There is a desperate attempt to dismiss Benghazi as a big nothing.
Based on what we know already, there is a lot of “there there” showing that there we multiple levels of defalcation before, during and after the killing of our Ambassador.
But there are numerous open questions.
Where was Obama? What was he doing, particularly the night of the attack as it was in progress?
None of the emails released address that, because they start at a later date. All we have are vague statements that Obama was in touch with people. Contrast that to photos from the Situation Room during the Bin Laden operation.
This question is important, including for the reasons explained by Andy McCarthy, The 10 P.M. Phone Call:
‘What would you be focusing on in the Benghazi investigation?” I spent many years in the investigation biz, so it’s only natural that I’ve been asked that question a lot lately….
So if I were investigating Benghazi, I’d be homing in on that 10 p.m. phone call. That’s the one between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the one that’s gotten close to zero attention….
Even in the conservative press, it has become received wisdom that President Obama was AWOL on the night of September 11, after first being informed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the late afternoon, that the State Department facility in Benghazi was under attack. You hear it again and again: While Americans were under attack, the commander-in-chief checked out, leaving subordinates to deal with the crisis while he got his beauty sleep in preparation for a fundraising campaign trip to Vegas.
That is not true . . . and the truth, as we’ve come to expect with Obama, is almost surely worse. There is good reason to believe that while Americans were still fighting for their lives in Benghazi, while no military efforts were being made to rescue them, and while those desperately trying to rescue them were being told to stand down, the president was busy shaping the “blame the video” narrative to which his administration clung in the aftermath.
In the case of Benghazi, the question may not be “What did he know and when did he know it?”
The important question, which the administration is carefully avoiding, is “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”