Who is Really Politicizing Benghazi?
Today, Congress heard the testimony given by Gregory Hicks, Benghazi whistleblower and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya. On April 30, Heritage’s Helle Dale told us to “expect fireworks when the whistleblowers finally do get to tell their stories.”
Well, the White House is putting on a great fireworks display.
In light of today’s testimony, the White House has accused Republicans yet again of making “attempts to politicize” the tragic attacks in Benghazi and the subsequent disinformation campaign by the Obama administration.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated:
This is a subject that has from its beginning been subject to attempts to politicize it by Republicans, while in fact what happened in Benghazi was a tragedy, and the President has been committed from day one to two things: making sure that those who are responsible for the deaths of four Americans are found and brought to justice and that we do everything we need to do to ensure that this kind of attack cannot happen again.”
Our government should of course work to ensure an incident of this nature never happens again and to bring those responsible to justice. Heritage explains:
We have to understand the systemic and individual failures that led to the deaths of four brave Americans in order fix the problems.
But to achieve that goal, Congress needs information that it appears the White House has made concerted efforts to conceal. For example, during the testimony, Hicks made it clear that the consulate was under attack and that he never told then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that there was a protest going on outside the consulate.
That’s not a convenient reality for the Obama administration.
It’s so inconvenient that Carney also stated that the circumstances have “been looked at exhaustively,” in a futile attempt to get America to just move on – something Secretary of State John Kerry would appreciate.
When asked whether the Obama administration was “confident” that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had acted appropriately throughout the process he said, “We are.”
He added that the White House edits made to the CIA talking points were “stylistic and non substantive.” Was it a mere “stylistic” change that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said that the attacks were caused by outrage over a video and were not a systematically devised terrorist attack?
That sounds like more than a stylistic change to me.
By accusing congressional Republicans of politicizing the issue, the White House is politicizing the issue.
Carney is incorrect to state that the circumstances have “been looked at exhaustively.” That would imply that no further information or analysis is needed. Could it be that what will be found will prove to be politically inconvenient for the Obama administration?
Carney wrapped up his remarks with praise for President Obama and the honesty and forthrightness with which the administration has approached this issue “from day one.”
That is a highly dubious claim. If it were true, it would be highly unlikely that we would still be trying to clarify what happened in and around Benghazi on the September 11 attack that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other servicemen.
The Heritage Foundation’s Jim Carafano explained this morning:
What is becoming increasingly clear is that (1) the Administration bungled security before the incident; (2) the response to the assault was disjointed and inadequate; and (3) the Administration made a consistent and considerable effort to hide these facts.
The timeline still does not add up.
That Hicks is only just now being allowed to testify before Congress reinforces concerns that the Administration continues to slow-roll the truth coming out. Yet the White House continues to stick to the increasingly incredulous line that it has been forthcoming at every step.
Even a cursory look at the media coverage indicates that Jay Carney, the White House, and congressional Democrats are throwing stones in a glass house.
The congressmen and congresswomen who are still attempting to get to the bottom of this issue are not simply trying to politicize it – they actually want answers.
The bottom line is that this issue is not yet resolved, and the administration’s blatant and continued attempts to make America believe otherwise is disgraceful.