Gowdy was asked by reporters if he was able to get into Ambassador Stevens’ mind in regards to the American presence in Lybia at the time.
Gowdy answered the question by first praising the ambassador:
“Let’s be very clear about something.Chris Stevens loved the people of Libya, and in particular, he loved the people of Benghazi.The heroism that he showed, going in as the envoy, and what he had to deal with as the envoy, well before he was ever the ambassador, is a level of heroism, and valor, and commitment to this country that, if you don’t read the report for any other reason, read it to see what Chris Stevens had to endure in 2011.”
As far as whether or not the committee had any insight into Stevens’ mind set, Gowdy says that they did.
Gowdy said that Stevens arrived in Lybia on September 10th, and immediately started meeting with security officials about the state of security in Libya.
The Representative said that Stevens thought the state of security was so bad, based on what he was learning at the time, that he was actually postponing subsequent meetings, in the committee’s opinion, to address the issue.
“He knew it wasn’t great, but he had no idea how bad it was.”
Gowdy said that Stevens went so far as change all of his off-campus meetings to be on-campus out of concern for security.
The South Carolina told the media that they should be reading Stevens’ diary to see what was on the ambassador’s mind at the time.
Less than one week before the attack, Stevens’ September 6th diary entry read:
“Security vacuum. Militias are power on the ground…
…Dicey conditions, including car bombs, attacks on consulate, British embassy, and our own people.
Islamist ‘hit list’ in Benghazi. Me targeted on a pro-Q [Qaeda? Qaddafi?] website (no more off-compound jogging).”
On the day of the attack, September 11th, Stevens’ final entry was very telling of his concerns in Libya:
“Never ending security threats…”
The reporter, missing the point, asked if Stevens’ final days were spent focusing on not giving the appearance that the United States’ position in Libya was that of a military presence. Gowdy cut in:
“I think he wanted to stay alive more than anything else.”
The press conference continued with a reporter asking Gowdy specifics about what was in the report, and whether the report shed any light on the bumper sticker, “Hillary Clinton lied, and people died.”
Gowdy asked the reporter if he had even read the report. Then he told the reporter to essentially go do his job, and read it for himself.
Gowdy has expressed frustration with the media, in the past, for seeming to have little interest in finding out the truth about the Benghazi attack.
Watch the press conference below:
My comments: SHAME on Obama, Hillary and the U.S. Military.