There are opinions, there is spin, and there are facts. We've heard a lot of the first two regarding the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Now the facts are emerging.
Official emails now prove that White House and State Department officials were told two hours after the attack began that an Islamist terrorist group had claimed credit for the assault.
For days these same officials -- including the president -- blamed a crude video insulting Mohammed for the attack. It was never true.
The administration trotted out U.N. ambassador Susan Rice and even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to blame the video. President Obama, speaking at the U.N., blamed the video. Was this gross incompetence or an attempt to cover up something? The president has claimed al Qaeda has been decimated and is on the run, when the opposite is true.
A congressional investigation should probe this. Our ambassador and three other people are dead and they got no help when they should have.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: October 25, 2012