The Wall Street Journal has an editorial that takes into account all the latest reporting on Benghazi. Even with the detailed timeline released by the CIA on Thursday, troubling questions remain unanswered:
Why did the U.S. not heed warnings about a growing Islamist presence in Benghazi and better protect the diplomatic mission and CIA annex?
What exactly happened on the day of 9/11? During the over six hours that the compounds in Benghazi were under siege, could the U.S. have done more to save lives? What was President Obama doing and ordering his subordinates to do in those fateful hours?
Why has the Administration’s story about what took place in Benghazi been so haphazard and unclear?
The article concludes with this:
The President may succeed in stonewalling Congress and the media past Election Day. But the issue will return, perhaps with a vengeance, in an Obama second term. The episode reflects directly on his competence and honesty as Commander in Chief. If his Administration is found to have dissembled, careers will be ended and his Presidency will be severely damaged—all the more so because he refused to deal candidly with the issue before the election.
I think this analysis is correct. The President will succeed in running out the clock on this issue before the election. Apparently, folks in Ohio and the other swing states aren’t that concerned about getting to the bottom of this debacle before they cast their ballots. Benghazi is not even registering on the radar of the swing-state voters who are going to decide this election. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a reckoning after the election. This is not going away.