Benghazi Panel Chief Nullifies a Key Republican Theory, Democrats Say – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said on Tuesday that military reinforcements could not have reached the besieged diplomatic outpost in time to prevent the killings of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, told Fox News: “Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don’t think there’s any issue with respect to that. They couldn’t. The next question is: Why could you not? Why were you not positioned to do it?”Democrats seized on Mr. Gowdy’s admission, saying that it nullified one of the main Republican criticisms of how the Obama administration — including Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state at the time — handled the episode. Republicans have argued that the Pentagon was directed not to send reinforcements to back up the outnumbered security forces battling militants on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

“Chairman Gowdy has finally admitted what we have all known for years,” the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said in a statement. “The central Republican allegation that the military was told to withhold assets that could have saved lives in Benghazi for political reasons was wrong.” ”

Source: Benghazi Panel Chief Nullifies a Key Republican Theory, Democrats Say – The New York Times

What a double tragedy. First, the horrible killing of our diplomats, then the egregious political witch hunt by Republicans, one of whom was caught admitting, it was all about hurting Hillary’s political capital. Shameful and embarrassing bullies.

Here is a comment from nyt comments on one of my favorite points.

Libby Rahl

Durham NC 23 hours ago

“Interesting that the article doesn’t discuss the committees investigation into whether congressional cuts to funding of the embassies contributed to their inability to defend our diplomats abroad. I’m sure they must have discussed that, right? I mean they drew conclusions about how everybody else’s behaviors might have led to this tragedy, no matter how tenuous their connection to actual embassy activities. It must be somewhere in those 800 pages, right??!!!”

 

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