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Bridget Johnson

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November 21, 2012 - 8:45 am

While President Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) isn’t letting the commander in chief off the hook about Benghazi.

Graham sent Obama yet another letter asking for more details regarding what the president knew before, during, and after the terrorist attack on our diplomatic facility.

“While I am encouraged you may be finally ready to assist Congress in its investigations of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, I remain concerned that over the past two months senators have written at least 13 letters requesting information from your Administration and they remain largely ignored. Few of these letters have been acknowledged; much less received a factual response to their queries,” Graham wrote.

The senator reminded Obama of another operation with ostensibly sensitive details that were readily made available.

“Mr. President, you deserve high marks for the bin Laden raid and I freely credit you for ordering this mission. Your Administration was active in providing details of that raid to the media and the public,” Graham wrote. “However, it is unfair to the American people and the families of the victims of the Benghazi attack to not provide the same level of detailed facts and an accounting for what I consider a major national security failure.”

“Mr. President, many serious questions remain about you and your Administration’s actions before, during, and after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.”

Graham then outlines a lengthy list of question divided into before, during, and after the attack, such as, “Can you please account, as you did during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, for your actions during the seven plus hours our Consulate was under attack?”

He also detailed four high-profile public appearances in which Obama did not refer to Benghazi as a terrorist attack: the Letterman show on Sept. 18, Univision on Sept. 20, The View on Sept. 25, and his Sept. 25 address to the UN General Assembly.

“Mr. President, our intelligence community had arrived at the conclusion Benghazi was a pre-planned terrorist attack linked to al-Qaeda one day after September 11.  How could you not be aware of this development?” Graham asked. “…Mr. President, answers to these and many other questions, many of which you should personally and immediately know the answer to, don’t require the type of ‘investigation’ you noted in recent remarks.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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