Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Benghazi Investigation -Wrong Priorities

We have all been watching the investigations into just what happened in Benghazi, Libya. We were attacked by terrorists associated with Al Qaeda and four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, were killed. For about 2 weeks following the attack the Administration kept promoting the story that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over a video in spite of the fact that they knew (everyone knew) it was a well planned and coordinated terrorist attack.

That aspect of the story has become a focal point of the investigations and of the media reporting. It appears that the CIA put out a "talking points" document stating that it was an Al Qaeda attack but somehow those talking points got edited by the Administration to blame it all on a nonexistent demonstration instead. Now our Senators and Congressmen want to know who changed the "talking points" and why the Administration mislead the American people for so long.

That is a good question and one which should be investigated and answered. But, that is not the important question. That is a distraction from what should be the real focus of the investigations.

The real questions, the important questions, are: 

  • Why were we so damned unprepared? 
  • Why was security not beefed up in preparation for the anniversary of 9/11? 
  • Why was security actually reduced prior to the attack despite multiple reports and warnings about increased danger and specific concerns about the lack of security by the Ambassador himself? 
  • Why was assistance not sent when the CIA and the State Department had real time knowledge of the attack (they were watching it happen live)? 
  • The President said that immediately upon hearing the news, he gave orders to provide assistance to protect our people. Did he? If so, why weren't those orders get carried out? Why did people at the CIA, State Department and the Pentagon have to wait for orders from the White House to send help in the first place?

Those are the questions that should be the real priority here -not who changed some talking points after the fact.

The problem with Democracy is that so many politicians (elected and appointed) get involved in doing the peoples business.... This tragic event is a perfect example of that and we need answers to these questions so we can take steps to fix that problem and perhaps avoid repeating the mistakes and losing more lives.

Live Long and Prosper....

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