The Republicans are not after Susan Rice; they are after President Obama. They believe that he did not tell the nation that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack because he felt that it would negatively affect him in the election. They must believe that the only reason he won the election was because he killed Bin Laden and so many other key al Qaeda people. They must believe that we, the American people think that al Qaeda has been wiped out and is no longer a threat. However, I, for one, don’t believe either one of these things. It is a terrible thing when an American ambassador and his staff are murdered. However, not one of us thinks that either the President or Susan Rice is responsible for these deaths. While many Middle Eastern states are in the midst of chaos we may not have any way to adequately defend our people who serve in these areas. It seems we need to hold off sending in our people until an unstable government coalesces into one that is functioning well. This is the real lesson of Benghazi.
So the only thing the Republicans are up in arms about is what the administration told the American people about Benghazi. I don’t know if Obama kept terrorists out of the news for political reasons but I don’t think knowing the answer before the election would have changed the election results and I don’t think the GOP will be able to impeach the President now. The extreme positions of the Republican Party and their exclusivity caused them to lose the election. Stop investigating the President and find the people who committed these murders. Investigate what the intelligence community could have done to prevent or repel this attack. Find out what we need to do so this will not happen again. Then you need to stop trying to distract us from solving our financial issues. Stop turning Susan Rice into a scapegoat. Stop pushing your passive aggressive Benghazi dialogue, in which we have no interest, and solve the tax issues that Americans want you to resolve. And please don’t forget to raise the debt ceiling.
The dialogue around the events in Libya on 9/11/2012 is troubling and brings to mind more questions than answers. We were told that the devastating attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi which resulted in the assassination of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens was inspired by a movie trailer that was not respectful of Muslim beliefs. Now we are informed that this was a planned attack by Al Qaeda terrorists (Ansar al-Sharia, a group which now denies involvement) and that both the FBI and the State Department knew about this almost immediately. We don’t know what to think or what to believe. There is an article today at CNN.com called Don’t rush to join Benghazi blame game, in which Tara Miller, an ex-CIA analyst, talks about the nature of modern intelligence which is flooded with information from around the world. She says that the analysis of any given situation is often something that takes painstaking work and that evolves over time. What follows are some of the questions we have all heard being asked in the news, either as outright or implied accusations. Perhaps it really was all just a sign that our intelligence system is a rhinoceros and needs an “intelligent” overhaul.
Did our government mislead us for reasons of national security?
Did our government mislead us to preserve the message of 9/11?
Did our government mislead us because they were worried about the effects on the election?
Did our government mislead us to because they did not want to give more power to Al Qaeda which would allow them a win and help them with their recruitment?
Did our government simply share with us whatever verified intelligence they had at the moment?
Did Mitt Romney’s comments about these events interfere with an anti-terrorism agenda or just a political agenda?
I’m sure there are more questions to ask than this, and, of course, we would rather hear the real answers sooner rather than later, unless national security actually is involved. Whatever the answer, it appears that for the present we have to learn to live with terrorists. I hope this will not always be the case. The last kind of war I expected in the 21st century was a religious war, although that was because I was lost in dreams of progress and tolerance and world peace. Paying attention has sort of dispersed that rosy haze, although I will never stop wishing that more energy will go towards winning a better life for all the people on our planet and less energy will go into seeking to fight about our differences.