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12 questions about the Benghazi attacks that Ted Cruz wants answered

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Over at National Review, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, writes an interesting op-ed about the questions that he still has about the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Here are the questions he wants the Obama administration to answer:

  1. Why was the State Department unwilling to provide the requested level of security to Benghazi?
  2. Were there really no military assets available to provide relief during the seven hours of the attacks? If so, why not? During the attacks, were any military assets ordered to stand down?
  3. If the secretary of defense thought there was “no question” this was a coordinated terrorist attack, why did Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama all tell the American people that the cause was a “spontaneous demonstration” about an Internet video?
  4. Why did the State Department edit the intelligence talking points to delete references to “Islamic extremists” and "al Qaida"?
  5. Why did the FBI release pictures of militants taken the day of the attack eight months after the fact? Why not immediately, as proved so effective in the Boston bombing?
  6. Why have none of the survivors testified to Congress?
  7. Why is the administration apparently unaware of the whistle-blowers who have been attempting to tell their stories? Is it true that these career civil servants have been threatened with retaliation?
  8. Did President Obama sleep the night of Sept. 11, 2012? Did Clinton?
  9. When was President Obama told about the murder of our ambassador? About the murder of all four Americans? What did he do in response?
  10. What role, if any, did the State Department’s own counterterrorism office play during the attacks and in their immediate aftermath?
  11. Why was Clinton not interviewed for the ARB report?
  12. And why, if all relevant questions were answered in the ARB report, has the State Department’s own Inspector General's office opened a probe into the methods of that very report?


    Cruz’s entire op-ed is online at National Review.

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