General: Congress ‘Cowards’ On Benghazi

General says nation needs ‘industrial strength’ committee to probe fiasco


WASHINGTON – Accusing Congress of being “full of cowards,” retired U.S. Army  Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely has called for an “industrial strength congressional” select committee to investigate events surrounding the Sep. 11, 2012, attack on  the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The attack, which the Obama administration for weeks attributed to a  spontaneous demonstration in response to a video mocking Muhammad, resulted in  the brutal deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens, his aide, Sean Smith,  and two retired Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Doherty had arrived at the U.S. annex in Benghazi with a team following the  attack in an attempt to rescue the Americans.

“The sobering reality now is,” Vallely said, “rather than praising the 31  survivors for their bravery, the Obama administration has muzzled them through  extraordinary harassing measures, including nondisclosure agreements and  repeated polygraphs vis-à-vis the Benghazi attacks.”

Last September, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced legislation calling for a  joint House and Senate select committee. His bill has 24 Senate co-sponsors.

Retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., also had introduced such legislation in  the House. Wolf’s legislation has 186 House co-sponsors.

A select committee would investigate events surrounding the siege of the U.S.  consulate in Benghazi and the lack of any attempt to undertake a rescue of U.S.  personnel. No action has taken place, however, despite the large number of  co-sponsors in the House and Senate to the formation of a joint select  committee.

“Of course, this raises the question,” Vallely said, “Why is Congress full of  such cowards? Both bills should have had the requisite sponsors within  days.”

Vallely, a major critic of the Obama administration who has charged it with  purging high-ranking military officers, was a deputy commanding general of  Pacific Command and had positions of leadership during the Vietnam War.

Today, he serves as the chairman of the military committee of the Center for  Security Policy and is founder and chairman of   Stand Up America.

Along with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, Valley is a co-author  of “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”

Vallely said that it also is a mystery as to why Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio,  in his capacity as speaker of the House, has failed to convene  a select  committee.

Asked by WND why Boehner would refuse to convene a House select committee,  the general said he didn’t know, adding that Boehner is being “complicit with  the (Obama) administration in the cover up.”

“We do not know why yet,” Vallely said. “And it may not be the case,” referring to alleged Boehner complicity with the administration in failing to  form such a select committee, “but there is something fishy going on. Our  commission is still investigating.”

The commission to which Valley referred is his Citizens’ Commission on  Benghazi, comprised of the watchdog group Accuracy in Media and a number of the  country’s top retired military officers, intelligence and national security  experts.

The commission already has held a few open hearings.

In addition to Vallely, commission members include Roger Arnoff, editor of  AIM; former congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West; retired Air Force  Brig. Gen. Charles Jones; retired Adm. James “Ace” Lyons; retired Air Force Gen.  Thomas McInerney; former CIA Operations Officer Clare Lopez; former CIA Officer  Wayne Simmons; Capt. Larry Baily, retired U.S. Navy SEAL; retired Army Lt. Col.  Ken Benway; retired Air Force Co. Dick Brauer, Jr.; retired Air Force Col.  Dennis Haney; and retired Marine Corps Col Wayne Morris.

Vallely said, however, that the Obama administration is involved in a massive  cover-up of the Benghazi attack, and creation of a select committee and holding  hearings could finally reveal what the “White House fears,” Vallely said in The  Washington Times.

“Let’s be clear,” Vallely said. “Terrorists ejected America from Libya that  day (Sep. 11, 2012), ushering in anarchic rule that persists to this day – the  same America that gave Libya $1 billion in military assistance during the  so-called ‘Arab Spring’ to liberate its people from strongman Moammar  Gadhafi.

“Nearly a year later, just after Labor Day as President (Barack) Obama was  bracing himself for the presidential contest that would determine whether he  would retain power, this enormous catastrophe occurred in Benghazi.

“That the administration sought initially to obfuscate with the patently  false video story shows it takes Americans for fools,” Vallely said. “But then,  we were fools.”

He pointed out that Obama’s team had altered the official talking points  given to then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice for her  appearances on five talk shows on Sept. 16, 2012, “where she spewed total  nonsense.”

“No one dug deeper, and the president got past the election,” Vallely said. “Never mind that Michael J. Morell, CIA counterterrorism chief, admitted in  hearings before Thanksgiving 2012 to altering the talking points that Mrs. Rice  used on those shows.”

Vallely said that Morrell had altered those talking points in concert with  the White House Deputies Committee, which is comprised of the deputy secretaries  from national security agencies within the National Security Council.

“This group took out words such as ‘terrorist attack’ and ‘al-Qaida’ and  scrubbed all references to the CIA’s documented earlier warnings about the  deteriorating security situation in Benghazi,” Vallely said.

Vallely said that Obama has refused at least twice to respond to questions  regarding whether Stevens and the other three Americans killed in the attack  were denied help.

He said the question is the same one that Charles Woods, father of Tyrone  Woods, has repeatedly asked Obama since the attack that took his son’s life.

“Why won’t [Obama] answer this question?” Vallely asked. “More than 17 months  later, it’s clear he’s hiding something.

“This is America, where we have a system of checks and balances,” Vallely  said. “When the cover-up is big enough, an industrial strength congressional  response is needed, namely a select committee such as the one employed to get  answers to the Watergate scandal.”

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