by Cal Thomas
When anything bipartisan comes out of a polarized Washington, one should be grateful. That's why a
The committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), faults the
Sen. Feinstein criticized some Republicans on the committee for adding a section in the report called "additional views" in which they intimate that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was culpable in the attacks. In a statement, Feinstein, wanting the record clear, said the accusation was "patently false" and that Clinton was "not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report."
Yet, in an October 16, 2012 interview with CNN in Peru, Clinton said about Benghazi, "I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the
So, Clinton was "in charge," but not at fault, is that it?
In her additional views entry, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), said, "To be clear, the responsibility for the attack lies with the attackers themselves. Unfortunately, the promises of the president and other senior administration officials to bring any of the attackers to justice have ringed hollow thus far. The report finds that more than a year after the attack, the terrorists who perpetrated the attack have still not been brought to justice."
The Times reported in September 2013, "Intelligence officials have a general idea of where they are hiding. And the military has a contingency plan to snatch them... But the fledgling Libyan government, which has little to no control over significant parts of the country ... has rebuffed the Obama administration's efforts to arrest the suspects."
The report contradicts claims by the administration that the attacks were sparked by an anti-Muslim video and concludes that individuals associated either directly with al-Qaida or one of its affiliates were involved and likely planned and carried out the attacks.
What is needed is for Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee, modeled after the
According to an exclusive report from Breitbart.com, three relatives of those killed in Benghazi, including Pat Smith, the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, have written Boehner asking that he name a special committee. Co-signers include "scores of conservative and military leaders." Pat Smith has said President Obama and Secretary Clinton promised her they would find out what happened to her son. So far she has heard nothing.
In the "alternative" media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to
It's a shame the Obama administration does not seem to share her attitude. That's why Speaker Boehner must name a special committee to uncover what the administration appears to be covering up.
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The Shame of Benghazi