Now that Susan Rice has dropped out in the race to be the next Secretary of State (she whines about making the right call), perhaps we can finally get to the inquiry regarding the real issues surrounding Benghazi
(Washington Times) Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, said Wednesday that the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is 10 times bigger than the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals put together.
“I believe that it’s a lot bigger than Watergate, and if you link Watergate and Iran-Contra together and multiply it times maybe 10 or so, you’re going to get in the zone where Benghazi is,” Mr. King said. “I don’t think the public has any idea, and I tell you, I don’t either, of the chronology of the events — what took place, and who was where doing what and why. And all the way down through — we still haven’t seen an autopsy report on the ambassador yet. Simple questions that you would ask in the first 24 hours have not been asked yet.”
He, and others, are calling for a massive Watergate style committee investigation. And it would be about time. The question is, what will they investigate? So far, the Republicans involved, such as John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Kelly Ayote, have been investigating the 3rd most important issue, namely, what’s up with the stupid talking points that came out post-attack. The issues of why security was so lax at the consulate, even though they knew the area was increasing dangerous and those in Libya were screaming for more security, and what was actually done during the attack, leaving Americans to die, are much more important.
Some have suggested that the talking points were cover for the Obama administration since they might have been running guns, or something else. Bad, yes. Leaving Americans to die on the ground while drones circled overhead and broadcasting the attack in real time? Much, much worse. That’s what needs investigation.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is heading to Capital Hill
Amid ongoing questions about the September violence in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Capitol Hill next week to testify on the matter, appearing before both House and Senate committees to answer questions about the sequence of events that led up to the attacks, and how the State Department hopes to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“We ask our diplomats and development personnel to operate in some of the most dangerous places on the planet,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she’ll appear next Thursday morning. “We owe it to them, and we owe it to the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi to get past the politics and focus on the substance of what happened and what it tells us about diplomatic security going forward.”
Who wants to place a bet that the Senate FRC whitewashes what happens and shuts down Republicans who ask tough questions? I’m hoping that the GOP asks important questions on what was going on before and during the attack, not on the talking points about it being a spontaneous film review with heavy weapons and RPGs.