Every day, new revelations come out about what happened at the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11. Each revelation makes the incident more troubling and paints the Obama Administration is an increasingly disturbing light.
We now know that, in the months before the September 11 attack, there were multiple warnings and incidents, at the consulate itself and elsewhere in Benghazi, that made it clear that the area was dangerous and that consulate lacked sufficient security. Why didn’t our government take steps to either significantly beef up security at the compound or remove our Ambassador and the consulate staff from the unsecure area? Given the turmoil in Libya, protecting the security of Americans serving there should have been a high priority, but it obviously wasn’t. The failure to act in response to repeated warnings and prior terrorist activity is astonishingly irresponsible. Why hasn’t anyone in our government been held responsible for the failure to protect our people against a painfully obvious threat?
In addition, the information that has been dribbling out about the incident makes the initial “spontaneous mob” explanation offered by the Obama Administration especially inexplicable. The people involved in the incident itself — from the State Department people who were following the incident in real time, to the people who received the frantic phone calls and messages from consulate personnel, to the military personnel and intelligence operatives who apparently tried to respond — understood that the incident was a planned and coordinated terrorist attack, not a reaction to a YouTube video about Mohammed. Indeed, there was no apparent factual basis for believing the attack was an angry response to an obscure video. So why did the YouTube video ever get blamed for the incident? Who pushed the YouTube video story, instead of telling us the truth?
Today Kish and I watched Meet the Press, and we shook our heads when the Obama Administration spokesman tried to reassure us that the investigation of the incident is proceeding. Really? It’s been two months since four Americans were murdered, apparently needlessly. Does it really take so long to figure out why warnings weren’t heeded, and who made the decision to ignore them? And how can it possibly take two months to determine who came up with the phony YouTube video explanation for the carnage? If our government can’t move more nimbly than this, what does it tell you about the capabilities of our government?
I hate to think that, with the election now only two days away, the Obama Administration is stonewalling and trying to run out the clock on a terrible failure that produced four dead Americans. However, I’ve heard no other reasonable explanation for the fact that the Administration has not moved aggressively and quickly to figure out what happened, tell the American people the truth, and take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Is there another explanation?