The Benghazi hearings began again today, with witnesses who were on the ground in Libya testifying as to the terrible events of September 11, 2012. As you'll recall, our ambassador and three other men were killed by Islamic fanatics on that terrible night.
The State Department has done its best to avoid taking any blame for these deaths, Hillary Clinton famously saying during her testimony, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" I daresay it matters a great deal to the families of these men, as well as a large segment of the American populace.
Today, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) added his own inane statement to the proceedings, saying "death is part of life". Well, Mr. Cummings, natural death is part of life, but our ambassador and three others were murdered. Would you dare make such an insensitive statement about the children who were killed by a crazed gunman in Connecticut? What about those who died at the hands of James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado?
This particular consulate had been attacked twice previously by Islamists in 2012. That fact alone should have made increased security imperative, yet none was provided. September 11 is a significant date in our recent history, yet when that anniversary approached, no additional precautions were taken. Didn't common sense dictate that this was a date which might entail heightened danger, especially in light of the fact that we had advanced warning?
Now Democrats are in full CYA mode in their attempt to protect the administration. I look at the testimony and it's sickeningly clear that this administration cared more about politics than it did about saving American lives (keep in mind that this occurred before the election). In fact, it's been reported that after hearing that the consulate was under attack, the president was so concerned that he went to bed to rest up for a fundraiser the following day in Las Vegas!
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said a few days ago that "Benghazi happened a long time ago". To that, I would say two things: first, how dare you and this administration be so flippant about these murders? Second, Benghazi happened eight months ago. I'm sure that doesn't seem like a long time to the families of these victims; eight months is a long time only to children.