Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry decided to discontinue the so-called disciplinary action of four State Department officials who were determined to have had some culpability in the diminished security at the Benghazi diplomatic compound that led to the armed assault last September 11th. It seems a notation of “Oops, my bad” and an eight-month paid vacation are to be the sum total of negative consequence demanded of anyone; worse, the focus on the event seems to have been of the “Learn what went wrong so it won’t happen again” variety, as though that was the most troublesome aspect of the attack. Kerry has seemingly closed the book on the investigation though there are several very important questions still outstanding:
What was the diplomatic mission that Hillary Clinton charged Amb. Stevens with, what was it that required his personal presence in so dangerous a spot in Libya instead of his being at the embassy in Tripoli?
Why has Clinton not been required to explain this mission under oath, since it was done in our name and on our dime? Why are there so few Members of Congress interested at all in just what this diplomatic mission was?
Why did President Obama deny any military assistance to the diplomatic compound that was adjunct to the embassy, and the Americans who were under attack? Why, after learning his ambassador was missing in the attack, did he leave the Situation Room, did not make any inquiry or request any update all through the assault? Where did he go? What was he doing instead of performing his Commander-in-Chief role?
Why have none of the committees of jurisdiction forwarded an inquiry to the president for him to answer these questions under oath? Why have none of the committees of jurisdiction questioned as to what the diplomatic mission was but instead focused on the security levels prior to the assault commencing?
Why have none of the committees taken seriously the disclosure from one of the Benghazi survivor’s attorney that several hundred U.S. missiles were stolen and the CIA Annex very near to that diplomatic compound in Benghazi was involved?
Why does Speaker Boehner continue to refuse to appoint a special select committee that would focus more sharply on these particular issues? Why does he exhibit no curiosity whatsoever as to what the diplomatic mission was, what the president was doing instead of monitoring the assault? Why does he ignore the requests of many of his fellow Republican members to do so, why does he ignore the petitions of military veterans, some Special Ops, that he appoint the special select committee to get these answers on the record?
Why was some form of criminal charges filed under seal months after the assault had taken place, giving one the impression this administration feels a crime had taken place and not in actuality, an Act of War in which an ambassador was assassinated?
During her testimony before the Senate, not under oath by the way, Hillary Clinton uttered her now famous oh-so-outraged retort: “What difference does it make, at this point?”
Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty knew the difference it made, Madam Secretary, and they gave their lives for that difference.