Today’s feast of links centers around the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and ways in which the Obama administration’s explanations of the attack increasingly appear to be at odds with the facts. Congress will soon be hearing testimony from “whistleblowers” within the U.S. State Department. If information being leaked before the testimony is true, the Benghazi cover-up may well be the biggest government scandal in decades, far eclipsing Watergate.
The attack in Benghazi killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. Initially the State Department insisted the violence arose from a spontaneous attack over an anti-Islamic video, and that the U.S. had no opportunity to send a rescue team. The first of those basic facts was soon revealed to be untrue. True accounts were revealed in stories from last fall by ThinkProgress and FactCheck.org.
Roger Simon considers how damaging these revelations are to the State Department, and Briget Johnson chronicles how politics is already beginning to obscure the truth.
The real question is, how much do the American people care? Forty years ago outrage over President Nixon’s misdeeds and the resulting coverup cost Nixon the presidency. Today, as a much worse scandal appears to be unfolding, do Americans even care enough to pay attention? If not, then more of the same, and much, much worse, will surely follow.