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September 13, 2013

Benghazi anniversary brings little notice - and no justice

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to dismiss any questions about it by calling it old news.

And, of course, the president himself complained in July that critics investigating the attack were focused on “phony scandals.”

What was that about not wavering in pursuit of bringing to justice those who had committed such a terrible act? Bring on Emily Litella: Never mind.

Meanwhile, CNN reported recently that some CIA operatives on the ground at the time are being polygraphed monthly to make sure they don’t leak any information about what actually happened.

Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, an information officer who was among those killed in the attack, spoke this past week on Fox News for all those who believed the president when he vowed to see that justice was done. “It’s hard. I never expected this from my government. All they have to do is tell me the truth,” she said.

Yes, it is hard, but she should not be surprised. Telling the truth has regularly been much too difficult for this administration.

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net

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