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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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Bill Straub

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September 16, 2013 - 8:31 pm
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The White House and the State Department cited the ARB conclusions, according to the Issa report, as “the final word on the internal failures that contributed to the tragedy in Benghazi.” But for others it said the report “overvalued certain facts, overlooked others, and failed to address systemic issues that have long plagued the State Department.”

The congressional committee charges the ARB failed to conduct a thorough investigation as a result of time constraints, maintaining that “the ARB operated under significant time pressure, completing its work and issuing a final report in just over two months.” It noted that some key witnesses only appeared to provide testimony before the board once and some, like Clinton, were not questioned at all.

As an example it cited Elizabeth Dibble, the second-most senior official in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs – one of the two offices directly criticized in the final ARB report. Dibble, the committee report noted, “appeared once, as part of a group and for less than two hours.”

That limited consideration, the congressional staff held, “raises a number of questions about the thoroughness of the ARB’s review. For example, aside from her participation in the short group interview, it is still unclear what information the ARB reviewed that led to the conclusion that her role or awareness of issues related to Benghazi did not warrant further inquiry.”

The Issa report also questioned the treatment of Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who played a role in rejecting requests for enhanced security at the Benghazi mission. The ARB didn’t hold Kennedy responsible for any shortcomings and he subsequently helped select not only the members of the ARB but the staff that aided the commission.

“The haphazard decision to place the four officials cited by the ARB on paid administrative leave created the appearance that former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s decision to announce action against the individuals named in the ARB report was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a tragedy,” the Issa report said. “Therefore, one year after the Benghazi attacks, no one at the State Department has been fired for their role leading up to the Benghazi attacks. It appears increasingly likely the Department’s primary objective was to create the public appearance of accountability.”

The Issa report also raised questions about the degree of Clinton’s knowledge about the assault.

The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has scheduled a hearing on the issue for Sept. 19 to give panel members an opportunity to question Pickering and Mullen about the process the ARB utilized and producing its report as well as its conclusions. Staff members who put together the report critical of the ARB also will be called to testify.

Cummings rejected the Issa conclusions, noting that the ARB “fulfilled this mission by conducting one of the most comprehensive reviews in history –interviewing more than 100 people, reviewing thousands of pages of documents and viewing hours of video.”

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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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?
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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?
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

30 weeks ago
30 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?
30 weeks ago
30 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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