At Forbes.com, Larry Bell offers a nice summary of the unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi-Patreaus controversy. He asks (and addresses) the following: “Did the White House blackmail General Petraeus to support a cover story?” “When did the President really learn about the Petraeus affair?” “Why weren’t repeated precautionary consulate security requests heeded?” “If the President ordered that personnel be secured, why weren’t they?” “Are even larger cover-ups being hidden from Congress?”
Yet there is at least one other crucial question (in addition to, Why did the White House mislead the American people about whether this was the work of terrorists?), which should be slotted in between the fourth and fifth ones listed above: Why didn’t President Obama follow through on making sure that every effort was being made to save the Americans under attack? Would anyone find it acceptable if President George W. Bush—having skipped his daily intelligence briefings for a week or so before the attacks (which, of course, occurred on the anniversary of September 11) — had simply said, let’s “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to,” and left it at that? When Americans are under attack, what sort of commander in chief says, just do “whatever we need to” and then calls it a day?