The attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi must be investigated in order to find out what happened and prevent a repeat of this type of action, which left four Americans dead.
An independent commission established by the State Department under the law is working on that. It is headed by respected diplomat Thomas Pickering and four others from the military, intelligence and diplomacy sectors.
This is where a serious, truthful investigation belongs. The proposal for an independent congressional committee like the ones for Watergate, Iran Contras and Whitewater, suggested by GOP Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, is a political expedition based on the premise that the White House hid the attacksaying it involved a spontaneous protest to avoid hurting President Obama’s re-election.
It is public knowledge that the statement at the center of this, issued by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, was a CIA-approved public version of the incident. Meanwhile, as classified information, the CIA considered it a terrorist attack.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is already seeking to clarify the discrepancies, which deserve an explanation. However, that is not enough for opposition lawmakers, who are convinced there is a loose thread that will lead to the Oval Office.
If not this incident, then another. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers suggested on Sunday that Obama knew about David Petraeus’ affair before the election, implying that the president was aware of it and hid it. “I’m not sure the president was not told before Election Day,” he said, as an argument for his suspicions.
We must understand what happened in Libya down to the last detail, in order to protect U.S. diplomatic missions. The rest is also on its way without needing to politicize the incident.