People who keep up with current events and the actions of this administration and our Congressmen and woman – are aware that the 1 year anniversary of the attack and murders at Benghazi, is coming up in a few days. So – after the “promise” to search justice for the Americans killed in Benghazi – still a pipe dream, it seems fitting that the call to authorize an attack on Syria, would prompt discussions about Benghazi.
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Rep. Duncan to Newsmax: Benghazi Questions Undermine Syrian Vote
Rep. Jeff Duncan told Newsmax Wednesday that he tied the four American deaths in Libya last year to Syria in an angry exchange with Secretary of State John Kerry because “the administration’s credibility is not real high now because of the failure to bring somebody to justice on Benghazi.”
“We don’t have questions answered about Benghazi, and then we’re going to turn around and put other men and women in harm’s way and in something where there is no clear indication of an imminent threat to the United States,” the South Carolina Republican told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.
“He didn’t want to answer, and I tried to make the connection between Benghazi and Syria by asking whether weapons were being funneled from the rebels that we supplied them to in Libya to the rebels in Syria,” Duncan added. “He didn’t answer that question.”
Duncan is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that questioned Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on President Barack Obama’s resolution seeking congressional approval for limited military strikes against Bashar Assad’s Syrian government for his use of chemical weapons on his own people.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 on Wednesday for a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and that bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations.
At the House hearing, Duncan began his exchange with Kerry by saying, “I cannot discuss the possibility of U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war without also talking about Benghazi.”
He referenced the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme that placed arms in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other scandals facing the White House — and then noted how both Kerry and the administration had advocated caution in similar world conflicts.
Duncan also mentioned Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL who died in the assaults last Sept. 11 that also killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans, including another SEAL, Glen Doherty.
“Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you have abandoned past caution in favor of pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?” asked Duncan, who held up a photo of Woods during his questioning.
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