Shameful Cowards and a Beacon of Light

Carol Brown
This week's hearings of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are revealing more of the same from the Obama administration on Benghazi: obfuscation, obstruction, and denial.

If anyone had any doubt about the brazen willingness of the United States government to abandon four Americans, including an ambassador, leaving them to die on September 11, 2012, it should be washed away by now.

And if anyone had any doubt that there has been a cover-up about what happened, that also should have been laid to rest long ago.

And if even a shred of doubt remained about whether the Democrats are cowards, all one needed to do was absorb the shocking fact that all but two of them excused themselves from this week's testimony.

Congressman Steve Stockman addressed the need for a Select Committee.

Until a bipartisan Select Committee with full subpoena authority is created, the Obama administration will continue to stonewall and obstruct.  As long as Congress is limited to partial investigations with diminished authority, the Obama administration will continue to cover up fatal errors and possible crimes, denying justice to the victims' families and leaving open the possibility of future terrorist attacks on Americans overseas.

The effort to block the creation of a Select Committee a typical Washington cover-up.  It is all about protecting Hillary Clinton's political future.  The Obama administration and the growing Clinton campaign cannot afford to have their failures exposed.

The investigating board did not even question Secretary Clinton.  Not one survivor has been allowed to testify to Congress.  Repeated requests for information have been blocked.  Two different hearings were canceled after witnesses were confronted and intimidated.

Congressman Frank Wolf is also calling for a Select Committee with a plan to subpoena all survivors of the attack.

The two subpoenas issued by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today for two of the State Department survivors from the Benghazi attacks to testify before Congress is a welcome and, frankly, long overdue step - but it's not nearly enough.

There is no excuse for any of the committees of jurisdiction not to move forward immediately with subpoenas for all of the survivors and key administration witnesses. The families and the American people have been kept waiting too long for answers.

Let's subpoena all of the key survivors and administration witnesses, and let Benghazi's chips fall.

Congressman Ed Royce addressed the lack of accountability in the State Department. Questioning Patrick Kennedy, the under secretary for management (the office that oversees security for our diplomats), Mr. Kennedy stated, "four midlevel State Department officials removed from their posts and placed on administrative leave last December have been reassigned to jobs in which they no longer have worldwide decision-making authority for security... To me that is serious accountability." In response, Congressman Royce said: "Reassignment just doesn't cut it...No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined. No one has missed a paycheck."

But perhaps the most powerful questioning came from Congressman Trey Gowdy, as did some deeply compassionate words.

After piercing questions, Congressman Gowdy spoke to the parents of those Americans who needlessly died in Benghazi over a year ago. Holding back tears at one point he said:

There is no closure. I can't offer you closure. What I hope we can offer you is the truth.

I pray we find it.

This week's hearings of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are revealing more of the same from the Obama administration on Benghazi: obfuscation, obstruction, and denial.

If anyone had any doubt about the brazen willingness of the United States government to abandon four Americans, including an ambassador, leaving them to die on September 11, 2012, it should be washed away by now.

And if anyone had any doubt that there has been a cover-up about what happened, that also should have been laid to rest long ago.

And if even a shred of doubt remained about whether the Democrats are cowards, all one needed to do was absorb the shocking fact that all but two of them excused themselves from this week's testimony.

Congressman Steve Stockman addressed the need for a Select Committee.

Until a bipartisan Select Committee with full subpoena authority is created, the Obama administration will continue to stonewall and obstruct.  As long as Congress is limited to partial investigations with diminished authority, the Obama administration will continue to cover up fatal errors and possible crimes, denying justice to the victims' families and leaving open the possibility of future terrorist attacks on Americans overseas.

The effort to block the creation of a Select Committee a typical Washington cover-up.  It is all about protecting Hillary Clinton's political future.  The Obama administration and the growing Clinton campaign cannot afford to have their failures exposed.

The investigating board did not even question Secretary Clinton.  Not one survivor has been allowed to testify to Congress.  Repeated requests for information have been blocked.  Two different hearings were canceled after witnesses were confronted and intimidated.

Congressman Frank Wolf is also calling for a Select Committee with a plan to subpoena all survivors of the attack.

The two subpoenas issued by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today for two of the State Department survivors from the Benghazi attacks to testify before Congress is a welcome and, frankly, long overdue step - but it's not nearly enough.

There is no excuse for any of the committees of jurisdiction not to move forward immediately with subpoenas for all of the survivors and key administration witnesses. The families and the American people have been kept waiting too long for answers.

Let's subpoena all of the key survivors and administration witnesses, and let Benghazi's chips fall.

Congressman Ed Royce addressed the lack of accountability in the State Department. Questioning Patrick Kennedy, the under secretary for management (the office that oversees security for our diplomats), Mr. Kennedy stated, "four midlevel State Department officials removed from their posts and placed on administrative leave last December have been reassigned to jobs in which they no longer have worldwide decision-making authority for security... To me that is serious accountability." In response, Congressman Royce said: "Reassignment just doesn't cut it...No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined. No one has missed a paycheck."

But perhaps the most powerful questioning came from Congressman Trey Gowdy, as did some deeply compassionate words.

After piercing questions, Congressman Gowdy spoke to the parents of those Americans who needlessly died in Benghazi over a year ago. Holding back tears at one point he said:

There is no closure. I can't offer you closure. What I hope we can offer you is the truth.

I pray we find it.