The revelation that at least one survivor of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi remains hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital has provoked renewed demands for accountability and answers.
“Why hasn’t Congress had access to these survivors? Don’t we have an obligation to hear from them and recognize their service and sacrifice? It’s time for clear answers to these questions,” asked Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA) in a “Dear Colleague” letter, H. Res. 36, which has been signed by over 50 other Members.
What happened to the survivors is only one of the many unanswered questions lingering from the Benghazi disaster. Heritage notes that even following the official reports by the Accountability Review Board and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, along with other committee hearings, briefings, and letters to Administration officials, “[t]hese various investigations have not only failed to provide complete answers to some of the crucial questions on embassy security and the events of September 11, 2012, but have at times resulted in contrasting and confusing accounts.”
Heritage notes that more than 40 embassy attacks, including Benghazi, are on the record, and recommends several critical steps to improve security for American officials serving the national interest overseas:
The tragedy of Benghazi must not be allowed to slip into the annals of diplomatic history without further investigation and demands for accountability. It is the critically important role of Congress to make sure that does not happen.