PLEASE NOTE: The list on the right is updated daily. As of September 10, 2013, the resolution had 169 congressional co-sponsors.
The Benghazi select committee has earned the support of 169 Republicans, 49 of whom have signed onto the effort following the release of a congressional report that accused senior Obama administration officials of negligence.
If we don’t find out what led up to, occurred during and happened afterwards –and the role played by the President and his senior subordinates throughout – there will certainly be more lies and may be more American deaths.
Despite several hearings held by assorted congressional committees, we are today no closer than before to knowing the answers to myriad questions that require urgent and authoritative answers. Among them are the following:
- What role did the Obama administration’s assiduous cultivation of relations with Islamists play in the creation of the State Department’s so-called “special mission facility” in Benghazi? What was the true purpose of that facility and who was assigned to staff it, with what roles?
- Where are those people now and why have they not been made available to date to congressional investigators of the Benghazigate affair? How many of them were injured in the Benghazi attack and what is their current status?
- What caused U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens to consider it necessary to be at that facility, which he had formally complained was dangerously insecure, especially on September 11th, a day that al Qaeda has long sought to make open-season on Americans?
- Specifically, what was the urgency of Chris Stevens’ last official act – an evening meeting with the Turkish consul general?
- Were the special mission facility and the nearby CIA “annex,” Amb. Stevens or any other personnel that were stationed in or operating from Benghazi involved in a covert operation to collect small arms, surface-to-air missiles and/or other weapons? Were any of those weapons being secretly made available – directly or indirectly – to the Syrian “opposition,” a group known to include al Qaeda elements?
- If weapons secured in Libya for this purpose were transferred to the so-called Syrian rebels, was there a presidential finding authorizing such activities? In that case, had any congressional leaders been duly notified?
- The public record suggests that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were inexplicably disengaged from the time they learned of the attack until their joint appearance the next morning in the Rose Garden. Where were they and what were they doing during that period?
- What orders were given and by whom with respect to the organization and execution of a rescue operation or other assistance to the Americans under attack? If no such orders were issued, was there direction given to do nothing and on what authority?
- Precisely who was involved in the so-called “Deputies Committee” efforts to rework the CIA talking points that were used to brief lawmakers and the public a false narrative that an offensive video, rather than an act of terroristic jihad, was the catalyst for the attack? In particular, what role did John Brennan play in that disinformation?
- Why did the President insist for as long as two weeks after the episode that the video was involved, prompting him to declare – among other troubling statements – at the UN on September 25th that, “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”?
- Is such presidential guidance why the Obama administration appears to have followed through on the stated intention of Secretary Clinton to prosecute and jail the maker of that video – with ominous implications for freedom of expression in America?
Unfortunately, even now – eight months after the murderous attack in Benghazi, these and many other aspects of this scandal that are so redolent of the Obama administration’s penchant for putting politics before public safety still cry out for proper investigation.