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Bridenstine Calls for Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi

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Washington D.C., May 7, 2013 | comments

Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine reiterated his call for a House Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate the attacks on the U.S. consulate and annex that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.  Rep. Bridenstine is one of 135 co-sponsors of a House Resolution 36 to create a Select Committee to investigate the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi. 

The Obama Administration is eager to close the book on Benghazi.  Only a few days ago, the President’s Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said “Benghazi happened a long time ago.”   Of course, there are many unresolved questions surrounding Benghazi.  This week three State Department whistleblowers will contradict the Obama Administration’s story.

Even the mainstream media is beginning to wake up.  Over the weekend, CBS News reported that the a team of U.S. special operations forces was forbidden from coming to the rescue on the night of the attack.  Nevermind concerns about “boots on the ground”:  the Obama Administration was reportedly even opposed to fighter aircraft flyovers that could have potentially scared off the attackers.  During an interview with Congressional investigators, Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks – the #2 U.S. official in Libya at the time – reportedly said such a show of force would have “scared to death” the terrorists that were besieging the consulate and annex.     

Despite UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s now famously flawed talking points, we know that Beghanzi was a terrorist attack, not just a protest that spiraled out of control.  Rice’s original talking points – that identified the attackers as Islamist terrorists –  were reportedly changed; even Congressional Democrats are finally admitted that the talking points were “scrubbed”. CNN reported at least 3 Al Qaeda operatives from Yemen were sent to participate in the assault. 

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