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Unanswered Questions on Benghazi Attack

The mystery of what the administration knew and did both before and after the Benghazi attack continues to deepen. A former official in the Bush administration emails me a list of questions that need to be answered:

1) Why did the Libyan delegation have inadequate security?

2) Were there political or ideological factors that influenced the security decisions?

3) Why was it Susan Rice who spoke for the administration on the Sunday shows? Did the White House choose her, or did Hillary Clinton push her forward? Why was it not Clinton, who had the responsibility for the decisions, rather than Rice?

4) Rice categorically stated that there was no terror attack; she blamed a demonstration, and the video. Who produced the TPs (talking points) that she worked off of? The Intel community? The White House?

5) What information/considerations produced the TPs?

6) When the attack began, what were the specific logistical and political considerations behind the decision not to send in a rescue team?

Today’s hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which too often devolved into partisan rancor and point-scoring, did not provide answers to these questions. There remains plenty of work for both internal and external investigators looking into the sequence of events which left four Americans, including our ambassador, dead and our consulate in ruins.

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