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Lt. Col. Andrew Wood testifies in D.C.

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 4:18 p.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Shhhhhhhhhhhh! The Democrats and President Obama don't want this information out just yet. Wait until after Obama is re-elected, when Obama has more "flexibility".

VST
Bountiful, UT

So now the truth comes out by a Lt. Colonel who oversaw security for six months prior to the time they were pulled out, one month before the 9/11 attack. Meanwhile, Foggy Bottom officials continue to obfuscate their overall incompetence before this Congressional Committee.

What a sham.

non believer
PARK CITY, UT

To Riverton Cougar

yes, we all know that Romeny will only tell the truth as President since he has been so very truthful so far!

Whattheheck?
Salt Lake City, UT

Seriously, we need to DEMAND answers about this and it SHOULD be a talking point in any news conference w/ BO. I hope it's brought up in each debate from now on. Thanks to DN for keeping this in the forefront of the news. SOMEONE needs to answer for this huge oversight... Eh, Mr. President?

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

chaffetz voted to cut the funding for embassy security.

Right-wing zealots have failed to hold chaffetz accountible.

Why?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

right this is all a cover-up up the Obama administration. where is the proof Obamas administration tried or is trying to cover up anything. the conspiracy theories on these threads is beyond ridicules .

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Shhh.. lets not point out that Chaffetz and the Republicans severly cut the State Departments Secuity Budget in 2011 and 2012 over the objections of the Secretary of State. As Chaffetzs said on CNN. We have to "prioritize". But somehow this was Obama's mistake, and there is some kind of a conspiracy to cover that up???

Give me a break! Chaffetz and the Republicans are politcally grandstanding this and it will backfire.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder if all these Obama bashers were equally upset at Reagan when the Marine barracks was bombed in Lebanon? Sad that such "patriots" are more upset with the President than the criminals.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Col. Wood, I've got news for you. You're a socialist. You saw a problem and wanted the american government to fix it? In a country that isn't even america? We've already decided we are willing to give up food safety here at home to get a tax break. Food safety must cost every american like, a thousand dollars a year, right? Fox said so. No way are we gonna pay that, man! And now you come along, wanting security or something in some non american third world backwater? Sorry. We're not even willing to pay teachers anymore. National parks are now national oil reserves. And here you are, suggesting we needed more soldiers on the ground in Libya. No. They cost money. And I want a tax break. I'm willing to vote for WMR, and put up with a bit of salmonella to get that tax break. Tell me that ain't sacrifice.

A1994
Centerville, UT

Here's the problem that you Obama supporters can't reconcile. The administration CANNOT get its story straight. 4 people are dead. The President kept insisting it was a video tape that started all this. If they aren't covering something up, there is a the very least an incredibly high level of ineptitude. Why so many different stories from so many different people?

delasalle
Sandy, UT

While I won't be voting for Obama, I do think it's a little hypocritical to be putting blame on Obama for an incident such as this one where hindsight is 50/50. Knowing a thing or two about embassy security I will say many people always feel they need a little more security but it doesn't really matter until something happens.

I'm guessing those posting above jumping on the blame Obsma bandwagon weren't exactly the first to jump up and blame Bush for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, even though they happened under his watch AND the exact types of attacks that happened had already been outlined in a report under the Clinton admin as potential terrorist threats to the country.

Again, hindsight is 50/50 and the ability to fend off this type of coordinated terrorist attack without advance information is highly complicated.

This all said, the aftermath and post attack management leaves something to be desired, and this is where Obama has failed.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

CIA and mercenaries have already been exposed by the investigation as occupying and controlling the embassies but the news media is shielding our president and Head of State leaders with lies.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Lest those on the far right forget, or try to hide it:

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked Jason Chffetz if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things."

Maybe if there had been better funded security available, things would have been different and an ambassador would still be alive. Whatchathink, Jason?

Pete1215
Lafayette, IN

Since we were the last flag there, one has to wonder why having our consulate there was so important. However, since such a murky situation invokes guessing, and guessing about other people's guesses, I don't really blame any Americans. A few terrorists intermixed with a bunch of ignorant civilians is a nasty mix to contend with. Shoot and innocent die, and we get blamed. Don't shoot and Americans get killed, and government people get blamed. Cut and run (pull the consulate out), and our foes notch a win. Glad I was not involved.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

From a "white cap" with service off Libya in 1975, there is no doubt of this being a serious situation. In fac, we had four Libyan fighters sent out to get us. We were there to agitate and once our two radar dishes locked in, they went back home. The point is that Libya has been serious for quite some time. For commenters to state that the deaths of four Americans as "blown way out of proportion" is sad and highly unfortunate. It would appear that Lt. Col. A Wood was part of a rapid response team from Tripoli. Why were they withdrawn? Of course, I was upset with Ronnie R in 1983 when 241 mostly Marines lost their lives in Lebanon just as with Jimmie C in the debacle in the desert. This is an American issue and the chips must fall where they will. Lt. Col. Wood "done good".

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Lest those on the far right forget, or try to hide it:

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked Jason Chaffetz if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.";

Maybe if there had been better funded security available, things would have been different an an ambassador would still be alive. Whodathunkit?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

I understand that requests had been made for more security but the Lt Col Wood group left in August. If Britain pulled out of Benghazi and the U.S. was the only one there, that seems opposite from what Patrick Kennedy said. He said, "We regularly assess risk and resource allocation, a process involving the considered judgments of experienced professionals on the ground and in Washington, using the best available information."

They weren't minding the store. It Lt Col Wood said that terrorists were on the street and had everything available to do their deeds, why didn't the State Department heed the messages from the Ambassador and his security people to beef up the site.

It is not a money issue as people and the mission are more important than money. President Obama doesn't have a budget so how can we say that the budget money was cut. The administration has been moving the target so no one really knows what is going on.

To have these valued State and DoD people sacrificed is inexcusable. Who is next on the terrorists target? Jay Leno and David Letterman and Hollywood stars cannot replace these dedicated servants. Families too.

raybies
Layton, UT

You people who think we should actually provide adequate protection to our foreign ambassadors who actually request it are just as blind as the security forces who try to get help... you just don't see the big picture, which is that some must be sacrificed for the greater good. We must be loved and adored everywhere in the world, and the only way we can achieve that is if we allow Islamists to kill our people... if we let them kill us, they'll respect us more.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So what would we do different when it is a terrorist attack rather than a religious attack?

VST
Bountiful, UT

Contrary to what some of the above apologists have SPECULATED (and that is what it truly is), the "budget cut excuse" for this failure at Benghazi was brought up by the lame Democrat Minority Leader of the Committee – NOT by Deputy Secretary of State, Charlene Lamb, who is responsible for consulate security. That was a politically motivated statement by the Minority Leader, pure and simple – it was NOT a factually based statement. What Secretary Lamb said was, "We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11," pure and simple. Nothing was said by Secretary Lamb about this garbage of funding cuts being the cause of inadequate security at Benghazi.

We need to be reminded the Democrat-controlled Senate approved of those same funding cuts as did the Republican-controlled House, which was then signed and approved by President Obama. So, IF you believe the speculation that these four deaths occurred as a direct result of those funding cuts, then there is blood on the hands of BOTH Democrat and Republican hands in Congress along with the hands of a President who is also a Democrat – not just the Republican-controlled House.

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