Letter: U.S. deserves answers on Benghazi attack
Published 6:24 pm, Saturday, May 31, 2014
Well, it does and should make a tremendous difference as those four Americans were cruelly deserted by their country, and following that debacle their families and the rest of us were treated to spinning, closing ranks, obfuscating, withholding and/or redacting documents, and heard accusations of base motives against everyone with questions.
Americans are concerned that there are still too many serious questions to be investigated as Bob MacGuffie's letter ("Himes must account for Benghazi vote," May 23) so effectively indicated.
I even have a few more:
1) At what point and by whom was it determined that the U.S. could not have deployed a rescue mission in time to save American lives in Benghazi? How could this determination have been made when the duration of the attack was unknown?
2) Where were the President and Secretary Clinton during the 8-plus-hours-long raid? A former administration official recently revealed that Obama was not in the White House situation room. With a U.S. ambassador missing, a consulate under attack, and American lives hanging in the balance, why weren't Obama and Clinton actively managing the U.S. response?
3) After the attack, why did it take American investigators weeks to access the burned-out compound?
4) More than 20 months have elapsed since the fatal event, in response to which the president vowed that justice would be served. Why have zero arrests been made?
President Obama claims that he only hears about scandals and problems on the news. He should check out the entire May 15 Fox News Poll on Benghazi. Asked if they `"approve or disapprove" of Congress establishing a special committee to investigate the U.S. government's decisions and activities surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, 67 percent approved, 28 percent disapproved, 4 percent didn't.' Asked if "in general," whether they believed the Obama administration has been honest with the American people about the events, 38% percent honest, 54 percent disbelieved, and 8 percent didn't know. The public was cynical about the Republicans trying to score political points, but they overwhelmingly back the select committee, believing 51 percent to 39 percent that the Obama team "knowingly lied" about using the attack to boost the president's re-election bid, and 50 percent to 40 percent saying Clinton has been "deceitful.
Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will chair that special committee to delve into the tragedy, to discover the answers, and to pull the former seven or so committee reports together into a cogent summary. He is a serious and committed former prosecutor who cares about the four slaughtered Americans, not for political reasons but because it is the right thing to do. I do not believe Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is very different than the rest of the country, so I wonder about, though am not surprised by, Congressman Himes' vote.