U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi and the Chairman of the Subcommittee of the NSA and Cybersecurity on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, recently traveled by commercial coach for a series of briefings, meetings, and working lunches in Germany and Italy.
“Talking to our military men and women on the ground, asking them questions, and getting a firsthand look at how our crisis response assets are equipped, readied and deployed is a critical part of completing our investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks. We learned new information that we simply couldn’t get from bureaucrats in Washington, and witnessed the greater emphasis placed on monitoring social media overseas and the dedicated aircraft that now belong to crisis response units at AFRICOM and EUCOM, which are two improvements initiated after Benghazi. It’s good to see our military is learning from that tragedy, and these valuable insights will help inform the rest of the Select Committee’s inquiries and our final report.”
Westmoreland stated in a press release that “it was unfortunate that Select Committee Democrats chose not to participate in this fact-finding mission and gather the same information for themselves.”
In a related AP article, Westmoreland stated that he learned “that the military is much better prepared now than what they were in 2012 to go in and prepare a mission and possibly go in and rescue Americans.” He saw this a “a positive development but said it also showed ‘deficiencies’ in U.S. capabilities during the Benghazi attacks three years ago.”