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November 17, 2012
One of you, Senator McCain, has gone so far as to make the outrageous claim that this event was “worse than Watergate”—despite the fact that there is no evidence that any crime was committed, no evidence of any cover-up, and no evidence that the administration has characterized the incident in any way that has not been consistent with the Intelligence Community’s contemporaneous assessments.
Harry Reid, rejecting McCain’s request to form a Senate committee to investigate the attack on Benghazi last September. McCain had made the request in part because, per internal Senate rules, he’s term-limited out of his seat as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the formation of a new committee would allow him another perch from which to delve into the Benghazi matter. Reid derided McCain’s request as an attempt to use the Senate as “a venue for baseless partisan attacks,” and excoriated the senator for skipping a classified briefing on the incident in order to hold a press conference. source
17:17 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Saying that the buck stops at her feet, not the president’s, for the attack in Benghazi that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador. The State Department, and by extension the Obama administration, had faced criticism in recent days for not increasing security at the Benghazi base, despite the fact that it had been requested.
23:19 // 2 years ago
September 22, 2012
12:10 // 2 years ago
It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday…a lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.
Senator Lindsey Graham • Voicing frustration within the Senate GOP caucus that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal received more detailed briefing on the Libya attacks than did congress. Senator Bob Corker called it “the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” and John McCain accused the Obama administration of holding the Senate in “disdain.” The closed-door briefing in question presumably also included Senate Democrats, but none have made hay about it in the way Senate GOPers have.
11:52 // 2 years ago
September 13, 2012
20:10 // 2 years ago
September 12, 2012
Meet Libya’s new Prime Minister: Mustafa Abu Shagour, picked on a close vote during a particularly difficult period for the country, is referred to as a technocrat that both sides see as a bit of a compromise candidate to run the country. A member of the National Front Party, a longtime anti-Gaddafi party, he worked directly under outgoing interim prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib as his deputy. His appointment comes one day after a deadly attack that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador — leading the U.S. to vow retaliation. (photo via Al Arabiya)

Meet Libya’s new Prime Minister: Mustafa Abu Shagour, picked on a close vote during a particularly difficult period for the country, is referred to as a technocrat that both sides see as a bit of a compromise candidate to run the country. A member of the National Front Party, a longtime anti-Gaddafi party, he worked directly under outgoing interim prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib as his deputy. His appointment comes one day after a deadly attack that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador — leading the U.S. to vow retaliation. (photo via Al Arabiya)

21:58 // 2 years ago
His influence over the grand game and the affairs of Nullsec cannot be overstated. If you were an alliance leader of any consequence, you spoke to Vile Rat. You knew him. You may have been a friend or an enemy or a pawn in a greater game, but he touched every aspect of EVE in ways that 99% of the population will never understand.
EVE Online player The_Mittani • Regarding the death of State Department official Sean Smith, who was well-known to that community as the player Vile Rat. “Obviously, given the combined attacks in Egypt and in Libya, this was a coordinated act designed for maximum media exposure; rile up a mob, point them at an embassy or consulate on 9/11 in particular, aim for the press,” The_Mittani wrote. ”Many were injured in these pointless, reprehensible acts, and one of my closest friends was killed as a result.” A sad note that puts a real-life spin on a difficult situation — through virtual means. (ht Hacker News)
8:42 // 2 years ago
breakingnews:

  US Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi consulate attack  
Al Jazeera English: The US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.
An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.
Photo: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (US State Department)

Libyan deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif placed the blame on American shoulders: "They are to blame simply for not withdrawing their personnel from the premises, despite the fact that there was a similar incident when [al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen] Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. It was necessary that they take precauations. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said. Stevens, who was visiting the city, died of smoke inhalation.

breakingnews:

US Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi consulate attack

Al Jazeera English: The US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.

An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.

Photo: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (US State Department)

Libyan deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif placed the blame on American shoulders: "They are to blame simply for not withdrawing their personnel from the premises, despite the fact that there was a similar incident when [al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen] Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. It was necessary that they take precauations. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said. Stevens, who was visiting the city, died of smoke inhalation.

7:32 // 2 years ago