Today, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform will convene to consider the events leading up to and following September 11th attack the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Beyond the political theater of partisan jousting in Washington, this inquiry raises questions that pierce President Obama’s foreign policy gravitas on the eve of an election.
During three sluggish years of the US economy, Obama hitched his re-election wagon to two policy horses embodied in a campaign mantra, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.” The latter is a matter of debate, but that is a discussion for another time. The former, however, is turning out to be true in-fact but not in implication. Sadly, al-Qaeda is still active, and active in Arab Spring states. A number of questions surround the Benghazi tragedy and raise questions to which the American public deserves answers. Did the Obama Administration deny repeated requests for additional security as claimed by a number of Congressional officials? Was there an interest, on the part of the Obama Administration, to present a picture of a stabilized post-Gaddafi Libya? What was the source of US State Department claims that an inflammatory video precipitated the attacks?