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We Need A Select Committee To Investigate The Benghazi Murders

Charlie Woods, whose son died defending the American personnel killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has made the best case we’ve heard for why there needs to be a Watergate-style Senate Select Committee appointed to investigate the attack and murders there.

Mr. Woods said he regards the government officials who refused to send in military assistance to the consulate as “murderers of my son.” “[Tyrone] risked his life to be a hero,” Mr. Woods said. “I wish that leadership in the White House had that same level of moral courage and heroism that my son displayed.”

Benghazi attack victimsSo do we, and that is why we’ve finally decided to weigh-in on the Benghazi attack.

This past Wednesday, Senator John McCain stood up for Mr. Woods -- and the other families of those murdered in Benghazi -- by introducing a resolution to create a special eight-member select Senate committee to examine the attack on the consulate in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith, were killed.

McCain argued that the Obama administration had no credibility to carry out an investigation of its own actions or inaction.

Joining McCain in calling for the special committee were Senators Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H and Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., who said, “a segmented, stove-piped investigation – where you have three different (Senate) committees going off in three directions and not comparing notes…is going to lead to failure.”

Of course, Congress is no more a bastion of truth-seeking and moral courage than is the Obama White House, and McCain’s resolution drew quick opposition rooted in the prerogatives of Senate committees that are already conducting their own investigations of the attacks. Senators serving on those committees defended their ability to conduct a thorough inquiry and seemed to see McCain’s efforts as potentially encroaching on their turf.

However, we were gratified to learn that one principled conservative senator who did voice support for McCain’s idea of a special select committee was Senator Jim Inhofe, R- Okla., who serves on the Armed Services Committee and is slated to succeed McCain as its ranking member when the new Congress is sworn-in in January 2013.

In addition to charging that those who refused to send in military assistance to the consulate were the murderers of his son, Mr. Woods also faulted the Obama administration for telling him a “pack of lies” about what happened in Benghazi.

It is time for those who crafted and set in motion that “pack of lies” to be exposed, and the truth to be brought to light. A full and thorough Congressional investigation is the only way to accomplish that goal.