May 17, 2013 2 Comments
The AP appears to be back on board the Obama train as they ran an article today accusing Republicans of “badgering” the President. That was just the headline. It appears those dastardly enemy Republicans aren’t satisfied with the Benghazi emails. They want more information about the White House talking points and they want more information about the situation generally. How dare they badger the President for such information! Never mind that the first emails released leave a gap of 67 hours between the attack and first email. Don’t pay attention to the fact that meetings took place in the White House in which notes exist. Benghazi is now about a badgered President.
What we still don’t know is why the administration blamed the video in the first place. In the many talking points drafts the video doesn’t appear until the very end. In the released emails, the video doesn’t appear until the very end. So why did Susan Rice and the entire Obama administration claim the video caused the attack? Who decided that was fact? Who decided to put it into the talking points? We still have no idea because the White House thinks a handful of emails ought to satisfy the badgering hordes.
What we still don’t know, what still hasn’t been asked by the Republicans is why Ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. What was he doing there? What official business was he conducting. We still have no idea why the ambassador was in Benghazi or what he was doing or planning to do. Why didn’t he have enough security? Obama blames budget cuts but the fact is sequestration was six months off last September and played no role in the lack of security in Benghazi. Yes, questioning the security puts Hillary Clinton’s reputation at risk. So what? Four Americans died within her State Department. She’s responsible for security expenditures, the public has a right to know if she screwed up by not providing enough security.
This isn’t about Hillary Clinton, it isn’t even about Obama. It’s about figuring out what happened in Benghazi and pinpointing ways to prevent such an attack in the future. There are potential crimes that took place here, from what we know Obama and Hillary should not be the target of such a criminal investigation. However, there are chain of command issues that a special prosecutor needs to look at. The fact that the administration so adamantly opposes a special prosecutor suggests, fairly or unfairly, that they have something to hide. It suggests there’s more here than meets the eye.
Obviously incompetence isn’t a criminal offense. But it can and should result in Congressional investigations. Democrats would have been well within their rights during Bush’s last two years to conduct investigations about the Federal government response to Hurricane Katrina. Likewise, Congressional investigations are required for Benghazi and the other Obama scandals. It isn’t a matter of badgering a President, it’s a matter of holding him and his administration accountable. Congress is charged with such under the Constitution and we should expect nothing less from our elected representatives. Perhaps as the Republican House continues investigating they might ask why Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi and what he was planning on doing there.