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Why Benghazi Matters


Never Forget Benghazi
Today marks the beginning of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation of the attack that killed Americans Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information officer, and Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, two former Navy SEALs working as security personnel at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
 
Democrats, hyper partisan as always, have already dismissed questions about the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack as “asked and answered.”
 
However, according to a Gallup poll a large majority of Americans disagree.
 
Gallup found that 69 percent of those polled agreed that questions over the Obama administration's public response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya deserve more investigation, including 52 percent who "strongly agree."
 
House Democrats seem to have no interest in the truth, they merely want to limit the scale and scope of the investigation because they fear it could be used as a political weapon against Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016.
 
And too many Republicans seem to see the investigation in strictly those terms as well.
 
But the Benghazi investigation is much too important to allow it to be mired in the political question of “what did Hillary know and when did she know it?”
 
The really key questions that to this day remain unanswered about the attack; were there any signs an attack was imminent, the lack of a rescue response and the cover-up and obfuscation of the decision-making process that left four Americans dead are much bigger than Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
 
And they must be answered because they go right to the heart of our government’s concept of the national security threat presented by radical Islam and the reality of the government response to it.
 
And there are also the very important questions of government accountability and transparency – the lack of which are hallmarks of the Obama and Clinton style of governing.
 
During the entire time Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State there was no State Department Inspector General in place. An Inspector General would have been the obvious and correct party to investigate many of the questions about diplomatic mission security that arose in the aftermath of the deadly attack.
 
A State Department Inspector General would have also been an obvious choice to collect the papers that according to Sharyl Attkisson’s reporting for The Daily Signal, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell says Hillary Clinton confidants scrubbed of damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the 9/11 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
 
In the aftermath of the original 9/11 attack the Bush administration rather reluctantly acquiesced to the establishment of a commission to look at how the attacks happened and why they succeeded.
 
Out of that commission’s work came a number of important recommendations and findings, not the least of which was that intelligence “silos,” where the government’s intelligence gathering and analyzing agencies did not readily share information, helped create an environment in which the attack could succeed.
 
There is a strong implication in what has so far been revealed about the Benghazi attacks that those silos still exist, or perhaps have been reestablished in different forms, even after the radical reformation of the intelligence gathering and analyzing bureaucracies that came about after 9/11 2001.
 
We already know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are two shameless liars who will evade responsibility for their decisions. If that’s all the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation brings to light it will have failed because it missed important opportunities to ensure government accountability and transparency, educate Americans about the threat  radical Islam poses to our country, and to ensure that our government is alive to the threat and organized in a way that allows us to confront it and win.
 
C-SPAN will cover the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s hearing live today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for more information on how to watch or listen to the hearing go to C-SPAN.org

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