Kucinich Calls for General Petraeus to Testify Before Congress About Events in BenghaziSubmitted by Peace Gold Love on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:34
Congress still doesn’t know why our people in Libya were left vulnerable. We still don’t know why the U.S. military was not sent to their defense.
In the first Congressional session since the election, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) took to the House floor to call upon General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to testify before Congress about the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. General Petraeus had been scheduled to testify to Congress before he abruptly resigned from his position.
Congressman Kucinich led bipartisan opposition to the war in Libya and has raised questions about the security lapse in Benghazi during which a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate resulted in four dead Americans, including our ambassador to Libya.
Full text of speech:
“We put together a bi-partisan Congressional coalition to try to stop the war in Libya. That four Americans, including our ambassador, were killed confirmed our worst fears - - that American power was being used to open the door for jihadists, creating more instability in the region.
“Congress still doesn’t know why our people in Libya were left vulnerable. We still don’t know why the U.S. military was not sent to their defense.
“It is of the highest importance that General Petraeus, who led the CIA at that time, be brought before Congress to testify as to what really happened in Benghazi, whether there was a security lapse or whether the Administration temporized on security, and stood down to mollify violent, disparate groups which have nothing in common with our nation.
“U.S. involvement in Libya is a disaster, compounded by the deaths of four Americans. It is imperative that we find out the truth about Benghazi, wherever it leads, whoever it affects.”