The U.S. House of Representatives’ Benghazi investigation needs to talk with Marine Corps Colonel George Bristol who was in a key position in our Africa Command (AFRICOM) on September 11, 2012, the night of the attacks on our Benghazi “Special Mission.” Bristol’s AFRICOM superiors Rear Admiral Brian Losey (still on active duty) and General Carter Ham (now retired) have been questioned by the House, but Bristol is nowhere to be found. He is missing in retirement.
CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, indicates that the Defense Department, perhaps, is not allowing Bristol to testify, although that is not a clear point:
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.”
At the time of his retirement, Colonel Bristol was the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara Commander.
STUTTGART, Germany — Marine Corps Col. George Bristol, a trained sniper and martial arts master who for the past year has overseen a U.S. special operations task force in Africa, had a message for his troops before heading off to retirement.
“An evil” has descended on Africa, Bristol said. “It is on us to stomp it out.”
For all the talk of the U.S. military’s pivot to the Pacific, it is Africa and the growing threat posed by Islamic militant groups there that now has the attention of the special operations community…
“Africa is not the next ridgeline,” Bristol said in an interview before Wednesday’s ceremony. “It is where the enemy is going now. And we are going to do something about it.”
Rear Adm. Brian Losey, commander of Special Operations Command Africa, which oversees the Trans Sahara task force, credited Bristol with shepherding the understaffed task force through a tumultuous year, dealing with “a number of crises that didn’t quite hit the press,” suggesting not all were as high-profile as the situation in Mali that sparked a French intervention.
Over the past two years, AFRICOM has been steadily building up its forces to deal with emerging terror threats in the Horn of Africa, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Mali. Source: Stars and Stripes, March 13, 2013
What this tells me is that our Military is doing its job, while the Obama administration is doing everything it can to keep the focus away from Islamic countries.
According to Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) the DOD is using Bristol’s retirement as a scapegoat. General Ham is now retired, but was still on active duty at the time he testified. Bristol was already retired at the time of the House request, however, Chaffetz says the committee will talk to him “at some point.” “All this raises concern when there’s so much resistance to letting us speak with him.”
What would keep Bristol from simply showing up and telling what he knows? Is he threatened with losing his pension or losing his medals? He doesn’t sound like a man who would issue a “stand down” order without being ordered to do so.
Colonel Bristol was on active duty with the Marines for thirty-eight (38) years – eighteen (18) of them “overseas,” with sixty (60) months in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. He created the Marine Corps martial arts training program. H/T BadBlue