Fred J. Eckert

How many House Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

It’s a trick question. They wouldn’t try. They prefer to just sit in the dark and complain that someone else isn’t changing it.

Their proclivity for trepidation and their ineptitude explains why, a-year-and-a-half after we suffered a brutal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Congress and the American people are still being kept in the dark about so many facts essential for grasping the truth and thereby learning the right lessons from this great national tragedy.

President Obama, Hillary Clinton and their fellow Democrats may not want the American people to learn the whole truth about Benghazi -- but it is not within their power to prevent this. Whereas it is absolutely within the power of House Republicans to make it happen -- but it is not happening.

Which means that the blame for our still being so deeply in the dark about Benghazi lies squarely with the House Republicans.

Think about it:

With the Obama Administration resorting to lies, deceptions and stonewalling to try to blur and block the truth about Benghazi, House Speaker John Boehner announced not long after the attack that he was fed up and was making it a “top priority” to get the truth out to the American people.

On December 4, 2012, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a resolution to create a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, a select committee being generally regarded as the best approach for an intelligent, well-coordinated, bipartisan investigation. Unlike a standing committee which is certain to be constantly distracted by other matters impeding its effective use of time, resource and expertise, a select committee is able to focus its attention solely on one specific issue.

At the beginning Boehner said the right things and Wolf introduced the right approach. Yet so ineffectual are House Republicans that we still lack answers to most of the truly essential questions, including this, the most important one: What person or persons is responsible for the utter failure to pre-position US military assets within range to be supportive in the event of an attack; and what, if any, disciplinary action has been taken or is contemplated?

What is the explanation for why House Republicans have not been able to get to the bottom of Benghazi? In a nutshell: absence of any sound strategic thinking and lack of backbone, with special blame going to John Boehner and the rest of the House “leadership.”

Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert is a former Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a US Ambassador under President Ronald Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valued advisor.”