I’m glad to see reports that Senate Democrats are joining their Republican colleagues in asking the Obama Administration to answer questions about what happened in Libya that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
As the story from The Hill linked above shows, the Obama Administration’s story about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi remains vague and unfocused; today Administration aptly described the Administration position as “evolving.” The Administration seems to have backed away from its initial position that the attack was the result of unplanned demonstrations about a YouTube video, and has begun to use words like terrorism and even, apparently, al Qaeda to describe the attack. It’s long past time that full disclosure should be made, including communications between Ambassador Stevens and the U.S. State Department about security and terrorism issues in Libya and planning related to security at U.S. installations.
As the participation of Senate Democrats indicates, what happened in Benghazi is not a partisan political issue. Instead, it is a national security issue, a sovereignty issue, and also an issue of fairness to American diplomatic personnel across the world. We need to ensure that our people are adequately protected and that our government is reacting prudently and appropriately to threats and warnings. As far as I am concerned, meaningful congressional hearings into the disastrous Benghazi incident cannot begin soon enough.