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Hicks Says He Was Demoted For Questioning Rice

From the New York Times:

Diplomat Says Questions Over Benghazi Led to Demotion

By SCOTT SHANE, JEREMY W. PETERS and ERIC SCHMITT | May 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — A veteran diplomat gave a riveting minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 and described its contentious aftermath at a charged Congressional hearing that reflected the weighty political stakes perceived by both parties…

[W]ithin days, Mr. Hicks said, after raising questions about the account of what had happened in Benghazi offered in television interviews by Susan E. Rice, the United Nations ambassador, he felt a distinct chill from State Department superiors. “The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning,” said Mr. Hicks, who has been a Foreign Service officer for 22 years.

He was soon given a scathing review of his management style, he said, and was later “effectively demoted” to desk officer at headquarters, in what he believes was retaliation for speaking up

What other explanation is there?

Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration.

No, "unbecoming" is is refusing to pass the Grey Poupon. This was outright thuggery, Chicago-style.

When Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, visited Libya after the attack, Mr. Hicks said his bosses told him not to talk to the congressman. When he did anyway, and a State Department lawyer was excluded from one meeting because he lacked the necessary security clearance, Mr. Hicks said he received an angry phone call from Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

“So this goes right to the person next to Secretary of State Clinton. Is that accurate?” asked Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio. Mr. Hicks responded, “Yes, sir.”

A State Department official said Mr. Hicks had been free to talk to Mr. Chaffetz, but that department policy required a department lawyer to be present during interviews for any Congressional investigation.

It should be easy enough to produce the documentation of that policy.

In a statement late Wednesday, a State Department spokesman, Patrick H. Ventrell, said the department had not and would not retaliate against Mr. Hicks.

How kind of them.

Mr. Ventrell noted that Mr. Hicks “testified that he decided to shorten his assignment in Libya following the attacks, due to understandable family reasons.” He said that Mr. Hicks’s current job was “a suitable temporary assignment” at the same salary, and that he had submitted his preferences for his next job…

In other words, they have gotten caught red-handed. So they will have to give him a better job, at least until the heat is off.

Meanwhile, the woman that Mr. Hicks was punished for questioning was being honored with the “Louis E. Martin Great American” award from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She was also praised by Joe Biden.

From an irony proof CNN:

Biden on Susan Rice: She speaks for the president

Ashley Killough | May 8, 2013

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden praised U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on the eve of congressional hearings over last year’s deadly terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya – a controversy in which Rice found herself buried deep only days later.

Describing her as one of the “brightest, most accomplished” people he’s ever met, Biden said he’s never seen a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “who has more ability to promote the interests of the United States of America.”

“When she speaks…no one wonders whether or not she is speaking for the president,” the vice president said at a gala for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which honored Rice with an award Tuesday night…

Did Biden go off script there? Or was that supposed to be a joke?

To add insult to injury, Ms. Rice decided to thank the ‘Joint Center’ and Joe Biden via Twitter, while the Benghazi hearings were going on:

Susan Rice @AmbassadorRice: "Special thanks to the @JointCenter for last night’s award, I’m truly honored. Also incredibly humbled by @VP Biden’s kind & generous words."

But this is how the left circles their wagons to protect their own.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Hicks Says He Was Demoted For Questioning Rice”

  1. Like I posted before … wave goodbye, Hicks.

    The Beast is Washington. And the Beast will not tolerate foreign bodies. It’s immune system kicks into high gear. And eliminates the threat.

    • SinCity

      Great analogy, GBJ! However I’d turn it around, it’s the political, media, and crony capitalists that are the virus, burrowing into the cells of a once great nation. They’ve multiplied and are overloading our countries’ immune system. I fear that the disease is terminal unless the electorate educates itself and purges the nation’s body of the disease through the ballot box.

      But, alas, I hold very little hope for the patient, for the most part, we’ve lost the will to live. Such is the symptom of marxism (lower case intentional).

  2. You guys DID see the Dem congresswoman ask “Where he would like to be posted?”

    subtle.

    • Liberals Demise

      “Where he would like to be posted”
      Why do I feel they would open a post on Diego Garcia just for Mr. Hicks
      and only Mr. Hicks?




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