The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
Comments: His testimony obviously wasn´t helpful. No one wants to take responsibility for this tragedy and we all know why. I feel so sorry for all those families who lost loved ones. I wonder if we will ever get the truth because 0bama and his regime will do everything in their power to not allow it to come out.
"Hey Colonel - nice retirement package ya got there...what is it - July 31? No? August 1? No matter. Be a shame if something happened to it... real shame. So anyway, when are you supposed to testify on Benghazi again...?"
That Col. Bristol had "unreliable communications" during the 8-hour attack should trigger an investigation on its own. We spend millions (billions?) to provide reliable communications for our military, especially in circumstances like this.
The Marine colonel does not want to endanger his civilian job at the Pentagon that was surely arranged for him shortly after Benghazi. Allows him to collect Marine Corp pension plus $135,000 salary for the next 15 years. Hate to write this, but Col Bristol is not one of the men who will be honored by the Marines. He has apparently sold out his fellow Marines to protect Obama and Hillary.
Sept 11 and this guy is "out of pocket", this stinks beyond my ability to express. Also note the last of the article, when he said the "department" did not request non disclosure agreements. He did not say non disclosure agreements were not requested, only that the "department" did not. I really wish these people knew how to parse the language and could think on their feet.
This was a closed door hearing and I´m sure that the testimony was cherry picked before being released to the press. I am very concerned that Rogers, the chair of the Intelligence Committee seems to be letting the Democrats write the press briefings. The same can be said of the way the talking points changed so many times in 24 hours. Rogers had to know, but we silent.
Marine Col George Bristol you are just one of the perfumed princes...a term coined by a real Colonel, Col David Hackworth who is sadly no longer with us. I wonder Col Bristol would you accept such lame excuses from one of your lieutenants.
Honor has given way to self-preservation. The military is not exempt from the infiltration of today´s culture. When you have an administration that promotes individuals who are loyal to it and are willing to say or do anything that they know will protect it, truth is going to be elusive. Many men and women in high office today have thrown their moral compass aside. Honor comes cheap and this administration is more than willing to pay.
"Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have his forwarding contact information." Unless this guy donated his paycheck and pension back to the U.S. treasury, they know exactly where he lives! This bothers me more than what happened in Benghazi. The Pentagon and top military leaders obviously feel no obligation to reply to the nation they "serve" when Congress is seeking answers! That my friends, is what makes a banana republic - a military that is arrogant and will not submit to authority.
He´s neither a traitor nor a liar. Just somebody promoted because of tenure. Not exactly what you would expect from a marine, much less Special Ops. Maybe it´s "special" like Special Olympics. (No offense meant to Special Olympics.)
Did anyone on the committee ask him to define "unreliable communications?" (BTW, that´s bs!) If it was unreliable, then shouldn´t he have gotten an officer in a location who had reliable communications to monitor the attack and with authority to give appropriate orders to protect our brave men?
I would drag his a** back before the committee and grill him until he can´t see straight. He is either covering up or an incompetent idiot.
We might as well face the fact that virtually everyone in the chain of command and everyone in Congress who was briefed want this covered up. It seems obvious by the number of CIA operatives in Benghazi that this was a spook operation. That the Turkish Ambassador was the last visitor is also a clue. We may finally get to the bottom of it but I think it will take a whistle blower. CNN may find out by interviewing the attackers but will they report it if it puts Hillary in a bad light? Who knows.
Some of you need to actually read the very short article and others need to read it again before you start calling a very dedicated Marine Officer a traitor! It was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs that said no one had been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, not Bristol. We still have no idea what happened or what role Col. Bristol actually had in any of it! Do you know anything about the man or anything about his career? People at one time called Oliver North a traitor. Just sayin....
OK, most people that are called before the Congress have told their story. I can´t believe that the questioners didn´t already know what he was going to say. The big question is, "Who is next to testify?"
The most depressing part of the Fauxbama regime has been the degradation of the military, or at least that part of the military that plays ball, goes along to get along, hungers for promotion and plays political correctness games (or worse) to secure it.
Nothing will ever come of these "phony" scandals as obama calls them.... He owns the media and they won´t go there. It´s all about the 2014 elections and how they can take back the house. If they do then it will be end of all investigations, unless of course an R is involved...
Why doesn´t he own an O-Bomber Phone... ? He could easily obtain three or more. Even urinalists get O-Bomber phones... jes´ for de axing.
If he spent more time with the Brudda´s in da Hoodies, dey´d provide him summa doze phonez.
His explanation sounds... well... phony. Is this now... like... another... "Phony Scandal"... ? Maybe that´s all that O-Bomber ever meant with that term... These scandals erupt soley because the participants did not yet receive nor obtain their free O-Bomber phonez. So that´s why they had communications problemz... It´s really so simple! Phone-y Scandals! Viola! Or voila! for our French purist friendz.
Btw... Regarding this "commander"... The interview went like this... "We´re here LIVE! in Fort Marcy Park with... oops... well... we WERE... LIVE... but... but... there´s been an unfortunate... uh... incident... accident... well... anyway... we won´t be interviewing the... uh... reluctant witness... who has suddenly... clammed up... Back to you at the studio!!"
Would YOU tell all you knew if you realized it meant your own DEATH SENTENCE... ??
I´m disappointed in the officer, but more concerned that this indicates the degree of pressure that politicians are able to exert on our military people. One of my sources of reassurance in concern of the direction this country is going, is that I know most of the military leadership is composed of loyal patriots who will stand for the constitution collectively. I wonder now. There will be 8 years for the leadership to be diluted ideologically.
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