On Wednesday, hearings will begin once more about the deadly attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi last September 11th, which killed 4 Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Two of the three persons testifying have not previously told their story.
Mark Thompson, the department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for counter-terrorism; Eric Nordstrom, who was the Libyan regional security officer when the attack occurred; and Gregory Hicks, the former deputy mission chief at Benghazi, will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Representative Darrell Issa, Republican from California.
“They have critical information about what occurred before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks that differs on key points from what administration officials, including those on the (State Department’s) Accountability Review Board, have portrayed,” says Issa.
Gregory Hicks was in Tripoli when he received his first call from Ambassador Stevens.
“We’re under attack! We’re under attack!” the ambassador reportedly shouted into his cell phone at Hicks. He tells of the trauma that phone call created, and his inability to be of assistance.
Democrats claim that the Benghazi probe has been greatly politicized. I cannot disagree with that, it’s a common Republican ploy.
However, there are questions that still need answers such as, why were requests turned down for increased security by the State Department? And why, when the attacks began, was a plane loaded with U.S. military told to ‘stand down’?
Answers to these questions may prevent a reoccurrence of this type of tragedy.
On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry saluted those slain at Benghazi during a State Department remembrance ceremony. Kerry has pledged cooperation with ongoing congressional investigations, saying the American people deserve answers.
Columnist-The Guardian Express