Before taking up the mantle of running the Texas Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was a Central Intelligence Agency officer. It was one of those jobs he could tell you all about, but…well, you know how that ends.
While he doesn’t go into many details about life with the CIA, both that and his United States Air Force experience help inform his opinions on foreign policy. During a wide-ranging interview with PJTV/PJM Wednesday afternoon, Dewhurst directly addressed the foreign policy issue of terrorism, as it relates to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi and the trial of Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.
He has strong opinions on both, saying that they represent “evil mistakes” made by the Obama administration.
“The lack of protecting those four Americans in the consulate in Benghazi…that is a sin. We know, we’ve seen reported, that there was live video streaming into the Situation Room at the White House. That means there were platforms, aerial platforms, that could’ve been used. … Where do you draw the line? Being PC — politically correct — and you don’t want to offend the leadership in Libya? So you let four Americans be killed and, be mutilated? Outrageous!”
One Obama administration answer to critics has been that it could not send air support for the besieged Americans because it did not have overflight rights from the Libyan government. The Libyan government after Gaddafi’s fall barely controls the capital Tripoli, and its writ in Benghazi last fall was quite weak. Beside that, the U.S. put that government into power when it helped rebels oust Gaddafi in the first place.