The Day the Cavalry Didn’t Come

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In an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, Gregory Hicks recalled being told of the death of then U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi last year, characterizing it as the “saddest moment” in his career.

Hicks – who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya’s prime minister.

“He just says, ‘I’m very sorry, Greg, to tell you this, but our friend Chris has passed on.’ I think those were his words. There was deep remorse in his voice when he said it,” said Hicks, who was in Tripoli when he first heard of the attack.

Stevens was one of four Americans killed Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Computer specialist Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty also died in the attack.

Hicks said he doesn’t understand why more military resources were not sent to Benghazi after he notified State Department officials in Washington that the consulate was under attack.

“I don’t know exactly what was available…And I still don’t quite understand why…they couldn’t fly aircraft over to Benghazi,” he said.

“When I was a kid, I grew up watching western movies… the cavalry always came,” Hicks said in an interview taped Friday for “This Week.”

U.S. military officials have said there was no way to respond in time to help, but Hicks said he expected more.

“I just thought that they would come,” he said.

Hicks also told Stephanopoulos it may have been possible to save two of the men killed.

“Sadly…I think that Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, maybe not.  Ty [Woods] and Glen [Doherty], of course, were killed in the mortar attacks that took place eight hours after the initial attack…It’s possible they could have been saved, I think,” Hicks said referring to the two former Navy SEALs working as CIA contractors in Libya.

Hicks, who has given Congressional testimony about events in Benghazi, is the only American official who was in Libya during the attack that has spoken publicly about what happened and told Stephanopoulos he has been punished for his openness by the State Department.

“I don’t know why I was shunted aside, put in a closet, if you will,” he said.

Asked for a response (that can be read in full below) a spokesman said the State Department has “not punished Mr. Hicks in any way” and that “the circumstances that led to his departure from Libya was entirely unrelated to any statements he may have made relating to the attack in Benghazi.”

Finally, Hicks told Stephanopoulos how those who died that night in Benghazi can be honored.

“We can’t forget them, and we need to make sure that those people who are going out…into the world on our behalf have the tools that they need and the resources they need to do the job that they’ve been asked to do for the people of the United States,” Hicks said.

Alec Gerlach’s full statement to ABC News:

The State Department has not punished Mr. Hicks in any way. We appreciate his exemplary service on the evening of September 11 and his long career as a member of the Foreign Service.

Although the State Department ordinarily does not discuss the details of personnel matters publicly, because he has alleged mistreatment, we will state generally that the circumstances that led to his departure from Libya was entirely unrelated to any statements he may have made relating to the attack in Benghazi. When Mr. Hicks voluntarily curtailed his assignment, he was in the position of finding another assignment in between standard assignment cycles. The Department made significant efforts to find him a new position at his level, including identifying an overseas position which he declined and succeeded in finding him a short-tour assignment in the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, pending the next assignment cycle. We continue to value his service and are working with him through the normal personnel process and assignment timetable to identify his next permanent assignment.

The State Department is deeply committed to meeting its obligation to protect employees and the State Department does not tolerate or sanction retaliation against whistleblowers on ANY ISSUE, including Benghazi.

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Coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack, and still, we have no answers.  The depraved people responsible for this have gone unpunished, yet a guy telling the truth gets shunted aside. Yes, the State Department says it’s deeply committed, but we’ve seen evidence which proves that statement is plainly not true.

The Cavalry couldn’t come to their rescue because the puke of a commander told them not to go. He and our former secretary of state should have been hung from the gallows a long time ago, along with all the military officers who followed that order. Meanwhile the hearings for this have been put on the back burner because there are so many new scandals for Congress to deal with. On purpose? Bet on it.

Greg, we share your sadness – this didn’t have to happen. I will remain pissed forever on this issue and will never forget.

~Kathy

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11 Responses to The Day the Cavalry Didn’t Come

  1. Clyde says:

    “The State Department is committed”. Yes, indeed. It SHOULD be. The “leadership” should be committed to a place with BIG, heavy doors that have solid locks, bars, and for good measure, a moat with alligators. Good post, albeit tough on a pisstivity meter.

  2. Mrs AL says:

    You know, the time has gone so fast and yet when I read your post, Kathy, it’s like it happened last week. Mr. Hicks testified well before that committee. And indeed, he was ‘punished.’ Of that I have no doubt. The SD can say whatever they want on this matter … it was and continues to bungle this whole affair. It’s all about CYA. Not about anything resembling justice for those men who died.

  3. Garnet92 says:

    It’s going to take a lot more than words to convince me that Benghazi was anything more than a CYA (Cover Your Ass) operation by the Obama administration.

    It happened less than a month before the election and the truth might have doomed Obama if it had come out – thus, the lies about a “spontaneous” protest to a video, followed by a series of emails reworded to paint a false picture of events, muffling the survivors, and finally doing everything possible to keep those with real evidence from sharing it with Congress. This is a cover-up of the highest magnitude, ineptly (but so far successfully) executed by the most repugnant administration ever to reside in our White House.

    I can guarantee that this old dude is not going to let it slip into oblivion and I think that there are millions of us who deeply resent how the Obama administration callously sentenced U.S. citizens, while in the service of the country, to die – for the most deplorable reason possible for a president – to gain political advantage .

    • Kathy says:

      Well said, friend, well said. We can never let this go away. Something else just occurred to me – we focus on the 4 lives lost there, but we also have to remember the survivors and the poor schmuck of a movie maker.

      Those survivors’ lives are forever changed too because of the gag order – that has to be gut-wrenching to live with. That guy who made the movie is all but dead after what they put him through in their quest to shove blame onto others.

  4. Hardnox says:

    Good post. Thanks for putting this up. Benghazi is in my craw. This criminal administration needs to answer for it. They will eventually but it will take a different Congress.

  5. myfoxmystere says:

    My, how time sadly flies without justice! When 0 goes to prison for murder, there will be huge barbecue parties across the nation!

  6. Buck says:

    I remember one of Hillary’s campaign things was, “Who do you want answering that 2:00 a.m. phone call?”
    Well Benghazi told us what she does at 2:00 a.m.
    She freezes.