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Administration's behavior on Benghazi is an insult to original 9-11

If the media wanted us to remember today’s one-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in Benghazi – and they don’t – it might be a futile gesture anyway.

It makes little sense to try to “never forget” something you’ve never really learned.

A year later, the Obama administration, with a complicit news media, has been able to nearly wipe the Benghazi scandal from all memory.

In the past year, the administration has:

• lied about what happened, concocting a fairy tale that an anti-Islam Internet video caused the attack (and even having the filmmaker arrested);

• never been held accountable for allowing our diplomatic mission to be unprotected on the anniversary of 9-11, of all days, despite fervent pleas to increase security there;

• never revealed President Obama’s actions the night four Americans were killed on his watch at our Libyan outpost;

• angrily told the American people, through then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that it doesn’t matter how the attacks came about, even though they killed four Americans, including our ambassador;

• sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to all the Sunday talk shows to spread the lie about how the video led to a spontaneous protest (which the administration later admitted was a lie);

• kept witnesses of the attacks from speaking publicly;

• punished at least one whistleblower for doing so.

We could go on. But a year later, we know precious little about what really happened that night – only that our government has been lying to us about it and covering it up. Witnesses reportedly were forced to sign nondisclosure statements.

How can the news media accept all the above so unquestioningly, so compliantly? Whatever became of journalism?

The Obama administration has had more than its share of scandals, from Fast and Furious to the IRS harassment of conservative groups to spying on journalists and on millions of Americans. But in the Benghazi case, in which four Americans died brutal deaths, this administration has set new lows for lying, for phony indignation, for obfuscation, for stalling, and for stabbing in the back the very people who were serving it in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world.

Meanwhile, the president said this the day after the attacks:

“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

Well, a year later, it’s no mistake to say they’ve wavered and that justice has not been done. Federal investigators seem to have little interest in the survivors of the attacks – and have been unable to find the perpetrators in Libya, even though media outlets have actually interviewed a key suspect.

“Why is it that reporters seem to be able to find this guy, who the government is charging with involvement in Benghazi, but law enforcement can’t find him?” Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday. “It’s been a year, sir. ... Why can AP find him, why can the New York Times find him, and not our government?”

In response, McDonough had nothing but what appeared to be trumped-up determination and platitudes. Someday. Someday.

In short, this government not only does not appear interested in seeing that justice is done for the Benghazi attacks, it appears intent on preventing it.

That’s some kind of memorial – more like an insult – to those victims, and to the memory of the original 9-11.

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