It’s a good thing that Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA) has decided to retire after 11 terms in Congress. If he hadn’t, he would surely be facing a Tea Party primary challenge after announcing that he is satisfied that nothing more could have been done to prevent the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi.
McKeon is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, which just last month issued a contradictory report of its findings on the attack on the consulate September 11, 2012. The report faulted the President and State Department for not having beefed up the military presence in Benghazi prior to the attack, while at the same time finding that there were no troops in a position to respond rapidly enough, no “stand down” order was given and that all that could be done had been done.
“I think I’ve pretty well been satisfied that given where the troops were, how quickly the thing all happened and how quickly it dissipated, we probably couldn’t have done more than we did,” McKeon told reporters on Thursday. “Now, we’ve made changes since then. We’ve got more Marine fast teams that we built up security around the world.”
“We have been working on this for a long time. We issued a preliminary report,” he said. “At some point, when we run out of people to talk to, or we run out of people to talk to two or three times, at some point, we think we’ll have as much of this story as we’re going to get and move on.”
Of course Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) does not agree with McKeon and says that the administration is still hiding the truth and should be made to admit to culpability.
“They owe the American people the truth. And when it comes to Benghazi, we’ve got four Americans who are dead. And their families deserve the truth about what happened, and the administration refuses to tell them the truth,” Boehner told reporters at a separate news conference.