Stonewalled. Again. *Open Thread*
Well, at long last, Secretary Clinton had her day on The Hill, meeting with both houses in one day. That did not permit many probing questions, or any follow-up questions, particularly since her appearance was treated like her Farewell Tour. We know blessed little more now, than we did before she testified. Well, about Benghazi, that is.
We do know that the Democrats took every opportunity to try and blame what happened there as a budget issue, and then complained about the process being “political.” No matter how many times they were reminded that Charlene Lamb, while testifying under oath, repeatedly said that the Budget did not factor into her decision to not send more security to Benghazi. Not one bit. And WHO is playing politics with this issue?
The White House continues to play politics, with Spokesweasel Jay Carney claiming that the GOP has an "obsession" with Benghazi. My question to him is: Why doesn't the WHITE HOUSE have an "obsession" with Benghazi? Why aren't THEY obsessed with finding the terrorists who waged this coordinated attack against our consulate, killing four Americans?
I’m not the only one with more questions than answers about what happened in Benghazi. Intrepid CBS News reporter, Sharyl Attikisson, who broke the Solyndra story as well as the “Fast and Furious” scandal, has quite a few herself.
Attkisson should not be dismissed lightly. BizPacReview has a little more history on Attkisson:
CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has had enough of the uber-secretive Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of four Americans, including that of Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Attkisson has gone where no women and very few men have gone before in her pursuit of a story. Her reporting has earned her multiple Emmys, most recently for her investigations on Operation Fast and Furious. She’s also a multiple winner of the Radio and Television News Directors Association-Edward R. Murrow Award.
Attkisson knows when she’s being stonewalled or handed a line. The Obama administration, which calls itself the most open and transparent presidential administration in recent history, is doing both, and Attkisson voiced her frustrations on Twitter Tuesday evening to let the world know it.
That is all to say, Attkisson is the real deal. She is truly one of the best, and FEW, remaining investigative reporters in this country. The article lists a number of Tweets Attkisson sent out after the Clinton Hearing, questions that SHOULD have been asked that weren’t, and which still demand answers:
The Obama Admin has indicated it will not be answering Benghazi questions we’ve been asking since Oct. I will list some of them.”
What time was Ambassador’s Stevens’ body recovered, what are the known details surrounding his disappearance and death…”
“. ..including where he/his body was taken/found/transported and by whom?”
And from that moment forward, she just kept hammering:
“Who made the decision not to convene the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) the night of the Benghazi attacks?”
“We understand that convening the CSG a protocol under Presidential directive (“NSPD-46”). Is that true? If not, please explain…”
“… if so, why was the protocol not followed?”
“Is the Administration revising the applicable Presidential directive? If so, please explain.”
“Who is the highest-ranking official who was aware of pre-911 security requests from US personnel in Libya?”
“Who is/are the official(s) responsible for removing reference to al-Qaeda from the original CIA notes?”
“Was the President aware of Gen. Petraeus’ potential problems prior to Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012?”
“What is your response to the President stating that on Sept. 12, he called 911 a terrorist attack, in light of his CBS interview…”
“…on that date in which he answered that it was too early to know whether it was a terrorist attack?”
“Forgot to mention that Sen. Graham has asked 4 transcripts of FBI iviews w/Benghazi survivors but at last word that hadn’t been provided.” [...] (Click here to read the rest.)
There were more tweets by Ms. Attkisson on this issue. If you wish to see them all,t hey are available at Twitchy.com.
Uh, yeah. These are PRECISELY the questions many of us have wanted answered, and it isn’t a POLITICAL issue, it is an AMERICAN issue. There are way more questions than answers on Benghazi STILL. For the White House to state they will not be dealing with this any more is absurd, no, it is OBSCENE. Lives were lost under their watch and through what can only be described as poor decision making by those responsible in the State Department as the Accountability Review Board made clear. So, yeah – just because Clinton appeared before both houses with much of the time going to her history, and not what happened in Benghazi, there are still a TON of critical questions begging for answers.
Oh, and I sure hope John Dickerson, the CBS News Political Director and Slate writer, who has instructed Obama to “declare war on the GOP” doesn’t try and get you fired for your attempts to hold this Administration accountable.
Thank you, Ms. Attkisson, for working so hard to get to the bottom of this, and other issues. Without your dedication and hard work, the American people would not know about Solyndra, Fast and Furious, or some of the probing questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi. If you ever get any answers to these questions, please let us know…