#Benghazi: House Republicans want to talk to key colonel, but the Pentagon can’t find him??

Posted by: Phineas on July 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

**Posted by Phineas

US Consulate, Benghazi

They’re still waiting for answers

Oh, this is interesting:

Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he’s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don’t know where he is and the Pentagon isn’t telling.

Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense “cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress.”

“They say he’s retired and they can’t reach out to him,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News. “That’s hogwash.”

Bristol, a martial arts master, was commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara based in Stuttgart, Germany until he retired last March. In an article in Stars and Stripes, Bristol is quoted at his retirement ceremony as telling his troops that “an evil” has descended on Africa, referring to Islamic militant groups. “It is on us to stomp it out.”

Sure, the Pentagon can’t find him. They have no forwarding address for his mail, no entry for a stateside residence, and no friends who might know how to get in touch with him. Nope. He just retired and walked out that door and vanished, and nobody in the vast US military bureaucracy knows where he is. It’s a real-life case of “Where’s George?”

This is nonsense. At the very least, Col. Bristol has veteran’s benefits, and the VA knows where he lives so they can process those. While Rep. Chaffetz says the DoD has been more forthcoming regarding Benghazi than other government departments, this is a glaring exception. It makes it look very much like the Pentagon (or someone who can give the Pentagon orders) doesn’t want Col. Bristol found, which leads to the question of what he knows about the events of the night of the massacre. Given his position in Africom, if he does know something, it’s likely to do with the failure to send a rescue mission that night, including the orders to the team in Tripoli to stand down. His testimony could be an important piece of the puzzle of what really happened that night. (1) This sounds like a good time for Issa’s committee to subpoena the colonel’s personnel and VA records, so they can look him up.

Passing thought: Bristol has to have known the committee would want to talk to him; he only retired four months ago. So, why hasn’t he come forth on his own, armed with a lawyer, if need be?

(1) Shocking, I know, but I don’t quite trust the White House “official story.”

via Chuck Woolery, who knows how the committee can find the colonel:

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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14 Responses to “#Benghazi: House Republicans want to talk to key colonel, but the Pentagon can’t find him??”


  1. ALman says:

    Maybe, they need to check his whereabouts with Snowden!

  2. Actually, someone who has been retired for a matter of months can be recalled to active duty by the Secretary of Defense. But why do we expect the truth from the Obama Administration?

  3. Tango says:

    …..ah yes! The genius of the inside-the-beltway crowd on display once again.

    You’d think they could come up with a better story than that. But then, they have so little regard for the American people in the current era.

  4. Since they presumably do not know his whereabouts, what are they doing with his retirement checks since they have no address to which to forward them?

    This is the Obhammud administration’s usual response to any of the various fiascos found in Scandalabra. Have the FBI sit on their dead a*s and not investigate, hide key personnel and evidence, then wait until events eclipse the scandal, hoping Congress and the public will forget.

    The only real scandals that are worthy of undying investigative effort are Fast & Furious and Benghazi since innocent Americans were abandoned to be murdered in each. Those families will not be silenced and well they should not.

  5. H Hazell says:

    Voluntary retirement = on retainer = subject to recall at direction of service secretary or higher = still subject to UCMJ. If he does not appear voluntarily, he can recalled and compelled until he might exercise his rights under the Fifth Amendment.

  6. ALman says:

    You can just hear it at Russia’s counterpart to Comedy Central:

    So how many Americans does it take to find one colonel? Evidently, a Pentagon’s worth!

    Or, Poland’s version:
    So how many Americans does it take to find one colonel? Quite alot more than it takes us to screw in a light bulb!

  7. Joy says:

    The Obama Administration clearly is doing everything it can to hide the facts about what really happened in Benghazi and why the President issued two stand down orders. The fact that our media is still aiding and abetting the Administration is mind boggling.

  8. The regime is relying on the power of distraction, which given the results of the 2012 election is alive and well. Here is an illustration using a British nursery rhyme from about 1730:

    As I was going to St. Ives
    I met a man with seven wives
    Every wife had seven sacks
    Every sack had seven cats
    Every cat had seven kits
    Kits, cats, sacks, wives
    How many were going to St. Ives?

    If you had to use pencil and paper, a calculator, or a spreadsheet you could be one of the sheeple. The correct answer is one; re-read the first line.

  9. Nate says:

    Hypothetical press conference…

    non-MSM reporter: ‘Mr Carney, where is Colonel Bristol?’

    Carney: ‘Well, um, erm, um, we, um, erm, um, the Pentagon says, erm, um, erm, that they can’t, um, erm, find him.’

    non-MSM reporter: ‘Can’t, or refuses to, Mr. Carney?’

    Carney: ‘Um, erm, um…how ’bout them Cubs, eh?’

  10. Born Free Leo says:

    Where do we get the idea that long service, “martial arts expert”, Marine equals Duty and Honor? Wherever he is, Colonel Bristol knows what he knows and knows the country would benefit from what he knows. Unless he was hog-tied in the trunk of Michael Hastings’ Mercedes that went up in flames, as he “was working on a new story” it is one of three things, MIA, AWOL or CYA.

    If Colonel Bristol just wants to stay out of it, he is a worse coward than any deserter who ever fled battle.

  11. Carlos says:

    If Colonel Bristol just wants to stay out of it, he is a worse coward than any deserter who ever fled battle.

    Or a worse coward than the thug he called his CiC. At least the CiC lets everyone know where he can’t be reached on vacation.