The Congressional House committee investigating the Benghazi murders wanted to interview Marine Colonel George Bristol, a key commander, and responsible for Special Operations for AFRICOM on September 11, 2012 when our U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three additional Americans were murdered in a furious jihad on soil considered to be American. But the Pentagon said Bristol was retired, and well…his retirement rendered him un-interviewable – and besides, they didn’t know how to locate him (finding the address his government check is delivered to wasn’t an option?), but the Pentagon got it wrong and Bristol isn’t retired after all. It was simply an “administrative error.” He was lost but now he’s found and will testify before Congress, behind closed doors with no date announced at this time. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said no hearings are scheduled between now and the anniversary date. Rep. Tim Heulskamp (R-KS) has said Republican leadership is no longer interested in Benghazi and Democrats are crowing that Congressman Darrell Issa’s committee has no real evidence of a mismanagement problem. Read that story here.
The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to make available to Congress a Marine Corps colonel who was in command of U.S. Special Forces in Northern Africa on the night armed terrorists staged a military-style assault on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
A series of requests for Marine Col. George Bristol’s testimony from Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, had fallen on deaf ears until Friday. The Pentagon had claimed that since Bristol had retired, it ‘cannot compel’ him to tell congressional panels what he knows about the Benghazi attack…
MailOnline has located Bristol’s home in Northern Virginia in recent weeks. On Thursday evening a woman answered the door and confirmed that he lived there, but the colonel himself has not responded to four separate requests for an interview. Source: Daily Mail
The Marine Corps Times said on July 17, 2013 Bristol’s retirement is not official until August 1, 2013.
Several U.S. officials have testified before Congress since — but not Bristol, a salty Marine whose task force was responsible for special operations in northern and western Africa…
While Bristol is preparing for retirement, he is on active duty through the end of July, said Maj. Shawn Haney, a Marine spokeswoman, on Wednesday. He will be placed on the inactive list on Aug. 1, she said. That contradicts statements that Pentagon officials have issued to both Congress and the media…
Bristol’s task force was responsible for special operations in 12 countries, including operations to counter violent extremist organizations, according to his profile on the website LinkedIn. During his change of command ceremony in March, he said “an evil” has taken hold in Africa, and “it is on us to stomp it out,” according to a Stars and Stripes report. Source: Marine Corps Times
I can’t imagine that this “salty,” much-respected Marine Colonel is not anxious to get-out the story of why no aid was sent aid to Americans that night in Benghazi – just a guess but I bet it’s spot-on. Bristol is on the record, bold and vocal, about his opposition to the threat of Islamists – rhetoric this administration gives a collective lip curl.
Bristol, a martial arts master, was commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara based in Stuttgart, Germany until he retired last March. In an article in Stars and Stripes, Bristol is quoted at his retirement ceremony as telling his troops that “an evil” has descended on Africa, referring to Islamic militant groups. “It is on us to stomp it out.”
We must not stop or delay the effort to determine the truth of how Ambassador Chris Stevens died, and yes, Mrs. Clinton, it does make a difference. We still do not have the results of the U.S. autopsy. We’ve been told he died in-hospital (an al-Qaeda controlled hospital) of smoke inhalation/asphyxiation. A spokesperson for Ansar al-Shariah said he was killed by lethal injection at the Mission compound. Ansar al-Sharia is connected to al-Qaeda. We’ve heard that he was sexually assaulted and we know he was dragged through the streets of Benghazi. We’ve heard that Egypt’s recently ousted president from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohamed Morsi (Mursi), ordered the attack and the MB paid for it. We’ve heard it was a botched kidnapping designed to exchange Stevens for Egypt’s Omar Abdel-Rahman, imprisoned in the U.S. for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
None of these theory’s are a stretch. Multiply the covered-up agony several times. The man suffered, but “what difference does it make now?” Surely we owe it to him to disclose what his killers, and the people on the streets did to him – the truth of what they are capable of. The world needs to understand this body of individuals are animals. Surely we owe justice.
In a previous article about the missing Colonel, I asked why he didn’t just show up and testify. Is his pension threatened?
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