House Benghazi report slams administration response to attacks

June 28, 2016

A damning report authored by the Republican-led House committee probing the Benghazi terror attacks faulted the Obama administration for a range of missteps before, during and after the fatal 2012 attacks – saying top administration officials huddled to craft their public response while military assets waited hours to deploy to Libya.

The report released Tuesday pointedly blamed a “rusty bureaucratic process” for the slow-moving response the night of the attack. The report said despite orders from President Obama and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to deploy, the first military force did not do so until more than 13 hours after the attack started.

The report said one anti-terrorism security team known as the FAST unit sat waiting for three hours in Rota, Spain, as Marines changed “in and out of their uniforms four times,” and even debated whether they should carry personal weapons, according to one witness. All together, the report said, “it would take nearly 18 hours” for that team to move.

The report described a web of internal debates and hold-ups, including apparent State Department guidance that “Libya must agree to any deployment,” though Panetta would later say Libya approval was not necessary.

While various officials debated how to proceed, U.S. personnel were under attack at two sites in Benghazi.

40 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Cadfael says:

    I guess there was no kickback money in publishing a real report that would have named the white collar criminals who committed treason that day. What about the multiple requests by the National Guard Special Forces LTC from 19th SF Group whose unit was sent home by Hillary’s State Department despite his multiple requests to prolong their deployment and to beef up security before all of this happened. Aviano and Rota are the only direct intervention bases mentioned here, how about Sigonella in Sicily much closer, and how about Incirlik, Turkey still within reach. After all this time the “report” has still more holes than Swiss Cheese to allow Hitlery to cover her Tush – despicable! I, and I believe the rest of America expected more of Trey Gowdy than this lukewarm general “deploration of failure”, without indictment, or even naming the guilty. However, we will always remember “what difference it would have made” and rectify it in November at the ballot box!

  • Natalie says:

    Huddled to craft their public response, while Americans were tourtured and killed. Sickening. This should convince anyone beyond any shadow of a doubt that neither hillary, or obama are qualified to be president of ANYTHING. Much less the free world. Just look at the damage tweedle dee and tweedle dumb have done over the last eight years besides murder by incompetence and indifference. I think Trump’s already proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that he will act first, worry about public opinion later. Trump should be president, NOW, not in January. That traitor in the Whitehouse should be removed immediately. Why he’s still being allowed to brazenly break our laws and flaunt his love of the enemy and total disregard for OUR country is beyond me. There is nothing about this administration that is NOT sickening. They BOTH need to be prosecuted. Any liberal who still stands behind them should also be considered an enemy.

  • Lorraine E says:

    The report I read said that the military contacted hillary’s state dept when the attacks first began requesting permission to assist the Americans who were calling for help. It states that all of hillary’s top officials were aware of the request. So wouldn’t at least one of them told hillary Benghazi clinton? The military never received an okay to help the Americans so four Americans were murdered. Why didn’t the state dept give the military permission to save their lives? Is it because dead men don’t talk? Someone in hillary’s state dept belongs in jail for four murders. If hillary knew about the military’s request and didn’t give them permission to rescue the Americans, then she belongs in jail and not the rainbow house.

  • Brenda Huddleston says:

    Trump 2016 may be the only hope the country has left!

  • Roger says:

    Donald Trump is brilliant and the only candidate in either party that ever said America first! America this means only one candidate wants to and will put AMERICA and AMERICANS first and that candidate is DONALD TRUMP!
    Hillary Benghazi Clinton is insane! I have no doubts!

    1. PC Bob says:

      Sorry, but that’s not correct! Ted Cruz DID say that and HE meant it! It wasn’t just a campaign buzzword!

  • Dr. G says:

    All Obama had to say was, “be there in three hours or less – if not, your ass, your dogs ass, your mailman’s ass, will be grass.” I don’t believe that the flag went up from DC and the military dithered. The only way a military does that is when leadership – read Obama and Hillary – were asleep at the wheel and running in circles with their hair on fire. This has happened before. Remember D-Day? Had Hitler listened to his Field Marshalls, the Panzers could have been deployed and the invasion pushed into the sea. In the same manner, this bunch of Leftist Progressive Fascists dilly rallied and the day was lost.

  • ONTIME says:

    Our men and a diplomat for US died in vain, no one guilty will pay for their own dereliction of duty, failure to perform or the act of treason that came from the WH…….and the hemorrhoid suckers called MSM are busy spinning the lies to help save their butts….

  • ONTIME says:

    Already the MSM is giving the perp Shrillary the means to spin this report and act like she was exonerated, these freaks in the media are hemorrhoid suckers until the end…………..She was exposed for her dereliction and fouling up the mission at Benghazi and her name was never mentioned by Gowdy…She committed treason and is still free to campaign……Those op guys at Benghazi lit up targets, gave away their positions because they were told a bird was on the way to help…this is still not discussed now….

  • Philomena says:

    Obama and Hillary will destroy the USA with the help of George Soros

  • Patrick Driscoll says:


  • SDofAZ says:

    The scarey thing is this administration is still not supporting the troops. In Afghanistan a unit with a nineteen year old soldier is not armed well and in harms way and a news team, CBS, exposed them to notice for the Taliban. The soldier is angry and basically underarmed to deal with the insurgents and now thanks to CBS, they know where the American soldiers are. Thanks to BO this young man and his fellows are underarmed, in harms way and BO let the CBS news crew tell everyone in Afghanistan where they were. That young man is hopping mad and I can’t blame him.

    Thank you BO and CBS for putting more American lives in jeopardy. BO is the traitor in Chief and Hillary wants to be just like him. Now do you want your nineteen year old boy or now maybe girl to be in this situation? I don’t think so. Do not vote for Hillary or it will be so. And she has already shown if a crisis hits she will go back to sleep and lie about the circumstances and then when she is called out, pull the sick card! Not what I want in the president but to each his own. GO Trump!

    I have heard great things about Trump’s support for the troops when all the administration including the rino BUSH one did not even untangle their pick em up for leave in Saudi Arabia during the Bush two front war. The troops were waiting for days on a street in Saudi while bureaucrats fumbled. Trump at his own expense sent a plane and a bus to bring em home. Wonder how long those boys would have sat waiting for that ride home with the bureaucrats?

    1. Louise Pugh...... says:

      That the way its been for almost 8 yrs obumblle and the half assed news media think this is some kind of a video game over there that’s the reason this BS just goes on and on just like that rocket scienetist LBJ in Viet Nam Start a fight but don’t know how to end it Don’t matter how many get killed or loss their limbs just so we don’t loss any votes I like to see one of my one legged vet buddys kick half of them lossers asss

      1. SDofAZ says:

        The stranded troops in Saudi were on the BUSH watch. The nineteen year old in Afghanistan is on the BO watch. For decades we have had poor leadership from both parties. But Trump has cared about the boys in arms all along.

        1. Louise Pugh...... says:

          I guess I don’t know what care is > We haven’t sent any boys from our area or our Family over there in the past 7 yrs but we have sent some real good men some 2 and 3 times What the hells the hold up I know and I think you do too send enough to push the SOBS into the MED Ocean. Take the handkuffs off the military now This is making LBJS Viet Nam deal look good!!!!!

  • nokabosh says:

    Hillary feels no shame. What difference does it make.

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    did you really think you would get the truth, fund raising was more important to oboma them the attack, if terrorists were being attacked , oboma would have got right on it and sent help

  • J.B. Young says:

    Hillary and obama were responsible for the deaths of these 4 Amercans!

    1. SDofAZ says:

      And many many more people.

    2. bobnstuff says:

      Sorry that’s not what they said, even Fox couldn’t blame them.

      1. PC Bob says:

        Fox News is onboard with the REST of the MSM! They are ALL in Obama’s back pocket! There is no such thing as an unbiased media in this country, unless you are talking about OANN.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          No one is saying that this report has anything new to say and Obama and Clinton pretty much got a pass. If anything it clears Clinton of almost all the things she was accused of. It clears her of the stand down order among other things. If anyone got blasted it was the military.

          1. Natalie says:

            What a total moron you are.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            So you read this report or the last seven?

      2. Natalie says:

        Oh shut up you idiot! Do you really think anyone on here is interested in your retarded opinion. I’ll bet you’re one of those people who hug tree’s while supporting abortion. I’d tell you to get your head out of your butt but you’re probably better off with it up there. I know the rest of the world is.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          Oh Natalie, I’m sure you must be very up on thing to give such a detail assessment of the latest house investigation. You must have labored over the details and studied for hours to come up with those amazing insights.

          1. Natalie says:

            I’m not sure what being ‘up on thing’ means but if you mean am I aware of the terrible things this traitorous administration and h clinton have done to this country in the name of a sick, twisted ideology and greed then yes, I am very aware, if you want to be as well you need only take my previous advice, rinse lather and repeat to remove any excrement. And begin thinking for yourself. Instead of letting others who care nothing for your country tell you what’s best.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            You are the victim of a propaganda campaign. Instead of looking around and seeing things for yourself you have excepted a world view that paints everything black and tells you the end is near. I feel sorry for you and hope someday you open your eyes to the real world. You follow a Judas Goat and unless you figure it out he will lead you to slaughter. I’m sorry if your world isn’t giving you everything you want. It’s not the Presidents that has created your misery, that you must take the blame for. The government has done nothing to you. They haven’t taken you guns, they have made you stop repeating the half truths and lies feed to you by your over lords. Your church is still there waiting for you. It’s your choices that have made your world and if you are not doing well it’s on you. Did you get as angry with Bush as you are with Obama when he sent our troops into Iraq in vehicles with canvas doors and no body armor? Did you complain about our open borders before Obama was president? Did you protest all of Bush’s EO’s and all your rights taken away by the Patriot Act, the largest grabbing of our rights in history. From day one you have been told Obama was evil and trying to destroy our country and your believed it. Eight different reports say that there were mistakes made but not on purpose and you still blame Clinton and Obama. Members of the Senate send a letter to a government telling them that or President doesn’t have the power that he in fact does to make a deal which is in fact treason and you have no problem with that. And you say I have my head up my butt.

          3. Natalie says:

            So basically what your saying is it’s all Bush’s fault. obama, is that you? But seriously, I’m not miserable at all, I’m not sure how you surmised that. I’m simply furious that this lawless, traitorous administration is allowed to continue the terrible things it is doing to our nation. And people like you, so blind, so deluded. You speak of the church, this ‘president’ and his Godless, Marxist and muslim appointees have caused an unprecedented level of antichristian sentiment in this country. They have shut down Christian churches and businesses in the name of a ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ that apparently only go one way. This nation was built on a Christian foundation. That is a fact. Christianity is woven into our entire system. Without it there IS no America. I don’t notice anyone gong to India and insisting they replace Hinduism, going to China and insisting they replace Buddhism. Why? Because the Indian and Chinese people would show them the door and slam it behind them.
            But not us, and not Europe. We are supposed to swallow our ‘replacements’ without a whisper of protest.We are supposed to swallow the death of our way of life,our traditions, our children’s future, in fact anything they care to impose on us with the same rabid zeal they have.
            Sorry, that’s just not my way, that’s not the American way.

          4. Elaine says:

            Natalie, your comments are 100% right on the money. Every word, every point, every aspect. Keep the faith, and kudos to you for your tenacity! You go, girl !!

          5. Natalie says:

            Thank you, so tired of these idiots and their dumb, cowlike devotion to their idiot king.

          6. Elaine says:

            Ditto that. One thing I have to give them credit for – they’re consistent. Whether they win or lose, are in the majority or the minority, they remain the same ….. irritable, tightly wrapped, and above all, condescending.

    3. Abel says:

      Hillary is an Undocumented Felon, Obama is an Illegal Alien, and this is what we get when leftist civilians, who know absolutely nothing about fighting a war, are allowed to micromanage the war being fought.

      “What difference does it make at this point.” asks Hillary? It makes the difference go from winning and surviving an attack to losing the battle and the lives of 4 US citizens; in this case, due to a Marxist/Communist agenda, that’s what. While our government knot-heads play with themselves, our soldiers and patriots die, and neither Hillary nor Obama give a damn. And she has the unmitigated gall to run for President. She is definitely the poster child for Teflon, nothing sticks to her and hasn’t for many years. IMO, she should be transported to Leavenworth for a 20 plus year tour or simply be terminated for treason.

      1. uhptony says:

        I like the terminated for treason.

  • uhptony says:

    What difference does it make? Those were Hillary’s exact words. Well hopefully the difference will be that she gets a new wardrobe all in orange.

    1. Josephine Woods says:


    2. 7papa7 says:

      That is what should happen but you can be sure she knows where all of obama’s skeletons are hidden and she will blackmail him so that nothing will happen to her at all. She is not the only one who should be in orange jumpsuits. Obama and his entire administration along with the majority of congress.

  • robert sanders says:

    What did Hitler Hillary say: OH WELL< THERE ALL DEAD NOW.

  • David Stewart says:

    Nice whitewash; blame the Marines! How about a non-political version of this lie absolving the head muslim of foot-dragging? Think you can handle NOT attempting to clear Clinton/Obama of criminal behavior?

    1. 7papa7 says:

      The decision should have been totally a military decision. This is what happens when you have military haters, community organizers and pro muslim individuals making the decisions. They may not have been able to save the ambassador and Mr. Smith but the two heroes would not have lost their lives most likely. They could have had troops on the ground within a couple of hours but the traitors didn’t allow it. The military should have an automatic go and only stopped if a great reason exists that is told to the commanders and passed on to all of the officers so that no cover up can happen.

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