Daniel Doherty

Abu Khatallah was in plain sight for years: sitting for interviews with western media outlets, picking up his nephews from school, and by all accounts living a normal life. In other words, this wasn’t a man who was in hiding -- or even attempting to hide. Therefore, one must ask, why did it take so long for US Special Forces to apprehend him?

Put another way, if numerous journalists had access to him -- a guy who allegedly coordinated the Benghazi terrorist raid on the US compound in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12 -- then why couldn't our military personnel have got to him sooner?

As it happens, this is the exact same question Fox News' James Rosen asked State Department spokesman Jen Psaki yesterday. But naturally, his questions were never really answered in a serious or satisfactory way. Via The WFB:

Rosen’s most pointed question is the following: if journalists had access to this “key” Benghazi terrorist for years -- but somehow our highly trained and professional military did not -- why didn’t US commandos just pose as reporters in order to capture him? Her response: “Well, we appreciate your view. If you’re volunteering yourself for future endeavors, we’ll take that into account.”

No doubt a clever response. But her reply didn’t really answer the question. In fact, she never does. Surprise.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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