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May 11, 2013
Re "Lawmakers hear official's account of Benghazi events," May 8 After failing to connect President Obama to any real scandals, Republicans have resurrected the 8-month-old attack in Benghazi, Libya. This, while also taking a shot at Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential presidential candidate. Conservatives claim their outrage stems from the fact that four Americans died in the attack. Yet they cannot muster similar outrage over the nearly 4,500 dead U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq or the 3,000 dead from the 9/11 attacks.
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OPINION
April 18, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment - figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it, explain it and make sure it does not happen again. After three years in the Office of White House Counsel, one as its deputy, the Chicago-area native has left the job of damage prevention and control to others, and moved on to private practice with a firm in the nation's capital.
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OPINION
November 23, 2012
Re "Intelligence officers edited Benghazi draft," Nov. 21 Initially, Sen. John. McCain (R-Ariz.) accused Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, of blaming the attack in Benghazi, Libya, on spontaneous rioters to protect the president politically. Now that the CIA admits suppressing information about terrorists for strategic reasons, McCain is still "suspicious" of the administration. Does he suggest that the CIA acted to help Obama get elected? After all, the CIA is part of the administration.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Did a charismatic Libyan rebel chieftain with big ambitions overreach? Trying to put a $36-million cargo of crude oil on the black market was an extraordinarily bold move by Ibrahim Jathran, a militia commander whose fighters played a role in the NATO-backed rebellion three years ago against longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi. In the early hours Monday, Jathran lost his gamble when U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of the tanker Morning Glory, which sailed a week ago from an oil port in eastern Libya.
NATIONAL
May 14, 2013 | By David Horsey
How you feel about Benghazi very likely has everything to do with your political leanings. If you think the Obama administration is covering up a scandal bigger than Watergate, you are almost certainly a Republican. If you think Republicans in Congress are simply trying to gain political advantage by exploiting the terrorist attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11, you are very likely a Democrat. A Pew Research Center poll found that 70% of Republicans believe the administration has been “dishonest” about what happened at Benghazi.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Michael McGough, This post has been updated as indicated below.
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2013 | By David Horsey
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, facing tough questions from Senate Republicans on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, insisted Wednesday that she has moved aggressively to address security weaknesses laid bare by the assault. In long-awaited testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton acknowledged her personal responsibility as head of the State Department, and stressed that she has begun implementing all 29 corrective steps recommended by an in-house investigative board.
WORLD
January 24, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
British, Dutch and German officials urged their citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, warning of an impending but undescribed threat. “We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement Thursday. Britain had already warned its citizens against traveling to much of Libya since September, the same month the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were slain in Benghazi.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Michael McGough
I don't know if it was rehearsed, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the political play of the day Wednesday during the Senate Foreign Relation Committee's hearings on the Benghazi attack. It came after Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asserted that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice purposefully misled the nation about whether the attack erupted spontaneously during a protest against an anti-Muslim film. "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton said.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO - U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington:   It started with Benghazi.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington:   It started with Benghazi.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By David Horsey
The Senate Intelligence Committee has delivered a damning report about the catastrophe at the American mission in Benghazi, Libya, casting the blame widely -- at the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department and even at one of the victims of the attack, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. But despite an addendum tacked on by Republican members of the committee that took a hard swipe at Hillary Rodham Clinton, not much damage was done to the former secretary of State's prospects as a presidential candidate.  Thursday on the Senate floor, Republican Sens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
One reason “Captain Phillips” was such a satisfying movie was because it showed how the U.S. deploys its vast military might in the service of one puny life. There was something incredibly stirring about watching a Navy flotilla slice through the Gulf of Aden to rescue an American captain whose merchant ship has been hijacked by Somali pirates. It's what we wished had happened Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi when some 60 extremists, some with ties to Al Qaeda groups, stormed a U.S. diplomatic compound and killed four Americans.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A Senate investigation has concluded that officials at the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored “ample warnings” of danger and failed to do enough to prevent an attack by militants on a U.S. mission and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. The bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee also found that no U.S. military units or aircraft were close enough to intervene or assist during the overnight attack, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
NEWS
November 11, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The fallout from David Petraeus' sudden resignation as CIA director continued Sunday, with questions about how much the White House knew, and whether there is any connection between his departure and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein(D-Calif.), said Petraeus' announcement was “like a lightning bolt,” and that there was no advance notice of his decision. Appearing on “Fox NewsSunday,” Feinstein also explained her statement earlier in the week that President Obama should not have accepted Petraeus' resignation.
WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was caused by the failure of the State Department to adequately protect the facility and poor intelligence-gathering by the CIA and other agencies, according to a harsh assessment by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The panel's findings, contained in a declassified 78-page report released Wednesday, criticize the State Department for failing to increase security at the isolated, undermanned compound.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The most specious (and probably predictable) reaction to the unfolding scandal imperiling the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a silly attempt at misdirection by whiny conservatives who complain that journalists ignored the Obama administration's Benghazi and IRS “scandals” but have jumped all over Christie. Because he is a Republican. I don't know where this fake talking point first originated - my guess is Fox News - but my in-box has been full of emails from readers asking, as one did: “So how does Benghazi impact Clinton?
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