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Can some reporter ask Hillary this question about a Benghazi-related email that runs counter to all the spin?

By Doug Powers  •  December 8, 2015 09:03 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

In February of 2013, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Senate committee that on the night of the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 the U.S. didn’t have any military assets in the area that could have responded (not that the White House seemed to have been eager to ask him about it as Panetta testified):

Judicial Watch obtained (through a FOIA request) an email that Jeremy Bash, who was at the time the Defense Department’s chief of staff, sent the night of September 11, 2012 to State Department leaders — namely Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Jacob Sullivan, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides [emphasis mine]:

From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R
Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED]
Subject: Libya

State colleagues:

I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton].

After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED].

Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].


More from Judicial Watch:

The timing of the Bash email is particularly significant based upon testimony given to members of Congress by Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack. According to Hicks’ 2013 testimony, a show of force by the U.S. military during the siege could have prevented much of the carnage. Said Hicks, “if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.”

Here’s the redacted email:

Hillary Clinton wasn’t on the list of people that email was sent to. It’s possible the DoD’s Jeremy Bash didn’t have Hillary’s email address (not unlike Chris Stevens), so could some intrepid journalist please ask Hillary if any of the above people either forwarded her the email or mentioned such vital information that might have saved lives? It would be interesting to hear what spin has been cooked up by Camp Clinton on the off chance anybody asks her about it.

And no, I don’t expect any “reporter” who’s granted access to Clinton to bring it up. Too many of them are busy competing to be her press secretary to bother with such trivial matters.

**Written by Doug Powers

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