October 31, 2012

DAVID IGNATIUS IN THE WASHINGTON POST: Benghazi Questions Deserve Answers.

So what did happen in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, when Woods, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two others Americans were killed? The best way to establish the facts would be a detailed, unclassified timeline of events; officials say they are preparing one, and that it may be released later this week. That’s a must, even in the volatile final week of the campaign. In the meantime, here’s a summary of some of the basic issues that need to be clarified. . . .

Looking back, it may indeed have been wise not to bomb targets in Libya that night. Given the uproar in the Arab world, this might have been the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a burning fire. But the anguish of Woods’s father is understandable: His son’s life might have been saved by a more aggressive response. The Obama administration needs to level with the country about why it made its decisions.

My sense from this, and the piece in the NYT yesterday, is that they’re trying for a modified limited hangout between now and the election. (Bumped).

UPDATE: Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded.