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Johnson: Benghazi Was the 3:00 A.M. Call

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Senator Ron Johnson (WI), who attended part of yesterday's hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released the following statement:

"During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries, former Secretary Clinton ran an ad attacking nominee Barack Obama for his lack of wisdom and experience in a foreign crisis -- and touting her own. It has become known as the '3:00 A.M. call.'

"I commend Chairman Issa for holding Wednesday's hearing to try to bring more clarity to what actually happened in Benghazi. As more and more facts regarding Benghazi are painfully extracted from the Obama administration, this much can be ascertained: Benghazi was a failure of leadership by President Obama -- before, during, and after the pre-planned terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Absent evidence to the contrary, it appears President Obama failed to fully engage, take command and act - instead delegating his responsibilities as Commander in Chief to others. His administration then embarked on a narrative for the attack that was disconnected from reality and initially misled the American public. Benghazi was President Obama's 3:00 A.M. moment and he failed that test of leadership. What difference, at this point, does it make? Leadership - or lack thereof - before, during, and after a crisis, always makes a difference."


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