Almost One Year Later, There Is Still No Justice For Benghazi Terrorist Attacks
In a little over a month, Americans will mark the 12th anniversary of the most serious attack on the U.S. mainland that took nearly 3,000 lives in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
September 11 of this year will mark the one-year anniversary of another terrorist attack, the assaults on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, that took the lives of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
Almost a year later, the same questions remain about the events of that terrible night.
Where was the president of the United States during the attacks that lasted for hours? Why didn’t the U.S. military respond to the attacks? Why were the U.S. facilities so poorly protected? Why has the Obama administration stonewalled the families of the victims?
The search for answers to these questions is hopelessly mired in House and Senate committees dominated by petty egos and overlapping jurisdictions. Meanwhile, Benghazi has deteriorated into a government-wide cover up that the president now includes in his collection of “phony” scandals.
As the momentum wanes to investigate Benghazi, one man is determined to keep alive the search for answers – Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf knows that only answers will bring justice.
As Congress moves towards the month-long August recess, Wolf is conducting a daily plea for action on Benghazi. Just this week he called on Defense Secretary Hagel and Attorney General Holder to explain why not a single terrorist involved in the attacks has been brought to justice.
“Nearly a year after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, not a single terrorist has been brought to justice, even though upwards of 100 terrorists may have been involved in the deadly attack on the consulate and annex,” Wolf wrote to Hagel and Holder.
Wolf has been a lone voice for a serious Benghazi investigation for months. Earlier this year he called for a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi to avoid the multi-committee pileup that impedes progress.
Wolf’s proposal has the support of 162 House cosponsors, more than two thirds of the Republican majority. Nevertheless, House Speaker John Boehner has rejected the idea, preferring to side with his favored committee chairman who do not want to relinquish their personal turf to one committee.
In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Wolf said questions about Benghazi go beyond the question of administration foot dragging on apprehending terrorist suspects.
“I think the White House was hoping this issue would go away,” Wolf said. “But boy, there are very few answers publicly that the American people know about.”
Congress returns from the August recess on September 9, two days before the one-year Benghazi anniversary. Maybe then it will answer Wolf’s call and address the questions that finally will bring justice.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.