Pelosi: Republicans Responsible for Benghazi Attack

By IndepthAfrica
In Libya
Oct 3rd, 2012
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Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Photo by AP

You know that time Republicans decided to illegally overthrow the Libyan regime and replace it with a bunch of Islamist militias? And then the Republicans spent months ignoring warnings about Al Qaeda in Benghazi, used the Muslim Brotherhood as their defensive militia and slept through reports of an attack, and then spent the next few weeks lying about it.

It was all the Republicans.

The Minority Leader addressed the ongoing scandal surrounding President Barack Obama’s administration’s response to the September 11 attacks in Libya which left four dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Pelosi said that Republicans in Congress withheld $300 million in funds for Libya which would have provided for enhanced security around the Benghazi consulate.

So let’s take Pelosi at her word. The Administration knew that Benghazi needed more security. 300 million dollars worth of more security. And when the 300 million didn’t appear, they left the consulate in place, despite multiple warnings and pleas from the consulate and from the local Libyan security people for more security. Just to spite the Republicans.

You see, here’s the bottom line. Obama fought an illegal war and left chaos in its wake. All responsibility for security lay with him, not with any legislators. Regardless if the funds were or weren’t available, it was his job and the job of his subordinates to secure those facilities and if they could not be credibly secured against existing threats in Benghazi, which included Al Qaeda militias and RPG attacks, then the facilities had to be closed down.

This is what Obama and his flunkies failed to do. They can howl that the Republicans didn’t give them enough money to do it with, even though Obama’s own plan would have seen 130 million in diplomatic security cuts, but considering that Libyan was an illegal war never approved of by Congress or the American people, there was every reason for Congress not to allot a single penny to Libya. The buck and the blame for Benghazigate still stops with O.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.

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