Benghazi Libya Sports
Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before the Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attack on U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012. The final report of the Republican Benghazi Committee, for example, did not conclude that Obama had botched the rescue attempt or that Clinton personally disapproved of security measures after the Libya attack. Democrats on the committee released their own report Tuesday saying that while security at the former secretary of state's New York City home was "woefully inadequate," Clinton had rejected a request for additional security.
Gowdy said the committee remains focused on providing a definitive account of the attack. Gowdy denied any connection between the Benghazi attack and the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three Americans killed in Benghazi.
Stevens, who lives in the capital Tripoli, chose to visit Benghazi at a time when U.S. embassies around the world were on high alert to fight terrorism. Stevens, the first of the U.S. ambassadors killed in the Benghazi massacre, was small and without a compass.
A career diplomat, he spoke Arabic and French and had already travelled to Libya twice, including during the uprising against Gaddafi in Benghazi. Stevens was already the U.S. envoy to the opposition in Libya when it fought Col. Muammar Gaddafi, Kelemen said. The Libyan army invaded Benghazi last fall, but the militants are now confined to a few districts. NATO, in particular - backed by an uprising against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government - has helped Sisi curb violence, blaming attacks on the Islamic State group, which Washington has designated a terrorist organization.
But the United States is determined to maintain its diplomatic presence in the country, including the embassy in Tripoli and the mission in Benghazi, and there are plans to take over all U.S. diplomatic functions from Tripoli. I have hinted at this for years, but I understand why the State Department, under Mrs. Clinton's leadership, played a very limited role in Libya and its affairs. Libya has been overrun by the Islamic State group and other terrorist groups, as well as rebels.
When Mrs. Clinton testified before a Senate committee about the Benghazi massacre in early 2013, she claimed she was unaware of the attack or the presence of U.S. military personnel on the compound. Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed that the State Department under Clinton kept the CIA - which maintained its annexes at the Benghazi compound - busy on its mission despite the known dangers. She told the committee that there was no evidence of a link between the Benghazi consulate and the annexation in Tripoli. In the months after the attacks, Clinton said she was responsible for the safety of all who served in Libya and Benghazi, without admitting her own mistakes.
Rice's appearance on the show on Sunday confirmed the administration's belief that its account of the Benghazi attack was wrong and is now back up. Intelligence analysts initially said the Benghazi attackers were inspired by a protest in Cairo, and the headline of an early intelligence report referred to the protests and Benghazi. But her nomination was thwarted after she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the US military's role in the attack and its connection to the annexation of Tripoli.
Ambassador Stevens, who was stationed in Tripoli, had visited Benghazi to open an American cultural center there, officials said. The consulate, which did not meet Inman's security requirements, was hastily set up during Libya's civil war.
The team was formed in 2011, when war broke out in Libya after a revolution toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi. During that time, jihadists carried out an apparently coordinated terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Stevens, who was promoted to ambassador in May and was killed on September 11, 2012, when militants stormed the compound in Benghazi.
The muftah had been shot a few days earlier and was recovering in one of the only two hospitals in Benghazi, according to an Associated Press report.
But congressional investigators accused the military of not anticipating the possibility of an emergency in Benghazi and of not preparing a response plan. The Obama administration's main sin was not to hold the American people responsible for what happened in Benghazi. No military means were used, nothing was sent to Benghazi or was on its way to Libya before the last two Americans were killed at the start of the attack. President Obama skipped his briefing on Benghazi, and no one has yet explained where he was during the attacks.
The people I met in Benghazi were from eastern Libya, a religiously and socially conservative country. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was highly regarded in Benghazi, appeared to be part of a militia that Benghazi residents had hoped was originally formed to fill the security vacuum left by the revolution. A US security team who left Benghazi in the months before the attack told me that relying on Libyans was risky, as they were often associated with the enemy.