Emmett Tyrrell

There are other questions to ask. Someone dragged into the White House's talking points an anti-Muslim tape. Who did this? That cannot be too hard to discover. Allegedly, the head of CIA, General David Petraeus, and his colleagues prepared talking points that did not include the tape. Who was responsible for inserting the tape into the talking points? Why did the White House try to deny that the attack was a premeditated terrorist attack? The former Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf said last Sept. 16 that the attack was planned, but the administration continued for days to say there was no evidence it was a planned attack. Who was responsible for this misinformation? Did it come from the State Department or the White House?

What about embassy security? Has there been a record of weak security at diplomatic complexes? I am told there is. Who is responsible for that security? I am told that an old Clinton administration aide, Patrick F. Kennedy, is responsible. Is this so? Is it true that he divides his duties between embassy security and something laughably called the State Department's "Greening Council," a project to improve the environmental sustainability of the State Department's facilities? Is there evidence that then-Secretary of State Clinton knew that the embassies and consulates in the region were in danger? Maybe after a thorough inquiry her presidential prospects will not be quite so promising. By the way, what about rescuing our people in Benghazi that night in September 2012? Were there troops on the ground capable of doing it? How about nearby, say in Italy? Who was responsible for those troops? Did someone countermand their orders?

Obviously there are important questions here, and I am sure Congress can come up with additional ones. Congress's problem, and ours, is that the Obama administration keeps accumulating scandals.


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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