The Benghazi Executive Branch cover-up is now on full display. Three networks, at least, have personnel working inside the White House that are siblings of NBC and CBS execs and CNN deputy bureau chief is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy.
� Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy National SECURITY Advisor is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes. Ben Rhodes was reportedly “instrumental in changing the Benghazi talking points.” Ben Rhodes has a Master in Fiction from NYU (not a joke).
� Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Obama’s “Special Assistant,” is the sister of ABC News President Ben Sherwood.
� Both Ben Rhodes and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall also work at the National Security Council (NSC) on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi.
� CNN’s deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley is married to Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary for State Management and Resources, Tom Nides.
Throw another log on the fire:
� Thomas Pickering, head of Hillary’s Accountability Review Board (ARB), is closely tied to both Hillary and Bill Clinton. Hillary referred to Pickering as her “close friend,” and between Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright, he was appointed to several posts, including Ambassador to Russia, UnderSecretary of State for Political Affairs, US Ambassador to India
Mark Steyn sums up Hillary’s lack of despair for the death of Ambassador Stevens while Obama was in Las Vegas fund-raising.
Once Ambassador Stevens was in his flag-draped coffin listening to her eulogy for him at Andrews Air Force Base, he was her bestest friend in the world � it was all �Chris this� and �Chris that,� as if they�d known each other since third grade. But up till that point he was just one of 1.43 million close personal friends of Hillary trying in vain to get her ear.
Now we know that at 8�p.m.�Eastern time on the last night of Stevens�s life, his deputy in Libya spoke to Secretary Clinton and informed her of the attack in Benghazi and the fact that the ambassador was now missing. An hour later, Gregory Hicks received a call from the then�Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, informing him that Stevens was dead. Hicks immediately called Washington. It was 9�p.m.�Eastern time, or 3�a.m.�in Libya. Remember the Clinton presidential team�s most famous campaign ad? About how Hillary would be ready to take that 3�a.m.call? Four years later, the phone rings, and Secretary Clinton�s not there. She doesn�t call Hicks back that evening. Or the following day.
Are murdered ambassadors like those 1.43 million cables she doesn�t read? Just too many of them to keep track of? No. Only six had been killed in the history of the republic � seven, if you include Arnold Raphel, who perished in General Zia�s somewhat mysterious plane crash in Pakistan in 1988. Before that you have to go back to Adolph Dubs, who died during a kidnapping attempt in Kabul in 1979. So we have here a once-in-a-third-of-a-century event. And at 3�a.m.�Libyan time on September 12 it�s still unfolding, with its outcome unclear. Hicks is now America�s head man in the country, and the cabinet secretary to whom he reports says, �Leave a message after the tone and I�ll get back to you before the end of the week.� Just to underline the difference here: Libya�s head of government calls Hicks, but nobody who matters in his own government can be bothered to.
Today is Mother’s Day. I mourn along with Pat Smith who lost her son Sean who was with Ambassador Chris Smith that night. I mourn with the Mother of Chris Stevens, and wish his family would begin speaking out. I mourn with the Mother’s of former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty who died trying to keep others alive, and David Uben, gravely injured and still hospitalized. His life will be the same.