A recent publication had at least two new revelations. Opposite Ms. Rachel Marsden editorial on the TPP free trade agreement, was an editorial by Mr. John Kass titled, “Latest Benghazi developments throw new light on tragic event.”
The article recounts the immediate White House response that the attack was spontaneous, prompted by a crude anti-Islamic video on the internet. Mr. Kass stated, “That wasn’t the case. There was nothing impromptu or spontaneous about the attack…. It was a planned terrorist strike.”
In his final paragraph, Mr. Kass avers, “If we allow our nation’s leaders to let politics obscure how our government works, we are making a fatal mistake. That’s how fools lose the Republic.” Below is “the rest of the story.”
The US was trying to arrange a secret shipment of arms, through Turkey, to rebels trying to overthrow the recognized government of Syria. Civilized nations recognize this as an act of war, by our government, against Syria.(1) Al-Qaida rebels wanted the arms for their belligerents. They attacked the rented warehouse (not a consulate) where the meeting was taking place.(2)
In Congressional hearings, Ms. Clinton “blew up” when asked by Senator Johnson if the above facts were true. Her response of “What difference does it make?”(3) and further statements to obscure her testimony angered Americans who believe it makes a big difference.
(1) Eddlemen, Thomas R., “Mainstream Media on Benghazi: It was about Gun-running.” Available at www.jbs.org/Issues and search on “Benghazi.”
(2) McManus, John F., The last Word,” The New American, 21 Jan 2013, p. 44.
(3) Available on line by searching for videos of Hillary Clinton’s testimony at congressional hearings on Benghazi.
Al Kuchinka is a local resident and columnist.