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by Tom Arnold

Amb. J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed after a U.S. outpost was set on fire on September 11, 2012

(Jan. 24, 2013) — To the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee:

Permit me, an ordinary citizen, to show you how the questioning should have gone on January 23:

What time was it on September 11, 2012, when you, Hillary Clinton, first learned about the attack on our Benghazi consulate?

By what method was it (telephone, personal contact or other) that you were informed?
In what location were you when you received word of the attack, and was anyone else with you?  If so, who?
Who exactly was the person or persons who informed you?
What did the person or persons tell you?
What did you tell them?
After this exchange, what was the next thing you did?  In other words, what action did you take?
At what time and by what method did you contact Obama, or did he contact you and how?
Where exactly was Obama when the contact between the two of you occurred?
What did you and Obama tell each other?  Was anyone else present, and if so, what did they have to say?

Rep. Edward Royce chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee

At what time and where did you speak with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta?  What was said?  Was anyone else present?

During what time, Madame Secretary, were you in the White House “Situation Room?”  Who else was present?
Who gave the order that no military support would be provided to the ambassador and who gave the order that no military support would be provided to the ambassador and others in the compound?
Okay, that ought to be enough to give you a good idea of what the questioning of Hillary Clinton should have resembled.  I am aware there are plenty of other areas (before, during and after) that need, and demand, answers.  I also am acutely aware that four brave Americans were killed and that this entire incident (from its beginning months earlier when there were previous threats and actions against our personnel in Libya, through the 9-11-12 Benghazi attack itself, and for months afterward when election politics and withholding facts and covering up the truth have prevailed) makes Watergate look like child’s play!  It is a shame, and indeed a crime, that the families of the deceased Americans and the rest of us, the people of the United States of America, have to endure a government run by a rogue and lawless administration, having such incompetence and disregard for the sanctity of human life.

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