Emmett Tyrrell

It has now been just over a year since a group of terrorists overwhelmed our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four Americans, one of whom was our ambassador, two of whom were former SEALs. Today, we know little more than we did then, despite the bluster of the then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and of President Barack Obama, who has gone on to other problems. Incidentally, former Secretary of State Clinton is now in retirement and ceaselessly roaming the country lecturing for enormous honoraria. She is, according to the press, the "inevitable" Democratic nominee, and, according to the likes of Time magazine's Joe Klein, the most talented and credentialed candidate for the presidency in "many a moon."

Still, she has not seen to it that the American people have been informed about the circumstances surrounding the death of Americans in Benghazi, and apparently in her travels around the country, no one has seen fit to discomfit her with questions about the State Department's handling of Benghazi. Maybe they fear she would shut them down the way she shut down an inquiring United States senator with her witty riposte "What does it matter?" When she said that, she appeared to be ranting.

The troubling fact is that we know little more today about Benghazi than we did a year ago, and Benghazi is now in danger of being erased from memory by all the subsequent Obama administration scandals. The Prophet Obama did not respond to questions about Benghazi even during his campaign, when he should have been held accountable. Moreover, his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, was depicted by the press as boorish and vaguely misguided for even raising a question about Benghazi during the campaign.

I have put reporters on the case, and they have not been able to get a response or even an acknowledgment from the White House. For instance, the indefatigable Robert Stacy McCain has asked the White House without getting a response where the president was the night of Benghazi. Could he see a timeline? "We still have not gotten an answer," he writes, "and most of the media seem to have lost all interest in the question. White House correspondents have let themselves be played like chumps, treated like court stenographers whose job is to transcribe the administration's talking points." Chris Wallace of Fox News did make bold to ask the president's senior advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, about the president's whereabouts that night. Yet, Pfeiffer was evasive.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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