Despite White House efforts to change the subject, important questions still remain about the Obama Administration's response to the September 11th terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. Representative Martha Roby said Friday. This week a Reuters news service report revealed White House and State Department officials were advised within hours of the attack that terrorists had claimed responsibility. Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama respectfully seeking answers about the Administration's awareness of a terrorist threat, whether the security personnel presence was sufficient and why statements about the nature of the attack by top Administration officials were contradictory to the truth.
These are valid questions that every American deserves to answers to, Rep. Roby said.
"Speaker Boehner is right to press President Obama for answers on what really went on inside his Administration in the wake of the Benghazi attack, and I appreciate his leadership on the matter," Rep. Roby said. "It seems the more we learn about what truly happened in Benghazi, the more suspect the Administration's statements in the days and weeks after the attacks become. The emails obtained by Reuters raise serious questions, and the American people deserve answers.
"Why did the Administration so forcefully try to convince Americans this attack was a protest of an internet video? The White House seemed eager to answer questions about the attack in the immediate aftermath, attempting to drive a narrative with the news media. Now that their narrative has been proven false, the answers are less forthcoming. But why was it so important to blame the video in the first place?
"This was a horrific attack that cost four Americans, including our ambassador, their lives. The victims, their families and the American people deserve more than election year spin about why the White House acted the way it did."