House Republicans held hearings last week on the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. That’s renewed a war of words between members of Congress and President Barack Obama.
Here’s the history: Diplomatic workers staffed a temporary residential outpost in the Libyan city after the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. On a night the U.S. ambassador was visiting from the capital in Tripoli, armed Islamic terrorists attacked, setting a toxic diesel-fueled fire that killed the ambassador and a colleague. Americans then drove, chased by attackers, to a nearby annex, where a mortar attack in the morning killed two security contractors. By noon, hasty scrambling by the American and Libyan governments got U.S. workers to safety in Tripoli, along with their four dead comrades.
That “annex” was a compound used by the CIA. So, while we’ve seen unclassified reports from a State Department accountability review board, a Senate committee and some House Republicans, and watched testimony before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House committee last week — there’s a layer of secrecy that daunts diplomats and lawmakers alike.
We’ve fact-checked several new claims this week.
On May 6, 2013, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News that more could have been done that night. “We had people that were getting killed, we had people who are willing to risk their lives to go save them and…