After the Congressional testimony before a House subcommittee on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, new attention has been directed to the facts of the Beghazi affair. The North American Editor of BBC News has written, for example, that “heads will roll”.
See Mark Mardell (North American Editor), “After Benghazi revelations, heads will roll,” BBC News, May 10, 2013.
In order to understand the signficance of the Benghazi affair, it is important to recall how it has unfolded. For a detailed analysis of this saga, in roughly chronological order, see the following articles previously published by the Trenchant Observer:
New York Times makes ad hominem attack against Senator Lindsey Graham (R–South Carolina), February 13, 2013 ”
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the foreign policy “successes” of our celebrity leaders, February 2, 2013
Hillary Clinton and “The Benghazi Triangle”—where careers and reputations vanish without a trace, December 17, 2012
Lies, Spies and Politics: The Incredible Evolution of the Benghazi “Talking Points” Narrative–Part II, November 27, 2012
Lies, Spies and Politics: The Incredible Evolution of the Benghazi “Talking Points” Narrative–Part I, November 22, 2012
Possible motives for forcing Petraeus resignation, November 19, 2012
Deliberate ambiguity: Talking points, and what Susan Rice said on September 16 talk shows, November 16, 2012
Petraeus, Allen, Benghazi potpourri, November 16, 2012
Benghazi machinations continue: CIA announces investigation of Petraeus on eve of his testimony to Congress, November 16, 2012
Chain-of-command failure? Benghazi and the ghost of “Black Hawk Down”; Obama’s credibility (Updated November 15), November 14, 2012
All Eyes on Benghazi: The Petraeus Affair, Allen’s e-mails, and other distractions, November 13, 2012
Collateral damage: Holly Petraeus, and other victims of the Petraeus affaire (II), November 11, 2012
Collateral damage: Holly Petraeus, and other victims of the Petraeus affair, November 11, 2012
On eve of testimony to Congress on Benghazi, CIA Director David Petraeus forced out over an affair, November 9th, 2012
Benghazi update: New questions raised on intelligence, decision-making failures (Updated November 6, 2012), November 5, 2012
New details on Benghazi attack on consulate, American response, October 13, 2012
No time for cowboys: U.S. preparation for reprisals against Libyan targets, October 3, 2012
U.S. Ambassador to Libya murdered during assault on American consulate in Benghazi, September 12, 2012
The Ultimate Questions
At the end of the day, the most important questions that remain unanswered are the following:
1. What did the President know, and when did he know it?
2. What was the involvement of the President in the decision making on the night of September 11-12?
3. What orders did the President issue to the military and other agencies (such as the CIA) on the night of September 11-12, 2012?
4. What recommendations for military action did the President receive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and what was his response to these recommendations?
The Trenchant Observer