Sen. John Kerry, who facilitated Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional war on Libya, is now greasing the way for a cover-up of the Benghazi attacks. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Wednesday, Kerry killed the bill introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), which would have required the State Department to report to Congress on last week’s attacks in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen within 30 days.
Instead, as Josh Rogin reports in The Cable blog, Kerry said the Corker-DeMint bill was not needed, because the State Department is setting up a panel (supposedly “independent and bipartisan”) to investigate the Benghazi attack. Kerry said Wednesday that Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides had told him the State Department had already begun setting up the panel, which, Kerry said, would be independently appointed and accountable to Congress. However, this panel, known as an Accountability Review Board, is only required to be convened within 60 days of the attack, and then after conducting its examination, it will report its findings to Congress — which clearly Obama and Kerry hope will be long after the November elections.
Sen. DeMint’s reaction was this: “The attacks on American embassies and diplomats are outrageous. The Administration owes the American people detailed answers on how this happened and how it can be prevented in the future. It now appears these violent acts may have been coordinated terrorist attacks against America around the anniversary of 9/11. There may have even been warnings beforehand. Americans need to know if we were properly prepared and what steps must be taken to protect our diplomats in these dangerous environments.”
The House Oversight Committee sent a letter today asking for results of this probe by October 4th.
FURTHER: According to late news reports, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed veteran diplomat and former Ambassador Thomas Pickering to head the Accoutability Review Board. The highly-respected Pickering is one of the most senior U.S. foreign service officers, and was just in the news for the Iran Project report warning of the heavy costs of a military attack on Iran. Pickering’s appointment suggests that there is a fierce battle going on within the Adminstration and the State Department, over Obama’s complicity in, and cover-up for, the murder of Ambassador Stevens.