Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

As Bristol goes missing, Benghazi is still all about Cross-Border Authority

Written By: Bob - Jul• 06•13

A key Marine General Colonel in charge of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara has gone missing, now that members of Congress want to interview him about the night the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked:

Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he’s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don’t know where he is and the Pentagon isn’t telling.

Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense “cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress.”

They say he’s retired and they can’t reach out to him,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News. “That’s hogwash.”

Bristol, a martial arts master, was commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara based in Stuttgart, Germany until he retired last March. In an article in Stars and Stripes, Bristol is quoted at his retirement ceremony as telling his troops that “an evil” has descended on Africa, referring to Islamic militant groups. “It is on us to stomp it out.”

Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have asked the Pentagon for assistance in locating Bristol so that they can question him about events the night of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. But those efforts have come up empty.

Bristol has “disappeared” for one simple reason: it was his Recon Marines spinning up at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily to launch a rescue mission, when Barack Obama denied them cross-border authority.

30+ Americans and allied forces were abandoned by Barack Obama to face an al Qaeda-aligned terrorist cell alone. He had a campaign narrative to protect, and an early flight to two campaign stops at Denver and Aurora, CO, in the morning. He didn’t want to be bothered, denied cross-border authority, and went to bed.

Two former SEALs died as a result of Obama abandoning these men, and two dozen were wounded. He thought he’d sweep it under the rug.

Will you let him?

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  1. MSG HARRIS, Retired says:

    I’ve been retired for 20 years this month. And I can still be recalled to testify if necessary. What a load of crap.

  2. Dan in Michigan says:

    He was a Colonel, not a General.. Obama flew to Las Vegas the next day.

  3. Chris Watson says:

    I’m sure he’s *been* ‘disappeared’

  4. rasputin says:

    Sorry…game over as the attention span of Americans has been exhausted on this issue.

    Try better next time.