What’s all the hubbub about Benghazi?
The problem when something hits the news, is that it’s hard to track what’s going on unless you read it right from the beginning.
I didn’t read the articles about Benghazi when it first came out. Then more articles came out, and I tried to read one or two, but the media does a poor job of recapping the story for those who haven’t been following along.
I think I got the gist of it, but I wanted to make sure I understood the story completely. But I just don’t have the time to read a bunch of articles and figure it out.
So I asked my Fancy Hands assistant to tell me everything I need to know about Benghazi. This is what he came back with:
The reason why Bengazi is in the news in the last couple of hours is due to a hospital blast in the city that has killed 12 people today.
But what you are probably referring to is the rest of the week. The Benghazi coverage was due to the testimony of
Stevens’s (the killed ambassador) second-in-command, Gregory Hicks, in front of the House of Representatives House Oversight Committee hearing on Benghazi. He described how he received a phone call from Stevens when the embassy was under attack and how his pleas were denied by military brass, who said they could not scramble planes and who gave a “stand-down” order to four Special Forces officers in Tripoli who were eager to race to Benghazi.“My reaction was that, O.K., we’re on our own,”.
He also said that he was “stunned” that UN Ambassador Susan Rice framed the raid as spontaneous, in testimony to a congressional panel.
Meanwhile House Speaker John Boehner called on the White House to release an email sent by a state department official saying she had informed the Libyan ambassador the attack had been carried out by Islamist militants.
On May 10th ABC News broke the story that the official talking points about the attacks in Libya, were edited by the state department to remove references to terrorism, which contradicted earlier White House comments that the memo was mostly developed by the CIA.
The state department apparently wanted to remove a reference to earlier CIA warnings about terror threats in Benghazi and excise the mention of Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to al-Qaeda.
As the attack happened 6 weeks before the US election, the Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of downplaying a terrorist attack to win an election.
You can find more info about these events in the following links:
US official describes Benghazi consulate attack
Officials removed terror reference from Benghazi memo - report
Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference
When Myths Collide in the Capital
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