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  •  It's not plausible that (3+ / 0-)
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    Stevens was away at the Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, and after alerting Stevens to the Embassy storming in Egypt, that the State's No. 1 guy goes about his evening - ignoring his phone.

    Not plausible.

    Certainly not professional.

    And certainly not what we pay the No. 1 person for. One would expect, that if an embassy anywhere in the Middle East is under siege, that all our foreign offices in the middle east are immediately on heightened alert, and begin to monitor the situation as it evolves.

    Dropped calls at inopportune moments are familiar.  What’s odd is Hicks’s reference to a “bad cell phone night in Tripoli.” He doesn’t consider the possibility that something happened on the Benghazi end of the call to cause the interruption.  
    The statement about "a bad cell phone night in Tipoli" also underscores that something is left out of the story. If it was a bad cell phone night and you might only be able to complete ONE of TWO calls in the next few hours, wouldn't you call your superior before you called an unknown number?

    I wonder if he's gratuitously adding the "bad cell phone night in Tripoli" to frame or deflect criticism about why he was really unavailable for several hours that evening.

    I reject his testimony that he was simply watching TV. If he was simply watching TV, he would have/should have answered the Ambassador's call.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:17:25 PM PDT

    •  That's why his coming out as a so-called (2+ / 0-)
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      whistleblower is just pointing the finger at him as one of those responsible for this tragedy. Maybe one of the most important ones.
      Who else could the gop hang their future on?

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:58:27 PM PDT

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    •  I can imagine missing incoming phone calls with (1+ / 0-)
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      my own work and I'm not a high level State Dept diplomat.  Nowadays it's the norm for a lot of people to be available by phone all the time.  I don't understand how anyone could give this guy a halo.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:19:54 PM PDT

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      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        And when they are in theater they are probably on call 24/7.

        Actually, maybe that's the reason for him volunteering that "it was a bad cell phone night" was his pre-emptively answering why there were two missed calls.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:33:43 PM PDT

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