Janet M. LaRue
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Why does it take an investigation for President Obama to tell the American people what he knew and what he did or didn’t do in response to calls for help from Americans under enemy fire in Benghazi?

It doesn’t. He’s the gate keeper of his own mind.

Consider what Obama told KYLE CLARK of Colorado’s 9News.com on Oct. 27, when he asked Obama about Benghazi:

KYLE CLARK: “Were they denied requests for help during the attack?”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I've said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn't happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we're going to find out exactly what happened, but what we're also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”

Obama said: “The minute I found out what was happening.”

Which minute was that? He used the present tense, meaning the attack was occurring when he learned about it. Did he watch any of the seven to eight hours of live feed from a Drone circling above the battle?

Obama said he “gave three very clear directives.”

“Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”

What does “securing our personnel” mean? What personnel? What specific directives did he give and to whom? He mentioned “the state department, the military, the CIA” Who else?

“Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn't happen again.” Why was Obama concerned about an investigation to prevent reoccurrence during an ongoing attack with American lives at stake?

“Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

Former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty fought gallantly together on the roof of the CIA safe house, pointing a laser on those who were firing mortars at them. They called for help twice.

Help didn’t come. Both men died. Obama refuses to tell Americans why he didn’t bring justice to the terrorists then and there.

It’s about trust and transparency.
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Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.