After the Republican Party failed miserably in its cynical attempt to make the tragic deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in Benhazi, Lybia, into a “September Surprise,” the GOP persists in its efforts to personally blame either President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton for those deaths. The central question is the classic “what did you know” and “when did you know it” ruse.
The State Department went through a thorough investigation of the events leading to the deaths of the four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The results of that investigation have been published and appear to be universally accepted as the true account of the events.
However, this has not prevented the GOP from continuing to make a spectacle of this horrible loss of Americans for political purposes. The main theme of their attack is that it wasn’t a Muslim mob incensed by a “crudely” made, but incendiary, video called, Innocence of Muslims, that precipitated the attack on the consulate, but that it was a concerted and planned attack by terrorists, possibly al Qaeda inspired if not directed.
Speaking about the Innocence of Muslims, this blogger remains unconvinced that it was the work of a single ex-con albeit with some help from others. I still believe that the Innocence of Muslims has all the hallmarks of a political dirty trick that went horribly awry. Though “crudely” made, the elements that went into its production such as splicing words into the video, translating it into Arabic, and distributing it world-wide are not the stuff a relatively nudnik ex-con would know how to do.
Despite the final report by the independent investigation on Benghazi, the Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives chafed at their inability to directly question the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. They had their chance yesterday.
The remarkable thing about this formalistic excoriation of Clinton, is the admission by Senator John McCain (R, Arizona) that he had prior knowledge of security inadequacies at the Benghazi compound. (see his comments starting at time mark :31 in the following video).
You are a United States Senator who professes to be especially imbued with a unique perspective on security matters. When you received those messages warning about security failings at the Benghazi compound from Ambassador Stevens, what did you do? Incidentally was it just one message or was it as you inferred in your comments numerous messages. How many messages would it have taken for you to take action?
There is something called a telephone, something that you are surely familiar with. Did you pick up that telephone and call the President or the Secretary?
By your own account, you may have been the first senior elected official in the United States to be directly appraised of the security lapses at this outpost — and yet, you did nothing.