KT McFarland appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota to discuss the latest revelations about Benghazi – specifically why was security so inadequate?
New information that came out of the closed door hearing this week, is that the CIA knew that security had deteriorated in Libya, and that 9/11 would be a flash-point for violence.
Asked why the State Department didn’t take the proper precautions after it was alerted, McFarland answered, “Well that’s the big question because now we realize that our intelligence was actually pretty good.” Someone ignored the warnings.” She added, “there is a paper-trail.”
Camerota asked McFarland why the security officers around the compound in Benghazi were not armed and she reiterated the dominant theory — that it fit in with Obama’s reelection theme: “I got bin Laden, al Qaeda’s on the ropes, al Qaeda’s on its heels, al Qaeda’s finished. The fact that the intelligence community was warning, “no there’s a real problem in Eastern Libya – there’s a real problem in Benghazi – watch out. It’s like the administration just didn’t want to hear it.”
No. They didn’t want to hear it. There are interesting theories as to why. I don’t buy the “it didn’t conform with Obama’s reelection narrative” excuse, at all.
Some day, this century, maybe Congress will get to the bottom of it.
Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985.
Another theory as to why the key members of Regime didn’t hear the warnings – they weren’t around to hear them.
Let’s face it. A week doesn’t go by that Obama isn’t on the road campaigning, fundraising, or golfing.
And Hillary? She set the world’s record for the most traveled US Sec. of State.
Considering the June attack on the consulate, the August emergency meeting, and over 200 terror-related incidents in Libya since strongman Muammar Qaddafi was ousted, the U.S. embassy in Tripoli repeatedly requested additional security from State Dept. headquarters in Washington.
So what did then-Secretary Hillary Clinton and staff do?
While staff turned down multiple media requests, she got out of town. Literally.
She packed her backs and traveled the world, visiting 112 countries, the most ever by any Secretary of State, and according to State Dept. records, logged nearly 1 million miles.
When she returned to work in early January 2013 after a month-long series of illnesses, including a reported concussion, her staff proudly presented her with a football helmet and blue jersey with 112 emblazoned on the back.
Yet perhaps Ms. Clinton’s penchant for globetrotting contributed to disaster in Benghazi?
After all, in the three months between terrorist attacks on the Benghazi consulate, Ms. Clinton visited 31 countries on 7 different trips. These trips included destinations like diplomatic, economic and military heavyweights Mongolia, South Sudan, Benin, Laos, Vietnam, Latvia, Timor Leste, Senegal, Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda… and 20 other countries.
On August 30, just 12 days before the U.S. Consulate was overrun in a coordinated terrorist attack and four Americans were murdered, Clinton was in Rarotonga, a South Pacific island between New Zealand and Hawaii, population 13,000. Judging by the festive, tropical welcome party pics, it looks like it was a fun time.
No wonder the secretary didn’t have time to read all those pesky diplomatic cables she whined about during Congressional testimony on Benghazi in January 2013.
Perhaps in Ms. Clinton’s boundless ambition to be America’s best Secretary of State ever, maybe she was actually the worst. It’s not rocket science.
Instead of doing her basic job, including “must dos” like responding to imminent security threats to U.S. diplomatic posts in dangerous places like Benghazi, she was doing the “nice to dos” like visiting Rarotonga.
Rep. Frank Wolf has introduced measure, H. Res. 36, “to establish a House Select Committee on Benghazi, presently has 178 cosponsors and has been endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey as well as some of the family members of the Benghazi victims. The poll mention above also found that 62 percent of voters say it’s important for Congress to create a special committee to get the truth about Benghazi.”
In the NY Times, Tuesday, Obama dead-ender Paul Krugman smugly called the fraudulent and grossly incompetent ObamaCare trainwreck, an over-hyped, “Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.”
Knowing full well that the media controls how much the public cares about an issue by how (and if) they choose to report on it – as we’ve seen with all of Obama’s scandals, counting but not limited to, Fast and Furious, the IRS, DOJ spying, and NSA scandals.
Fewer and fewer Obama sycophants are willing to swallow their pride and completely beclown themselves for their master, like Krugman. The truth will come out. And when it does, the lap dogs who covered up for the Regime will look like the craven, partisan hacks they are. Oh, they’ll still have well paying jobs in the Democratic media complex. But their influence and credibility will have taken another major hit. This crap can’t go on forever…..