Bob Barr

The Obama Administration’s attitude toward the 9/11/12 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya is summarized in one phrase:“Dude, this was two years ago.” This was the disgracefully glib response former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor gave to FOX News after being pressed on his role in editing talking points to help the Obama Administration save face, rather than address questions surrounding the most serious attack on an American diplomatic mission since the takeover of the U.S. embassy compound in Tehran in 1979.

Like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who bellowed, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” during a Senate committee hearing on Benghazi in 2013, Vietor revealed how little this President cares about finding the truth about the deaths of four American citizens, including a U.S. Ambassador.

Fortunately, Republicans have not relented in efforts to break down Obama’s stonewalling and downright lies. Earlier this week, House Majority Leader John Boehner appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to chair a new special House panel to finally bring to light the facts before, during and after that deadly attack.

Most pundits and media have focused on the ethical and perhaps legal errors committed by the Administration in its attempts to camouflage its own incompetence. Unraveling the “Benghazi Bungle,” however, is about far more than politics or even lying; ; it is crucial to the national security of the United States.

It is easy to view terrorists in the Middle East as simple criminals who plot crude ways to harass, attack and kill innocent civilians. In fact, while their methods can sometimes appear primitive, they are extremely adaptable and adept at employing news and social media to further their goals. Nowhere is this more evident than in how terrorist groups like al-Qaeda study our government’s response -- or lack thereof -- to incidents like Benghazi.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.