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Avoid witch hunt on Benghazi



Published: Sun, May 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Question: What do the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act have in common?

Answer: Both disparate events have been shamelessly twisted into political tools by some Republicans to discredit Democrats in the run-up to this fall’s congressional elections.

Particularly in the case of Benghazi, it’s high time such politicization ends. As the U.S. Congress prepares to begin its eighth set of hearings on the attack that killed four Americans, the investigative panel’s major goals must focus squarely on truth and action.

Recent release of an email about how the White House would frame the attack in the media raises some legitimate questions about the administration’s commitment to transparency. Results from earlier hearings indicate that the State Department did indeed make mistakes before and after the attack. That’s why administration officials must offer full disclosure in testimony this time around to ensure it is the last go-round on Benghazi.

More importantly, Select Committee panelists must work to guarantee U.S. diplomatic ranks are adequately protected across the globe by crafting recommendations to ensure the mistakes of Benghazi are never repeated.

Toward those ends, cooperation — not confrontation — must be the committee’s watchword. Democrats on the panel should rethink boycott plans. Republicans should emphasize their mission is apolitical. A good-faith start in achieving those ends would be to even up the political makeup of the committee. Republicans now hold a 7-5 advantage.

Above all else, the panel’s mission must remain a bipartisan search for truth.


Comments

1Jerry(498 comments)posted 4 months ago

The “administration’s commitment to transparency”??

The State Department made “mistakes”???

I am no longer concerned about the cover-up, or who told what lie and when they told it, after the fact in 2012. The absurd cover-story about an anti-Islamic video and the other lies are not important. I am concerned, however, regarding the reality of that which is being covered up.

It is fairly apparent that the Obama White House was more concerned regarding political considerations than they were regarding the very safety and lives of our foreign service personnel.

Why did they not withdraw our personnel and close the consulate when they knew that the situation in Libya was dangerous and uncontrolled?

When they knew they were leaving our people in a dangerous situation, why did they reduce rather than increase the security protecting them?

When they knew that our people were being attacked, why was no effort made to assist or rescue? The argument that no rescue was possible is potentially valid in hind-sight only. They did not know that no rescue was possible at the time. Why was no attempt made? If a rescue attempt had been dispatched and arrived too late, this argument might have some credibility. Since no attempt was made, there is absolutely no credibility here at all.

The answer to all these questions is that the Obama White House was more concerned with maintaining the fabricated foreign-affairs storyline that they were hustling for the re-election campaign.

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