Subpoena + block = Benghazi truth
Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, March 16, 2013
For too long, Obama administration lying and stonewalling have denied the American people an honest account of the Sept. 11, 2012, murders at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. It's time for congressional Republicans to follow through on their threats to subpoena survivors of the attack and block the nomination of Mr. Stevens' successor.
The administration destroyed its Benghazi credibility by insisting the consulate was attacked spontaneously by a crowd angry over an anti-Muslim, U.S.-made online video long after it became clear that the assault was an organized terrorist attack. That makes the independent eyewitness testimony of Benghazi survivors, who reportedly number as many as 30, vitally important.
Secretary of State John Kerry has visited at least one of the survivors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to The Hill. The Washington newspaper also points out that GOP control of the House means survivor subpoenas have a clear path to committee approval there, while Senate Republicans can block President Obama's nomination of State Department official Deborah Jones as Stevens' successor.
It's imperative that congressional Republicans use all of that leverage to get to the bottom of Benghazi bungling. The whole truth otherwise never will be known. And the Liars of Benghazi will get off scot-free.
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I would be sympathetic to this view if the Tribune-Review were more consistent in its quest for truth in American foreign policy. Somehow, though, I suspect that the paper and its editorial board care not a whit for the lies which were peddled to the American public to promote the Iraq war. Indeed, the Trib features some of those war cheerleaders as columnists! Perhaps the Obama administration should give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Susan Rice, just as the Republican hero, George W. Bush, gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to George "Cakewalk" Tenet. Will you shut up about Benghazi then?