Lindsey Graham continues strong statements on Benghazi

Lindsey Graham is relentless in his battle for the truth about the attack in Benghazi. As Graham gets louder his words become stronger. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMarch 18, 2013 – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been relentless in his efforts and his rhetoric is getting bolder and louder.

“I’ve had contact with some of the survivors. Their story is chilling,” Graham told FOX News anchor Brett Baier on Friday.

“The bottom line is, they feel that they cannot come forward. They’ve been told to be quiet, and at the end of the day, we can’t let this administration or any other administration get away with hiding from the American people and the Congress; people who were there in real-time to tell the story.”

Strong words any way you interpret them. If true, Graham’s assertions could have implications not only for Barack Obama but also for Hillary Clinton.

Forget about U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice who appeared on five Sunday morning news shows shortly after the attack. Rice was a scapegoat, and it cost her dearly when Clinton vacated her position as secretary of state.

What is more relevant is the fact that so many of the Benghazi survivors are unwilling to come forward to tell their story. That alone should be an indication that something is amiss.

For a couple of months following the attack, FOX, Graham and a handful of others persevered to uncover the truth about the events in Libya that took the lives of four Americans. Now Graham appears to be a lone voice in the wind, but he remains resolute and has not let his efforts die.

“The American people need to hear what happened that night,” Graham said. “They need to hear from the people who were on the ground, their desperate situation. They need to understand from the people who were there for months how bad it was getting and how frustrated they were that nobody was listening to them and provide aid when they requested it.”

Hearing the full story is merely scratching the surface, however. If complete details emerge that do point to a cover-up on the part of the administration, that will be the deeper, more damaging message.

Graham went on to say, “This is a story of an administration deaf and blind to the reality of what people are living with every day in Libya. It is important that they’d be able to tell their story without reprisal. I think if they get to tell their story without fear, we will understand that during that night, they felt abandoned.”

The implications of Graham’s premise, if proven accurate, would likely highlight an even greater concern that Benghazi was not an isolated incident but rather a small part of a deeply flawed and failed foreign policy.

While most Americans have a tendency to ignore America’s role on the international stage, the astonished response when something like 9/11 does take place is inevitable. For the next several months that follow we make ourselves crazy by constantly asking “why?”

The answer is simple, because we do not pay enough attention to looming problems beforehand to prevent them from actually happening. The other problem is that the jihadists exploit such weakness almost at will.

According to Graham, the U.S. was in Benghazi in an effort to control weapons that were flowing freely there. “We were desperately trying to control the anti-aircraft missiles, the manpads, that were all over Libya, that are now all over the Mideast.”

It appears that similar events are currently taking place in Syria. When combined with the problems with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, it is difficult to say with any credibility that the Obama administration has had a stellar foreign policy or that Hillary Clinton was the diplomatic superstar as lauded by her supporters.

If the truth ultimately does come out, Graham believes it will force Clinton to “account for her failures.”

So far the CIA has not revealed how many Americans were in Benghazi during the attack, but one “reliable source” said it may have been as many as thirty.

Graham is calling for the Benghazi survivors to come forward and for the leadership in the House of Representatives to increase their efforts to obtain answers.

Until then, Graham said he “will continue to make life difficult in the Senate.”

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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