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The politics of Benghazi

From an editorial in The Dallas Morning News on Monday:

Twenty months ago a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya. The collective who, what, when, where and why remain as murky and polarizing as before voters awarded Barack Obama a second term as president.

“What difference, at this point, does it make?” as outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded in January 2013.

The answer is that all of us – particularly the Americans in foreign service – deserve a full accounting of what happened before, during and after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog legal group, used the Freedom of Information Act to request more Benghazi-related documents from the Obama administration. Included was one Sept. 14 email from Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, which pushed the attack motive toward a spontaneous protest of an anti-Islamic Internet video. This could matter because the administration has long argued that the CIA or other sources had raised the video motive.

House Speaker John Boehner has given in to GOP calls to collate the disparate investigations into one select committee. Republicans must rein in their partisan instincts and seek the truth. Democrats must stop covering their ears and complaining that this is nothing more than crass politics.

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