Timely Malaysian Airliner Investigation, But Not for Benghazi

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, gave an impassioned speech to the UN after passage of Security Council Resolution 2166 on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. She is justifiably “horrified and enraged” by the post crash cover-up. Specifically, “by the clear intention of some to obstruct an investigation into how the passengers and crew died.”

How rich. Where was similar “horror and outrage” when the President, Secretary of State, White House Press Secretary, and UN Ambassador blamed a YouTube video for the deadly attack on the Benghazi embassy? Seems that following the Benghazi massacre, the Obama administration also demonstrated “a clear intention to obstruct an investigation.” In fact, Ms. Power’s predecessor as UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, peddled her false narrative on five Sunday morning talk shows days after the embassy attack.

While the magnitude of fatalities between Benghazi and the Malaysian flight are quite different, both represent a deliberate and needless loss of life. At the UN, Ms. Power observes, “We came together because not everyone has been supporting a real investigation into this crime.” It’s a shame that Susan Rice and her boss didn’t feel the same way about the Benghazi attacks. Almost 2 years later, and we are still waiting for answers.

Perhaps a UN resolution is needed to get to the truth on Benghazi. But after a year and a half, it has already become “old news.” And a real investigation has been successfully obstructed.  Now Russian President Putin is on the hot seat over the current crisis - a seat President Obama successfully avoided over Benghazi. Maybe Putin can blame the downed airliner on a YouTube video and the world can go back to sleep.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician, is an advocate of smaller, more efficient government. Twitter @retinaldoctor.


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