Could Democrats have a worse poker face?
With everyone from Jay Carney to Nancy Pelosi running around in the past few days saying no one should be talking about Benghazi, it’s clear that’s exactly what this nation needs to talk about.
An email released earlier this week through a Freedom of Information Act is a smoking gun revealing that the Obama Administration lied about the reasons behind Benghazi and covered up because of the rapidly approaching 2012 presidential election. And another memo released Thursday proves the State Department knew exactly who committed the attacks the morning after they occurred.
Going into the 2012 election, Obama was relying on the story that he had personally killed Osama bin Laden (don’t get me started on that) and that al-Qaida was running for cover around the globe.
The reality was that Obama’s Administration was shipping arms or at least allowing arms to be shipped to Libyan insurgents with known links to al-Qaida. As a report released last month put it, the Administration had switched sides in the War on Terror.
Collaborating with the enemy during wartime — that’s not a real campaign winner, and it’s a one-way ticket to impeachment, possibly prison.
As the memo briefing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice stressed, her goal was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
A broader failure is exactly what Benghazi was, of course, and that’s being polite.
The White House has been trying to say that the Rice memo wasn’t about Benghazi, but anyone with an IQ above a single digit knows that it was.
Now another memo has pulled the rug out from under the Administration’s lying feet. This one is from Beth Jones, the assistant secretary of state under Hillary Clinton at the time of Benghazi. The memo documents a conversation between Jones and the Libyan ambassador the day after the attack.
In it, Jones reports, “When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists.”
This memo, unlike the one revealed earlier in the week, was actually delivered to Congress in August under the condition it not be released publicly. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sought special clearance and released the memo Thursday.
The White House’s flagrant lying and covering up has even gotten notoriously lackadaisical Speaker John Boehner ticked off enough to finally call for the long-awaited special committee to investigate.
Breitbart quoted an unidentified GOP aide as saying, “The new emails released this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back. The speaker was furious to learn that the administration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena. He’s sick and tired of this evasion and obstruction from the administration, and wants a solution to finally force accountability, get the truth, and provide justice.”
It’s about time.
The White House’s monkey business has now earned Secretary of State John Kerry a subpoena from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to testify before his committee later this month.
Issa warned Kerry that the State Department’s lack of compliance up till this point may constitute a “criminal offense.”
Boehner chimed in on the situation as well, saying, “This defiance of the House’s subpoena power is the most flagrant example yet of the Administration’s contempt for the American people’s right to know the truth about what happened when four Americans died in a fiery terrorist attack. If the White House won’t explain it, Secretary Kerry should come to the Capitol to explain why he defied an official congressional subpoena. And the White House needs to understand that this investigation will not end until the entire truth is revealed and justice and accountability are served.”
Pelosi may think that Benghazi is a “distraction,” but thanks to Democrats’ lies and evasions, aided by the media, it’s now a distraction that the White House is going to have to explain.