It seems the water keeps getting hotter and hotter on the Benghazi front. Let’s look at a couple of rather bombshell-ish clips from an interview with Former White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor on Fox. First we have the issue of deliberately obfuscating a terrorist attack with demonstrations over a video. Let’s start with a little background, and then jump into the clip:
Throughout the exchange, Vietor, who seemed annoyed at the line of questioning, wasn’t really able to answer Baier on various questions, telling him he “believes so” or that he didn’t remember.
“Dude, this was like two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane process … we’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long.”
Seriously? I’m admittedly shy on experience as a bureaucrat, but I would think that an event in which four Americans — including one ambassador — were killed would stick out a bit more than most. Hm…
I confess I really enjoy some of the snarky responses:
Would the IRS accept ‘dude, that was two years ago’ as a response during a tax audit?
If things from just 2 years ago are no longer relevant, why does Obama still talk so much about Bush?
Here’s a second clip, this one addressing the question of Obama’s whereabouts during the entire event. Remember, the entire administration has been completely silent on his location for a chunk of several hours during the attack, so this is the first time anything has come out:
Hm. In the White House, was he? Again, I’m shy on experience as a high-ranking White House official, but I would think that I would keep a pretty close eye on any event involving American deaths in a Middle Eastern country. To do that, I’m pretty sure the Situation Room is the best place to be. Wouldn’t you agree? And what was he doing in the White House? Reading? Signing executive orders? Playing Xbox? Why hasn’t anything been said about this? Given the lengths they have taken to keep the truth from public knowledge, it seems to make the question of Obama’s actions that night even more important, does it not?
But this interview isn’t it. For example:
A high-ranking officer in the U.S. Africa Command on the night of the Benghazi attacks is now saying that the U.S. military did not try and was never even ordered to save the Americans under attack at the U.S. diplomatic outpost on the September 11, 2012 attack.
In explosive testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell said bluntly about the military’s response on the night of the Benghazi attack: “The discussion is not in the ‘could or could not’ in relation to time, space and capability, the point is we should have tried.”
That’s pretty damning, but it still doesn’t stop there. Even an MSNBC host goes on a rant about how the White House is lying:
If MSNBC — home of the Obama leg tingle — has figured out they’re lying, then you can bet that the situation is spinning out of control.
Some Republicans have even gone so far as to suggest that withholding these recently released documents for a number of months is bordering on criminal.
All of this has prompted Speaker John Boehner to call a special committee to investigate, starting with John Kerry. It’s no wonder Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are whining and trying to change the subject. Let’s hope the Republicans find themselves a spine for a change and don’t allow it.
There’s my two cents.