Benghazi: Can we get the truth, now?
News is in the eye of the beholder and apparently only a very small percentage of Americans behold this as a news story.
But I do.
Tomorrow, Gregory Hicks, the former number two man at the American embassy in Libya, is scheduled to testify before Congress. The topic: the attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans, including American Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead.
It is widely expected that Hick’s testimony will serve to reveal that with respect to what actually happened versus what we were told, White House press secretary Jay Carney lied to the media, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to Congress and President Obama lied to the American people.
It’s now clear that coming as it did one week after the Democratic National Convention at which the president all but declared al Qaeda terrorism a thing of the past, the Benghazi attack was politically inconvenient and was thus downplayed. When pressed on this point in her testimony before Congress, Hillary Clinton said that at this point, months after the fact, “What difference does it make?”
If the issue is narrowed to the attacks themselves, perhaps not much. But the issue is not so narrow. This issue is that the administration lied to the American people for political gain. The last president to do that was hounded from office by an indignant media. His name was Richard Nixon. Will there be similar indignation this time?