April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Seven months after the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, the Obama administration Wednesday said it was making progress in holding accountable those responsible for killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had identified people it believed were involved in the Benghazi attack. FBI investigators are still combing through video and other evidence gathered from largely lawless eastern Libya, he said.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued subpoenas Tuesday for State Department documents related to the widely debunked talking points about the cause of the deadly attack last year on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) is pressing for material from 10 current and former department officials, including several who had worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He gave the department until June 7 to comply.
May 16, 2013 |
Yes, Virginia, there is a Benghazi scandal. The scandal is that Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and some Republican colleagues are dishonoring the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans by making a political circus out of their deaths. As chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa is ready to manipulate the pain and anger of relatives and colleagues of the victims, but shows little interest in making U.S. diplomats safer. The hearing he held last week ignored the real issues raised by Benghazi in favor of promoting conspiracy theories about "talking points" that administration officials used after the tragedy.
December 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. counterterrorism officials told lawmakers Thursday that uncooperative or less-than-capable local law enforcement in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia is slowing the search for suspects in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya on Sept. 11. Authorities in the region have not yet arrested many of the suspects the United States wants to question about the violent attack on the American compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, according to two U.S. officials briefed on a private House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, where counterterrorism, intelligence and law enforcement chiefs disclosed the information to lawmakers.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday four members of Army special forces in Tripoli were never told to stand down after last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, disputing a former top diplomat's claim that the unit might have helped Americans under siege. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said timing and the need for the unit to help with casualties from Benghazi resulted in orders for the special forces to remain in Tripoli.
May 20, 2013 |
Note to GOP re Benghazi: Stop calling it Watergate, Iran-contra, bigger than both, etc. First, it might well be, but we don't know. History will judge. Second, overhyping will only diminish the importance of the scandal if it doesn't meet presidency-breaking standards. Third, focusing on the political effects simply plays into the hands of Democrats desperately claiming that this is nothing but partisan politics. Let the facts speak for themselves. They are damning enough. Let Gregory Hicks, the honorable, apolitical second-in-command that night in Libya, movingly and grippingly demolish the president's Benghazi mantra that "what I have always tried to do is just get all the facts" and "every piece of information that we got, as we got it, we laid it out for the American people.
May 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The internal debate did not include political interference from the White House, according to the e-mails, which were also provided to congressional intelligence committees several months ago. Since the assault that killed four Americans, Republicans have accused President Obama and his senior advisers of mischaracterizing the attack during a close reelection campaign.
May 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering, whose career spans four decades, said Sunday. "They've tried to point a finger at people more senior than where we found the decisions were made," Pickering said of Clinton's critics. The Accountability and Review Board, which Pickering headed with retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not question Clinton at length about the attacks but concluded the decisions about the consulate were made well below the secretary's level.
April 22, 1986 |
The swath of craters, 10 in all, began at the edge of a schoolyard and ran for about a quarter of a mile - along a roadside, through a traffic island and into a residential neighorhood. It ended in the rubble of a stone villa. Halim Tarhuni, the elderly woman who lived there, was killed early last Tuesday morning in the air raid by U.S. fighter-bombers, her neighbors said yesterday. So were Hassan Mohamed Awrabi, 36, and his 3-month-old daughter, Khalud, who lived across the street.
January 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In front of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), a phalanx of cameras awaited Hillary Rodham Clinton. To his right sat a set of forceful Republicans primed for confrontation. Overseeing the politically charged hearing on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was Menendez, the Democrat poised to become chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This week will provide a high-profile preview of Menendez's new role as head of a committee that oversees how the United States interacts with the rest of the world and navigates its conflicts and alliances.