It has been four days since the 9/11 attack on our consulate in Benghazi. I would not expect the US government to have or release all of the details of what happened at this point, but I would expect a much more detailed picture than we are getting now. And this, this is completely unacceptable:
The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won't answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete.
"I'm going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened -- not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it -- until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that's its got," State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland told reporters late Friday afternoon.
"So I'm going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they're probably not going to talk to you about it," she said.
That, my friends, stinks to high heaven like a cover-up. There is no valid reason that the State Department can't clear up some of the details of the attack such as the exact locations, the timelines, and generally a better understanding of what happened to Ambassador Stevens and the actual cause of his death. The attackers already know this stuff and there's no reason that we shouldn't too. To expect the American public to wait what is likely months for a formal investigation to be completed is outrageous.
That is, of course, unless further details would prove damaging to the Obama administration.
Our news media would never accept such stonewalling from a Republican administration and everybody knows it. This lapdog act on their part has become truly sickening, from their hyper-criticism of Romney earlier this week to their meek acceptance of what at this point appears to be the beginning of a cover-up.
Hopefully they will wake up and prove me wrong, but I suspect Glenn Reynolds is right: We're going to have to elect a Republican president if we want our major news media outlets to simply do their goddamned jobs.
Freakin' Obama lapdogs.
Update: I'm obviously in no position to know whether the following is true or not, but this is absolutely the sort of thing that the US government should be confirming or refuting right now:
"It was the policy of the Obama administration to have a low profile in Libya. That's why the rules of engagement were approved by the Secretary of State to have no Marines at Benghazi, and to have an American contractor hire Libyan nationals to provide security there. The rules were they couldn't have ammunition."
"Obama may not have known the details of the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, but his Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor would have. The Secretary of State absolutely would have."
Please tell me we weren't so stupid as to hire security guards and then deny them ammunition, especially in a place such as Benghazi. Is that one of the details our government wants to hide now? I'll say it again: If a Republican was president right now the press would be screaming about this 24/7 until it was refuted to their satisfaction or they had a Republican scalp to their credit.