I received a very encouraging email from the Congressman Gerlach today that has given me renewed faith that the Benghazi tragedy will not be forgotten and we will someday know the full truth about the events that occurred up to, during and after the attack.
I was fearful that with the giant smoke screen deliberately created by Obama's insincere, fruitless drive for stricter gun regulations (even though current regulations are rarely enforced) would snuff out the desire for the American people to insist on answers and the fortitude of some of our congressman to continue the fight.
Copied below is the email from Congressman Gerlach as well as my reply. If you have a moment, perhaps you could visit his website (link is in his letter) and send an email to Mr. Gerlach's office to let him know he has support among his constituency and the American people in general.
FROM: Congressman Jim Gerlach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
6:07 PM (15 hours ago)
Dear Mr. Hunsicker:
Knowing of your concern regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel, I would like update you on my efforts to provide Congressional oversight of the Administration's response to these events.
After six months of stonewalling by the Obama Administration about its response to the terrorist attack, I find the lack of accountability and transparency thus far stunning and an outrage for Americans who are searching for honest answers.
As you may know, on January 23rd, in separate hearings before House and Senate Committees, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for over five hours about inadequate security and initial, conflicting descriptions of the assault on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi. Further, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testified that the President had a half-hour phone call with them shortly after the attack on the consulate began. Both Panetta and Dempsey said neither the President nor anyone from the White House called again for an update on how the attack was being handled.
In light of this testimony and the findings and recommendations of the independent Accountability Review Board for Benghazi, convened by Secretary Clinton and led by former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, the testimony presented to the House and Senate to date has simply raised more questions whether the Administration underestimated or quite possibly ignored the threat our consulate faced in Benghazi and why the President and U.S. Secretary of State seemed to be recklessly disengaged.
To that end, you should know that I am an original cosponsor of H. Res. 36, a resolution that would establish a House select committee to investigate and respond to the attacks. Congress has an obligation to the families of those killed and the public to pursue to truth about the events in Benghazi, and I believe thorough Congressional oversight on this matter is completely appropriate. It is my hope that a select committee can shed some light on what happened that night and I have called on House leadership to pass this resolution immediately.
To further emphasize the need for the Select Committee, I recently cosigned a letter with Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting information on additional State Department employees injured during the Benghazi attacks. Reliable sources have confirmed to Congressman Wolf that nearly thirty additional Americans were injured during the attacks. Rather than hide these brave individuals from the public, Congress should know about their sacrifice and should be recognizing and thanking them for their service to our nation.
Rest assured I will keep you updated on this matter, and please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your family in the future.
With kind regards, I am
Member of Congress
P.S. Please visit me on the internet at http://www.gerlach.house.gov.
MY REPLY SENT VIA HIS WEBSITE:
Bob Hunsicker <email@example.com>
9:45 AM (7 minutes ago)
Dear Congressman Gerlach,
Thank you so much for not allowing this tragedy to fade from memory. With all of the agitation generated by this administration about gun control legislation (which I think is a deliberate smoke-screen strategy by Obama), I feared that no one in congress would continue seeking answers to reasons why the debacle in Benghazi even occurred and why there has been such an obvious cover up of the entire series of events - before, during and after - by this administration.
As you mentioned, more questions have been raised than answered during the bizarre testimonies provided by Clinton, Brennan and Panetta. But, out of all the questions that need answering, one stands out above all others for me: What did the President - our elected Commander-in-Chief -- do during the ensuing hours of the attack to protect and possibly save those four brave Americans left stranded in a hostile firestorm? Even a more direct question, where was he? Did he engage at all with his staff to monitor and direct rescue efforts. Or, did he retire early so that he would be well rested for his scheduled appearances in Vegas and Hollywood to hobnob with his wealthy, liberal lackeys who blindly provide so much money towards his re-election campaign?
Of course I care greatly about the sacrifices made by those 30 or so survivors, and I would very much like to have America acknowledge their bravery. But, again, more importantly, I would like to hear their testimony regarding the situation in Benghazi up to, during and after the attack.
I am not taking this stance as a form of a personal vendetta against the most anti-American, liberal president our country has ever had in office. Rather, I am beseeching congress to get to the bottom of this American tragedy so that we could possibly have a better chance of avoiding a repeat incident, due in part, to our President's "lead from behind" foreign relations strategy. However, I do have to admit, I would love nothing more than to uncover an impeachable offense that would ultimately result in the removal of Barack Hussein Obama from office before his policies bring irreversible catastrophic ruin to our wonderful country - which I believe, quite frankly, based upon his roots, history, past activities, gaggle of communist, socialist, and Marxist cohorts, is his ultimate goal.
Thanks again Congressman Gerlach for your continued efforts. You have my full support and prayers that you will meet with success. In fact, if you need foot soldiers to provide assistance in any way with your efforts, please call on me. I will do whatever is asked of me to bring justice to those who have been so affected by this heartbreaking catastrophe.