Messrs. Hicks, Nordstrum and Thompson were clear, concise, sometimes showing emotion, buts clearly "telling it like it was" during their testimony. They are all three very brave, and I believe that they are suffering in ways other than the psychological wounds from what they saw and experienced.
The Democrats turned in their usual shameful performance. Rather than trying to get to the bottom of the issue, they used most of their time to throw rocks at committee chairman Darrell Issa or Republicans in general for having the "audacity" to hold the hearings.
Well, guess what, Democratic Congressmen (and women), the American public deserves to know what happened. Four brave men died and our own government did nothing to try and rescue them despite constant warnings from the three witnesses. And I hope and pray that we will not let this die until the entire truth comes out. Congressman Cummings was particularly disgusting, trying to use a soap box to blame the hearings on politics.
And I am particularly worried about the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey. While we have the best trained and bravest military in the world, I don't think we can say that about General Dempsey. Twice two brave small units were told to stand down when they were preparing to head to Benghazi to assist our people under siege. As it was learned from Mr. Hicks in the hearings, those brave service members were outraged by being told this. To me, this is an outrage. One of the first rules of a soldier is that you don't leave your people behind.
I think the Pentagon has some serious explaining to do and I sincerely hope that the Armed Services Committee will also convene hearings to find out why General Dempsey didn't act, and why so many General Officers, four to date, have been fired and put under wraps. Each of these gentlemen were key players in the region at the time. Some were charged under the UCMJ and that itself brings up another question-----were these charges trumped up? It seems to me too much of a coincidence.
And lastly, there's our old friend John Boehner, who has shown lack of interest in this matter. Mr. Speaker, act like a Speaker. Authorize a Special Investigative Committee on Benghazi with subpoena power. This is the only way that many more who need to testify, but won't volunteer, can be forced to testify. Do your job, quit talking about working with Obama like he is a good man, and let's get to the bottom of this. I assure you that you won't be Speaker much longer if you don't do what's right.