September 10, 2013
ONCE AGAIN, THE GUARDIAN COVERS A NATIONAL SECURITY STORY THE NEW YORK TIMES WON’T: US consulate attack in Benghazi: a challenge to official version of events.
The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was striking for a number of reasons: the date, 11 September, the toll – four diplomats killed, including an ambassador – and the knock-on effects on the careers of senior American politicians.
But what is perhaps most striking is the inconsistencies: the US version of events compared with those of witnesses and the facts on the ground. The two do not tally. And so, a year later, there remain pressing questions about what happened that night – and what the Americans say happened.
But the American media are shockingly incurious. Because, I suspect, they’re afraid that curiosity would produce a story that might be damaging to Obama — or to Hillary. Or both.