Even after explosive congressional testimony on the Benghazi scandal by heroic whistleblowers on Wednesday, the nation is left with a growing list of unanswered questions.
Who in the Obama administration decided to deceive Congress and the American public on what caused the Sept. 11 attack last year on our embassy, which led to four deaths and many injuries?
Why did they bald-faced lie to us, repeatedly – even as they secretly admitted to Libyan authorities as early as Sept. 12 that they knew it was a terrorist attack? Why tell us a different story – which turned out to be a fairy tale?
As for that fairy tale, who in the administration concocted a wholly false narrative that the attack was the result of a street protest outside our embassy over an anti-Muhammad Internet video? U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice told that lie most prominently on all the Sunday talk shows. Who told her to tell that lie?
This government carried its lie so far that it had the video’s producer arrested – apparently hoping they could scapegoat him for all time.
What are they hiding, and whom are they protecting?
They’re sure protecting someone in the administration – a whole lot better than they protected our diplomats in Benghazi.
Who decided in the weeks and months before the attack to decline urgent requests from the embassy there for more security? How could they have left it so vulnerable on the anniversary of 9/11?
Is it true that a rapid response force in Tripoli was mobilizing to respond to the attack when they were told by someone in our government to “stand down” and let our embassy burn? If so, who and why?
Was the lying and cover-up an attempt to pave the way for Obama’s re-election – to avoid a huge embarrassment on the cusp of the election, that his administration completely miscalculated the threat from terrorists and left our embassy personnel in the lion’s cage?
If so, how is that any nobler than Watergate? Isn’t it even more despicable?
Why have the whistleblowers felt coerced, if not threatened, into silence until now?
How is it that those responsible for this scandal still have their jobs?
As much as the major news media want to change the subject – they decided the tabloid story of the kidnapped women in Cleveland was somehow more impactful on all our lives – Benghazi isn’t going away.
Let’s hope not, anyway.
That brings us to perhaps the most important of all the questions surrounding this scandal: What if the government gets away with this?
What if there is no accountability for all of this? What if there are no repercussions for leaving the embassy open to attack; not lifting a finger to save our murdered embassy personnel; lying about it all for days on end, at the highest levels of government; trying to cover it up for months on end; trying to intimidate witnesses into silence, and more?
What kind of precedent will that set? Will this or future administrations be above anything? If they can throw these courageous,
hazardous-duty public servants under the bus, what won’t they be capable of?
What will Americans be saying about ourselves if we meekly acquiesce to
substantive and brazen lying by our government about life-and-death matters? Won’t we be graciously requesting more lies and abuse?
And, after our government has thrown these good and decent folks under the bus, won’t we then be throwing them to the wolves with our indifference?
Our brave Americans serving us in the treacherous forward-area of post-Gadhafi Libya in no way deserved their fate.
If we remain unmoved, surely we will deserve ours.