Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

Benghazi Hearing: The “Unimpeachable” Committee Is Being Investigated

Investigated for what? For starters read Andy McCarthy’s piece in one of the posts below and then understand that these two men of “unimpeachable credibility” (which McCarthy takes a scalpel to) didn’t interview, uh, key people like, you know, Hillary Clinton.

From the Daily Caller,

Fox News reported last Thursday that the State Department’s Office of Inspector General is now investigating that review board.

“The IG’s office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel,” Fox News reported.

Benghazi Hearing: The Witnesses

Mr. Mark Thompson
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism
US Department of State

Mr. Gregory Hicks
Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya
US Department of State

Mr. Eric Nordstrom
Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya
US Department of State

Benghazi Hearing: The Committee

Required Reading: Andy McCarthy and the “Clinton’s Republican Guard”

benghazi fireFormer prosecutor of the first World Trade Center bombers, Andy McCarthy, has written three books about terrorism. He also writes for PJ Media, National Review and several other publications and is the head of the east coast branch of the Horowitz Freedom Center. 

McCarthy has written a piece that finally puts together the pieces of why the Obama Administration and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been so incredibly tone deaf on the Arab Spring and why they did nothing on Libya.

On Clinton’s right hand at State, Huma Abedin (disgraced Rep Anthony Weiner’s), who has worked with and continues to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood,

Abedin had begun working for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in the nineties, while a member of the executive board of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at George Washington University. Founded in the early sixties, the MSA is first building block of the Brotherhood’s American infrastructure, and its GWU chapter has quite a history: In 2001, its “spriritual guide” was Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda operative who was then ministering to some of the eventual 9/11 suicide-hijackers. As Patrick Poole has demonstrated, it was in the MSA that Awlaki first cut his Islamic supremacist teeth – as have a number of prominent Islamists, including (to name just two) Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood stalwart turned Egyptian president, and Abdurrahman Alamoudi, a now convicted al Qaeda financier who was a favorite “moderate” Muslim leader of the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

She comes from a family of extremists,

Abedin’s mother, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is a close associate not only of Naseef but of top Muslim Brotherhood sharia jurist, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In fact, Dr. Abedeen runs an organization, the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child, that is part of Qaradawi’s Union of Good. Formally designated as an international terrorist organization, the Union of Good is a major supporter of Hamas.

This mindset informs the entire Obama Administration,

Mind you, while all this was happening, Obama administration policy, led by the State Department, was swinging dramatically in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East. Obama was even intervening in Libya on behalf of the Brotherhood and al Qaeda elements in Benghazi, toppling a theretofore American-supported regime that had been providing us with critical intelligence against anti-American Islamists. 

This mindset could have been part of the reason no help was sent to Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods in Benghazi,

Clearly, the administration, including the President and Secretary Clinton, knew the compound was under terrorist attack from the early stages of the September 11 siege. Yet, they took no meaningful action to protect and defend the Americans there. Furthermore, there are grounds to believe the command chain may actually have prevented a forceful response, ordering special forces to stand down while the attack raged.

McCarthy also notes Obama did nothing to reduce the red tape with the Libyans to get the Americans who were coming to the rescue into the area. 

And this,

Then, in the days and weeks that followed, top administration officials serially lied to the American people. The president and his underlings repeatedly claimed that the lethal jihadist attack – which, as Steve Hayes has meticulously detailed, they mendaciously downgraded to a “demonstration” – had been a spontaneous protest over an obscure video demeaning Islam’s prophet.

McCarthy details the Pickering/Mullen after action report–which never included an interview with the Secretary of State. Pickering, a man of the appeasement left and Mullen, a reliable inside the beltway politico, white washed the event. 

Then there’s Michael Mullen, a four-star admiral named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Bush in 2007. Having exhibited the required cluelessness about our enemies’ ideology, Mullen was subsequently reappointed by President Obama.

Naturally, it was during Mullen’s tenure on the Joint Chiefs that the Defense Department labeled the Fort Hood atrocity “workplace violence,” filing a lengthy investigative report that – in Benghazi ARB fashion – omitted any mention of “Islam” and “jihad” in analyzing thirteen murders carried out by a jihadist who, after consulting with al Qaeda’s Awlaki, screamed “Allahu Akbar!” as he pumped round after round into American soldiers.It was also during Mullen’s stint that the Defense Department purged intelligence training materials of information Obama’s Brotherhood consultants found to be disparaging of Islam (i.e., any information demonstrating that Islamic supremacist ideology is virulently anti-Western and leads, inexorably, to violence).

The fix was in.