Embassy Attacks

Benghazi Confidential: Questions That Should Be Answered But Won't Be.

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As the congressional hearings on the murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya unfold, here are questions that are still relevant but will almost certainly go unanswered:

1. Why was Hillary Clinton still invoking "The Innocence of Muslims" video as a proximate cause for the attack at the memorial service for dead Americans?

"This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We've seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies ove#mce_temp_url#r an awful internet video that we had nothing do to with. It's hard for the American people to make sense of that, because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable. The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia, did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. And we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world." 

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2. Why didn't the State Department and the White House allow the military to respond to the attack?

On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help—but the State Department and White House never gave the military permission to cross into Libya, sources told Fox News.

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3. When will we get around to discussing larger questions about the legality of our presence in Libya and, especially, the general focus of U.S. foreign policy?

We can all agree, I assume, that the murder of an ambassador in a country we supposedly helped liberate just months earlier is a disaster. How does that horrible outcome reflect on the way in which the U.S. first got involved in the bombing raids that helped depose Qaddafi?… And not just about Libya but the bigger question of U.S. foreign policy.

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