Bachmann on Petraeus Hearing: Americans Deserve to Know What Happened in Benghazi Attack

"Two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi with an Ambassador and three other Americans dead, we have little knowledge of what the President knew and what his actions were," Bachmann said. Americans "deserve answers.”

Minnesota’s Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement today regarding the Committee’s hearing with former CIA Director General David Petraeus.

“Today’s hearing with General Petraeus further underscores the need for a thorough investigation of what happened during the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. From beginning to end, the American people are still without knowledge of what happened on that tragic day. The hearings that we have held to this point have not produced answers to the questions that the victims’ families and the American people deserve to have answered. 

“The various committees with proper oversight of these matters in Congress have yet to hear from the principal decision makers who responded to what occurred September 11 and 12 when American lives were placed in peril. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and their subordinates in their respective chains of command who carried out their directives all should testify before Congress so the American people get the answers they deserve. While DNI Chief Clapper and General Petraeus came before our committee, their respective remarks are only an introduction—certainly not rising to a full investigation—regarding the attacks that transpired in Benghazi.

“Three particular areas need further investigation. The first is the lack of security at the Benghazi mission prior to the September 11 attack. We now know there were numerous reports of a deteriorating situation with security in eastern Libya prior to the attack. With that knowledge, why were the repeated requests for additional security by the State Department employees at the Benghazi mission reportedly denied, leaving the protection of Ambassador Stevens placed primarily in the hands of local Libyan militia? We also need to address why UN Ambassador Rice was sent on Sunday television shows after the attack and stated that there was a “substantial security presence” with Ambassador Stevens when that was clearly not the case.

“The second line of investigation needs to be regarding the calls for security assistance from the American personnel in Libya to the Obama administration. Reports state that key decision makers knew almost immediately from cables, emails, and phone calls that Ambassador Stevens and other Americans were in peril at the Benghazi mission. Americans deserve to know why did it take 20 hours for the U.S. military to land at the Sigonella Air Base in Italy, and at what point was there a military presence on site securing the American mission and annex in Benghazi? The question needs to be answered why did it take the FBI until October 4 to get on the ground to secure the sovereign soil of the American compound. And why the delay in US access to the site of the deadly attacks, both at the mission and the annex, so much so that reports stated that CNN was able to secure Ambassador Steven’s personal diary. If CNN was able to obtain such a private document, what other sensitive documents went missing?

“Third, why did the White House consistently embrace the false narrative that the deadly attacks were a spontaneous event motivated by an anti-Islamic video? President Obama in his remarks before the United Nations on September 25 stated six times that the anti-Islamic video was the motivating factor behind the attack. Why did the President continue to give this false narrative on September 25 —two weeks after the attack—when our government clearly knew that the video was not the primary motivation for the attacks? Today, the Obama administration is trying to change their narrative and have it both ways on their story regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi. 

“These important questions and many additional ones have yet to be answered. Ultimately, President Obama is responsible for the actions of his national security team and it is incomprehensible that we have yet to hear what the President knew, when he knew it, and the specific orders he gave his team. 

“Almost immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed the Obama administration starting releasing specific details, including some classified information, about the operation and a timeline of events. By contrast, two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi with an Ambassador and three other Americans dead, we have little knowledge of what the President knew and what his actions were. The victims’ families, the American people, and Congress deserve answers.”

Why Good November 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50892 Who made the decisions to do this or that during the actual attack. Who were the advisers in the room. Why did Rice address an International event? Well, at the time there were multiple protests going on around the world. People were being killed as the other Embassys were being protected from protesters. The events in Benghazi were not issolated even if they were different. We would expect the President and the Secretary of State would be busy with other matters. They should not be running around NY to appear on the Morning Shows. Think of the comments that would bring. President Obama reacted properly, as did Secretary Clinton. Yes we need to do better but all this nonsense the GOP is entertaining themselves with has nothing to do with doing better or capturing the Terrorists/Attackers. The GOP will find that their friends in the FBI/CIA/DoD will not be so friendly if they persist in suggesting their decisions were based on political support for President Obama, and the reality of who ordered what or didn't order what is solidly placed on their shoulders. The GOP will push away this traditionally supportive voter base as they pursue their exposure of the Generals, CIA , FBI, directors and management that is being held up for close inspection. Their loose lips will or may just sink their own ships so to speak.
Why Good November 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50892 Bachmann will find that she and the GOP will be at odds with the CIA/FBI/DoD that in the past was considered part of their base. Keep at it... the rank and file of the CIA/FBI/DoD are already falling away from the GOP PEE Party like Bachmann, keep after this Benghazi Attack News Release the Leaders of the CIA/FBI/DoD will abort their relationship with the GOP that invented Sequestration as a budgeting tool, along with this idiocy. The fact is intelligence sharing during an event and ongoing investigation and operations is limited. What she has done as heard intelligence briefings that the public did not have, then made up false motives and statements to play politics with the information. Shame on you, Shame on McCain, Shame on Grahm.
Why Good November 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50892 This will give you an idea of who. Guess what the Who your mad at isn't the President of the United States, or Amb Rice, or Sec Clinton.
Viejo Vieja November 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
WOW What a super intelligent post. YOU SHOULD BE HIRED BY THE CIA, FBI, COUNTER INTELLIGENCE BUREAU. Please remember to tell them in the interview that you graduated from the you were the valedictorian from the MENTALLY CHALLENGED INTELLIGENCE SCHOOL. obama will hire you on the spot. .
Edward November 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
@Viejo Vieja Nice post. Full of substantive arguments and facts! BTW, you might want to go back to check your Spanish gender rules. Una vieja no puede ser viejo. Good luck with that faux hispanic identity (unless you are transgender).
Edward November 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Good commentary on this. http://www.politicususa.com/100982.html
Bob November 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Why good your a complete idiot, we saw exactly who did it on camera. There's no need for an investigation stop aiding the worst cover up in America history with your ignorance.
Bob November 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Jack your exactly right, but these brain washed Marxist will never get it because they have already chosen tyranny over liberty. They would not except it even if a member of the muslim brotherhood killed somebody the loved, they would still be in denial and make excuses.
Bob November 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Why good......please explain why Obama wants to send 100s of millions MORE of our hard earned tax money to a known terrorist group (muslim brotherhood) with the stated goal of destroying us (you and your family) and Israel . You can't with out a lie because that's what ignorant liberals do.
Bob November 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
His source is the canada free press...ahahahalololohahahah. ...you got to be kidding me this is pathetic I'm out of here you can't even have an intelligent debate with some fool citing the Canada free press....hahahalolahahah libs have to be the most ignorant people on earth
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM
BOB this is for you: http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/f.a.q.-on-u.s.-aid-to-egypt-where-does-the-money-go-who-decides-how-spent Do I agree with the spending. No, I think we should stop all military contracts with Egypt. I think we should send commodities, not cash. We have flooded the region with weapons at the behest of the Weapons Manufacturers in the good Old USA. The majority of our "Aid" to Murbarak was spent on the weapons stock pile. Unfortunately those weapons were used to intimadate his own people and act as a mennising threat to others in the region. WHY did this start. Well, at some point in time the USA / Egypt / Israel signed a peace treatey and this was the payoff that was due for peace. It is odd to sell weapons for peace but that is much how things went down. Aid had gone down, from 850 Million to 250 Million and some of the weapons orders have been cut as other economic needs are being recognized. The President of Egypt is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes they are radicals. But then again so were the folks who tossed the Tea in the Boston Harbor.
Joanne November 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Thanks for sharing the facts you know Michelle at least somebody is. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know our current Administration failed the Americans who died in Libya.
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM
So if we want Egypt to honor its past obligation of the Israel / Egypt / USA Peace treaty we must first hold their new President up to that same expectation, and honor our commitments with that being the expectation. When they prove otherwise the support no doubt would be removed. With consultation we are seeing that support changing from military materials to civil materials. This has to be negotiated in a respectful way. Note: Egypt has arrested 4 and 1 death of Behghazi Attackers. Note: Egypt has been controlling the Gaza Boarder better than under prior President. Note: Egypt has collaborated with Israel in attacks on terrorists along their boarder. Note: Egypt allowed Israel Air Force to use airspace en-route to blow up missile manufacturer. Note: Egypt is actively trying to stop weapons smuggling within and through its country. In 1776, England thought we were rebels, and based some of their justification for treating us bad because some of us were not followers of the Church of England. Thank goodness the French came and helped us out, or we'd be speaking English with a funny accent. The Members of the Muslim Brotherhood should be given the same opportunity for social and personal evolution as our founding fathers, sisters, and brothers were. Yes there will be a few like our KKK that never learn to be civil.
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Bob: Yes we saw them. But, just because you see a car crash, does not mean you know who the driver was, what was the condition or motive of the driver, or the condition of the car. So friend you may need to investigate what you see. Following the attackers back to their "Safe Houses" and catching them with their "Friends" is much more effective operational tactic than just being livid about semantics. The nomenclature used by the CIA/FBI/DoD was and is purposeful, and I don't think the CIA/FBI/DoD are focused on helping President Obama's political career. Keep suggesting that and it may well come to be true as your claims are revolting to them.
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Bob: I have provided other reports. SOME TIMES it is worth looking from some others perspective. Yes that is Canada Free Press. You know Canada, who has troupes fighting with us in Afghanistan. When you single source yourself to Fox News your crippling your argument.
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Yes, President Obama and the Administration, and the Congress failed in providing sufficient safety equipment to survive the attack and fire. There is no way to protect every American in every location. American Cigarettes will kill more Americans and Humans than the Terrorists. Where is your demand for the bombing of all tobacco factories, the torching of all stores that sell tobacco, and the public flogging of the Big Tobacco Business CEO's.
Why Good November 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
For those who care. Those of us who do work abroad be it in education, economic development or as missionaries, and State Department and Military posts all know that there is a risk involved. The LAST thing we would want is that the good works we may have accomplished be reversed in our protection or vengeance for our deaths. We accept life day by day, much like your local police officer does. Our families put up with us knowing we are aware of the risks and rewards in our work. The political game being played out regarding Benghazi is hurtful to the families of the lost, Americans and Libyans protecting them. Shame on the Politicians trying to discount the work of our sons, the CIA/FBI/DoD and State Department. Allow the Investigation, and Operations go without your Political Harm and Venom debasing their future work or the past gains made by those who lost their lives.
Nick November 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You would dare compare The Muslim Brotherhood to our founding fathers? This "moral equivalence" is one of the fatal flaws of the Left. In what way is The Muslim Brotherhood morally equivalent to our founding fathers and the rebellion that began the greatest nation on Earth? Do you know anything about The Muslim Brotherhood? They are the root of all major terrorist organizations that function today. Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc. etc. They are all branched from The Muslim Brotherhood. Terrorism has no moral boundaries. They make no distinction between the slaughter of innocents and combatants, no distinction between children, women, and men. If you attempt to defend or justify the slaughter of children, what does that say about you?
Edward November 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Nick, you need to get your facts straight about the evolution of those organizations. Also, note that Egypt brokered the cease fire this week between Hamas and Israel: http://www.voanews.com/content/terms_detailed_for_egyptian_mediated_truce_between_israel_hamas/1551119.html They have an interest in securing peace in the region. Not sure what the US role was in this, but the aid creates leverage.
Edward November 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Nick, here's something else Bachmann should read. http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2012/11/israel-and-palestinians/
Edward November 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Correct. People like Bachmann actually put more Americans doing these jobs overseas in harm's way. She shows the face of what they will present to their own as American Christian extremists, and it ain't pretty. Bachmann feeds their propaganda arm, and perpetrates the notion that all Americans are religious extremists out to destroy Islam. Hamas, etc. love people like Bachmann. She's no doubt a great recruiting tool for them. Nick's comments feed right into their agenda.
Nick November 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I do have my facts straight. And Egypt brokered that deal amid the fierce protests of the Muslim Brotherhood that Israel should never be negotiated with, that they have no right to exist, and should be wiped off the map.
Nick November 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Why should Bachmann read those statistics? Why do they matter? Yes, it looks like most of the deaths are on the Palestinian side, but why does that matter? The boundary between good and evil is determined by motives, actions, and methods, not numbers. Israel has a military and fights to defend its citizens. Hamas has no military, but straps bombs to children. I didn't see any statistics in there about the number of women and children killed as Palestinian suicide bombers, or any statistics on the number of Palestinian suicide bombers at all. Why, I wonder.
Nick November 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Edward posted this article above: http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2012/11/israel-and-palestinians/ I assume the point of posting that was to illustrate that it is perfectly acceptable to lob thousands of rockets into a country the size of New Jersey, just as long as you only kill a few people. It is the military action in response to those rocket attacks on civilians that is unacceptable.
Why Good November 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Nick: What that article points out is that the country the size of New Jersey has a strangle hold on the people of Gaza, much like the Warsaw Poland Getto the Natzi's trapped them into during WWII. It is not acceptable to lob rockets into Israel, but it is understandable that there would be resistance and anger directed at a much larger and powerful country that has you boxed in. No crossing boarders, or going fishing, and even farming is restricted by the Israelis. The diversion of water, and economic self sufficiency and the continued land grabs by Israel needs to be addressed by the world. The world created this problem and we should not let the Israeli "Final Solution" of Palestinian Genocide go forward all be it at a slow pace. Both sides are wrong.
Nick November 25, 2012 at 03:09 AM
You lose all credibility the second you compare the Jewish people to Nazis. Israel is not wrong and they are not engaging in "land grabs". Until the Jews came back to the area formerly known as the British Mandate of Palestine, most of it was either a desolate desert or swampland. While building Tel Aviv, many Israelis died of malaria because they were building in a wilderness swamp. It was not occupied. A huge aquifer was discovered after Israel was founded for the 3rd time, making the desert habitable and farmable, because the aquifer is being pumped for irrigation. The Palestinians never did that. They didn't occupy the land because it was not habitable at the time. Most of the refugees created by the founding of Israel had to move less than 30 miles and still lived among people of the same language, culture and religion. Approximately 750,000 refugees were created, and most of them became refugees voluntarily. They could have lived under Israeli governance. In fact, the freest, most affluent Palestinians that exist are those who live under Israeli governance, not Hamas or Fatah. The West Bank belonged to Jordan after the Brits gave it up. They didn't want it and didn't fight for it.
Nick November 25, 2012 at 03:20 AM
If you think that 750,000 is a lot of refugees, one other country was created in 1948 that no one ever mentions as not having the right to exist. Pakistan. Pakistan was carved out of India the same year, and created 20 times the number of refugees, and those refugees had to move hundreds of miles and live in a foreign land, not 30 miles. Why does Pakistan never have to justify its existence? Why do you think Israel boxed Gaza in in 2007? Maybe because of the rocket attacks? After Bush pressured Israel to give up Gaza in 2004 and forcibly remove Israeli citizens from their homes the Palestinian extremists took it over and now are using it as a base from which to launch attacks. Israel had to stop weapons from getting into Gaza. Prior to 2004, Israelis and Palestinians lived together in Gaza and that wasn't good enough, so there were rocket attacks and suicide bombings. In 2004, Israel gave up Gaza, the attacks continued. In 2007 Israel clamps Gaza shut, the attacks continued. Now it is the clamping shut that caused the attacks? What?! There are over 200 countries on Earth, all of which displaced people when they were founded, and in most of those, the displacees were displacers at one time. Why is that the one Jewish State in the world, a tiny country the size of New Jersey, is the only country that constantly has to justify its existence and give up land? Maybe because it's Jewish? Naah, that couldn't be it.
Nick November 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
If you think Israel is wrong and does not have exclusive right to that land, you should know that the only independent countries that have existed there are Israel, Israel, and now Israel again. If the land doesn't belong to Israel, who exactly does it belong to? After the second Israel was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans, it was occupied by the Roman Empire, then the Ottoman Empire, then the British Empire, then parts of Egypt and Jordan, now Israel is back in its homeland. It is THEIR homeland. Not the Palestinians. That identity never existed as a national identity until Israel came home, made the desert flourish, and built cities where swamps were. Now the Arabs want it just because the Jews are there. Where were they between 70 AD and 1948? Before you think that the Palestinians are some kind of victim group, remember this: The Jews have suffered more than any other people in history. They have suffered three major captivities, a dozen occupations, genocide, being expelled from country after country, all culminating in the Holocaust. Now they are finally back in their homeland and just want to be left in peace. If the Palestinians want peace, they will have it. If they don't, we will continue to see what we see today.
Why Good November 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Before there was the first Jewish Person, there was an Egypt, and a Iraq and Turkish Empire that ruled the areas now under dispute. Your time line is one of mere convenience as it disregards ancestral claims prior to the first Jewish Male, Abraham, who was born not in Israel, but Iraq, near the Euphrates and Tigress Rivers. Do you know why Abraham's Tribe left modern day IRAQ? Do you know why half of the Jews went into Egypt and became slaves? Do you know about the Jewish Mafia, or Jewish International Crime? Do you know about the Jewish Terrorists oh You'd call them the Jewish Underground of WWII. Do you know the conditions under the Jewish State of Israel restrict the residents and citizens of Gaza and the West Bank live? Do you not know that the "Original Jew was of Iran, and the Original Christian a Jew, and oh how about the fact there is not a Jewish Race, any more than there is an American Race. Do you know that the Jewish people kicked Palestinians out of their homes, forced relocation, and do not have open land markets, and even if your a Citizen of Israel if your not Jewish your not quite a whole person under their law. As far as swamps being re-claimed. You need to study geography and understand that IF they converted swamp land they befouled the very environment that provides fish for the Mediterranean.
Nick November 25, 2012 at 04:40 PM
All I'm reading here are a lot of "justifications" for Antisemitism. Apparently all of this is justification for Islamic terrorism being inflicted day and night on the Jewish people? I just don't see it. There are several conditions that must be met for a Palestinian State to be acceptable. They are: 1. Acceptance of Israel's right to exist. 2. Denouncement of terrorism and violence against civilians in any form. 3. Banning of Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, and any other terrorist organization from any role in the Palestinian State. 4. The Palestinian leadership must stop being patsies for Iran and Syria. 5. The Palestinian leadership must work for the peace and prosperity of the Palestinian people. 6. The Palestinian leadership must stop working to keep their own people in destitution and poverty, which they do in order to blame Israel for their people's condition. A Palestinian State is impossible unless these conditions are met. To have one without these conditions will result in a rogue state whose solitary goal is the complete destruction of Israel and a second Holocaust.


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