PRESS­ING OBAMA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McK­eon, on Oct. 29 wrote to Pres­i­dent Obama to press the White House on his re­cent re­quests for in­for­ma­tion about the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the U.S. diplo­matic com­pound in Beng­hazi, Libya.

Mr. McK­eon, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can, is seek­ing an­swers from the Pen­tagon and the U.S. mil­i­tary about what the mil­i­tary knew and how it re­sponded dur­ing the at­tack by some 40 ter­ror­ists be­lieved tied to the al Qaeda-linked An­sar al Sharia, an Is­lamist group that op­er­ated a camp in Beng­hazi. Am­bas­sador J. Christo­pher Stevens and three other Amer­i­cans were killed in the at­tack on the Beng­hazi con­sulate and an­nex,

Mr. Obama said in an in­ter­view Oct. 26 that he im­me­di­ately or­dered ef­forts at “se­cur­ing per­son­nel” un­der at­tack.

“There ap­pears to be a dis­crep­ancy be­tween your di­rec­tive and the ac­tions taken by the Depart­ment of De­fense,” Mr. McK­eon says in his let­ter.

“As we are painfully aware, de­spite the fact that the mil­i­tary had re­sources in the area, the mil­i­tary did not de­ploy any as­sets to se­cure U.S. per­son­nel in Beng­hazi dur­ing the hours the con­sulate and the an­nex were un­der at­tack.”

Mr. McK­eon asks the pres­i­dent to ex­plain whom he or­dered to se­cure U.S. per­son­nel; how the or­der was trans­mit­ted; whether he or­dered spe­cific mil­i­tary as­sets into Libya; whether air as­sets were sent into Libyan airspace; and if he com­mu­ni­cated with the Pen­tagon and mil­i­tary com­man­ders.

“Mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee on Armed Ser­vices are keenly con­cerned that any break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion that may have oc­curred not be re­peated,” Mr. McK­eon says.

“Given your stated in­ter­est in trans­parency and shar­ing all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion with the Amer­i­can peo­ple and the fam­i­lies of our fallen, I am hope­ful you can promptly ad­dress these ques­tions.”

Bill Gertz can be reached at in­sid­e­ther­ing@wash­ing­ton­times. com

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