“In a different political environment,” laments Allahpundit
if Congress wasn’t back home campaigning for reelection and demands for answers from the top weren’t fated to be met with screeching about how the GOP is “politicizing terror” before the big vote, I think the House would already be moving towards holding hearings about what the White House knew.
Richard Grenell, however, believes Congress should hold hearings immediately:
We should do it immediately, because we’ve already seen the State Department scrubbing some of its information from its website. . . . The State Department gave a warning that said, ‘We don’t have any intelligence that anything is going to be wrong on 9/11.’ And then they removed that from the website. . . . So we already see a scrubbing from the State Department and it’s really important for congressional committees to quickly get in and figure out what’s going on.
He calls media “completely complicit in trying to make this all about a film, a YouTube video that had been out since June, and the narrative was falling apart.” He also scores the administration from being oblivious to increasing turmoil in the Middle East:
They refuse to admit that the Islamists have been organizing and that we haven’t been paying attention. We call it the Arab Spring, but there are a lot of people in the Middle East that call this the Islamic Awakening. And we’ve seen it in the Obama administration that the Islamists have been allowed to organize and to take hold of some countries.
Although the media rushed to judgment on Mitt Romney’s statement shortly after the attacks on our embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi, the legacy have all but turning a blind eye to Obama’s languid response, leaving it to FoxNews (and the conservative media) to sort out the facts.
Before the election, we need to get to the bottom of this, to know what kind of foreign policy/national security operation the president has been running. The framers identified providing for the common defense as one of the purposes for establishing the federal government.
And there is considerable evidence that, under Barack Obama’s leadership, the executive branch is not doing that.