One would be hard-pressed to find someone more plugged into the intelligence community than New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor. In fact, the amount of research he does for each of his political thrillers would make your head spin.
That's why Thor is convinced that there is much more to the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi than has come out publicly so far.
Appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday, Thor said he would be thrown out of his editor's office if he pitched a story with as many holes in it as the Obama administration's Benghazi story.
"If I tried to turn this story in to my editor, I'd be thrown out of her office…There's too many holes in this story," he said.
But the most important question yet to be answered, according to Thor, is: Why was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 in the first place?
“Of all the days for an American to be traveling in an Islamic country, why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi of all places on 9/11? That’s where this story starts and it doesn’t make sense," said Thor. "This by all accounts a very, very bright man, yet he chooses to go to Benghazi on 9/11. That same day he sends the State Department a cable complaining about the level of security he’s not getting over there?"
Thor also said he is curious to know why Stevens would remain in Benghazi with all the protests occurring throughout the region at U.S. embassies, including one that turned violent in Cairo. He could have gone straight to Tripoli and been safe, he explained.
"When the attack happens at our embassy in Cairo, that immediately gets broadcast to all of our diplomatic missions around the world. … But still, Stevens doesn’t leave Benghazi, and for me I keep coming back to ‘why’? Why would he not go back and support his troops at the embassy in Tripoli? Libya is an Arab Spring country," Thor said.
He continued: "If there’s an uprising in Cairo, another Arab Spring country, why wouldn’t you rush back to the safety and security – again we come back to the fact that Stevens said he didn’t feel secure – why not go back to Tripoli, be with your troops, and make sure you’re there in case anything happens?"
Sadly, O'Reilly said he doesn't think Americans will be given truthful answers to important questions like Thor's.
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