DELAWARE, October 24, 2012 — The invisible vapors of fear are now a mushroom cloud of distrust and disgust. What started as the tragedy of four dead Americans is now a scandal that makes Watergate seem like summer camp hijinks. Nobody died in Watergate.
The Benghazi scandal is literally life and death. We now have emails and we know what really happened. Those emails, we have learned, were distributed throughout the State Department during the seven-hour attack, and they implicate Al Qaeda. Yes, the seven-hour attack. How is it that our embassy was under seige for seven hours and we could not get help to them?
It started with the Obama administration misjudging the Arab Spring, and repeated embassy cables requesting increased security. On August 2 the embassy sent one requesting 11 extra bodyguards to “fill the vacuum of security personnel who are leaving next month and will not be replaced.”
The cable continues, “The security situation in Libya remains unpredicatable, volatile and violent,” adding that “Host nation security is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and secure environment.”
The real war we are fighting is the one being waged by Islamists, and that’s one that President Obama seems to be ignoring. Yes, he got Osama bin Laden (with a little help from some Navy SEALs), but al Qaeda is not on the run.
Radical Islamists had already put an ugly face on the “Arab Spring.” CBS reporter Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted last year while covering celebrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Christian Copts came under attack, an historic Coptic church burned. The burning of United States embassies was part of the Islamist modus operandi. When radical Islamists murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens and also killed Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and military veterans Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, we should not have been shocked by anything but the fact that we were unprepared for it.
Mr. Obama deeply believes in his approach to foreign policy. His motives seem sincere. The deaths of Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are proof that he is wrong.
Americans have been murdered because Obama’s strategy has failed.
Americans of all stripes have every right to know who made the mistakes that led to the deaths of our embassy personnel, why they were made, and what is being done to make sure this does not happen again.
This is a bipartisan issue, not a red issue or a blue issue. It is our issue. It is the only issue to the families that lost brothers, sons, fathers, husbands. What happened in Benghazi needs to come out now.
We have the emails. A 28-year-old Libyan man linked to the attack, Ali Harzi, is in custody in Tunis. U.S. Government officials are still trying to get access to Harzi, and the FBI is expected to take the lead, though intelligence agency representatives will also be present.
Harzi posted details about the attacks onto his social media website as they happened. It is interesting to note that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that “posting something does not make it true.”
This was never, as Obama has said, about a video that virtually nobody watched. These were coordinated attacks by armed Jihadists motivated by what has always motivated radical Islamists. This was about conquering the West to establish the global caliphate.
And yet the Obama administration continues to double down on what happened as if it did not happen at all. But it did. Ask the families of Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Obama needs to come clean beyond the generic remark about terrorism uttered the day after the attacks.
We cannot forget that Obama waited weeks before mentioning terrorism as it related to September 11, 2012, never actually speaking out against the real enemy we should be fighting and protecting our embassies from. But Obama will never use the phrase “radical Islam.” He has banned it from the official White House lexicon.
The administration knew from the very beginning what the truth of Benhgazi was. When they issued their inaccurate statements they did more than get the facts wrong: They lied. They distorted the truth. They tried to sweep their culpability under the carpet.
Nobody likes to use the word “lied.” It is the third rail of political discourse. Politicians are accused of twisting the truth, taking things out of context, and manipulating the information.
President Obama lied.
Those with bumper stickers reading “No one died when Clinton lied,” should scrape them off and scrub their hands. This time people did die, and President Obama did lie.
This should never have been about the election. The fact that the Libya crisis exploded right before the election was as unfortunate, arbitrary, and politically cruel as the devastating financial crisis that swung the 2008 election and elected Obama to begin with. But it did happen before the election, and Obama tried to lie it away.
And so now this must be about finding the truth.
The issue is not that Mitt Romney or any conservatives are “politicizing” these events. What matters is that these events happened.
Radical Islamists did murder United States citizens. The Obama administration did know what happened on the day of the attacks. Obama is his administration. Responsibility rests with him, not his Secretary of State. Obama had everybody from Hillary Clinton to spokesman Jay Carney to Ambassador Susan Rice try to cover up the truth.
They all lied. They knew what happened. We now know that they knew.
We have the emails.
This not about an election. This is about murdered Americans who are the latest innocent victims of a cancer that has afflicted the world for four decades.
No President until George W. Bush faced the threat head-on. When Bush left office, a “new” approach was tried.
It failed. No amount of liberal bullying, obfuscating, blustering, or hiding will change this.
If we are stalwart, we can get the answers to what happened and why. We can learn why extremists are being given leave to step on our soil and kill our people. Senator John McCain, in an interview on Anderson Cooper 360, said that the administration is either woefully incompetant or willfully misleading the American People with their “Al Qaeda is on the run” rhetoric, and according to McCain, any results from the investigation into Benhgazi will not be released until after the elections.
But the evidence is now there for us all to see. We have the emails. And we have the graves of four Americans murdered by the very same radical Islamists President Obama fails to recognize.
So maybe we don’t need to have the results of the investigation; what happened in Behngazi is as obvious as the nose on Obama’s face.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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