RSC Chairman Jordan: Startling Revelations About the Terrorist Attack in Libya

Two facts stand out from the hearing the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held last week on security failures leading up to the attack on our consulate in Libya last month.

1)    The State Department was more interested in portraying the situation in Libya as “normal” than in keeping our people in Libya safe. Despite 234 security incidents during the previous 13 months, multiple requests for more resources from officers on the ground were ignored by bureaucrats who had never been to Libya. Eric Nordstrom, the former chief of security for our diplomats in Libya, testified before Congress last week that his appeals were rejected because it was State Department policy to "normalize operations and reduce security resources" in that country.

The following also comes from Mr. Nordstrom’s testimony: “I told the same Regional Director in a telephone call in Benghazi after he contacted me when I asked for 12 agents, his response to that was ‘You’re asking for the sun, moon, and the stars.’ And my response to him – his name’s Jim – ‘Jim, you know what is the most frustrating about this assignment, it’s not the hardships, it’s not the gunfire, it’s not the threats. It’s dealing, and fighting, against the people, programs, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me.’ And I added it by saying ‘For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building.’”

2)    President Obama continued to blame a YouTube video and avoided calling this a terrorist attack for two weeks, even though mounting evidence clearly showed this was a pre-planned, well-organized attack by radical Islamists linked to al Qaeda. In fact, there was no video protest at all in Benghazi prior to the attack, something our people on the ground knew from the start. The only explanation I can fathom for the administration repeatedly blaming a non-existent video protest for a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 is that they want Americans to believe al Qaeda and like-minded terrorist groups no longer threaten us. That is a dangerous mindset.

The tragedy in Libya reveals a terrible pattern of Americans’ security being trumped by this administration’s desire to spin a certain narrative. Four Americans, including our Ambassador, were killed by radical Islamist terrorists on September 11, 2012. That is a fact we must not ignore.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee


RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

·         Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22): It's Time for U.S. to Re-Evaluate Foreign Aid for Egypt; Houston Chronicle, October 4.

·         Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05): ObamaCare's Broken Promises; Washington Examiner, October 4.

·         Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24): Avoid The Fiscal Cliff, And Then Reform The Tax Code; Townhall, October 5.

·         Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04): Chairman Jordan Talks Welfare Reform with John Stossel; Fox Business Network, October 7.

·         Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03): Libya Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts; Washington Times, October 10.

·         Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06): Grim Reaper’s Name Is Dodd-Frank; Washington Times, October 11.

·         Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04): Chairman Jordan Interviewed about Libya on TheBlaze TV; TheBlaze TV, October 11.

·         Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49): Rep. Issa Speaks about the Benghazi Attack on "Face the Nation"; CBS, October 14.

·         Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03): Rep. Duncan Discusses Libya on Fox News; Fox News, October 15.


RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

·         Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressing concerns about the Obama administration’s intent to provide $450 million in cash transfers and around $1 billion of loan forgiveness to the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood.

·         Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04) sent a letter to Secretary Tim Geithner requesting a progress report on negotiations to eliminate government subsidized export financing as required by the law that reauthorized and expanded the Export-Import Bank.

·         Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced the Survey Savings Accountability Act. This bill would save taxpayer dollars by prohibiting federal agencies from sending cash in mass communications, including surveys where cash is included for the benefit of the responder.


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·         The second of three presidential debates will take place on Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern at Hofstra University.

·         The House will reconvene on Tuesday, November 13.


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