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Benghazi conclusions not surprising, considering the sources

Richland, Washington, Opinion by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood I was, at first, incensed about reports/summaries of the House Armed Services Subcommittee concerning the terrorist attack on Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.  Then, as I read the report more closely, something became very clear: In understanding the report, one must consider the sources. In mid February the committed issued a press release that began as follows: WASHINGTON – The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations released a comprehensive report today evaluating the response of the Department of Defense (DOD) to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The introduction went on to note the following:  To undertake the committee’s review, Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon directed the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to work alongside the full committee. As a result, this report expresses the views of Chairman McKeon, Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry, Rep. Martha Roby (wh…

Armed Forces Committee outlines six findings: Hint: do not believe the right wing lies about Benghazi

Home / News / Press Releases Richland, Washington: Opinion by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood On February 10, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation released its report on the DOD response to the Banghazi attack by terrorists on September 11, 2012. Predictably, the wording and the format were far from neutral. The report details six "Key Findings." What follows is my take on the committee's work to date. Read the Report  "To undertake the ... committee staff has reviewed thousands of pages of  ... (and) met with ... the entire chain of command in connection with Benghazi: from those on the ground at the time of the attack to the nation’s senior-most uniformed leader."While the committee’s inquiry continues ... (blaa blaa blaa)."Based on its activities undertaken since the release of that report, majority members make the six findings listed below." Read the Report (PDF) Findings: I. In assessing military posture in anticipation of the September 11 an…