It was a year ago today that a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, was targeted for a terror attack that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
In the aftermath, President Obama declared that "my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice, and I think the American people have seen that's a commitment I'll always keep."
Well, one year later, the masterminds behind the Benghazi attack, the Islamist terrorists who killed Ambassador Stevens and the others, have not been brought to justice. And the "commitment" the president made to the American people has not been kept.
On the contrary, Obama and his national security team appear determined to put Benghazi behind; to "let the dead past bury its dead," in the words of Longfellow.
Indeed, the president's sudden preoccupation with Syria, evidenced by his separate appearances Monday on all four network news programs, and his nationally televised address Tuesday, have completely overshadowed the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi terror attack.
But the murders of the four Americans must not be forgotten. And the questions that remain about what exactly happened on that fateful night a year ago need to be set straight.
It may be recalled that, the day after the attack, Susan Rice, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, received an email that clearly stated the attack was committed by Islamists.
Yet, several days after receipt of the email, Rice appeared on all the major Sunday news shows and told the American people the attack "began spontaneously" and was a "reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated."
The State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, later followed up with a review that concluded there was not enough time for U.S. military forces to be deployed to Benghazi to repel the terror attack and save American lives.
But Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, who was on the ground in Benghazi during the attack, at least partially contradicted that narrative in congressional testimony back in May and again this week in an appearance on ABC News.
He noted that attackers came in two waves, some eight hours apart. U.S. forces may not have arrived in time to save Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, a U.S. foreign service officer, both killed in the first wave, but they appear to have had enough time to rescue Ty Woods and Glen Dohery, killed in the second wave.
The FBI has reportedly identified five men suspected of orchestrating the attack in Benghazi, but the Obama administration decided against using the military to detain them.
That's quite a contrast with President Obama's willingness to take military action against Syria, which is ruled by an inarguably despotic regime, but which has neither attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, nor taken the lives of American personnel.
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