Obama administration response blasted at Benghazi hearing
May 8th, 2013
03:43 PM ET

Obama administration response blasted at Benghazi hearing

By Dan Merica

Top Republicans and witnesses ripped the Obama administration's response to last year's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, calling key executive branch officials unresponsive in the critical hours after the assault and uncooperative in the investigations that followed.

Our goal "is to get answers because their families (of the victims) deserve answers," said California Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which heard from State Department "whistleblowers" at a hearing on Wednesday.

"The administration, however, has not been cooperative and unfortunately our (Democratic House) minority has mostly sat silent," he said.

Issa spoke prior to testimony from Eric Nordstrom, a former regional security officer in Libya; Mark Thompson, the State Department's acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism; and Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya.

Follow CNN's live blog of the hearing here.

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  1. Beefburger

    Now Hillary has her own "finger waggling" moment just like her lying husband. Hillary, it's 2am and there is a major crisis in Libya! "What does it matter?" NO HRC 2016!!

    May 11, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Beefburger,and just what did your elustreous leader in Bush do when Secret Service told him the Towers were just crashed into by terrorists on 9/11,just sat there like the kids in front of him and yes not only looked like a deer in the headlights but wet his pants as well..Boy was that a sorry example of a president but republicans do have a habit of picking winners don't they!!

      May 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  2. Beefburger

    They couldn't scramble out of Aviano in under 20 hours? SERIOUSLY? We would be totally scr.ewed if our forces take that long to handle a crisis situation! They could have been laying down some 20mm riot suppression with a quickness! What about FEST? FEST was created exactly for this sort of situation! Now a retired admiral is coming out to say that the whole thing was engineered by the White House to trade a diplomat for some blind imam. But the Seals on site resisting them made them think the White House reneged on the deal so they killed the ambassador.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • Pete

      #Beefburger,seems I have to correct you again.Yes sir support comes out of Italy and pilots there aren't on emergency stand buy and have to wait for flight plans,fueling of jets and yes airborne tankers for refueling on the way to Libya and in all about 20 hours told on CNN by an ex FBI and military advisors..Yah gonna argue with them smart guy and you know more than them right!!Ambassador Stevens and his collegues who died are guilty of incompetency after being told hours before to evacuate the annex that wasn't fortified like the Tripoli one was,just an annex miles away with locals as guards ,not marines like in Tripoli either and are you going to send in more troops to be killed for those four when you don't have intel from there,another BLACK HAWK DOWN killing dozens to rescue just the survivors of one helo after it crashed,get real bud!!Obviously you've never investigate anything before mouthing ignorence do yah,typical uninformed republican nitwit on a factless ,baseless rant !!

      May 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @massoud,massoud the troll where are yah,come out an play yaa !! It's about your one sole subject you incompetently comment on in the Benghazi embassy witch hunt massoud ...You know troll I'm waiting for yah the hooks baited just letting it get out there to hook you troll,again come out to play yaa!!And you said times before you wouldn't respond to my posts ,what a simpleton because you did already freak!!

        May 15, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  3. mpundu harrison

    The Benghazi incident and the dishonest cover up which followed by the Obama administration, should clearly tell you that politicians are liars. Definitely, President Obama, Hilary and others lied.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Bush lied! Bush lied! Bush lied!
      Cheney lied! Cheney lied! Cheney lied!
      Bush ordered Colin Powell to lie to the UN, remember that?
      Bush's "Mission Accomplished" another BIG lie!

      May 10, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  4. Jomama

    Lets keep an eye on the whistleblowers during this.Protection from their employers yes but what will happen behind the scenes of this.Your dealing with a lot of powerful people here.So far I see the situation the ball just got dropped and politics being what it is people are trying to cover themselves.Of course being in charge you cant afford mistakes on this level.I hope it was a dropped ball and nothing more than that at this point.Lets keep a close eye on the whistleblowers in this!!!!!!

    May 9, 2013 at 5:10 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      Well it looks like Hicks is being rolled by the state department.Of course they deny it.

      May 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  5. taxpayer12

    WOW..do you mean Oblama lied..Shocking isnt it..Do you think CNN will cover this ..NOPE THEY WONT.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  6. Pete

    What's rediculous here is that if Bush hadn't cheated winning the election none of this would've never happened..Plan and simple this moron in Bush created this mess in Benghazi years before because of his arrogence overshadowing his ignorence in creating foes where ever he or our country went..Netanyahu and others in the middle east dispised us and his ignorence about the international scene was again rediculous..He and this country stepped on more toes than any president in American history even going as far as being the first American president to have a shoe thrown at him in a fit of disrespect from a middle eastern reporter..And he was famous for always sticking his foot in his mouth more times than I can count and if you saw him in a foriegn country you'd prayed he didn't make an ass out of not only himself but America as well..A Bush interviewed weeks ago and in his arrogence he like Cheney wouldn't change a thing with no remorse,no regrets ,no deniles,how uncooth,how mindless to speak as if in his 8 years as president nothing went on just another sucessful presidency and just where has Bush been if he reacted in this interview this way ,the moon because at times when he spoke I wondered if he had smoked something or took something because he just wasn't there maybe in body but not in spirit as a past president of this great country that this moron failed miserably to represent and believe me if he wasn't president Gore or who ever would have been more of a diplomate that that crazy Texan and Hillary wouldn't be going through this hell either would she!!

    May 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • taxpayer12

      WOW your still trying to blame BUSH..YOUR simply an idiot.

      May 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @taxpayer,no not an idiot bud just someone that says it as I see it..Unneeded,unfunded wars killing thousands of not only innocent military but civilians as well that believed Bushs crap in WMDs,tax breaks for his wealthy buddies and other unnecessary policies and I'm supposed to walk away,screw you if you do pay tax at all!!He's the reason and I'm not letting you idiots get away that not only voted once but twice showing me just how gullible,ignorent,illiterate you really are and why don't you take responsibility for the monster you put in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for 8 painful years that not only killed our economy but allienated us from many countries with his maniacal foriegn policies as well.Just once I'd like someone with the cajones to step forward and take responsibility and say I screwed up because I put that idiot Bush there ,plain and simple...Now taxpayer just who is the idiot now ,must be you!!!

        May 9, 2013 at 8:41 am |
      • StanCalif

        Yes, because Bush is still to blame!!!
        Today he sits on his Texas ranch enjoying the "good life" while refusing to participate as honorable past presidents have always done! Why? Because he is nothing more than a fool and a clown who followed orders from others, like Dick Cheney and other evil but powerful people in this country. His only "original" thought was declaring "mission accomplished" after his glorious "shock and awe" in Iraq! He had no clue what to do afterwards! All he really wanted was the oil, and he didn't get even one single drop!
        Finally, Dick Cheney has shut up and resigned from the media tours!
        Yes, life is much better without Bush and Cheney! Let's all hope they stay out of our nation's business!
        Bush IS to be BLAIMED!!! We should NEVER forget what havoc he brought us all!

        May 10, 2013 at 8:01 am |
      • Pete

        @StanCalif,thank you sir for basicly backing me up..It's disgusting how this partisanship with republicans have brought down this country and how republicans have generated this hate of our first africanamerican president in Mr Obama..StanCalif you know as well as all these others Pres.Obama was dealt a lousey hand by Bush because of everything Bush put on the government charge card and again we're supposed to forget,hell no we'll never forget that Texas idiot that screwed up America and whoever you idiots were that voted for Bush not once but twice you're the idiots that I'll always blame as well!!Thanks again StanCalif!!

        May 10, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • Bryan

      Before you post a comment on a news article you should probally check your post for spelling and grammatical errors.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @Bryan,check yourself pal,I see a boo boo in yours as well! Take care!!

        May 10, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  7. George Patton

    Issa, moron, stop showing off in public, idiot, why don't you demand from Obama administration to take tougher actions against these terrorists, like bomb them to pieces.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  8. JENNIFER PAGAN

    I KNOW IT SOUND SELFISH BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE AGE AND THE QUALITY OF INFORMATION AND THE POTIENTIAL THE INFORMATION WILL BRING IT IS WORTH THREE PAY SCHEDULES! TRUST ME! JENNIFER PAGAN US GUAM

    May 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  9. Nanson Hwa

    In stead of scapegoating, look at the facts. Was the governor of New York responsible for the first attack on the World Trade Center? Was President Bush responsible for the attack on the Twin Towers? Was President Roosevelt responsible for the attack on Peal Harbor to begin WW II? I wish these right-winged all nonsense republicans get their priorities straight and demand that the military and the investigative agencies find and apprehend the attackers and bring the terrorists to justice.

    May 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Right, when something goes wrong for Obama, let's not scapegoat.

      Also, nobody is blaming Obama for the attacks (some are blaming Hilary for poor security beforehand). They are blaming Obama's failed response, his cover up, and his administration's lies about the events. If Bush had stated that all information about the planes flying into Twin Towers showed that it was a technological flight-pattern error (when they knew it was not), then I think people would want to know why he would lie right before an election.

      Face it, this is bad. And it's a big deal.

      May 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Grays

      The battle at the embassy was 7hrs long.... There was a quick reaction force in Italy by helo that takes 3hrs....also delta force was in Germany at the time.... By helo that's 5hrs...... What I want too know is why ? Hilary Clinton is not in prison for man slaughter......?

      May 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Dr.Grays,it was explained on CNN by ex military officials that it would take over 20 hours from Italy to scramble jets because of the distance and refueling tankers that would be needed airborne to pull this thing off..This was a painful decision in whether to spend more lives than those 4 to save them if indeed they could save them at all in time because of existing conditions...Remember also these men besides Stevens were exmilitary primarily marines and yes they knew what they were getting into because of prior events in a war torn region because of Kadafis overthrow from power not done too long before...And Stevens wasn't new to this region as well serving years before in other government capacities in these same regions so give Hillary a break she's not our embassy employees babysitter and again they knew what that region was like before signing on the dotted line.Its just a political witch hunt with Issa ,republicans out to discredit Hillary because republicans are scared she'll run in 2016 and they have no chance against her,plain and dimples,just political brinksmanship to the extremes!!And here's a question I'll throw out there if republicans wanted to be more credible in this deal believing Hillary,Pres.Obama was guilty with Benghazi than why no democrates on this supposid Issa led committee,just like the Fast,Furious one as well,all republican,all ignorent,all obdtuctionistic but that's republicans since Pres.Obamas inaugeration hasn't it!!

        May 9, 2013 at 9:36 am |
      • USMC1371

        Pete,
        Really dude making excuses for a 3 hour flight time??? You need to find another B.S. supply yours is running dry. Google flight duration of any military plane you want they are all well over 3 hours. And if you think their was not a refueling plane with in a few hours of there already loaded your just nutts. Face it Obama dropped the ball.

        May 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
      • Pete

        @marine1371,it was stated by exmilitary officials,exFBI agents on CNN that military flights that would have to be scrambled for that region in Libya would take around 20
        hours because they're not on alert bud and they need airborne tankers to help get them there because of the distance..I'm just stating what I heard from CNN,not BS and trust me I forgot more then you'll ever know big boy ...And as usual you looked at Google which gives you uninterrupted air flights not real deals where you have to give flight plans,give pilots orders and other details ..Stay on the ground marine your ignorence is showing bud!!Facts bud,no BS,you've supplied enough yourself....

        May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am |
      • Pete

        @UMC171,DrGray,flights to Libya come out of Italy not the middle east,militarily speaking..Check facts before stupidly posting.And to all Hillary won't be convicted of anything,just facts!

        May 10, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • taxpayer12

      I agree we should get to the truth ..lets start with the biggest liiar of all...OBLAMA

      May 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @taxpayer12,clean up your own partys messes with liars in Reagan,Bushs before chastisting anyone ,again you idiot!!

        May 9, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Beefburger

      There is a MAJOR difference when it is the Commander in Chief that is telling those ready to launch rescue operations to stand down.

      May 11, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  10. whatdifference?

    Alright! As a servicemember, it's good-to-know prospect. I can be killed by an enemy force, and while we're still in the war my own bosses get to tell my familiy "C'est la Vie, sucks to be you" if it the events don't jive with their worldview. Expendable people. Expendable ambassadors. Expendable America.

    May 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @whatdifference,as a service member you signed on the dotted line while enlisting didn't yah and if you're that ignorent not to read that contracts print than who's the idiot and yes to America if you're there you are expendable plain and simple!!If you don't want to be expendable than don't sign,its America and there's no draft bud!!

      May 9, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
      • manannan

        Pete – Works for the Whitehouse.

        May 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
      • Pete

        @manannan,hey just telling it like it is..Soldiers should know it ,they're not knights looking for the holy grail right..And quit with this Benghazi deal no matter what gets done in this political witchhunt you can't bring them back.Remember also after Kadafi came down as dictator there anything goes and Americans shouldn't have even been there,like it or not!!

        May 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  11. A W Messenger

    The "whistleblowers" are only alleged "whistleblowers". That's why it is in quotes.

    May 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Actually they are classified as "whistleblowers" so they have legal protection from their boss's that they named in their statements.

      May 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply

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