In a news briefing earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked reporters a series of questions about what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
That was the day and place in which four Americans died, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
It’s been nearly two years since that tragedy and because Republicans are still asking questions about the incident many Democrats are calling it a “witch hunt.”
But the fact remains that there are still many legitimate unanswered questions about what happened leading up to the attack and what occurred immediately after.
As Gowdy asked the media: “Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night he was killed? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said, ‘Can you help, we have been under attack?’ ”
Ever since the attack occurred — less than two months before the 2012 presidential election — the event has been politicized. Republicans used the incident as another stick to poke in the eye of the Obama administration. Democrats have been trying to play it safe, protecting then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is a likely 2016 presidential candidate. But both parties need to put politics aside, and concentrate on the facts and getting answers, regardless of how it could affect future elections.
As Speaker of the House John Boehner said: “Our focus is on getting the truth to the American people and these four families.”
Similarly, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the lead Democrat on the committee reviewing the Benghazi incident, said in a recent CBS interview, “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. I want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ... the Democrats on the committee will be the defenders of the truth.”
Hopefully in the near future we will have answers to the questions Gowdy asked. Because they are worth asking. The families of those killed and all Americans deserve answers.