Barton demands answers from President Obama about deadly terrorist attack in Libya
53 members of the House signed letter questioning security failures
WASHINGTON: Rep. Joe Barton and 52 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking tough questions about possible security failures leading up the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The letter demands answers to the following:
- Why did administration officials deny repeated requests for stronger security measures from U.S. personnel on the ground in Libya, especially in light of the escalating violence leading up to the September 11 attack?
- Why did the administration withdraw elite Special Forces units from the Benghazi compound and seek to replace them with poorly paid local Libyan contractors, even after the compound had been bombed twice?
- Why did the administration pursue what U.S. personnel on the ground described as a “cookie cutter” approach to security in Libya and impose an “artificial time table” towards “normalization” that ignored the dangerous facts on the ground?
A complete copy of the letter can be found by clicking here.