Though the White House still considers the deadly Benghazi terror attack a "phony" scandal, former Florida Congressman Allen West still has several "disturbing unanswered questions" about what happened in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi claimed the lives of four Americans — including a U.S. ambassador.
In an op-ed in the Washington Times on Monday, West writes that the "story of what happened that night when Americans were abandoned in Benghazi to die will not go away." The former Republican congressman then lays out six unanswered and important questions that remain.
West's top question is one that Congress and Americans have been trying to figure out for some time: "Why was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on 9-11? It should be standard practice that high value targets do not move around in hostile terrorist territory, which Benghazi was on that day."
Take a look at West's five remaining unanswered questions below:
• When the message came that the consulate was under attack, why were all immediate resources not allocated? As a former career Soldier who sat on the House Armed Services Committee, I am well aware of security protocols. Why weren’t they followed?
• Where was President Obama the evening of the attack? We were treated to all the White House situation room pictures of the raid on Osama bin Laden — but where are the photos from that night?
• According to the president, he ordered Secretary of Defense Panetta and CJCS General Dempsey to get the Americans in Benghazi the support they needed. If true, then who disobeyed the president’s order, and why did Obama never follow up with Panetta and Dempsey?
• Who came up with the video scapegoat excuse, and why was the U.N. ambassador called out for the Sunday shows and not the person responsible, the secretary of state?
• Ambassador Stevens had met with a Turkish representative in Benghazi, but why were his requests for additional security denied, and by whom?
West also provides his theory on what actually happened that night in Benghazi.
Here is my assessment: Ambassador Chris Stevens was sent into the heart of Islamic terrorist badlands, where the black al-Qaeda flags flew prominently, to negotiate an arms transfer from the Libyan rebels, al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-supported terrorists groups through Turkey and into Syria to support those Islamic terrorist, rebel groups. Something went awry since intelligence chatter had picked up al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri calling for retribution attacks after the drone killing of an al-Qaeda leader.
Read West's entire column here.