Sen. John McCain finally stepped up to the plate on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” and tore into the Obama Administration for its “massive cover-up” in the September 11 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
“We’ve had two movies about getting bin Laden,” McCain said, “and we don’t even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the attack. So there are many, many questions. So we’ve had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration.”
Host David Gregory was flabbergasted, asking the senator what ever could he mean by “massive cover-up”?
McCain, clearly annoyed, gave voice to a couple of questions for the liberal media that have been on the minds of most conservatives since Benghazi happened. “I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?” he said. “And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”
But Gregory opted to be infuriatingly obtuse: “Well, what you said was the cover-up — a cover-up of what?”
And that just opened the floodgates. McCain laid it all out for Gregory and the viewers:
“Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans. The information has not been forthcoming. You obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including ‘What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?’ Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not? Is it because it interfered with the line ‘Al Qaeda has [been] decimated’? And ‘everything’s fine in that in that part of the world’? Maybe. We don’t know. But we need the answers. Then we’ll reach conclusions. But we have not received the answers. And that’s a fact.”
It’s been clear since the day of the attack in Benghazi that the Administration was keeping information from the public, starting with the fact that the U.S. mission there was not a “consulate” but a CIA operation.
The ridiculous cover story that the attack was part of a spontaneous demonstration caused by a YouTube video should have been a starting gun for journalists everywhere to start calling their contacts to get the real scoop. Instead, the media has sat on its thumbs since September, hoping each successive lie from the Administration will be the one that puts the scandal to rest.
Despite the bumbling attempts to hide what really happened, there have been enough leaks to be able to piece together the broad outlines of what really happened.
What appears to be the basic facts are that the U.S. mission was a CIA cover for running guns and Islamist fighters to Turkey for smuggling into Syria in that country’s “civil” war. The U.S. ambassador’s last visitor before the attack was a Turkish representative. The State Department had ignored multiple requests for more security, probably because it didn’t want to draw attention to the operation, and the military was ordered to stand down and not intervene in the attack.
Every official who was in a position to know what really happened, from admirals to former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, has been reassigned or has resigned. Some 30 eyewitnesses to the attack have “disappeared.” What information has been doled out by the administration has been evasive and incomplete. The president himself publicly lied during a debate with Mitt Romney about acknowledging that it was a terrorist attack.
That there’s more to the story is almost certain.
What’s most shocking from the “Meet the Press” interview isn’t that McCain finally gave an airing to what half of the country already knows, it’s Gregory’s feigned “what do you mean?” attitude. After all these months, the media still haven’t realized that the public has seen through the lies.
Of course, if McCain and other leaders of Congress all along had shown the same fire the senator finally did on Sunday, we might have some answers by now.