The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton apologetics are crossing their fingers that the Benghazi scandal just blows over. On the rare occasion that they do mention it, they are entirely dismissive of it. Justice not only remains to be served, but actively delayed (at best).
Four men are dead, largely, because Ambassador Chris Steven’s requests for additional security were ignored. A recent bipartisan investigation into the attack by the Senate’s Intelligence Committee confirmed that these murders were indeed “preventable” and pins the blame on Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
The media, however, has taken it upon themselves to blame — of all people – Stevens for the lack of security. Greg Hicks served as Stevens’ second-in-command has come to his defense in an op-ed in Wall Street Journal “since Chris cannot speak.” Hicks confirms that not only did Washington cut their security shortly before the attack, they cut it by 70%.
From The Blaze:
“Chris Stevens was not responsible for the reduction in security personnel,” Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday. “His requests for additional security were denied or ignored. Officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington made the decisions that resulted in reduced security.” […]
While Republicans have said that should extend to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, some media commentators have clung to a portion of the report that states Stevens declined an offer from then-Africa Commander Gen. Carter Ham for increased security.
“Since Chris cannot speak, I want to explain the reasons and timing for his responses to Gen. Ham,” Hicks wrote, explaining that much of the matter revolved around when to shift command of U.S. Special Forces from the State Department – where soldiers had diplomatic immunity – to the Defense Department – where they would not.
“Chris had requested on July 9 by cable that Washington provide a minimum of 13 American security professionals for Libya over and above the diplomatic security complement of eight assigned to Tripoli and Benghazi,” Hicks wrote. “On July 11, the Defense Department, apparently in response to Chris’s request, offered to extend the special forces mission to protect the U.S. Embassy.”
“However, on July 13, State Department Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy refused the Defense Department offer and thus Chris’s July 9 request. His rationale was that Libyan guards would be hired to take over this responsibility,” Hicks continued.
Diplomatic immunity was a serious consideration, Hicks explained in the op-ed.
“[Stevens] explained to Rear Adm. Charles J. Leidig that if a member of the special forces team used weapons to protect U.S. facilities, personnel or themselves, he would be subject to Libyan law,” Hicks wrote. “The law would be administered by judges appointed to the bench by Moammar Gadhafi or, worse, tribal judges.”
Hicks went on to explain that the media’s interpretation of the events surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi are “strange.” He says, “my recollection of events is that after the August 6 incident, Gen. Ham wanted to withdraw the entire special forces team from Tripoli until they had Libyan government approval or their new mission had diplomatic immunity necessary to perform their mission safely.”
According to Hicks, Chris Stevens “convinced Gen. Ham to leave six members of the team in Tripoli.”
He continued, “When I arrived in Tripoli on July 31, we had over thirty security personnel, from the State Department and the US military, assigned to protect the diplomatic mission to Libya.” However, on September 11, the day of the attack, there were only nine security agents remaining.
It’s important to note that among those nine, three of them were members of the Libyan 17th February Brigade — a radical Islamic group affiliated with al Qaeda. The Senate’s report also confirmed that this group attacked the Benghazi consulate once beforehand. This is who Hillary hired to “replace” the security personnel she cut.
These three men also ignored the other security officers’ requests to cover them while the September 11 attack was happening. They said they preferred “more diplomatic” solutions. So, essentially, Stevens and the rest of the Benghazi mission only had six security personnel actually protecting them.
The media is already trying to protect Hillary. It is absolutely deplorable that they would attempt to pin the blame for lack of security on Chris Stevens’ — whose death was preventable, who was denied more security, who cannot speak for himself because of the actions (or lack thereof) of Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Help us spread the word about this. Clearly the mainstream media isn’t going to.