A Hard Slog to Get Benghazi Answers; House Must Avenge the Spanking by Hillary

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Byline: Adm. James A. Lyons, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's performance last week before the Senate and House committees on foreign relations provided, regrettably, no additional useful information on the Benghazi debacle.

There was no clarification on why the administration continued to perpetuate the lie, for the better part of two weeks, that the attack was the result of a mob angered by a 14-minute anti-Islamic video that almost no one had seen. The administration knew within a matter of hours that this was a planned terrorist attack by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia.

Further, there was no explanation for why Mrs. Clinton then proceeded to participate in making a video, at taxpayers' expense, condemning the anti-Islamic video and profusely apologizing for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. I am sure the video was eagerly embraced by the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, whose principal objective is to restrict our First Amendment Rights to freedom of speech by seeking to criminalize anything it considers offensive to Islam. This effort is known as the Istanbul Process, an anti-free-speech campaign that Mrs. Clinton has strongly endorsed.

When Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, tried to get clarification about why the administration continued to perpetuate the lie, Mrs. Clinton essentially dismissed his question: We have four dead Americans. ... What difference, at this point, does it make? In effect, she excused lying to the American public. The cover-up continues.

Recall that Richard M. Nixon eventually understood you cannot lie to the American public and get away with it. His troubles concerned a bungled burglary attempt at the Watergate - no one got killed. In Benghazi, the situation is much more serious, with international repercussions involving al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups and their supporters.

First of all, this was U.S. territory, involving our special mission compound that was attacked, overrun and looted, with four Americans - including our ambassador - murdered. Most likely, the compound contained sensitive communication equipment, records and other important files. What happened to this material and equipment? We need to know.

The testimony shed no new light on activity being carried out at the compound or why Stevens was there the night of Sept. 11 when we know he feared for his safety. Opening cultural exchange or having dinner with the Turkish consul general doesn't cut it. …