Crossroads video: “Benghazi”
posted at 12:11 pm on May 10, 2013 by Guy Benson
The voiceover and visual effects may be a tad melodramatic, but this video gets to the heart of the Hicks/Clinton element of the Benghazi scandal:
There are three issues in the Benghazi matter. The first is whether the administration reacted properly to the growing threat to American diplomats in Libya in the months leading up to September 11. The second is whether the administration reacted properly during the attack itself. And the third is whether the administration covered up its actions in the days, weeks, and months after the attack. Many Republicans have been fixated on the cover-up, mostly because of the obvious falsehood of UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements in the days after the attack. But by far the most consequential issue in the Benghazi matter is what the administration did during the attack itself. In those hours, American lives were at risk, and there are real questions about whether the U.S. military did everything it could to save them.
Then again, a strong case can be made that the lead-up to the attack is just as damning and confounding. We now know that Amb. Stevens was in Benghazi (a) at the behest of Sec. Clinton, (b) on a hugely symbolic day, (c) in an exceedingly dangerous city, (d) at a compound that had twice been attacked previously, and (e) in a country to which high-level administration officials had repeatedly denied requested security upgrades. Stage two of this outrage — the attack itself — likely never would have transpired if any one of those factors had been different.