Since I wrote my last update on the Benghazi scandals, a book has come out called "Benghazi: The Definitive Report". I do not find it completely definitive but it is worth reading and adds information. It is inexpensive and available for Kindle at Amazon. So I am posting this fifth update along with the original article and the first four updates, as I promised I would. We need to keep up the pressure on this. The press has a short memory.
Fourth UpdateToday Leon Panetta testified that while the attack at Benghazi was going on, President Obama was completely out of contact and could not be reached. It seem he was on the phone with Benjamin Netanyahu doing some politicking. Also it seems that Secretary Clinton was also out of contact. So we have American soil in a foreign land being attacked and the Ambassador being killed and both the Secretary of State and the President are busy with other things? Where are the adults in this administration?
Today Hillary testified. As I expected, she denied knowledge of any requests for additional security. She demanded "What difference does it make now?" The difference is, Madam Secretary, that American soil was once again attacked by Al Qaeda and four American heroes died. American have a right to know all the facts. And your are, to be polite, obfuscating. The malfeasance here is monumental and still they cover up.
The Benghazi review board has just come out with a report that is scathing to the State Department. Although it apparently didn't name Hillary Clinton, she is the Secretary of State and should have known what was going on. When questioned about the circumstances, President Obama attributed the death of four good American heroes to a little sloppiness. Really, Mr. President. A little sloppiness?
UpdateEric Boswell, Assistant Secretary of State for Security, has resigned his position. Three others have been relieved of their duties and placed on leave. Two of these employees are involved in security. So far, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is incognito or something. A tough professional football player gets a concussion and goes to the hospital. Hillary get a concussion and goes missing. Just saying.
So we have seen some progress. Not nearly enough. The pressure must be sustained. They want this to just go away. My original article follows:
Remember BenghaziThe holidays are here and everyone is busy with their preparations. The newspaper, if they report at all, are reporting the crisis of the day. The president is heading to Hawaii in a week. Most politicians have lost interest in anything that matters. There are distractions galore. But through all this, we must remember Benghazi.
The administration, every person in it, hopes that the American people will just move on and call it done. Over. Old history. We must not do that. Benghazi is a big deal. Benghazi is not just one scandal. It is four separate scandals. Every one of them deserves our close attention.
The first scandal is that Ambassador Stevens called for more security and it was denied him. That is unheard of. An ambassador is the highest ranking American in any foreign country. He is the direct representative of the President. Normally when an ambassador makes a request it is granted without question. There are only two people in government with the power to deny an ambassador. That would be the Secretary of State and the President. So who made that decision and why? Was it made on political grounds? Was it made to appease someone in the Libyan government? After all this consulate had been attacked before. Weren't there enough warning flags up? Why was the Ambassador even there? Was he sent there secretly for a meeting? Why was he sent with insufficient personal security?
The second scandal is the attack on the consulate itself. This was an attack on sovereign American soil. When the consulate came under fire they called out for help. None was forthcoming. The people calling for help were experienced military. They had a drone overhead monitoring the situation. The battle lasted over seven hours. Help was available. Even a single C-130A sent from Italy could have been there in an hour. Four honorable Americans lost their lives while serving their country. Why? Was this also a political decision? Do we now sacrifice our people for political reasons? Who was monitoring the feed from the drone? Who did they report to? We need answers. We deserve answers. Whatever was or was not done occurred in our name.
The third scandal, of course, is the pack of lies that the administration put out to cover this debacle. The stories had not even a bit of truth to them. It was not about some movie upsetting a flash mob. Any person with more than two active brain cells knew they were lies. But for weeks after, coincidentally right through the presidential debates, the administration stuck with the story. Week after week, on the Sunday talk shows and in the news papers the media allowed this story when they must have known it was a fabrication. A man in California was jailed for his part in inciting a riot that never happened. In America? Please. That is just wrong. When did our country come to this?
The fourth scandal is a little more difficult for me. I have a tendency to accept the military as straight forward and honorable under any and all pressure. As back in Caesar's day, they would fall on their sword rather than dishonor their uniform. General Petraeus initially mouthed the party line as to the cause of the attack on Benghazi. He reiterated the obvious lies that were played to protect the administration. It is my opinion, and mine alone, that he wanted to tell the truth. Again, my opinion, he was told that if he went public, his private misfeasance would be made public. Being an honorable man who made a mistake, he did the right thing and resigned. We, as American citizens, need his testimony as to what transpired throughout this whole mess.
I am writing this piece on the evening of December 9, 2012. I plan to publish it tomorrow. I feel it is so important that I will republish this essay periodically as a reminder to those that read my blog that the administration has not answered our questions, until we finally are told the truth or have a new administration.