What about the administration's ridiculous claims about an anti-Islamic video inciting the Benghazi attack? Even five full days after the carnage, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told ABC that a video protest was "hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons."
If she believed that, she's incompetent. If she didn't believe that, she's involved in an election-year cover-up. The report simply stated, "There was no protest prior to the attacks, which were unanticipated in their scale and intensity."
Due to illness, Clinton didn't show up at congressional hearings. Thus far, she has avoided answering GOP Congress members' questions about Benghazi. (She also missed the Democrats chiding Republicans for being too partisan -- as if they're not partisan.)
Burns had the honor of answering GOP queries about the administration's zeal to finger an American-made video rather than al Qaeda-inspired brutality. "I honestly do not believe that there was an intent to mislead or misrepresent," quoth Burns.
Well, he is a diplomat.
I know I'll never get a straight answer on the blame-the-video spin, but I still have other questions. Why didn't personnel have smoke hoods in their kits? Why were there full cans of fuel lying in plain sight at a mission that previously had been breached? Do Pickering and Mullen really believe, as the report says, that "'good Samaritans' among the hordes of bystanders and looters," somehow found Stevens' body in a building so smoky that the American team could not find him and brought it to a hospital?
Does the Obama administration have the grit to pursue and punish the terrorists who killed Stevens, Smith, Woods and Doherty, or do they just want this story to go away?
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