Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings but before authorities identified suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Barack Obama purposefully addressed the nation. “We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” the president pledged. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
Days later, there’s reason to wonder how zealously the administration will work to uncover everything that needs to be known.
The day after the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya, attacks, which left four Americans — Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — dead, Obama made a similar statement. “Make no mistake,” the president said. “We will work with the Libyan government to bring justice to the killers who attacked our people.”
More than seven months later, there have been no indictments and no arrests. According to a House Republican Conference report on the Benghazi attacks released Tuesday, the FBI investigation into the attacks has yielded “very little progress.” The GOP leaders questioned why the administration chose to put the FBI in charge of the investigation when the FBI team did not have access to the Benghazi crime scene for three weeks. You might think that the administration didn’t want quick answers.