Is this the competence needed to serve in the presidency?
An interview with Greg Hicks on the Terence Jeffrey show brought out some new details in the tragic events that took place in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton was responsible for the security at the mission and she knew there were 10 terror camps in the area but failed to act appropriately.
At the same time, we are discovering through Wikileaks that Clinton and her team were more concerned about the cover up than any other issue.
What kind of coward does not own up to his/her mistakes and then casts the blame off on others after abrogating those responsibilities in the first place? Just because she is a woman, it doesn’t mean that she can act dishonorably.
Greg Hicks, the now-retired Deputy Chief of US Mission at the embassy of Libya, during the Benghazi attacks became a whistleblower. He has been outspoken about the egregious errors made in Libya that led to the deaths of four Americans on 9/11/12 and as a result, was never given another post.
In the weeks leading up to the terrorist attacks on the US mission, despite knowing that there were 10 al Qaida and Islamist camps, the State Department only deployed three diplomatic security officers at its mission. They were only assigned on temporary duty.
The secretary of state – Hillary Clinton – was personally responsible for the security of the mission and she cannot waive that responsibility, according to Mr. Hicks. The facilities in Tripoli and in Benghazi did not meet the standards.
Chris Stevens, who became the U.S. ambassador to Libya at the end of May 2012, and Greg Hicks, who became deputy chief of mission at the end of July, knew the vulnerability of the Benghazi mission and were trying to fix the situation.
On Aug. 15, 2012—less than a month before terrorists attacked the U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty—State Department personnel in Libya held an Emergency Action Committee meeting to discuss the security situation in Benghazi.
The next day, Stevens sent a cable to State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., describing the discussion in this meeting. The cable expressly warned of the terrorists in Benghazi and the “limited manpower” available to defend the State Department mission against an attack.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence cited this cable and published quotes from it in an unclassified report the committee published in January 2014.
“A CIA officer,” said Stevens’s cable, according to the report, “‘briefed the EAC on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi.”
“The Regional Security Officer,” the cable said, according to the report, “‘expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound.’”
At the same time, the State Department was reducing its security assets in Libya.
Also at the same time, Ambassador Stevens needed to move forward on the request made to him directly by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to convert the State Department presence in Benghazi into a permanent consulate.