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The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Sept. 12, 2012.

“I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life that a State Department officer has bigger balls than someone in the military.”
— What a U.S. lieutenant colonel allegedly told the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Tripoli, after the diplomat says his pleas for military help to rescue his colleagues in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11 went unheeded. The account of Gregory Hicks, whose boss, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans died in the attacks, will be the focus of a House hearing Wednesday. The session will highlight the cravenness of the Obama Administration for playing down a terror attack six weeks before the election, and the loss of bipartisanship in the nation’s overseas actions. Whatever temporary political gain is achieved in the political sideshow will be more than offset by the partisan circus that has surrounded the Benghazi attack since it took place. And, for the record, the Obama Administration started it.
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