The Benghazi affair would have been over by now if President Obama and his officials had fully explained what did and did not happen. Instead, they first misled the public about the motive for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American mission there, blaming it on an obscure anti-Muslim video even though they knew it was a terrorist attack. Then the administration denied reports that it had ignored or rejected urgent pleas for help from the two outposts under attack, an attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
On May 6, CBS reported the following on its website: “The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.”
If they had been allowed to go, they might have arrived in time to stop a follow-up mortar attack in which two of the Americans died. The deputy, Gregory Hicks, reportedly also testified he believed that if the U.S. Air Force had sent a fighter or two to scream past overhead, the attackers might have fled. But no help came.
Stonewalling by the administration has kept this controversy alive. Of course, without the stonewalling, a different administration might now be in charge. (hh)