By Jordy Yager and Julian Pecquet -The Hill
State Department and military officials painted a horrific picture for lawmakers on Wednesday as they detailed a series of refused requests for added security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Testifying before the House, the officials said they were denied multiple requests for more protection at the consulate, which was attacked last month on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, killing the U.S. ambassador and three others diplomats.
â€œThe takeawayâ€¦ for me and my staff, was abundantly clear â€” we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of an incident,â€ said Eric Nordstrom, a regional security officer overseeing the State Departmentâ€™s personnel and facilities in Libya.
â€œAnd the question that we would ask is: how thin does the ice have to get before someone falls through?â€
The Armyâ€™s Lt. Col. Andy Wood, who led a 16-person security team in Libya for six months, echoed Nordstromâ€™s remarks, telling members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he equated officials who oversaw U.S. operations in Libya with the Taliban, because they did so much damage to the safety of Americans in the region.
â€œYou know whatâ€™s the most frustrating [thing] about this assignment,â€ Wood recalled telling his boss at the time. â€œItâ€™s not the hardships; itâ€™s not the gunfire; itâ€™s not the threats.
â€œItâ€™s dealing and fighting against the people, programmers, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me,â€ he said. â€œFor me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building.â€
Republicans have pointed to comments by the two whistleblowers as evidence that the administration did not respond to the consulateâ€™s fear of being attacked.
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