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New Benghazi Report Finds ‘Troubling’ Gaps in State Dept. Review

Prelude to Thursday's hearing where Pickering and Mullen will answer questions about "time pressured" report.

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September 16, 2013 - 8:31 pm
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WASHINGTON – A critical report issued by the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has dismissed the findings of a blue-ribbon panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, asserting that the State Department-appointed commission didn’t properly examine key witnesses and generally failed to perform a comprehensive job.

In a 98-page report released Monday, committee staff concluded that “troubling” gaps exist in the work of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and that the “limitations inherent in the ARB’s mandate and the weaknesses in the ARB’s methodology show that a more thorough investigation is necessary.”

“The ARB blamed systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies within two bureaus, but downplayed the importance of decisions made at senior levels of the Department,” the report read, adding that the ARB’s decision to “cite certain officials as accountable for what happened in Benghazi appears to have been based on factors that had little or no connection to the security posture at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee chairman, said the ARB “was not fully independent,” noting that it “did not exhaustively examine failures and it has led to an unacceptable lack of accountability.”

But Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee’s ranking member, scorned the new report, citing it as evidence that Issa and congressional Republicans have “politicized the investigation by engaging in a systematic effort to launch unsubstantiated accusations against the Pentagon, the State Department, the president and now the ARB itself.”

The controversy centers on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, by a heavily armed terrorist group that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

At first the Obama administration suggested the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest. Subsequent investigations by the State Department and various congressional committees instead determined it was a premeditated assault launched without warning by Islamist militants.

The White House and Foggy Bottom came under severe attack from congressional Republicans and other critics for what they consider the failure of the U.S. to dash to the aid of those under attack. In early August it was reported that the U.S. had filed criminal charges against several individuals, including militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, for participating in the onslaught.

On Oct. 4, 2012, Clinton appointed a five-member Accountability Review Board, co-chaired by Thomas Pickering, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992, and Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to examine the facts and circumstances of the attacks. The panel’s report, issued on Dec. 20, 2012, sharply criticized the State Department for failing to act on embassy requests to upgrade security in Benghazi.

But the ARB refused to point a finger at higher-ups in the administration like Clinton, blaming inaction instead on four mid-level officials who were placed on paid administrative leave only to be subsequently re-instated, although in different positions. Dissatisfied with the conclusions, Issa ordered a review of the report.

“While Ambassador Pickering and Adm. Mullen have honorably served their country, the families of victims and the American people continue to wait for more conclusive answers about how our government left our own personnel so vulnerable and alone the night of the attack,” Issa said.

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Allahu akbar, does NOT mean “God is great.”

In Arabic, “God” = Allah and “great” = kabeer.
Allahu means “My/Our God” and akbar means “greater.”
Allahu akbar, therefore, means “My/Our God is greater [than yours].”

When a Muslim shouts this, he is being very clear about his motive: jihad, the holy struggle to defend Islam by killing infidels. So apart from confirming that his Act was Mohammedan in nature it also exposes the reality of Islam because if THEIR god is greatest then there must be perforce other ‘lesser’ Gods. Which reveals Islams Polytheistic roots it also reveals the confrontational and supremacist nature of Islam. Needless to say the Mohammedans are very happy that the moronic moonbats and the Islamophile, antisemitic Lame Stream EneMedia continue to mistranslate it as “God is Great” as this also gives them the opportunity to say that their God allah is the same as your God which is patently and clearly insane. The Mohammedan God is an evil , self contradictory, illogical, violent,misogynistic, vengeful , antisemitic, Arab supremacist God (its all in the Koran) totally unlike the Christian and Jewish God.
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Islam is the doctrine found in the Koran, Sira (Mohammed’s biography) and the Hadith (his traditions). The Koran does not have enough information in it to be a Muslim. The bulk of Islamic doctrine is taken from the Sunna of Mohammed (found in the Sira and the Hadith). All of the Sharia is based on Koran, Sira and Hadith, the Trilogy.
The odd fact about the Islamic doctrine is that most of it is not about how to be a Muslim, but instead, the majority of it is about the non-Muslim, the Kafir. For instance, 64% of the Koran deals with Kafirs, which is not religious in nature, since none of the Kafir doctrine can be about religion, since the Kafir is strictly excluded from any aspect of the religion of Islam. The Islamic doctrine about Kafirs is purely political, hence it is Political Islam. The long and short of it is: forget about the religion of Islam unless you are a Muslim. Keep your eye on Political Islam if you are a Kafir.
One of the ways Political Islam manifests is jihad. To show how extensive jihad is in the Trilogy, consider that 31% of the Trilogy deals with jihad. Jihad is not just a verse or two; it is a major part of the Islamic political doctrine.
But our media shows us that they do not have any access to any expertise about Islam. There are no facts, just opinions. Fact-based reasoning does not deal with personal denigration of the opponent. Anyone who does not agree with the doctrine of ignorance as found in the media, the classroom and the pulpit is a bigot. Fact-based reasoning deals with the facts of the doctrine. However, our media “pundits” and apologists are not able to even define Islam, much less hold a fact-based discussion.
Here is the rule: if there is no mention about the Trilogy of Koran, Sira and Hadith, then it is just another opinion and is not factual. Shouldn’t we demand that our reasoning be based on facts?
52 weeks ago
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All over Asia the Middle East and Africa Militant Islam is on the march and just as it was in the 7th Century it is expanding and Terrorising by the SWORD. Emboldened by the their totally undeserved glut of Oil revenues, obtained from a commodity they did not even know was there though they lived on top of it and which they had and HAVE no technology to recover or refine and for which no MUSLIM ever invented anything for which to use it - all that was left to KAFFIRS. Just as their expansionism has been resurrected so has their internal 1400 year old Sunni/Shia conflict which is raging in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan,Iraq,Libya and SYRIA.
We have no reason whatsoever to interfere with MUSLIMS killing MUSLIMS as BOTH sides are the enemies of the West. Only MORONS would step in between ENEMIES fighting each OTHER like that. Step forward gullible naive foolish moonbats like the Western leaders particularly the USURPER who driven by deluded Political Correctness and Multi Culti Humanitarianism insert themselves where they are not wanted, not appreciated and just USED as willing TOOLS.
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It seems politicians believe they have a unilateral right to hoodwink the public. Why focus on income inequality when race-baiting is more effective for a partisan, left-wing, charlatan. The answer is politicians are always thinking about self rather than the common good. In short, Congress is sadly a cesspool of endless, chicanery.
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Why is Cummings still Chairman of that committee? Why is he still in Congress and not on the Obama Propaganda Media's payroll?
51 weeks ago
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Cummings is a democrat and not the committee chairman - Rep. Issa is chairman - Cummings is the ranking dem and Dear Leader/Holder's "boy" in the system to run interference and demonize anyone who dares question the regime's motives.

Remember BENGHAZI!
51 weeks ago
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But, the msm loves him and as much as his ugly, fat mug is in the headlines, due to the msm helping Cummings spread his lies (obama propaganda), I can see where some might think he was the chairman.

Remember BENGHAZI!
51 weeks ago
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Progressives like Hillary and Obama play by a rules different than those which apply to non-progressives. What ever they do or don't do is appropriate. They are America's royalty. King Obama is infallible. Hillary will become infallible one she is crowned. Allahu Akbar y'all.
51 weeks ago
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just more government by the inept and incompetent. our crack c.i.c. goes from one screw up to the next. buries his mistakes (bodies), hides behind his office/executive privilege, and quickly moves on while his minions (in this case commie cummings) provide cover. this is the same guy who uses every trick in the book to quell any investigation of the i.r.s. scandals by rep. Issa.
51 weeks ago
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Sounds like some are afraid that truth might come to light before the 50 years are up, that we might know the truth while their political careers are still traveling on the political train, making stops along the way to drop off the ballots already marked for their election.
52 weeks ago
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The USURPERS Regime has yet to release details of where HE was as Benghazi was going down and also why NO American forces where scrambled to their aid. The attack lasted over 7 HOURS and the killings came at the end of that time but NO AMERICAN FORCES were even alerted to assist.
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Allahu akbar, does NOT mean “God is great.”

In Arabic, “God” = Allah and “great” = kabeer.
Allahu means “My/Our God” and akbar means “greater.”
Allahu akbar, therefore, means “My/Our God is greater [than yours].”

When a Muslim shouts this, he is being very clear about his motive: jihad, the holy struggle to defend Islam by killing infidels. So apart from confirming that his Act was Mohammedan in nature it also exposes the reality of Islam because if THEIR god is greatest then there must be perforce other ‘lesser’ Gods. Which reveals Islams Polytheistic roots it also reveals the confrontational and supremacist nature of Islam. Needless to say the Mohammedans are very happy that the moronic moonbats and the Islamophile, antisemitic Lame Stream EneMedia continue to mistranslate it as “God is Great” as this also gives them the opportunity to say that their God allah is the same as your God which is patently and clearly insane. The Mohammedan God is an evil , self contradictory, illogical, violent,misogynistic, vengeful , antisemitic, Arab supremacist God (its all in the Koran) totally unlike the Christian and Jewish God.
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THANK YOU!!!
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"The Mohammedan God is an evil , self contradictory, illogical, violent,misogynistic, vengeful , antisemitic, Arab supremacist God (its all in the Koran) totally unlike the Christian and Jewish God."

In other words, some man made it up. Probably with some help from you-know-who. :0)

51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Islam is the doctrine found in the Koran, Sira (Mohammed’s biography) and the Hadith (his traditions). The Koran does not have enough information in it to be a Muslim. The bulk of Islamic doctrine is taken from the Sunna of Mohammed (found in the Sira and the Hadith). All of the Sharia is based on Koran, Sira and Hadith, the Trilogy.
The odd fact about the Islamic doctrine is that most of it is not about how to be a Muslim, but instead, the majority of it is about the non-Muslim, the Kafir. For instance, 64% of the Koran deals with Kafirs, which is not religious in nature, since none of the Kafir doctrine can be about religion, since the Kafir is strictly excluded from any aspect of the religion of Islam. The Islamic doctrine about Kafirs is purely political, hence it is Political Islam. The long and short of it is: forget about the religion of Islam unless you are a Muslim. Keep your eye on Political Islam if you are a Kafir.
One of the ways Political Islam manifests is jihad. To show how extensive jihad is in the Trilogy, consider that 31% of the Trilogy deals with jihad. Jihad is not just a verse or two; it is a major part of the Islamic political doctrine.
But our media shows us that they do not have any access to any expertise about Islam. There are no facts, just opinions. Fact-based reasoning does not deal with personal denigration of the opponent. Anyone who does not agree with the doctrine of ignorance as found in the media, the classroom and the pulpit is a bigot. Fact-based reasoning deals with the facts of the doctrine. However, our media “pundits” and apologists are not able to even define Islam, much less hold a fact-based discussion.
Here is the rule: if there is no mention about the Trilogy of Koran, Sira and Hadith, then it is just another opinion and is not factual. Shouldn’t we demand that our reasoning be based on facts?
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
All over Asia the Middle East and Africa Militant Islam is on the march and just as it was in the 7th Century it is expanding and Terrorising by the SWORD. Emboldened by the their totally undeserved glut of Oil revenues, obtained from a commodity they did not even know was there though they lived on top of it and which they had and HAVE no technology to recover or refine and for which no MUSLIM ever invented anything for which to use it - all that was left to KAFFIRS. Just as their expansionism has been resurrected so has their internal 1400 year old Sunni/Shia conflict which is raging in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan,Iraq,Libya and SYRIA.
We have no reason whatsoever to interfere with MUSLIMS killing MUSLIMS as BOTH sides are the enemies of the West. Only MORONS would step in between ENEMIES fighting each OTHER like that. Step forward gullible naive foolish moonbats like the Western leaders particularly the USURPER who driven by deluded Political Correctness and Multi Culti Humanitarianism insert themselves where they are not wanted, not appreciated and just USED as willing TOOLS.
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You mean that utube disrespecting the Prophet had an 18 min gap?
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