Just as we all knew it was all along:
Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Wednesday that a number of witnesses had confirmed a stand-down order was given to military assets in proximity to Benghazi the night of the 2012 terror attack, while others said no one issued such an order.
“The best I can do is tell you what the witnesses say, and then you can decide who you think is more credible,” Gowdy said during an interview with Boston Herald Radio. …
“I don’t know why the media doesn’t understand that you have to talk to everyone before you draw conclusions,” Gowdy said, noting the committee has roughly twelve witnesses left to interview before winding down its investigation.
Simple - they themselves are guilty of that of which they accuse Chairman Gowdy and his committee: having a political agenda. They are reflexively circling the wagons around Hillary Clinton like they have for the past quarter of a century because that is their natural, congenital herd mentality instinct, just as if the party labels were switched they'd have instantly turned Benghazigate into the biggest scandal uproar since Watergate.
Right tribe, wrong tribe.
We can indeed decide for ourselves whether the witnesses saying there was a stand down order and the ones who claim there wasn't are the more credible. But this guy, given his particulars, sounds profoundly credible to me:
With Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi set to premiere Thursday, the five surviving members of the six-man Benghazi security team have blitzed the airwaves to promote the film and renew their assertion that a top CIA officer delayed them from immediately answering State [Commissariat] distress calls. Three even testified to the same before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, several sources have confirmed to Politico.
“There is no sensationalism in that: We were told to ‘stand down,’” said former Special Forces Officer Kris Paronto, one of the CIA contractors who fought that night, in an interview with Politico. “Those words were used verbatim — 100%. … If the truth of it affects someone’s political career? Well, I’m sorry. It happens.” …
Paronto was there. On the scene. He was directly given the "stand down" order. He heard it. Did he hear where the order originated? No, but it doesn't take a great deal of imagination to make that deduction, now does it?:
Lawmakers have grappled with the question of a stand-down order before, and several bipartisan reports on the attacks have found no evidence of such a command being passed down the chain. Moreover, former [Commissar] of State Hillary Clinton, the CIA and the Defense [Commissariat] have long dismissed the idea that anyone would have held back help.
Of course they did - because it would create a PR headache for Barack Obama to have it come out that he literally sacrificed four American lives to the enemy that he doesn't acknowledge as an enemy in order to preserve his "al Qaeda is dead" re-election Narrative, and it would cripple Hillary Clinton's insatiable presidential ambitions to have it emerge that she was the one who relayed or gave that "stand down" order.
But the renewed allegations have forced lawmakers to wrestle with the issue again, and Republicans in particular may find themselves in an awkward spot. If GOP members of the Benghazi panel dispute Paronto’s assertion, they could look like they’re disparaging Americans who fought and died in service of the country. But if they side with Paronto, investigators would directly contradict some big-name intelligence officials, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, Defense [Commissar] Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who say no one was ordered to stand down.
All of whom have a great deal to hide, versus Mr. Paronto who has no agenda except the truth. As does Trey Gowdy.
I'm actually surprised that the Obama Regime didn't ban 13 Hours. Unless, of course, they are no less eager to torpedo the Empress than the GOP is and are consuming mass quantities of popcorn watching her squirm as all the scandal walls close in on her like the Death Star trash compactor scene in Star Wars Episode IV....