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WSJ: Benghazi Saga Has Only Just Begun

Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:21 PM

By Dan Weil

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Witnesses, from left, Mark Thompson, Gregory Hicks and Eric Nordstrom testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage" on Capitol Hill on May 8.
The effort to ferret out the truth about the Obama administration's handling of the Sept. 11 Benghazi, Libya,attack remains at an early stage, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.

The issue has grabbed the attention of the mainstream media only after powerful congressional testimony Wednesday by veteran diplomat Gregory Hicks.

"Miracles happen, and even the sleepy Washington press corps seems to have paid some attention to Wednesday's House hearing on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission last September in Benghazi," the editorial states.

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"What they and the public heard is the beginning of a real accounting for a security failure that killed four Americans. We say 'beginning' because the entire story still isn't clear, in particular the roles played by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama before and after the attack."

Hicks said that he was demoted after raising questions about how the administration reacted to the killing of four Americans, including the ambassador, at the Benghazi consulate.

"The immediate press spin on Wednesday's hearing is that there was no 'smoking gun' proof of a cover-up, as if that is the only reason to find out what happened," Journal editors write.

"It's clear enough already that senior administration officials knew in September they had a politically potent debacle on their hands and did their best to delay and obfuscate any accounting. All of this warrants further investigation, and such oversight is part of Congress' job."

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