Maybe if the GOP would allow the investigation and facts to unfold the way they should and stop their usual politicizing of a horrific situation, we’d better understand what happened, reasonably and accurately. How novel, eh Republicans?
And maybe, just maybe, they should take a good hard look at their own Big Important Oversight Guy who managed to pretty much blow it (Darrell Issa’s Benghazi document dump damages U.S. efforts, put Libyans working with U.S. in danger).
Republicans have zeroed in on possible Al Qaeda ties to the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and have criticized the Obama administration for not saying early on that it was an act of terrorism. But after five weeks of investigation, U.S. intelligence agencies say they have found no evidence of Al Qaeda participation. [...]
A second U.S. official added, “There isn’t any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance.” Most of the evidence so far suggests that “the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo” earlier that day, the official said. [...]
Tarek, an off-duty police sergeant who asked that his full name be withheld to shield him from reprisals, said he came to the scene about an hour after the attack began and found militants blocking the road leading to the compound.
“They drew their guns on me and they told me that the Americans were abusing our prophet,” he said. “That’s why they said they had come to fight.“… They were extremely well armed, but Libya is awash in weapons. In Benghazi, machine guns and shoulder-fired grenade launchers, many pilfered by rebels from Kadafi’s stocks during the revolution, are sold on the streets. [...]
Republicans began portraying the attack as the work of Al Qaeda, and they accused the administration of deliberately seeking to downplay that possibility.
Now, however, said another official with access to the intelligence, “it may turn out that the initial assessment was not that far off.”
Isn’t all of this what President Obama and others have told us as they’ve learned it? So where exactly was the Obama administration misleading? Reports have trickled in, and as they have, the information has been shared publicly, and it has also changed as more has been learned. But at least it’s been out there as transparently as possible.
How about honoring this, GOP: Christopher Stevens’ dad: Libyan ambassador’s death should not be politicized.