During a Wednesday morning interview on Fox News, Gregory Hicks, the former executive chief of mission for Libya, emotionally refuted Hillary Clinton’s claim that “we did not lose a single American” during the military offensive against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.
“When you hear Hillary Clinton say that at the Commander-in-Chief Forum, what goes through your mind?” Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Hicks.
“Well, as you might imagine, the flames of the burning consulate erupt in my mind,” Hicks responded. “And also, I vividly remember seeing my four fallen comrades on the hospital beds in Tripoli afterwards.”
“This is a very emotional reaction I have. Sorry about that.”
Hicks further stated that “Mrs. Clinton sent our people in Benghazi into harm’s way.”
“She then delegated her responsibility, her legal obligation to protect our overseas Americans to others, and those people then reduced our security complement in Tripoli from 34 to six,” he continued. “So that when Chris Stevens went to Benghazi, he could only take two security agents with him instead of the dozen or more that he should have had with him.”
“I also tell them that she delegated the decision to to divide our people in Benghazi into two separate facilities. The law says that decision can’t be delegated, and so we have the very vivid stand-down controversy that was portrayed in the ’13 Hours’ movie.”