Four empty chairs at the SOTU
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on CBS Sunday’s Face The Nation pursued presidential accountability while attempting a new approach in securing answers regarding the Benghazi massacre. Senator Graham expressed on CBS:
We know nothing about what the president did on the night of September 11th during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander in chief did, if anything, during this eight-hour attack. … I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting.
Senator Graham had appeared days earlier at the Senate Armed Services Hearing on Benghazi, delivering blistering questions to outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey. During the Senate proceedings, Panetta had expressed President Obama’s concern for the lives which had been lost Sep. 11, 2012. Graham, displaying a lack of belief, pointedly asked if the president had called Panetta during the course of the siege.
According to Fox News, “Panetta and Dempsey testified that they had just one phone conversation with Obama on the day of the attacks that started at about 5 p.m. ET and lasted for about 30 minutes.”
Apparently the president did not follow with a call until after the drawn out assault had concluded. It was further revealed that there was a lack of assistance from the Department of Defense during the onslaught which continued for about eight hours. Theoretically, Senator Graham mused, the attack could have persisted two days, thus questioning the delay of assistance. Again, the echo of Senator Graham’s question of the President invisible footprint, “What did he do that night? … We need to know what our commander-in-chief was doing at a time of great crisis.”
We do know that President Obama had a re-election campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 12.
President Obama will commence with his second term State of the Union address tonight. During the presentation, the president will beckon heroes from the audience, and for some, their families. Yet four empty chairs remain. Some in the mainstream media would seem to wish the Benghazi narrative to go quietly away. “What difference at this point does it make?” asked a notable Secretary of State as to how and why these unfortunate souls perished. All the while the Republican Party has been quarreling about how best to succeed in future presidential races.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) of the Tea Party movement are set to deliver individual responses to the president’s State of the Union address. The two young Senators represent the promise of the Republican Party’s future. Volumes speak to the extent that the four sacrificed lives are recognized and given due justice.
Our country can still repair a broken chapter in its history. Senator Graham seems determined to do as much. As demonstrated in the Senate Hearings, the senator from Kentucky follows a noble path by asking the uneasy questions in search of the truth.
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