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Rockntractor
09-05-2013, 12:57 AM
The Tense Moment When a GOP Congressman Challenged John Kerry With Benghazi Questions During Syria Hearing

Sep. 4, 2013 4:04pm Becket Adams (http://www.theblaze.com/author/becket-adams/)




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Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought up last year’s deadly Benghazi terror attack to question the White House’s credibility on foreign affairs.
http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/05f38d8b7f083af13bf83e3bd45c33d7.jpg (http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/05f38d8b7f083af13bf83e3bd45c33d7.jpg)Congressman Jeff Duncan (Getty Images)

“The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people,” Duncan said, “due to unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago.”
He went on to mention some of the other major scandals that have plagued the Obama administration, including the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s monitoring of the Associated Press.
“Bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration,” he said. “The administration has a credibility issue.”
“Mr. Kerry, your predecessor asked, ‘What difference does it make now?’” he continued, referring then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s infamous hearing outburst earlier this year (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/23/clinton-explodes-at-gop-senators-libya-questioning-we-have-four-dead-americans-what-difference-at-this-point-does-it-make/). “Well, this is the difference, Mr. Secretary.”
“These issues call into question the accountability of this administration,” Duncan said. “Its commitment to the personnel on the ground, and the judgment that it uses when, making these determinations. The American people deserve answers before they move forward talking about military involvement in Syria.”
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RobJohnson
09-05-2013, 04:00 AM
Secretary Kerry was not amused with Duncan’s line of questioning and responded by citing his and his colleagues’ (i.e. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey) service records.

Rep. Duncan tried to respond to Kerry’s initial response, but the Secretary of State was determined: “I’m going to finish, congressman! I am going to finish!”

“When I was in the United States Senate,” Kerry continued, “I supported military action in any number of occasions, including Grenada, Panama, I can run a list of them. And I’m not going to sit here and be told by you that I don’t have a sense of what the judgment is with respect to this.

He added, visibly annoyed: “We’re talking about people being killed by gas and you want to go talk about Benghazi and Fast and Furious!”


Great article!

Odysseus
09-05-2013, 10:01 AM
The Tense Moment When a GOP Congressman Challenged John Kerry With Benghazi Questions During Syria Hearing

Sep. 4, 2013 4:04pm Becket Adams (http://www.theblaze.com/author/becket-adams/)




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Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought up last year’s deadly Benghazi terror attack to question the White House’s credibility on foreign affairs.
http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/05f38d8b7f083af13bf83e3bd45c33d7.jpg (http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/05f38d8b7f083af13bf83e3bd45c33d7.jpg)Congressman Jeff Duncan (Getty Images)

“The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people,” Duncan said, “due to unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago.”
He went on to mention some of the other major scandals that have plagued the Obama administration, including the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s monitoring of the Associated Press.
“Bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration,” he said. “The administration has a credibility issue.”
“Mr. Kerry, your predecessor asked, ‘What difference does it make now?’” he continued, referring then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s infamous hearing outburst earlier this year (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/23/clinton-explodes-at-gop-senators-libya-questioning-we-have-four-dead-americans-what-difference-at-this-point-does-it-make/). “Well, this is the difference, Mr. Secretary.”
“These issues call into question the accountability of this administration,” Duncan said. “Its commitment to the personnel on the ground, and the judgment that it uses when, making these determinations. The American people deserve answers before they move forward talking about military involvement in Syria.”
Read More>http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/04/the-explosive-moments-when-a-gop-congressman-challenged-john-kerry-with-benghazi-questions-during-syria-hearing/

Brilliant! He summed this up perfectly. And Kerry immediately turned in a scoundrel performance:


“Mr. Kerry, you have never been one that has advocated for anything other than caution when involving U.S. forces in past conflicts. The same is true for the president and the vice president,” he said. “Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you would abandon caution in favor for pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?”

Duncan then asked Kerry whether the White House has been involved in any way in arming Syrian rebels and whether it has transferred arms to Syria via Libya.

Secretary Kerry was not amused with Duncan’s line of questioning and responded by citing his and his colleagues’ (i.e. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey) service records.


Would that be the sealed service record that Kerry has refused to permit the American people to see? The one that casts doubt on his self-promoted exploits, and which almost every person who served with him considers to be a fraud? Or would that be his record of anti-war, anti-American agitation, including unauthorized and illegal contacts with our enemies while serving on active duty? Kerry then doubled down on stupid:



Rep. Duncan tried to respond to Kerry’s initial response, but the Secretary of State was determined: “I’m going to finish, congressman! I am going to finish!”

“When I was in the United States Senate,” Kerry continued, “I supported military action in any number of occasions, including Grenada, Panama, I can run a list of them. And I’m not going to sit here and be told by you that I don’t have a sense of what the judgment is with respect to this.

He added, visibly annoyed: “We’re talking about people being killed by gas and you want to go talk about Benghazi and Fast and Furious!”



No, we want to talk about credibility, which is why you want to strike Syria in the first place. The administration has a history of outright mendacity when it comes to national security matters, and now you're asking us to take your word that not only is this action necessary, but that you will not waste the lives and treasure of Americans in a futile gesture. Benghazi and Fast and Furious demonstrated that the administraiton will lie and cover up its failures, even if they result in the deaths of Americans. Obama and his minions have abused the trust of the American people, and now feign outrage when we no longer accept their word at face value.


“Let’s draw the proper distinction here, congressman,” Kerry said, “we don’t deserve to drag this into yet another Benghazi discussion when the real issue here is whether or not the Congress is going to stand up for international norms!”


Can somebody point out exactly where in the Constitution it says that congress is responsible for standing up for international norms? I must have missed that article in Civics 101.

And if this is an international norm, where's the international coalition? Bush I and II had support from broad coalitions of nations for the actions that they took. Who's on board this time?

LukeEDay
09-07-2013, 12:34 PM
He should have brought up Kerry's traitorous actions during Vietnam ...

Lanie
09-07-2013, 03:30 PM
I think the questions deserved to be answered because probably 95% of the arguments and complaints in this country are rooted in not trusting our leadership. My quiet opinion about this has often been that there should be further investigation into Benghazi (although I did buy Obama's story at the time about not being completely certain what to do from one moment to the next), but that it's important to reserve judgement until it's proven that Obama is definitely guilty. Now, he wants to strike another country and he wants us to trust him.

SarasotaRepub
09-07-2013, 05:24 PM
Man-O-man...this Administration is still super sensitive about Benghazi.

That's how you know there is something still there that needs dealing with.