Sunday, September 21, 2014

Democrat Congressmen Call Wounded Benghazi Heroes "Liars"

By Investor's Business Daily

Scandal: The California Democrat who suggested that his party boycott the Benghazi Select Committee as a waste of time now accuses those who fought on the CIA annex roof of lying "to promote a new book."

The last we heard from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was in May. That's when he told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" he thought the planned select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack was a "colossal waste of time."

Calling the yet-to-be-approved committee a "tremendous red herring," Schiff said: "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Well, the Democrats participated in the committee that conducted its first hearing on Wednesday, and Schiff, along with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., finds himself one of the Democrats picked by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to sit on it.

In fact, it was Schiff who proposed that the first hearing focus on the Benghazi Accountability Review Board's post-attack review and recommendations, an idea that committee head Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., accepted.

But Schiff apparently is still not happy about the hearing, which pointed out the State Department's pre-Benghazi neglect of security, ignoring the security recommendations after the 1998 bombings of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The State Department also brushed off the warnings of Ambassador Chris Stevens himself, who was killed by terrorists in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on our diplomatic mission there.

The hearing came right after Kris Paronto, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, three CIA contractors who on that night fought terrorists from the roof of the CIA's Benghazi annex building, confirmed that there was indeed a stand-down order given that caused a critical half-hour delay.

Without that order, they say, Stevens and security contractors Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith might not have died that fateful night.

The story of the attack is contained in the trio's new book "13 Hours". The contractors said they had a team assembled and were ready to move to the consulate within five minutes of notice of the attack. They were held back by the top CIA security officer in Benghazi, a man identified only as "Bob."

Tiegen has said that he warned "Bob" that critical time was being lost. "And Bob just looks at me and said, 'Stand down, you need to wait.'" Without the delay, Paronto said, "Ambassador Stevens and Sean (Smith), yeah, they would still be alive, my gut is yes."

"I strongly believe that if we left immediately, they'd still be alive today," he added.

Schiff, who was not in Benghazi that night, says Paronto, Geist and Tiegen are making up a tale to sell their book, as if their story is less plausible than the proven lie that the Benghazi attack was caused by an inflammatory YouTube video, a myth promoted both by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

After seeing clips of Schiff saying the contractors were trying to sell their book and Smith claiming a stand-down order "was never given," Geist said he "would like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate ... we can talk about it." He wondered if Schiff wished to "say that to my face."

Paronto said, "We can talk about it ... it's difficult for me because you're calling a Ranger, a SEAL and three Marines liars."

We would suggest to Gowdy that he invite the three to testify before the Select Committee to see if Schiff has anything approaching the courage of the men who risked their lives for their country in Benghazi.

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Anonymous said...

News black outs, distortion of facts, conflicting stories, misinformation, and lies are de rigueur for this Administration. Pol Pot would be pleased, and compelled to take notes.

Anonymous said...

I want to know who this "Bob" guy is. Maybe if they testify, we can find out?

Anonymous said...

The background and connections of this man needs to be closely examined. I am sure he is waht he appears to be.

TotallyPeeved said...

schiff would look good mussolinied. said...

The ruthlessness in which the left carries on within our nation needs to be met in kind. But we tolerate the likes of Squeaker John Boehner and Karl The Klown Rove.

We have no one to blame for the success of the left but ourselves.

Anonymous said...

There are still more who have yet to testify..they havent written any Books as they are too Busy in Physical Rehabilitation and Burn Care. I suppose they too are liars...America doesn't pay much attention to Politicians until they start Disrespecting the Dead or those who dare to survive politically inconvenient Video Induced Spontaneous eruptions. The Middle east is in NO METRIC BETTER off after BHO..Thats just the reality of it! Nobel should recall their Prise and Donate the Cash Winnings to the people who they claimed Awarded dear old Barrack Hussein Obama was saving..what an Embarrassment! If it were not for their Previous Choices of Arafat carter and the Snake-oil Salesman himself, Man-bear-pig, they could be accused of a bias.

Anonymous said...

"Schiff". Another one of them.

Anonymous said...

The "Stand Down" order may have been given by "Bob" as he tried to assemble some air and/or ground support as he didn't know what he was sending his men into. I think that is very plausible. I doubt Hillary and/or Obama would give such an order for many reasons. Schiff is an idiot for saying the hero's that were actually there are liars. He should lose his seat for simply being a moron.