Another day, another round of new revelations being reported in the death of Ambassador Chris Stephens. It has gotten to the point that every morning, we learn a new detail that shows the original narrative was incorrect.
My colleague Pete Hegseth opined about the situation in Libya, which now seems like light years ago with how often the story keeps getting altered. Yet where is the media? It seems as if they have been duped through this whole process.
Hillary Clinton suggested at the United Nations that there was a link between an al-Qaeda group in North Africa and the death of Chris Stephens. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta followed this up by saying Thursday that it was clearly a terrorist attack.
It would take a dissertation to detail all the inconsistencies between various administration officials as well as their counterparts from Libya, but the fact of the matter is that American citizens, including the U.S. ambassador, are dead as the result of abounding security failures.
In the initial aftermath, administration officials were quick to blame the events in Libya on a poorly produced YouTube video of a trailer for a movie that may not even exist. Perhaps a more measured approach would have been better from the administration. Yet from what we have learned over the past couple of weeks, it looks as if some in the administration were concerned about blaming the video.
According to an ABC News Report, sources told ABC News:
Intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected the attack was not tied to the movie at all. The attackers knew Ambassador Stevens had been trying to flee — to a so-called safe house half a mile away. That building was hit with insurgent mortars — suggesting the terrorists knew what they were doing.
As numerous pundits have pointed out, if the video was to blame for the actions in Libya and Egypt, why was the administration so quick to denounce the messages coming from the Cairo embassy? The message denounced the video and stated it did not reflect the views of the United States.
The lingering questions of the Libya debacle will officially be settled after an FBI investigation. This could be a problem, considering CNN has reported that “FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured,” sources said.
According to the CNN report, the FBI is still seeking permission to enter Benghazi and there are security concerns. If this area were so lawless, why would the ambassador be there in the first place, along with a minimal security detail?
What is most troubling is that the press was so quick to accept the highly questionable assertions coming out of the Obama administration, rather than asking questions about the security in Benghazi and the circumstances involved in the death of Ambassador Stephens. What else are we not being told? What heretofore unreported facts will we learn this week—or after the November election?
We are now at day 20 and the administration continues to look the other way and not give the American people the full story. The American people deserve better. They deserve all the facts, and more importantly, they deserve real leadership to tackle the crisis’ ($16 trillion in debt, runaway spending, a doubling of the VA claims backlog, high veterans unemployment, national security leaks, and looming defense cuts) that we face at home and abroad.
Talmadge Coley is a Policy Analyst and a member of the Concerned Veterans for America team