October 2, 2012
Congress should investigate potentially grievous Obama administration errors surrounding the 9/11 embassy attacks that led to the deaths of four Americans, including one ambassador, The Heritage Foundation’s Helle Dale argues:
- The disastrous lack of intelligence and proper security arrangements for U.S. personnel in a highly violent and volatile part of the world. Obviously, State did not do its homework in terms of assessing the risk to its diplomats when the consulate in Benghazi was opened a year ago. According to Ambassador Christopher Stevens’s diary discovered by a CNN reporter, he feared for his life, a fact he would surely have shared with his superiors. CIA director Leon Panetta has now finally acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. . .[and]
- The Obama Administration’s attempts at covering up this outrage, at first denying terrorist involvement, then stone-walling Senate inquiries and deleting computer files. Concern among Senators has now risen to bipartisan levels.
The Obama administration continues to say that an anti-Islam video is to blame for the ongoing Middle East unrest. This from “the most transparent in U.S. history.”
Do you think President Obama should have been more forthcoming about the reasons behind the embassy attacks?