Just over a year after a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, another American was reportedly shot and killed in the Libyan city Thursday.
Reports from the region indicate that a teacher from Texas was jogging in the general vicinity of the former attack when he was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. This tragic development illustrates the area’s persistently hostile environment.
As of this writing, no person or group has come forward to take credit for the murder; however, militant Muslims in the region have long been responsible for the majority of such violence. The presence of armed militias throughout Libya has increased precipitously since the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi two years ago.
It was for that reason U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sought additional security just prior to the raid that killed him and three other Americans Sept. 11, 2012. The incident has plagued the Obama administration since, as many feel Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to act preemptively to secure the embassy and did not provide resources for the victims in the aftermath of the attack.
Had the administration responded appropriately, detractors contend, American lives might have been saved.
In response to the scandal, the administration has been conspicuously unforthcoming. Numerous questions remain unanswered as Benghazi remains a potentially deadly place for any American.
Signaling a complete disconnect from reality, the State Department has yet to provide any real evidence of increased security at any of America’s embassies in unfriendly parts of the world. Instead, officials have decided to spend millions on art in less contentious areas.
In fact, the State Department spent $1 million this year on a single work – a pile of rocks titled “Wall of Light Cubed 2” – now on display at the London embassy.
Still, amid reports that witnesses to last year’s attack are being prevented from sharing their stories, the administration refuses to address the issue head on. With the violent murder of another American very near the same location, millions of outraged patriots continue to demand accountability.
Obama’s many scandals come and go, due in large part to sycophantic media outlets dutifully obfuscating relevant information. The public outrage regarding Benghazi, however, is different.
With identifiable victims and a demonstrable lack of action from the White House and State Department, this egregious atrocity deserves to plague all involved for the remainder of their (hopefully short) careers.
–B. Christopher Agee
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