New report details al-Qaeda's involvement in Benghazi attacks

Cully Stimson --- The Daily Signal 

A new report on Benghazi does little to resolve the ongoing controversy about what happened.

The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued its investigative report last week on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Those attacks, which occurred on Sept. 11-12, 2012, resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and happened two months before the presidential election of 2012.

Supporters of the administration read the report as a vindication of the administration’s handling of the tragic events of Sept. 2012. Those who believe that the administration manipulated the story and facts at the time in order to align with the president’s campaign rhetoric that General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead (that is to say, al-Qaeda is on the ropes) think that this report is, to quote Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., “full of crap.”

Both arguments are, by their nature, political in nature, and–if you read the entire unclassified report–oversimplifications of what is actually contained within the report.

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