GA 11 Your Washington Desk:
Bob Barr: Statement on Benghazi Report: “It Does Matter, Mrs. Clinton!”
Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 11th District in Georgia, today issued the following statement in response to the release of the “Benghazi Report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
“During a congressional hearing last year investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack, in an outrageous display of arrogance, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tried to brow beat her critics by proclaiming loudly, ‘what difference does it make?’ Well, it is now clear to the world as a result of the findings in the Select Committee report, that it does matter and matters a great deal what happened in the lead up to, during and after the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. It matters because four Americans, including a sitting Ambassador, were killed. Common sense and sound policy dictates we should want to know why the tragedy happened so we improve chances for not witnessing a repeat.
Clinton’s disgraceful outburst should have resulted in her immediate dismissal as Secretary of State. This of course did not happen, and ironically she currently is the front runner for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
It is now indisputable what many of us with background in national security and foreign policy saw at the time of the attack; namely, that it was well-organized and perpetrated by actual terrorists, not movie critics upset with a third-rate film being shown somewhere in the United States. We now see clearly that mistakes by Obama Administration officials before and during the attack contributed to the tragic outcome.
The ball is now in the lap of the Republican-led House of Representatives, to take steps to hold those responsible accountable and to enact measures to help prevent such tragedies in the future. It is obvious neither Clinton nor Obama are ready to accept true responsibility or take necessary corrective measures. The Republicans in the House must lead for the American people and make sure those four Americans did not die in vain.”