consulate, killing four Americans.

The source claims the fighters could have launched from Aviano Air Force Base in Northern Italy and re-fuelled at Naval Air Station Sigonella before providing air support over Benghazi.

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans 

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans

Sources claim F-16s based at Aviano Air base in Northern Italy (file photo from 1999) were being armed and fuelled ready to provide air support for the Americans desperately fighting for their lives 1,000 miles away

Sources claim F-16s based at September 11, 2012in Northern Italy (file photo from 1999) were being armed and fuelled ready to provide air support for the Americans desperately fighting for their lives 1,000 miles away

US fighter jets could have flown from their base on Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy to the Naval Air Station Sigonella to refuel before providing air support over Benghazi according to a source 

US fighter jets could have flown from their base on Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy to the Naval Air Station Sigonella to refuel before providing air support over Benghazi according to a source

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Benghazi is more than 1,000 miles from Aviano and beyond the combat patrol area of an F-16 without refuelling.

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The US military had previously said there was no re-fuelling aircraft available over the Mediterranean meaning they could not launch against Benghazi.

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However, a source who was in a squadron at Aviano on September 11, 2012 said he was told Fox News: ‘a real world mission was going down’.

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‘There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go. Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.’

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The source claimed he was not looking to give away any information that could damage the US military, however he said

However, a source who was in a squadron at Aviano on September 11, 2012 said he was told Fox News:  ‘a real world mission was going down’.

‘There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go. Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.’

The source claimed he was not looking to give away any information that could damage the US military, however he said

Former US Navy Seals Glen Doherty, top, and Tyrone Woods, bottom, were killed in a CIA station in Benghazi

Ahmed Abu Khattala was detained by US Navy SEALs in Libya and is standing trial in Washington accused of arranging the terror attack 

Ahmed Abu Khattala was detained by US Navy SEALs in Libya and is standing trial in Washington accused of arranging the terror attack

‘I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day.’

US Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Patrick Smith, a State Department information officer were killed in the first attack.

Former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed almost eight hours later when the CIA complex they were guarding came under mortar attack.

The source claims that by refuelling on the ground at Sigonella without shutting down their engines using ‘a hot pit maneuver’, they could have continued to Benghazi to provide air cover.

One former anti-terror officer who was at Delta Force headquarters during the attack told Fox News: ‘For some reason they were all shut down, and I think it leads back to a policymaker somewhere because nobody in the military is going to shut down an operation. We had hours and hours and hours to do something … and we did nothing.’

The Justice Department has announced that it will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan militant suspected of being involved in the deadly attack.

Abu Khattala, captured by US special forces in Libya two years ago and brought to the States aboard a Navy ship, has been awaiting trial in federal court in Washington in connection with the September 2012 violence at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Among those killed in the terror attack was the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, pictured 

Among those killed in the terror attack was the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, pictured

Terrorists stormed the diplomatic compound and launched a mortar attack on a CIA facility in Benghazi

Terrorists stormed the diplomatic compound and launched a mortar attack on a CIA facility in Benghazi

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Prosecutors have described him as a ringleader of the attacks, which quickly emerged as a political flashpoint and became the topic of congressional hearings involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the rampage.

The 18-count indictment arises from a burst of violence that began the night of September 11, 2012, at a State Department diplomatic compound, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at murdering American personnel and plundering maps, documents and other property from the post.

Abu Khattala has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying U.S. property while causing death.

Terrorists looted the diplomatic compound after murdering the ambassador and assistant Sean Smith  

Terrorists looted the diplomatic compound after murdering the ambassador and assistant Sean Smith

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Benghazi: U.S. Air Force Was Ready To Respond, Aircraft Armed — No U.S. Forces Sent to Benghazi During Nine Hour Siege That Killed Four Americans

May 12, 2016

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Fox News
May 12, 2016

His squadron got the alert: a “real world mission was going down.”

The team – at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy – raced to the field and was briefed, as planes were armed and prepared to launch. Hundreds of miles away, fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi.

“There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go” to Benghazi, he said.

Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.

“The whole night we were told that we are waiting on a call,” he told Fox News.

This account is from a squadron member at Aviano the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi. The source, the first in his squadron to speak out publicly since that attack, is going public to explain – in his view – that more could have been done to save Americans under attack that night.

He asked that his identity be protected for fear of retribution. He says others in his squadron also have wanted to talk about Benghazi from the beginning, but no others have been interviewed and all are afraid of the potential backlash from speaking out.

“I’m not trying to give away any type of [information] that could ever harm the military,” the source told Fox News. “That is never my plan. I feel that some things need to come to light.”

Namely, he said, that a team was ready to go that night to help protect Americans under fire in Benghazi – an account that runs counter to multiple official reports, including from a House committee, a timeline provided by the military and the controversial State Department Accountability Review Board investigation, which concluded the interagency response to Benghazi was “timely and appropriate.”

The source said: “I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day.”

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in that second wave. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith were killed in the initial attack on the main compound.

Americans killed at Benghazi, September 11, 2012: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty

“We could have been there. That’s the worst part,” the source said.

The source who spoke with Fox News challenged the military claim that a re-fueling tanker wasn’t available. He said American jets routinely refuel by using what’s called a “hot pit maneuver,” which allows the jets to land and then get fuel without shutting off the engines.

Multiple sources say there were multiple locations available the night of the attack.

He said they were waiting on the call, though, through the night. The men say they didn’t truly learn about the mission they had missed until they returned home the next day from the airfield and saw the reports about the Benghazi attack on the news.

Many still don’t talk about the subject and some insist it has hurt morale within the squadron because “people know we were stationed there and didn’t respond.”

The same frustrations have compelled Mike, a former team sergeant for a military anti-terror quick reaction force, once known as the CIF, to talk.

“For some reason they were all shut down, and I think it leads back to a policymaker somewhere because nobody in the military is going to shut down an operation,” he said. On the night of the attack, Mike was at Delta Force headquarters in the U.S. monitoring the events as they happened.

“We had hours and hours and hours to do something … and we did nothing,” he said.

Despite the claim by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department that nothing more could have been done, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit recently revealed that Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash immediately offered assistance to the State Department on the night of Sept. 11, saying forces could move to Benghazi and “they are spinning up as we speak.”

Mike echoed that: “I know everything was spun up and nothing was done.”

He added: “At our level, we were doing everything we were supposed to be doing. At everybody else’s level above us, it was political.”

In June 2014, Delta Forces captured Abu Khattala, a man now charged in the attack.

Mike, though, said Khattala is a low-level operative and not one of the terror cell leaders. He said the U.S. could have collected intelligence leading to “bigger fish” had the U.S. acted sooner following the attack.

Meanwhile, while Democrats have called the House investigation into the Benghazi attacks a waste of time and money, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., says his committee has uncovered new facts – but does admit they still are having issues finding witnesses.

“It’s been very frustrating,” Gowdy told Fox News.

In response to Fox News’ reporting, he also issued a statement saying it is “deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors.”

The two men who spoke with Fox News have not spoken with the committee.

Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/12/could-have-been-there-squadron-member-speaks-out-on-stalled-benghazi-response.html

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Clinton And The State Department Appointed The Accountability Review Board (ARB) Members

ARB Co-Chair Admiral Mike Mullen Acknowledged That Clinton Appointed Four Out Of The Five Members Of The Accountability Review Board (ARB). REP. JOHN MICA (R-MI): “You didn’t interview the Secretary of State. She appointed four out of the five members, is that correct, of the Board?” ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN. “She did.” (Admiral Mike Mullen, Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Testimony, 9/19/13)

https://www.gop.com/clintons-accountability-review-board-was-hardly-independent/

At the Andrews Air Force Base arrival ceremony for the Americans killed at Benghazi, photo taken September 14, 2012, Credit Reuters
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National Security Advisor Susan Rice
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Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. Photo by The White House

The truth in government seems to always come out. But sometimes it is delayed  for years…

The legacy of the Obama Administration, we believe, will be treated harshly by historians….

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Hillary Clinton’s Emails to Chelsea The Night of the Benghazi Attacks: ‘Al-Qaeda-like group’ carried out the assault, no video excuse mentioned

January 18, 2016

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Above: Hillary Clinton had no trouble telling her daughter Chelsea that the Benghazi attack was carried out by an Al-Qaeda like terrorist group — with no mention of the “video disrespectful toward Muslims later used. Instead of using her secure government email, Mrs. Clinton used her own home system that was not cleared for classified information — but she did have an alias for Chelsea which as “Diane Reynolds.” Pretty cloak and dagger for a person handling the U.S. government’s secret information. And no admonishment of any kind from her government boss, Barack Obama? Even terrorists have been using encryted email. But not the top leaders of the U.S. government? Holy smokes.

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Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed at Benghazi, September 11, 2012. Reuters

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Hillary Clinton sent an email to her daughter Chelsea the night of the Benghazi attacks in which she claimed an ‘Al-Qaeda-like group’ carried out the assault, it has been revealed.

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In the emails, she told Chelsea, under the alias Diane Reynolds, that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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Sept. 11, 2012: A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames. (Reuters)

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‘Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Qaeda-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked and a young communications officer on temporary duty w a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow,’ she wrote in the email.

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Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used
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Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

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Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.
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Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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The emails also revealed Chelsea’s response to her mother’s message, according to NBC News.

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‘I am so sorry about the State Department officer killed in Libya and the ongoing precariousness in Egypt and Libya,’ Chelsea wrote to her mother.

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She added: ‘Such anathema to us as Americans – and a painful reminder or how long it took modernism to take root in the US, after the Enlightenment, the 14th, 15th, 16th 19th amendments, removal of censorship norms and laws, etc.

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton said that the FBI has not contacted her regarding its probe of whether she held classified information on her private email server.

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Asked on CNN’s State of the Union whether she had been interviewed by the FBI yet, the former secretary of state replied, ‘No’, and did not elaborate.

 

Federal investigators are looking into the security of Clinton’s email setup amid concerns from the intelligence community’s inspector general that classified information may have passed through the system. Clinton provided the server to the FBI in August.

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Clinton has said she didn’t send or receive information that was classified at the time via her personal email account.

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Last week, Bill Clinton brought up his wife’s 11-hour Benghazi hearing for the first time, using the testimony as an example of how well she can keep her ‘cool.’

Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearing, Thursday, October 22, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

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‘I doubt that there is another figure in American public life who could have stood there for 11 hours, answered every question, never lost her cool and kept on going,’ he said.

Hillary disgusted Photograph by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images (This doesn’t look “cool” to us at Peace and Freedom….)

When Clinton was forwarded some insider analysis from John Godfrey — one of ‘our most knowledgeable officers in Libya,’ according to an aide — the Secretary of State expressed surprise that Godfrey was using a personal email address rather than a State Department-issued one.

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Benghazi U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton past the flag-draped transfer coffins of the four men killed in their service to America at Benghazi. Many family members of the fallen said the President and Secretary of State lied to them about the circumstances of the deaths of their loved ones.

Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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Hillary Clinton “Misspoke” When She Blamed Republicans For Exaggerating Documented Failures in U.S. Veterans Health Care — John McCain Says She Owes All Veterans an Apology

October 28, 2015

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question as she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
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(CNN) Sen. John McCain lambasted Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for her controversial comments about the Veterans Health Administration, calling on her to apologize for what he described as “disgraceful” remarks.

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He’s part of growing chorus of Republicans who are seizing on the Democratic front-runner’s comments and trying to paint her as out of touch on one of the biggest government scandals in recent years.

Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday that issues within the VA have “not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.”

McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years as a POW during the Vietnam War, said the facts say differently.

“I don’t know what Hillary Clinton’s view of what ‘widespread’ is but facts are stubborn things,” the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said on a conference call with reporters.

McCain also took issue with Clinton’s claim that Republicans have made the VA partisan and want to use it to privatize the VA. In doing so, McCain noted that he worked with her Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to pass a VA reform bill.

“Now Hillary Clinton, in her blind ambition, has injected partisanship into the VA issue and that is disgraceful,” he said. “She owes an apology.”

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was also on the call. “Hillary Clinton really proved she has no idea what she is talking about on veterans issues,” he said.

Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday backed away from the candidate’s claim that issues at the VA were not “widespread.”

Brian Fallon, Clinton’s press secretary, acknowledged to CNN wait times and other mismanagement of care by the Department of Veterans Affairs were indeed “systemic” and that Clinton will roll out her plan to reform the VA in November.

“Even now, too many of our veterans are still waiting an unacceptably long time to see a doctor, or to process disability claims and appeals,” Fallon said in a statement to CNN.

Fallon said that when Clinton is president she “will work to further reform the VA to make sure it truly works for our veterans, and will demand accountability and performance from VA leadership.”

Veterans groups fired back at Clinton earlier this week.

Fallon said Clinton’s comment on MSNBC is being “misinterpreted” and that he hopes to clarify her position.

“(Hillary Clinton) will work to further reform the VA to make sure it truly works for our veterans, and will demand accountability and performance from VA leadership,” he said.

But Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or IAVA,called her comments a “head-scratcher.”

“That is not a winning argument — or factually correct,” he tweeted.

Republican presidential candidates have also weighed in. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Wednesday that Clinton’s comments were “a direct affront” to veterans.

“This should be the first priority of our government to take care of the men and women in uniform that have served us so heroically, (who) come back home and then get mistreated by their own government,” he said on Fox News. “It is outrageous. She’s wrong.”

Florida Sen.  blasted the former secretary of state on Saturday while campaigning in Greenville, South Carolina. He said the VA is one of the most frequent issues that constituents ask his office for help with and accused Clinton of being “out of touch.”

PFC Josh Stein, 22, a double amputee rehab patient, lost his legs to an explosion in Iraq in 2006. Getty

“People talk about this,” he said at an event hosted by Concerned Vets for America, which is backed by the Koch Brothers. “I don’t know where she’s getting her information, but she’s out of touch … not designed to deal with 21st century issues that face vets.”

A VA inspector general concluded inappropriate scheduling practices at VA medical centers were “systemic” in 2014, after a CNN investigation revealed veterans were dying while waiting for care on “secret” lists at the Phoenix VA. The scandal led to the resignation of then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

A more recent CNN investigation found the problem is actually getting worse — veterans continue to wait months for care at some VA facilities, and a September federally funded report concluded the agency remains “plagued” by problems including growing bureaucracy, staffing challenges and unsustainable costs.

Fallon said on Tuesday that despite the issues “the VA provides unique and critical services and innovative care to our veteran community.”

Clinton “does not believe that privatization will solve the problems that the VA is facing. Rather, it must deliver high-quality care while acting as an integrated payer-purchaser and facilitating a full range of services for all veterans, regardless of where they live,” he said.

Clinton’s position on privatization is similar to Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, her top rival for the Democratic nomination. Sanders joined with McCain in 2014 to pass a VA reform bill, one of the biggest legislative achievements of his career.

But it wasn’t just GOP opponents knocking Clinton for her comments. A Tuesday editorial in the Arizona Republic declared, “The last thing vets need? Presidential aspirants playing partisan politics with their predicament.”

“Ideological preferences may frame what reformers recommend to fix the VA’s troubles. The conservative Concerned Veterans for America, for example, advocates rolling back the vast bureaucracy’s mission. Many Democrats, meanwhile, advocate substantial increases in spending,” the editorial said. “But no one has injected the kind of accusatory, issue-dismissing language into the debate that Clinton has.”

Opinion: Hillary Clinton, the VA scandal was real

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/27/politics/hillary-clinton-veterans-affairs-gop/

Theose killed at Benghazi while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went home to sleep — Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty

In Keeping with Full Disclosure Rules, We wrote commentaries on Hillary Clinton’s grossly misguided and out of touch comments on veterans here on Peace and Freedom. Most of the veterans we know said they would forgive Hillary Clinton for her inability to understand the issues involved in the treatment of American veterans — but they still want an explanation of why and how Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty were killed during her watch at State.


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