One More Chance to Get Answers on Benghazi

benghaziWhen then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at a congressional hearing back in January, our leaders in Washington had a prime opportunity to finally clear up some of the fog that surrounded the 2012 attack on our U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Unfortunately, that opportunity was blown.

Questioners from the Democratic party used their allotted time not to ask questions, but to instead praise Clinton for her overall awesomeness. Several of them went as far as to declare the she was greatest secretary of state in our nation’s history, which seemed odd under the circumstances. Odd, but not particularly surprising. After all, Democrats had decided early on that Benghazi was a politically-damaging story to their party’s leader, so they loyally toted the administration’s line on what happened, regardless of how many kinks were in that line.

The real disappointment, however, came from the Republicans in that hearing. As I wrote in a column back in January, half of them spent nearly their entire five minutes grandstanding about the failures of our government to protect the four Americans whose lives were taken. This left them with little or no time to ask actual questions. The individuals that did query Clinton did so by piecing about five questions together at once. This tactic let her run out the clock by picking the easy ones (which in many cases, had already been asked and answered earlier in the hearing) and avoiding the tough ones.

It was a joke that the Republicans didn’t take the time to come up with a better questioning strategy, especially considering how serious the topic was. And it was serious. Contrary to the famous statement made by Hillary Clinton during the hearing – the one that was widely hailed by the mainstream media – the details of what happened in Benghazi do “matter”.

It matters when four American patriots are killed after multiple requests for additional security are denied in one of the most dangerous regions of the world.

It matters when such an attack can be carried out for hours without U.S. military reinforcements sent to the scene to assist.

It matters when a presidential administration repeatedly tells the American public a B.S. story about who attacked their fellow citizens, and what their motivations were.

It matters when our government purposely seeks out a fabricated scapegoat, like an untalented filmmaker in California, to deflect blame onto for four American deaths.

It matters when the president of the United States tries to re-write history by claiming he had been upfront and honest about the attack all along, when clearly he had not.

And it certainly matters when our media is so protective of a U.S. president, that they will make a conscious decision not to investigate a scandal that could hurt him politically, just weeks prior to a presidential election.

On Wednesday, the Republicans in congress will have one more opportunity to expose the injustices that were committed in the way our government addressed the Benghazi attack – not just on the night of the attack, but also in the weeks and months following. Self-described whistle-blowers from the State Department will be delivering testimony in Washington, and they reportedly have much to reveal.

The Republicans can’t afford to screw this up. Unlike the last time, they need to address the hearing with the seriousness it deserves.

They should do two things in preparation for the hearing.

First, they should all read Stephen Hayes’ recent piece in The Weekly Standard. In it, Hayes does an excellent job of detailing both the timeline of the government’s response to the Benghazi attack, and the evolving changes that were made to the related talking points delivered to the American public. The Hayes piece is a real eye-opener.

Secondly, they need to check their grandiosity at the door and coordinate their questioning. No one wants to hear long-winded speeches designed to gin up a political base. The topic is too important. The mainstream media may not care about what happened in Benghazi, but a lot of Americans do, and the truth needs to be heard. The Republicans in congress should ask short, concise questions. And if one of them doesn’t get all of the information they requested in their allotted time, the next Republican in line should pick up where he or she left off. The grandstanding and political commentary can wait until after the hearing.

If the Republicans can get their acts together and play this straight, we might actually get some long-awaited answers for the families of the victims, and maybe even a little bit of justice for the victims themselves.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Matthew Fero

    The congressional hearings on Bengazi are a circus aimed at vilifying the administration and scoring political points.

    The perpetrators of this crime are not Hillary Clinton nor the president, but are the crooks and extremists in Libya. I don’t care about who said what, or right and left wing political maneuvering. What I want to know is what is being done to go after the perpetrators of the crime, and what the Libyan government is doing to bring them to justice.

    If congress wanted to do something constructive then they should tie security and aid packages to Libya on there willingness and ability to go out and catch the crooks.

    Leave the grandstanding for political ads and debates.

    • John Daly

      That’s the problem, Matthew. You SHOULD care when our government lies to the public. You SHOULD care when they fabricate scapegoats and throw people in jail to cover their own asses. You SHOULD care when the president of the united states and secretary of state literally walk up to the parents of four dead patriots, and lie to them about how their children died because they’re worried about how the truth will affect them politically.

      I agree that there shouldn’t be grandstanding, but the hearings are extremely important. Shedding light on the disgusting cover-up of what led to the death of four of our citizens is absolutely a worthwhile pursuit, and we should keep digging until all questions have been answered once and for all.

      • I Hate Fascists

        And then what?

        • John Daly

          I laws were broken, you pursue charges. If not, its the public who gets to hold the guilty parties responsible.

          Either way, government accountability is achieved, which is how our democratic republic is supposed to work.

          • I Hate Fascists

            You are saying that the guilty parties will be held responsible even if they are not guilty?

          • John Daly

            Guilty of lying to the American public.

          • I Hate Fascists

            You are talking in riddles as usual but I will take that for a yes. So what do want now? Do you see this as rising to the level of Watergate, or at least Monica’s dress?

          • John Daly

            Even you know that “guilty” isn’t just a legal term. Too much time on your hands today?

            My ‘want’ is for the whole truth to be exposed. I couldn’t care less where it ranks among other scandals.

          • I Hate Fascists

            So in response too your gutless coy reference to it as a scandal, let me ask you a direct question. Do you think impeachment would be the remedy that is called for here?

          • John Daly

            Scandal: “a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.”

            You’re welcome.

            I’ve never called for impeachment and have no plans to.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Thanks for nothing bro. It took long enough to drag that much out ouf you. I’ll hold you to that, and you know I will. Turning now to the so-called “cover-up”. Listen closely now. THERE IS NO COVER UP. If they tried to suppress that anyone was killed, that would be a coverup. The distinction between card carrying Al Queda terrorists as opposed to a bunch of random terrorists, that is a non-issue. And as to your “court of public opinion” concept, they delivered a pretty decisive verdict in November, don’t you think?

            Too much time on my hands? No more than you bro.

          • John Daly

            If impeachment is what you were getting at, you should have just asked earlier. It would have saved time.

            You’re saying that it’s only a cover-up if they deny that people were killed? Come on, man.

            The admin not only covered up who the attackers were, and why they attacked, but they pinned the blame on some idiot filmmaker who they knew all along had nothing to do with it – all to cover their asses politically.

            The court of public opinion can’t deliver a fair verdict until they’ve actually heard the evidence. The media made sure that didn’t happen before the election.

          • I Hate Fascists

            It is only a cover up if there is something to cover up. Everyone agrees that there was a terrorist attack that we were unprepared for. That was and is the issue There was an Accountability Review Board that investigated every aspect of this. You make no mention of that anywhere. Did you even read it? Endless hearings in order to parse talking points, who wrote them, and to debate the distinction between card carrying Al Queda terrorists vs a bunch of random terrorists is to make an issue out of a non-issue, which is pretty much standard operating procedure for your party

          • I Hate Fascists

            And how come you can talk dirty but I get censored?

  • Kathie Ampela

    Thank you for the column. According to testimony before congress, Leon Panetta spoke with Obama at 5:30 Washington time about the attack, he (POTUS) was aware of attack from 5:30 on. Panetta had no further contact with Obama the rest of the night (his words) Why wasn’t help sent? They just couldn’t risk a black hawk down scenario 2 months before the election. The President’s policy all along was keep a light footprint, lead from behind and exploit it for the greatest political value. See? We can do it better than the stinky Bush Neanderthals! Nevermind that there had been requests for additional security for months that were denied or ignored. Agenda and politics is all that matters…we’ll keep you long as it’s to our best political advantage.
    You get the government you deserve. Both Hillary and Obama have made it on the latest “Reader’s Digest Top 100 Most Trusted” poll:

    • John Daly

      The timeline truly is disturbing… on multiple levels. Even before the ass-covering began, the aloofness and and incompetency was scandalous.

      I wouldn’t put to much stock in the “most trusted” poll. When the top ten is made up of actors with fading careers, and game-show hosts, you know something’s certainly off.

  • I Hate Fascists

    Personally I hope on 5/8 that President Obama personally confronts the right wingers of the Oversight comittee and shuts them and you up once and for all. Get this thru your empty heads right wingers. There is no cover up. No one ever said or implied that terrorism has been defeated. The Accountability Review Board headed by Pickering and Mullen has reviewed this tragedy in great detail and reported its findings and recommendations. And no doubt it was highly critical of the State Department, but also identifies budgetary austerity as a key factor. It also cites the devolution of terrorism into diverse local forces as an increasing challenge, and the stay at home fortress approach to diplomacy as unacceptable. You think you will turn this into Obama’s Watergate? Maybe force him to resign, and Biden too, and hand the Presidency over to Boo Hoo Boy Boehner? Maybe in your Fascist Fantasyland, but not here.

    • John Daly

      So let me get this straight… Obama, Clinton, Rice, Carney, and others repeatedly told the American public that the attack in Benghazi stemmed from an angry mob that was reacting to a dopey video made by some guy in California. It has since been proven that our government knew almost immediately that it was committed by terrorists, there NEVER was any mob, and that they NEVER believed it had anything to do with the video. The video wasn’t even mentioned in any of the intelligence reports sent back to Washington. What WAS mentioned, time after time, was that it was a coordinated terrorist attack. Yet all of THAT information was crossed out of the Benghazi talking points that the administration fed us. Instead we got the YouTube video b.s.

      All of this happens just weeks before a presidential election in which our commander in chief was running on the notion that Al Qaeda had been decimated, and that his first term was a foreign policy success.

      Yet, there was no cover-up, right?

      With all due respect, people like you have your head so far up our president’s ass that he could tell you that Chuck Norris was behind the attacks and you’d parrot that talking point across the internet without taking two seconds to think about how absolutely idiotic you sounded.

      The budgetary austerity claim is so utterly bogus, that even you should feel completely embarrassed to have even typed it. Why not blame Haliburton, while we’re at it? Or why not global warming? Heck, how about Japanese whalers? That sounds fun.

      Anyone who wants this swept under the rug, without any regard to what actually happened, should be ashamed of themselves. Screw politics. This is about exposing liars and discovering the truth.

      If this had all gone down under a Republican president, I guarantee you would care. That’s what makes you a hack.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Sweetie! How dare you talk to me like that!! Where do you think we are? In bed?!!!

        Presidents do not appoint Accountability Review Boards when they are trying to cover things up. Pickering and Mullen have covered in great detail the failures of the State Department. They “typed” the bugetary austerity claim as well. You have a problem go argue with them. This leftover horseshit that you hardasses are trying to fabricate into an impeachable offense? A non-issue. And hopefully on 5/8 President Obama will shut you up once and for all. Republican president? You really want to go there? Bush Jr., Saddam and his nookuler weapons? Hello? And yeah, Halliburton and Cheney made out very nicely in that exercise. 4500 of our armed forces who lost their lives, not so much. Not to mention the trillions of dollars and arguably losing the real war on terror? Any of this sound like an impeachable offense to you? And do the names Reagan and “Iran Contra” ring a familiar note?

        • John Daly

          The only one you’re in bed with the administration, man. And it’s pretty pathetic. You can parrot all of the MSNBC talking points you like, but the only talking points I’m concerned about are the lies that the administration told to the American public for weeks and weeks.

          How anyone can defend such a thing is truly astounding. So far on this site, you’ve claimed that it’s okay to selectively make racist comments and lie to people, even when the topic is four dead Americans. Think about that for a couple of minutes without drifting off into Michael Moore fantasy-land, and you might just end up with a little self-reflection.

          Nah, what am I saying? You won’t.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Are you saying that Pickering and Mullen are parroting MSNBC talking points? Anything that needed to be said, they said. Anything else is just bullshit. You really have nothing to say, do you? You just want to argue.

          • Paul Courtney

            NOT surprised you have multiple, opposing voices in there. The admiral and the FOH did rip the nameless State Dep’t. Did they tell us what military assets were where, or just conclude “unavailable”? Did they ask Hillary what she knew, and when? Oh, I forgot, they didn’t even talk to her. But you go ahead and stick to your talkin’ points and leave the cognitive stuff to us. I’ll tell you what I think-On Sept 11, Barry had a big fundraiser the next day in Vegas, and the 3A.M. lady had this, long hours on campaign trail yada yada, he went to bed. Hill froze at the thought that some general would send in a gunship, dead Libyans, yada yada, so no one was even put on alert. Am I speculating? Yes, but so long as Barry and Hill won’t talk about what they were doing “real time”, I’m left to guess. Compare this to watching video of those two watching “real time” killing Bin Laden. They couldn’t wait to tell us exactly what they were doing minute by minute then.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Leave cognitive stuff to who? You? Daly? Glen (I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore) Beck? Dragon Lady Malkin? Fat Pig Limbaugh? You pull any bullshit out of the orifice of your choosing and call it cognitive stuff. And it wouldn’t matter what “Barry and Hill” say because they are full of shit anyway right? Meanwhile Pickering today labeled your conspiracy theories as “Pulitzer Prize fiction”, and was not allowed to testify at the hearing. Your own Senator Corker is “satisfied”. You want to be a cult follower and live in a Fascist Fantasyland that is your problem.

          • John Daly

            Please add “cognitive” to the list of words you don’t understand. Do us all a favor and ask for a dictionary come Christmas time. It’s way overdue.

          • I Hate Fascists

            It means it is time for you to shut up. You must be punch drunk bro. This is beyond pathetic, even for you. You are making a complete ass of yourself.

          • Paul Courtney

            Whatever I pull out of whatever orifice, it’s clear your posts are pushed out, and we know the orifice. And one of the voices is telling you to fling it.

          • I Love Fascists

            After much self reflection, you are right. These goofy liberals are responsible for everything that is wrong with this country today. That is the problem with our free society. Way too complicated. Everyone gets their say and you end up with idiots running the country. It’s real simple right? The right wing is always right and the liberals are always wrong. So let’s just give all power to the right wing and put the liberals in their place. Fascism Forever!

        • Paul Courtney

          So, a bit of light humor “not so much” for the 4500 dead soldiers? The ones who died fighting for something in which they believed, despite your ten year mendacity crusade that they died for naught but a lie? If what you believe was true, they’re all war criminals carrying out orders, right? Do you spit on the live ones as they return, or just the dead? I’ll try to give you the benefit of the doubt, and conclude that you just don’t know how despicable you are.

    • Paul Courtney

      What you think we think demonstrates you don’t think. We would like to see Obama take your advice and confront Rs in congress, but he won’t because he’s not half the man Hillary is! She showed how to pound her fist on the table and browbeat those inquisitors. Really, you should keep telling Barry to try it, he may be fool enough to listen to you. Nobody else is.

      • John Daly

        “What you think we think demonstrates you don’t think” – That about sums up most of the lib-trolls that visit this website.

        • I Hate Fascists

          Which party was it again that was labeled the Stupid Party by your very own Jindal and your Fascist In Chief Priebus?

        • I Hate Fascists

          Yeah some nerve, I come on your turf and beat you at your own game every time. Obnoxious aren’t I?

          • John Daly

            Thanks for demonstrating Paul’s point once again. lol.

          • I Hate Fascists

            What point is that? That you are a bunch of semi literate trash talking miserable right wing monkeys? You must be senile bro. “Lib trolls”? No doubt you cannot be referring to me because every time I come in here you come away stupefied and humiliated.

          • John Daly

            lol. Wow, I really hurt your feelings with that “lib-trolls” comment, didn’t I?

            Don’t be so sensitive, kid.

            I don’t deny that your posts leave me stupefied. How can’t they? You come here each and every day, interjecting the equivalent of a fart into otherwise intelligent discussions… and you’re so completely self-unaware that you think the flatulence actually earns you some type of victory.

            It truly IS mind-numbing. No argument here.

            There’s probably some clinical term to describe whatever you’re suffering from, but in layman’s terms, we’ll just write it off to a pathetic desperation to prove one’s own self-worth. Fair enough?

            Keep trying though. In many ways, it’s like watching a child trying to shove a round peg into a square hole. I’m hoping that one day, you’ll figure it out. And when you do, I’ll be the first to reward you with a fruit snack for a job well done, and call you a big boy.

            Make me proud, tiger.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Lib Trolls? Yeah very clever did you think of that yourself? And you are stupefied aren’t you? And humiliated too don’t forget that. Can you name one argument you won? You don’t think you won this argument do you? And you didn’t answer the question, which party labeled itself the Stupid Party?

          • John Daly

            Always adorable.

            Kid, you’re not even sitting at the adult table. Until you graduate from nonsensical heckling, and actually present a coherent argument to the things I’m actually writing about, you’ll remain a lib-troll. But please… continue to promote how awesome you are, while everyone else rolls their eyes at your 4th grade efforts. You know… The more comments these columns receive, the more internet exposure they get.
            So please… continue on being my number one fan. It’s kind of flattering in a way.

            Later alligator!

          • I Hate Fascists

            You lose again

  • redstone_1953

    Here ya go John Daly….. get your knickers in a twist about these facts ( of
    course you wont!):

    1. 9/11 (3,000 dead- largest terrorist attack in American History) On
    George W. Bush’s watch when HE WAS PRESIDENT.
    2. DC Sniper Terrorist
    3. Anthrax attacks
    4. Shoe bomber (albeit, he failed)
    Center for Urban Horticulture destroyed. ELF members plead guilty.
    6. Tacoma,
    Washington abortion clinic bombing
    7. Attack at LAX against El Al ticket
    8. Hughes & Dunahoe firebomb abortion clinic
    9. Women’s Health
    Clinic bombed in Palm Beach burned
    10. SUV attack at UNC
    11. Seattle
    Jewish Federation shooting, Egyptian shoots six
    12. McMenemy abortion clinic
    arson attempt. Not an actual clinic, he was mistaken.
    13. IEDs tossed at
    Mexican Consulate in NYC.
    14. Altman & Baca arrested for the abortion
    clinic arson
    15. Planned Parenthood arson in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    IED attacked attempted at women’s health clinic in Austin
    17. Virginia Tech
    18. Dr. Nicholas Barth right-wing terrorism in NY
    19. Dr. Tiller
    killed at the hands of a right-wing terrorist who worshiped Fox News and
    20. 12 embassy attacks under his watch (where is the fake
    Benghazi-like outrage?)
    Consulates & Embassies:
    June 14, 2002, U.S.
    consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

    February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Truck bomb kills 17.

    February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Gunmen on
    motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

    July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
    Suicide bomber kills

    December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    Militants stormed
    and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

    March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
    Suicide car bomber
    killed four, including a U.S. diplomat directly targeted by the assailants.

    September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
    Gunmen attacked
    embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck
    bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

    January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
    A rocket-propelled
    grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

    July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
    Armed men attacked
    consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

    March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Mortar attack misses
    embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

    September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    Militants dressed as
    policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six
    Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

    Not a peep out of you people, I wonder why?

    • John Daly

      lol. The funniest thing about your post is that you probably actually believe you made some coherent point.

      My beef with the Obama administration isn’t that violence happened on their watch. My beef is in how they responded to the attack.

      If Bush tried to cover up the true identity of the people that committed any of those acts above, please let me know. Otherwise, you just wasted your time.

  • Paul Courtney

    John: Thanks for giving attention to this, here’s why it’s so important. As it stands, another embassy attack is inevitable. This admin learned nothing, still puts not offending middle east muslim gov’ts above security. They say repeatedly that sending in security will make embassies less accessible to people in those countries, and among friends (like nyt and npr) they would boast how they’ve undone Bush (make wrinkly face when saying that name) policies that made embassies like fortresses, less accessible. One would think Benghazi would wake them up, but the press is hushing it up like a Kennedy affair. So long as the press continues to go around saying “shhh, they’re trying to sleep”, the only hope is that the right wing alternative media (hey, that’s you!) creates at least enough embarrassment to cause the admin to guard against next attack. Based on last performance, I’m not optimistic that Rs in congress are going to get this done, and we’re unlikely to learn the truth about Benghazi. It’d be nice to embarrass Obama or Hillary, but it’s more important that they learn from this. Every little bit helps.

  • rbblum

    But, Bernie, ‘the people’ by-in-large have not even been exposed/informed about the level of US foreign engagement. Individual due diligence is called for.

    Consider Asia Times Online book review: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa

    • John Daly

      Not Bernie. 😉

      • rbblum

        Will graciously accept a humbling ‘correction’ . . . though I could swear you do look a lot like Bernie. . . . when the computer screen is powered down.

        Thanks, JD.

        • John Daly

          lol. No problem. I read a conspiracy theory on another board that I actually am Bernie, just writing under a different name. It gave me a chuckle.

  • chagrined

    If this terrorist attack in Benghazi was staged to coincides with the eleventh anniversary of the 9-11 attack, then surely the stated reason for the 9-11 attack “support for Israel” must be addressed. We cannot afford to place the security of the American people in peril for the welfare/terrorist state of israel.

    • Drew Page

      Did you really say “…the welfare/terrorist state of Israel”? Surrounded on every side by countries that deny Israel’s right to exist, attacked by a coalition of Arab countries during the infamous Six Day War, constantly under threat of marketplace suicide Muslim bombers and you call Israel a terrorist state? You should change your handle from ‘chagrined’ to ashamed.

      • John Daly

        It’s amazing how many people share his mindset, Drew. I learned that some higher-ups in the Lutheran church (my church) just decided to end funding that had been sent annually to Israel and instead direct it to Palestine. A bunch of libs whining about those walls put up by the Israelis for that terrible purpose of protecting themselves.

  • G. Daylan

    In a recent Fox News story, an unidentified whistle-blower said that during the Benghazi attack there were indeed military units that could have been sent there before all of the Americans had been killed. But Admiral Mullin who was part of the Benghazi investigation panel said that there were no assets that could have arrived in time to save American lives. I hope that this aspect of the affair is also investigated because it is an example of how callous our leaders are and how far they will go to support this administration. A lot of the official fuss was made over the four killed in Boston but none about the Benghazi four.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Several congressional Democrats said some disparaging things about the Benghazi excuses and about Susan Rice’s accounts of Benghazi.

    Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Steve Lynch
    Maryland Democratic Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

    I guess they are saying this all because they are turning into “racists” right before our very eyes! Wow!

  • Drew Page

    I agree. Republicans need to get their “stuff” together before the questioning begins. They need to coordinate the questions to be asked in advance. They need to decide who will be asking the questions instead of giving their colleagues equal time.
    This is the biggest government cover up since Watergate and it stinks. The MSM are complicit is this disgusting cover up and should be considered co-conspirators.

  • trailbee

    Other than having a Congressional Hearing, is there another option to find out what we want to know? I don’t believe we can sue Hillary Clinton or the president, but is there something “outside the box” that could be used? D.C. is loaded with lawyers, for heaven’s sake. Is Mr. Wood the only one to question what happened to his son? What about the other two families? Or are they liberals and are taking the WH explanation at face value?
    Of all the statements I have heard so far, the one stating that the president did not speak to Mrs. Clinton the evening of the massacre appears to be the biggest lie – UNLESS either one or both knew that something very specific was supposed to happen at Behghazi and they did not expect Ambassador Stevens to return, especially after he had requested extra security. So that, when he did return, it was either send help, or let him die. We know the answer to that one. Thus, no communication was necessary.
    I truly hope someone in D.C. reads your post and actually pays attention to your suggestion – “to check their grandiosity at the door” and treat this last op with the respect and seriousness it deserves. What is so difficult about this? Can Jay Carney be right – Benghazi was a long time ago?

  • Debdeb

    I like your statement “No one wants to hear long-winded speeches designed to gin up a political base. The topic is too important.” I wish everyone thought this way.

  • joepotato

    Truth from this “last try” will be a miracle (if it happens). One theory is that it was a (planned) kidnapping gone bad. This theory is that Stevens (+ others?) would be released for the “blind sheik” (& due to the timing of the election) so Obomba would be a “hero.” If this was the case, a coverup via disinformation was critical. It’s also pretty much common knowledge that a Fast & Furious operation (Syrian style) was also going on at the time. So whatever “truth” is gleaned from this next Kabuki Theater presentation, it will most likely be sorely lacking.

  • Shane

    Obama and Shillary let our people die; they did nothing to help them. George Bush would have sent troops to Benghazi if it had happened during his adminstration. Of course, our people should never had been sent to Benghazi without reliable protection. The group that the state dept. hired to protect them had ties to Islamic Jihadist groups. It was truly a case of the Islamic militant fox guarding the henhouse.

    • Ramon Espinosa

      If we hear grandstanding / please vote these people out of office ; the sword of truth has to be sharp or…….