Kerry On Benghazi: Blame Congress, Not Just State Dept.

20 Dec 2012, 5:37 AM PDT
By DONNA CASSATA
Associated Press
WASHINGTON

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee _ and possibly the next secretary of state _ says mistakes were made at the State Department in the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya, but Congress shares some of the blame.

Sen. John Kerry spoke at the start of Thursday's hearings. He says an independent probe pulls no punches about the lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Lawmakers want to know why security was "grossly inadequate" at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when militants stormed the facility on Sept. 11, killing the ambassador and three other Americans, and why the military failed to respond faster during the nine-hour assault.

Members of the Senate and House foreign affairs committees on Thursday were to question Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is in charge of policy, and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who is in charge of management, at back-to-back congressional hearings.
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I blame obummer. 

BLAME BUSH,   BLAME BUSH,    BLAME BUSH

    There is no bigger a--h--e in Washington , Massachusetts , or Connecticut .  Nor a worse jiggalo .

 

As the old saying goes, "How do you know when a Democrat is lying?"  

Answer:  Their lips are moving.

Kerry makes me ill......The blame belongs at the top...Obama

THE  BUCK STOPS AT OBAMA!

Congress? Is this man for real?

Blame someone else. Blame someone else.

Four good men have died in vain.

Is he blaming himself, Senator John Kerry, a Congressman?   

My question is, Did Congress know what what was going on?  Or was this one of those sneaky, Constitution skirting antics of Oblamea that caused this to happen?

Congress? Was any member of Congress present at the live feed of Ambassador Steven's brutal murder? 

Kerrry is a coward and is full of treason to the USA. All you have to do is look at his real war record and it matchs Jane Fonda when she was working for anyone but America... And Scarry Kerry hasnt changed...

The same can be said for alot of democrat politicians. When they are'nt in office when a conflict or war is happening, they will critisize, oppose and try to bring about defeat or failure. Example: George Bush goes to war in Iraq to try to establish democracy in that area of the world so that terrorism is'nt the only way for those folks to express themselves and to uncover the weapons of mass destruction that Hussein had but probably sent to Syria (50 tons of yellow cake uranium was sent to Canada after the war, they use it for nuclear power. Iran is trying to get yellow cake uranium for a nuclear bomb). Oboma attempts to establish democracy in Yemen, Libya, Egypt and now Syria and it's fine. If he and the people of Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Syria succeed in establishing democracy they can thank George Bush, our outstanding military and the desire of the Iraqi people.

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Another Dem’s Sexual Harassment Settlement

(TeaParty.org) – Just as the American taxpayer was finished reeling from outrage after John Conyers Jr. settled his sexual harassment lawsuit using taxpayer money, another Democrat has been caught in the same dirty act.

Up next is Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings, accused of harassment and the unwanted touching of Republican staffer Winsome Packer, who was on the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Hastings claims that he was not aware of the settlement and that he is outraged that taxpayer money was used to pay off the staffer.

“This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made,” he said,according to Roll Call. “I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. [Winsome] Packer.”

From Politico:

The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Judicial Watch, a public interest group. In the lawsuit, a former staffer on the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Packer, alleges she was the victim of “unwelcome sexual advances” and “unwelcome touching” by then-chairman Hastings.

Packer also claimed retaliation by the congressman and his staff director, Fred Turner, who also was named in the suit. The conservative judicial watchdog charged that Packer was unfairly targeted because she was a Republican serving in a commission ruled by Democrats.

This wasn’t the first time that Hastings has had a run in with the law. He was formerly a federal judge in a district court in his home state of Florida. In 1988, he was impeached by the House for bribery and perjury, and was later removed from the bench by the Senate. He was only the sixth federal judge in the history of this country to be removed from the bench by the Senate.

The lawsuit against Hastings in 2011 was filed by Judicial Watch. At the time, Tom Fitton, who still heads Judicial Watch, said the following:

“The allegations against Alcee Hastings as detailed in this complaint are outrageous. For two years Hastings subjected Ms. Packer to a never-ending barrage of unwanted sexual advances. And when Ms. Packer tried, time and again, to put a stop to it, he resorted to threats and intimidation to force her compliance. Even after Hastings’ behavior caused Ms. Packer’s physical collapse, he would not relent. We look forward to holding Alcee Hastings and the other defendants accountable for their unlawful behavior in court.”

Ms. Packer says that she was sexually harassed by Hastings from 2008 to 2010 and that when she complained about it, Hastings and Commission Staff Director Fred Turner made threats against her, including termination.

The news about Hastings comes at the same time that sexual assault allegations have exploded in the Congress, leading to resignations by several of its members. In addition to Conyers’ scandal, Senator Al Franken was accused by several women of grabbing their breasts and butts. There is a picture of Franken cupping the breasts of a woman that had gone on a trip for the USO to entertain the troops. Taxpayers also paid out $84,000 for sexual harassment charges against Republican Blake Farenthold.

Both Conyers and Franken have resigned from the House and Senate respectively. All told, the taxpayers have footed $17 million out in settlements. Judicial Watch and others have filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to get the complete list of all payouts made on behalf of congressmen and possibly women. What they find out could further shock and outrage Americans, and spark a fire for more reform.

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