Friday, May 30, 2014
Billy Long: American people deserve full account of what went wrong in Benghazi
This administration has not been truthful with the American people about the deadly attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Our nation’s credibility is in jeopardy. A nation which cannot tell itself the truth about the death of its own brave citizens is not a nation which can be relied upon to vindicate its alliances, fight for its principles, or safeguard its interests abroad. We have an obligation to honor those four men who died in service to their fellow citizens half a world away from their home.
It is obvious that our diplomatic mission had insufficient security and that the response by American forces in the region was too slow to stop the terrorist attack before it could kill four Americans. Many Americans are concerned that the threat of terrorism was disregarded and that the inept reaction once the attack was underway was the result of a deliberate choice on the part of the Obama Administration, instead of battlefield confusion which accompanies all conflicts. Any time American citizens are attacked and killed by terrorists we should immediately correct any mistakes or bad policies which prevented the rescue of our personnel. The American people deserve a full account of what went wrong in Benghazi and who was responsible.
On May 8th, the House voted to establish a Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee is tasked with conducting a full investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi. The chairman of this committee is my colleague Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. I know he will lead this committee with the utmost integrity and with a singular focus to unravel the truth of this matter.
The families of the four victims of this terrorist attack and the nation as a whole deserve to know the complete truth about what happened on that fateful night in Benghazi.