Benghazi emails that apparently influenced the controversial talking points about the terror attack on September 11, 2012 will be handed over by the White House in an effort to garner GOP support for Obama picks for Defense Secretary and CIA Director. It is unclear why the documentation has been withheld for five months.
Geoff Earle of the New York Post reports that the emails may “shed new light” on the statements made by UN Ambassador Susan Rice on several news programs after the attack, which were later discovered “to be inaccurate for downplaying terror connections to the attack.” From the beginning, it was clear that there was no “spontaneous protest.” Importantly, it was reported that references to terrorism were initially in the talking points but were later removed. It is unclear who removed these references or why, as there have been conflicting reports on this point.
One obvious solution would have been to ask the survivors of the attack what really happened on that fateful day. Hillary Clinton testified that there were 25-30 survivors, (how is it that she does not know the number of survivors? And who and where are they?) but the State Department did not ask them questions because they “did not think it was appropriate” for them to talk to the survivors “before the FBI conducted their interviews.” So it was better to feed fake information to the American people for weeks after the attack? Her response was weak, at best. By the way, what were the results of the FBI interviews with the survivors?
On November 14th, President Obama said, “We have provided every bit of information that we have, and we will continue to provide information…” Yet, as of late November, requests for “drone and ground-level surveillance images and email communications and documents” were still being withheld. At the recent confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Senator Richard Burr stated, “In the course of this investigation, the CIA has repeatedly delayed and in some cases flatly refused to provide documents to this committee.” No wonder there are so many unanswered questions.
In a largely unreported interview with President Obama on February 14th, the president made some eyebrow-raising statements about many topics. On Benghazi, he stated that the controversy surrounding the terror attack was “largely driven by campaign stuff.” This attitude seems to be representative of the overall diminishing of the Benghazi attack that has taken place since it claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Computer Expert Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Hopefully the Benghazi emails will shed light on the many unanswered questions related to the terror attack. If past performance of the White House and the government at large is any indicator, there will be no answers.
In October, 2012, Rep. Trey Gowdy asked questions … that remain unanswered.
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