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BenghaziPosted Monday, January 28, 2013, at 12:55 PM
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee finally had the opportunity to hear directly from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the horrible terrorist attack against our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It has been over four months since the attack and it is very disappointed it took this long for the Obama Administration to respond to the American public.
From the testimony, it is clear either the Administration handled the events in Libya incompetently, or they hid facts that would give us more complete answers.
The testimony of Secretary Clinton provided little to no new information on what happened. Secretary Clinton claims she knew nothing about the late Ambassador Stevens' repeated requests for additional security. Nor did she address why the Administration continued to blame the attack on a film. I find this unacceptable.
The most tragic part of the deaths in Libya is that the United States was warned that an attack was coming. News outlets report that a local security official met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security. Further, the Libyan President said that the strike against the Libyan Consulate was planned in advance. Yet, Secretary Clinton continues to say that she had no way of knowing the attack on 9/11 was going to take place.
This was a planned attack on the very anniversary of 9/11 against our Nation. Secretary Clinton and President Obama should have anticipated this attack was going to happen ahead of time and there after identified it clearly as a terrorist attack. Blaming such actions on a film is politically motivated.
Additionally, Secretary Clinton blames Congress for not providing enough funding to protect our consulate in Benghazi. This is an excuse. This was not a budgetary problem, this was a priority problem. The Secretary and the Administration refused to prioritize their security budget in a manner that adequately protects our citizens.
Actions speak louder than words. While Secretary Clinton says she takes full responsibility for the mistakes that were made in Libya, no one under her authority has been fired for their lack of action. Someone must be held accountable for the actions that have taken place in Benghazi. As of right now, the only person who has felt repercussions is a film-maker.
It is time for someone at the State Department to be held accountable by the American people. It is time the Administration came forward and provided the American public with the truth.
Stephen Fincher is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.
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