Benghazi-“Nothing Could Have Affected What Occurred” – Army General Tells House Committee
Army Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman told US House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack that he does not believe the US military could have saved the four Americans that died September 11, 2012. “Nothing could have affected what occurred in Benghazi,” he told former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in January.
“I think you ordered exactly the right forces to move out and to head toward a position where they could reinforce what was occurring in Benghazi or in Tripoli or elsewhere in the region,” Chipman said, according to a letter from Democrats to House Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy. “And, sir, I don’t disagree with the actions you took, the recommendations you made, and the decisions you directed.”
Democrats have released this letter while Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is still being criticized for how she handled the Benghazi attack as Secretary of State. Clinton has accused Republicans of playing politics over the attack that ended the lives of four US diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Her presidential campaign denounces the House Select Committee as a “charade.”
Hillary claims to accept responsibility for what happened, however continues to argue that the United States must accept risks as it pursues its vital interests in a dangerous world. The American electorate should acknowledge that it can “never prevent every act of terrorism or achieve perfect security.”
According to CNN, up to 35 CIA operatives were working in Benghazi during the attack, but no one has ever reported if or how many of them may have died or been injured. Congressional Republicans have been urging a thorough investigation into suspicions that the Obama administration has withheld details of its activities in Benghazi.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans are playing political football over the September 2012 Benghazi attack, according to anti-war activist and radio host Don DeBar. DeBar told Press TV last year that instead of holding Clinton responsible for destroying Libya, the Republicans are playing politics over the Benghazi attack. He believes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ought to be prosecuted for war crimes over her admission under oath that she played a part in destroying Libya.
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