Benghazi's Political Storm Coming?
Published: 8 February 2013 By Abiodun Giwa
President Barack Obama
A political storm may be brewing over the attack on U.S. Benghazi's consulate, and
pellets coming from Leon Panneta, out-going secretary of defense. He has linked
President Barack Obama over what has been described as shoddy response to save
Americans in Benghazi.
"President Obama has to account for his leadership on Benghazi and I intend to hold
him accountable." Thus far, the White House has delayed, denied, deceived and
stonewalled and this has to come to an end," Senator Lindsay Graham was reported
to have said at a hearing with the Senate's Armed Forces Committee.
The latest report over Benghazi in the FoxNews is about Grahma's decision to hold
President Barack Obama accountable for the attack on the country's consulate in
Benghazi. Seemingly another round in Washington's unending political drama.
The world having witnessed the likely sweet side of the drama over Benghazi in
which the now former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was responsible for
the Benghazi's fiasco, giving the president no role to play in the country's protection
for its embassy abroad, latest revelations by the outgoing secretary for defense may
represent a bitter side to the Benghazi's drama.
Meanwhile, Senator Graham has vowed to hold the president accountable
following Panetta's spilling of beans about a telephone conference with the
president along with Joint Chief's Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, at 5pm on
September 11, 2012, while the country's consulate was under attack in Benghazi.
Just last month, Clinton fended off incriminating questions from members of the
senate foreign committee, said the government did all that were humanly possible to
protect Americans in the consulate in Benghazi, and asked what it mattered going
all the way back to reopen an issue that should be treated as forgone matter.
But Benghazi as a political issue has refused to go away or be silenced. Panetta's
outburst before the Senate Armed Force's Committee, part of his preparation toward
retirement, if anything, may explain what can be said and what cannot be said while
in service; and what can be said on the way out of service or out of service.