Christopher Stevens. Glen Doherty. Tyrone Woods. Sean Smith.
All four were killed in Libya on September 11, 2012 during a terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
One year ago today.
That’s 12 months.
That’s 52 weeks.
That’s 365 days.
And yet the terrorists who attacked the consulate in Benghazi on that day roam free. There has been no concerted effort to apprehend those responsible. The administration, instead of trying to get to the bottom of what happened, has been referring to this as a “phony scandal” and behaving as if it never happened.
When will the families and friends of these four men see justice served?
The only person arrested in this entire sordid affair was a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who made a cheap, poorly produced video that been languishing on YouTube for months with nary any views. Somehow, some people in Cairo Egypt saw it and started protesting at the US Embassy. When that happened the administration had the excuse they needed to cover up their own incompetence.
Administration officials knew within 24 hours the attack was not a spontaneous reaction to a video, but a planned and coordinated terror attack. Ye the administration – in particular, President Obama, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador Susan Rice and press secretary Jay Carney – blamed the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video for weeks. I assisted in the production of a video for the Heritage Foundation that shows how much the administration blamed ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and how emphatic they were about it:
It was a cover-up from the start and Nakoula was an easy target for President Obama and his minions to throw under the bus.
This went on for nearly two weeks. And during that entire time they knew it was a lie.
It was the reason it was hard to take President Obama seriously when he said: “But my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice.”
Why were Christopher Stevens repeated warnings of a lack of security at the consulate and his pleas for more, ignored?
Why did they fail to secure the scene of the crime?
Why were special forces in Tripoli told they were not allowed to go to Benghazi and aid those under attack?
Why did the administration try to prevent survivors of the attack from testifying before Congress?
Why has Ahmed Khattalah, one of the persons charged in the attacks, not been apprehended or arrested? It’s not like he’s hiding out. He’s been giving news interviews.
Why was Gregory Hicks, a man with 22 years of diplomatic experience, effectively demoted after speaking out and questioning the events of that night?
The Obama administration is one that collectively only sees things through a political lens.
Everything…..everything is political. That’s how they see it. That’s the Chicago way.
They use politics to either cover their ass, or to beat up their opponents. They couldn’t care less what’s best for the country. If you’re looking for evidence, look no further than the events surrounding Syria. The White House wanted advice on how to deal with the situation in Syria. Who did they invite? National security experts? Foreign policy experts? Military experts? Chemical weapons experts?
How about Anita Dunn, David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter?
That’s right. Political advisors. Laughingly, this is the excuse they gave for why they were there:
‘…attendees said the goal was to kick around ideas about how to help Obama win crucial votes in Congress as he faces a critical test of his presidency as soon as next week.’
Yeah right. The President’s three biggest attack dogs were brought in to win votes in Congress? They really must think people are stupid. Axelrod gave a clear indication of what he thought of the situation when the President made his announcement about going to Congress:
Big move by POTUS. Consistent with his principles. Congress is now the dog that caught the car. Should be a fascinating week!
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 31, 2013
Politics. Nothing more.
That’s why one year or 12 months, or 52 weeks or 365 days after their deaths, Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods still do not have justice.
What they do not deserve is the lip service of a President who apparently doesn’t give a crap about them and a former Secretary of State, in Hillary Clinton, who thought the events leading up to their deaths were so insignificant that she threw up her hands and bellowed, “What difference does any of that make?”
The country deserves better.
The families of those men deserve better.
Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods deserve better.