I don’t think anybody lied to anybody…”
The Obama Administration official responsible for American diplomacy overseas has referred to the assault on the American Consulate in Benghazi and the subsequent deaths of four fellow citizens as an episode from which our government needs to “move on,” adding we have “a lot more important things” to attend to.
According to L’Agence France-Presse via Breitbart.com, Secretary of State John Kerry made this revealing observation during testimony Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he was grilled by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) concerning the al-Qaeda militia attack on the Benghazi Mission.
The Golden State Republican took Kerry to task on the question of an Obama cover-up as well what he concerns a blatant lack of cooperation by the White House concerning turning over information as well as the survivors of the attack testifying before Congress. When Rohrabacher ask whether the Obama Administration had lied to the American people, Kerry told the committee members, “I don’t think anybody lied to anybody.”
The former Massachusetts Senator then gave the distinct impression that the attack and subsequent deaths weren’t that pressing when he stated, “We got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.” The remark was reminiscent of one made by his predecessor, who famously answered similar questions with her own question:
The fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night one decided they’d kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?
The transcript of the entire exchange between Rohrabacher and Kerry follows.
REP. DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA): Mr. Secretary, we think that there was a coverup of some kind of wrongdoing that led this administration to lie to the American people about the nature of the attack immediately after the attack and for a week after that attack. We need to have these questions answered. We need to talk to the people who are on the scene. Can you give us a commitment now that for this administration you will be coming up with the request, the honest request of this investigative committee as to who was evacuated and how to talk to them so we can get a straight answer and an understanding of what happened in Benghazi?
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Well, before I became Secretary, Congressman, I believe I got the answers to who was evacuated and had a pretty good sense of what happened there. But now that I am the Secretary and I am responsible to you and the Congress, I can promise you that if you’re not getting something that you have evidence of or you think you ought to be getting, we’ll work with you. And I will appoint somebody to work directly with you starting tomorrow, with you, Mr. Chairman, to have a review of anything you don’t think you’ve gotten that you’re supposed to get. Let’s get this done with, folks.
KERRY: Let’s figure out what it is that’s missing, if it’s legitimate or if it isn’t. I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.