Westmoreland talks about Benghazi with Republicans
by Wes Mayer
U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland spoke at the Coweta County GOP meeting at Golden Corral Saturday, and he provided his insight into the committee he was recently appointed to, as well as his opinions on the current administration in Washington.
On Friday, Westmoreland, Republican representative for the 3rd District of Georgia, was appointed to the Select Committee on Benghazi by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Westmoreland is one of seven members of the committee, all Republicans.
The purpose of the committee, according to Westmoreland, is to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American diplomatic embassy in Benghazi, Libya, to find all the missing pieces, to discover who acted in the chain of command and who made – or did not make – the decisions that day. In the attacks, four Americans lost their lives: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. 10 others were injured.
Westmoreland said the committee is not going to be performing a witch hunt – the committee members only want to find the truth, which is not only what the families of the victims deserve, but what every American deserves.
For the investigation, many witnesses will be subpoenaed again, and there are still gaps in the testimonies so far, he said.
At this time, there is only knowledge of the communications in Libya during the attacks. Who was contacted stateside – those higher up the chain of command – is still unclear.
One of the issues with the Benghazi attacks, Westmoreland added, was the delayed response of CIA operatives on the ground.
Nearby CIA global response units were immediately contacted by those inside the American compound, and within five minutes, these operatives were ready to come to their aid. However, according to Westmoreland, these units were told to wait by whoever was contacted in Washington – it was not until 25 minutes later that these potential rescuers moved.
Westmoreland also talked about the upcoming elections. With only 10 days until voting begins, he hopes everyone will get out and support a candidate.
He also said he wants all voters to be knowledgeable in who and why they are voting. Westmoreland is running against Chip Flanegan, owner of Jonesboro Rental Center.
He also answered many questions by members of the Coweta County GOP on topics that included illegal immigration, Obamacare, and reduction of the government.
Although the size of the government has not been reduced, government spending has, according to Westmoreland. For many of the issues, Westmoreland said America is now going in the right direction, it is just a slow process.
“A Republican administration would never get away with what is being gotten away with right now,” Westmoreland said.