The special committee investigating Benghazi will, in the words of one member on the committee, “torch [Clinton] on her incompetence” in preparing for the upheaval in Libya, as they were informed each day of its growing danger. Read the interview by Bill Gertz at the Washington Times.
Numerous requests for additional protection leading up to the murder of the U.S. Ambassador in and other officials in Benghazi went unheeded. Called “leading from behind,” it was a failed policy and was led by Secretary Clinton’s poor judgment and decision-making, though the former Secretary will likely deflect that judgment to underlings in the State Department.
1. Face the lead prosecutor
2. Leadership failure exposed
Via Washington Times House Republicans on Thursday plan on using an unexpected approach to questioning former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the much-anticipated hearing of the special congressional committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks.
Instead of focusing on Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server and the security concerns surrounding it, GOP panelists on the House Select Committee on Benghazi will zero in on what they regard as her leadership and policy failures, according to a panel member.
Those failures, Republicans will argue, culminated in the terror attack of Sept. 11, 2012, that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans who were attacked by Islamist terrorists at the Benghazi diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA facility.
“Forget the emails, we’re going to torch her on her incompetence,” said a panel member who spoke to Inside the Ring on condition of anonymity. “She was the leader, and you can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.”
The committee will delve into how Mrs. Clinton and State Department officials were ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath of the ouster of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi despite covert and overt U.S. backing for the anti-Gadhafi rebels who eventually toppled and executed him.
Republicans also will detail in public at the hearing the large number of requests for increased security assistance that were made by the U.S. ambassador and other officials in Libya prior to the attack. Those requests were ignored by Mrs. Clinton and the State Department.
“There was a complete failure to respond” to the security requests, the member said. Via Washington Times
3. Repeated requests for support unheeded