Oliver North

For nine days, the Obama administration -- including Susan Rice, our ambassador to the United Nations -- refused even to describe what happened at our Benghazi consulate as a terror attack. The White House and State Department insisted that Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed during an "unplanned attack" during a protest prompted by the offensive video and that there "was no intelligence about any threat in Libya." Of course, that narrative exonerates the administration from a failure to plan for radical Islamic "anniversary attacks" on Sept. 11.

We now know that's not what happened. As Catherine Herridge at Fox News discovered, there was intelligence about a possible terror attack in Libya two days prior to the event, and it was unrelated to the infamous video. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is investigating the "discrepancies" between the O-Team's storyline and the events on the ground. There are a number of additional questions that should be asked and answered:

--Why was our ambassador to Tripoli in Benghazi on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary?

--Who decided to delay placing U.S. Marine embassy security guards at our Libyan diplomatic missions?

--Who made the decision to have our ambassador accompanied by such a small personal security detail on the trip to Benghazi, and when was it made?

--Other than the Americans at the consulate, who else knew about the ambassador's visit to Benghazi?

If the vaunted Obama "national security team" didn't prepare adequately for the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks, the Congress and the American people deserve to know. But they can't use "we just didn't know" or the "spontaneous outrage" excuses for what happened on the night of Sept. 13-14 at Camp Leatherneck/Bastion.

Nobody is saying that the well-executed assault that killed two U.S. Marines was anything but well-planned. The enemy employed well-aimed indirect fire, automatic weapons and a suicide assault against the 1,600-acre U.S.-British base in Helmand province. The number of aircraft damaged and destroyed is staggering.

We were told that the Arab Spring was going to make things better. The Obama Nobel Prize said as much. But for all of what has transpired since Sept. 11, 2012, there is one overriding question that needs to be asked and answered: How could this happen? Even useful idiots should want to know.

Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes in Special Operations." To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.