Momentum for Benghazi Select Committee
There is only one certainty surrounding the terrorist
attack that occurred in Benghazi, Libya last September 11th: seven months later, the American people and
the families of the victims and wounded still do not know all the facts and
specifics that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and
three other American heroes. However, I
am cautiously optimistic that momentum is building this week in the quest for the
In separate letters to Members of the U.S. House of
Representatives, the groups Special Operations Speaks and Operational Security
(OpSec), along with 700 retired military special operations personnel, urged
support for House Resolution 36 which is being sponsored by senior Republican
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA). House Resolution 36, if passed, would create a select congressional committee to thoroughly
investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi and what the Obama Administration
did and didn’t do.
Also joining in support of Rep. Wolf’s proposed select
committee is Ms. Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the information management officer killed in
the attack. For months, she has
expressed her frustration with the U.S. Government for not being more
forthright and responsive about what happened the day her son lost his
life in a terrorist attack.
Her brave letter of support are strong words from a
grieving mother who loves her country and is looking for closure:
Please, Please help me find out who is
responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by
the country they love. It is very difficult to find out Leon Panetta advised
Pres. Obama that the attack was occurring and Pres. Obama went to bed without
sending help. It is too late for my son but not too late for those that follow.
In addition, I was happy to join with 23 other leaders of the conservative movement in signing a
letter to Congressman Wolf endorsing the select committee. Those signing it included Lt. Gen. William G.
Boykin (Ret.), Al Cardenas, Phyllis Schlafly, Brent Bozell, and many others.
This letter illustrates that conservatives are a united in the quest for
truth and accountability concerning Benghazi.
Citizens United’s members and supporters have been proud to support
Rep. Wolf’s HR 36 as he seeks to bring all investigations into this
sensitive matter under the jurisdiction of one committee that can focus
singularly on finding the truth the victims’ families and the American people
deserve. Our supporters have sent over 4,000
letters to Members of Congress, and their voices are being heard. As of Friday, there are 100 co-sponsors signed
onto this resolution in the House.
In addition to the four deaths, it is shocking that the
number of wounded is still unknown and that the survivors of the attack haven’t been made available
for congressional testimony. Other questions
persist as well. Why was a military response not
executed? Why weren’t officials at the
highest levels of the Obama Administration communicating? Why wasn’t President Obama engaged during the
Sadly, it appears we’ll never know the answers to these
questions until the U.S. House approves Rep. Wolf’s resolution. With 100 co-sponsors supporting the
resolution, it’s time for the House Republican leadership to bring it to the
floor for a vote.