Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Commission released their findings today, which have been hemmed and hawed over by the media as proof that there is nothing to see here and that we should all just move along. Although Democrats have sought to contextualize the commission as being nothing more than a partisan attack dog being leveraged against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, we find that this simply has not been the case.
Many of the findings of the commission reflect what has been reported here on SOFREP and in our own findings written in Benghazi: the definitive report. SOFREP has reported that President Obama asked then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to take any and all actions to save our people in Benghazi that night of the attack. The Gowdy commission reports, “Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began.” Breakdowns happened throughout the entire chain of command that night, and reports that Obama is some callous individual who left our men to die in Libya simply are not true.
What the report does point out is that after the Benghazi attack, multiple officials in the administration from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Obama participated in selling a cover story for the attacks to the public. This was the narrative about a inflammatory anti-Islamic video which appeared on YouTube prior to the attack. “With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video,” the commission writes. It has now been confirmed time and time again that the Benghazi attacks were not motivated by the YouTube video.
Another interesting tidbit is that, “None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines” although, “A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times.” This begs the question as to whether the JSOC deployment from Fort Bragg, North Carolina was out the door fast enough or if something delayed them. It also leads one to wonder why the 10th Special Forces Group CIF team, then in Croatia, was not deployed. To be clear, the commission report runs 800 pages and we have yet to dig through most of it.
Take a look for yourself to hear it from the horse’s mouth.