January 16, 2014
A Senate report released this week offers new evidence that the Obama administration had ample warnings that the security situation in Benghazi was going to escalate. “This attack was preventable,” argues the report, which includes new declassified testimony.
“This testimony indicates beyond any doubt that the narrative of the Benghazi tragedy was changed within the White House,” Heritage Foundation expert Helle Dale writes. “The question remains why and by whom.”
The Obama administration has been lambasted for misleading the public about what happened in Benghazi, and rightly so. They should have been truthful earlier, Heritage Foundation vice president James Carafano says:
“I suspected this when I first testified before Congress on the issue shortly after the attack — and listed it as one of the top issues that needed to be answered right away,” Carafano told The Foundry. “It’s tragic that it has taken this long to know the truth. We have to know what went wrong so shortfalls can be addressed. This is crucial information that folks need to thwart the next attack.
This bipartisan report should motivate more lawmakers to look seriously into the actions of the State Department and the White House, Dale adds.
“Today more than ever, Benghazi stands as the symbol of incompetence of the Obama administration,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said this week at Heritage’s Conversations with Conservatives.
Heritage’s Rob Bluey got the scoop in an exclusive interview with Bachmann. Watch the video here.
Do you think the Obama administration should have been more forthright about the Benghazi scandal?