Today marks the nine month anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and still the loose ends far outnumber those tied.
Indeed, we’re approaching the one-year mark and there remain more questions than answers on the events in Libya that night. Unfortunately, these answers may be hard to come by in the near future, if at all. Save for the entire investigation being taken over by a Select Committee, the State Department is up to its neck in fraud and corruption of its own. Cover-ups “from prostitution charges to drug rings,” according to a CBS News article published June 10th. “CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.” These include charges of tampering with investigations of its own personnel.
The fog engulfing the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s actions preceding, during, and in response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead including Ambassador Chris Stevens and two former Navy SEALS has thinned only minutely. An attack that then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice – who President Obama just nominated to replace Tom Donilon as National Security Adviser – originally blamed on a “spontaneous” street riot and “protest” by Muslims upset over a crude anti-Muhammad Youtube video created by an American.
While President Obama refused to acknowledge the involvement of terrorists with at least suspect connections to Al Qaeda in press conferences in the weeks following the attack, it was quickly revealed that no such street protest took place. It was in fact a coordinated blitz executed without prompting from a sparsely-viewed Youtube video but from an organized and premeditating group of terrorists on the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
The attack brought some rather serious accusations against President Obama and then-Secretary Clinton, including their dubious declination for increased consulate security as requested by the diplomats stationed there. There are also questions about the lack of military response and assistance after the State Department received a distress email but no help was sent.
Nine months later, and these allegations have yet to be put to bed to the satisfaction of the American people. In fact, the majority of Americans believe the Obama Administration is hiding something when it comes to Benghazi, per a recent CBS/New York Times poll.
The perpetrators – who took credit for their work via Facebook – are still at large, despite Obama’s promise to “bring justice to the killers.” For anyone concerned with uncovering the truth about Benghazi, all of this suggests unequivocally that light needs to be shed on much more information and also that the State Department is in no condition to investigate itself on this matter. But thus far, that’s exactly what it’s been doing.
The families and loved ones of those slain in September, and the American people, deserve better. Before what little evidence is left disappears, it’s time to create a Select Committee and get long overdue answers as to what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The majority of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives supports this effort; it’s time for Congressional leadership to join them and make a Select Committee happen.