WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker John Boehner Thursday slammed President Obama’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya, demanding a raft of new information, including why requests for additional security were denied by the State Department.
“The national debate since the tragedy … demonstrates many Americans remain concerned and frustrated about how your Administration has handled the response to the attack,” Boehner wrote in a letter to Obama released by his office Thursday afternoon.
Boehner added, “The new information in the public domain is also deeply troubling to many House Members who attended an interagency briefing in September, as there are perceived inconsistencies between what they learned during the briefing and the now widely available documentation regarding what was known at the time of the attack.”
In the letter, Boehner poses questions regarding the administration’s understanding of the security situation in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attack, as well as information it received about the reason for the attack immediately after.
Boehner also expresses concern about security at the consulate after the attack. CNN found Ambassador Chris Stevens’ diary at the site, prompting a rebuke from the State Department.
“Many Americans are frustrated and alarmed to read news that agencies appear to have better access to the site of the attack and to individuals of interest than the Administration,” Boehner wrote.
Republicans have widely criticized the administration for its failure to prevent the attack in Benghazi and its actions since, and have attempted to place the preponderance of blame on Obama. Both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have publicly accepted responsibility for the attacks.
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I am a red blooded American and deserve the truth. How stupid can you be blaming four American deaths on the 11th year anniversary of 9/11/2001 on a youtube video that has been out since June. Then arresting the guy who made it on trumped up parole violation charges. He may have told the Muslim Brotherhood that he would have more flexibility to behead him after the election. He went to the United Nations said we had a First Amendment darn it and I need 4 more years to get rid of it. He made this 10 times worse than it would have been by lying for 7 to 14 days because he was afraid it would hurt him politically and didn’t go with he’s a foreign policy wizard narrative. Emails just come out that state it was a terror attack and he knew it was a terrorist attack immediately.
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At the risk of sounding callous….most Americans don’t give two figs about Libya. I know the Republican party is doing its utmost to make this a political winner for them (which is even more callous. Despicable, actually), but outside of wingnut circles, who are down on their knees praying that this is “THE GAME CHANGER,” most Americans are thinking either of domestic issues or how much they hate the other guy in terms of their vote.
The unity in this country after 9/11 was unmistakable. The finger pointing and anger over Libya is downright trashy. The President has done a tremendous job on foreign policy. He’s done so well, all Mitt could say in the debate was “I agree.” And the righties know it. Party before country.
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