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In an interview weeks ago, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., told WND the key to getting to the truth in the Benghazi investigation is hearing from the eyewitnesses who were there.
So what’s the problem?
“To date, no one who was on the scene has been called as a witness,” Wolf says.
In fact, some of the potential witnesses are being pressured to sign non-disclosure agreements,” he says.
“Many would like to be subpoenaed, they can’t get subpoenaed,” he said.
Wolf suggests the answer is forming a select committee to investigate and hold public hearings into what went wrong in Benghazi.
It can’t hurt.
Everyone here in Washington knows why the Benghazi truth football has not been advanced. House Speaker John Boehner, for whatever reason, does not want it moved.
But the vast majority of House Republicans want to turn the investigation over to a select committee that will conduct open, public hearings to get to the bottom of the cover-up.
Some of the obvious questions:
Why was the ambassador there?
Why was the security inadequate and actually reduced shortly before the attack?
Why were prior requests for more security denied?
Why did no one send U.S. forces to help Americans under attack?
Why did the administration erroneously blame the attack on a spontaneous protest about an anti-Islamic video on YouTube?
Why did the administration change the CIA’s original version of what happened?
It seems like a good idea to empower a House committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi so we won’t make the same mistakes again.
But I’m troubled that it is even necessary.
There was a time in American history when citizens who took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution recognized that their oath superseded any non-disclosure agreements they might sign or even a threat to their own paycheck.
That was a day when there were heroes in America.
It raises the question: Are there any heroes left in America – men and women who, despite the risks to their careers, are willing to step forward and tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, subpoena or not?
America was founded by courageous men and women who risked their lives, the fortunes and their sacred honor. Lesser-known men had their arms and legs blown off by cannonballs on the battlefield. Nobody guaranteed them immunity from prosecution or gave them a get-out-of-jail-free card either.
What I’m getting at is this: There were dozens of Central Intelligence agents on the scene in Benghazi, we now know. This fact was hidden by an administration in full-scale stonewalling mode. But now we know it’s a fact. Where are those men and women? Is it not time for them to “take a hit” for their country? Are they conveniently waiting for a deal to be procured? Is it all about protecting their own derrieres?
Were these folks hired for their courage and loyalty to the nation? Or were they hired for their loyalty to certain men and women and for their contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law?
Are they heroes? Or are they mice?
Sure, if Congress wants to start a new committee to investigate Benghazi, I’m all for it – as long as the intention and the commitment is to get to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
But it’s troubling that it takes this.
It’s troubling to realize there are men and women who know the truth but are afraid to bring it forward in the spite of the cost.
That’s what heroes do.
And we just don’t have enough heroes left in America today.