For 10 long weeks, a debate has raged over who was responsible for issuing initial watered-down reports about the origins of a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The White House needs to come clean. It should lay out memos and make key personnel available to explain the matter to Congress and the American people.
The current water-torture strategy of facts dribbling out of the administration will not do.
For many reasons, this is not going away, nor should it. Let us not forget, four Americans died in the attacks, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
It’s clear now that the attack was the work of terrorists. But in the fever-pitch run-up to the November presidential election, the initial public versions of events were cautious, even as lawmakers were getting more specific, classified accounts. Federal lawmakers can be forgiven if they harbored suspicions that politics was at work.