While much has been written on the Benghazi hearings of this past week and the usual pundits race to defend the former Secretary of State. I am struck by what is not being said by those on either side of the aisle.
I listened as Greg Hicks detailed the phone calls coming from Amb. Stevens, the rounding up of embassy staff at Tripoli and the work that was done to destroy sensitive communications devices and hard drives by a staff that must have been in fear for their lives.
I listened as Ranking Member Cummings rolled out the usual partisan talking points, attempting to deflect and defend an Administration that has been caught in a lie that may, as things are revealed, bring about the end of the political aspirations of Hillary Clinton.
I listened as Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed an email that showed the State Department knew the attack was coordinated by Ansar al Sharia, apparently independently of Hick's report to State as the attack began.
I listened as Greg Hicks detailed his telephone conversation with Secretary of State Clinton at 10pm Eastern time.
What I never heard though from anyone was: Where was the President?
According to published reports, the attack on Benghazi began around 9:40 pm (5:40 pm eastern). The President was briefed by Secretary of Defense Panetta for approximately 30 minutes between 5pm and 6pm eastern. So the attack was just underway when the President was briefed.
As Deputy Mission Chief Hicks stated, he notified the State Department and the White House of the attack shortly after his phone call with Amb. Stevens. So it appears Washington was fully aware of the situation. Obiously, the Secretary of State was aware since she contacted Hicks via phone later that evening.
But what of the President? Let me get this straight, the Commander in Chief is briefed that an American Embassy/Outpost/Consulate/Ambassador is under attack and yet he is NOT engaged?
Is this the same CIC that watched every move of Seal Team Six via drone and then walked out of the situation room and told the world Osama bin Laden is dead?
How can this be? You have an attack on US embassy personnel, the American Ambassador is missing and yet the President isn't on record for doing...anything?
When will either Issa, Chaffitz, or Gowdy start asking the hard questions about Benghazi that everyone knows, but are apparently afraid to ask. When will the media start actually doing their jobs instead of acting as this Administration's apologists.
Something is very wrong with this entire Benghazi affair.
It was stated the Secretary of State wanted to transform Benghazi into a functioning consulate and Amb. Stevens went there because he had to have the paperwork back to Washington by September 30th. But if this was the case, why was the Turkish Ambassador meeting with Stevens in Benghazi? Coincidence? I wonder.
It is understandable that having a terrorist attack on US personnel didn't fit the narrative of the President that al Qaeda was on the run. Certainly not so close to a Presidential election. But would a President disengage and concoct a story about a "video", that was sure to unravel?
There is more to this story than has been told to date.
The Benghazi story may be dripping out slowly now, but I think a flood may be on the horizon.