"Cruz: Deaths In Syria Are A Distraction From Benghazi Scandal"
Figuring out what to do about a tyrant slaughtering thousands of his own people is less important than pursuing the discredited Benghazi attack investigation, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
On ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, Cruz argued that the attention being paid to Syria’s humanitarian crisis is distracting from counter-terrorism efforts. Though Cruz himself acknowledged earlier in the interview that Syria’s civil war is creating a global al-Qaeda hub, the Senator suggested that a renewed focus on terrorism would demand more investigation into the Benghazi attack that that took place on September 11, 2012:
One of the problems with all of this focus on Syria is it’s missing the ball from what we should be focused on, which is the grave threat from radical Islamic terrorism. Just this week is the one year anniversary of the attack on Benghazi. In Benghazi, four Americans were killed, including the first ambassador since 1979. When it happened, the President promised to hunt down the wrongdoers, and yet a few months later, the issue has disappeared. You don’t hear the President mention it. Now it’s a phony scandal, we ought to be defending U.S. national security and going after radical Islamic terrorists.
Though Congressional Republicans have aggressively pushed a number of investigations into the events at Benghazi — Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was described in May of this year as being “obsessed” with the issue — the lengthy inquiries have turned up no real evidence of wrongdoing on the Obama Administration’s part.
Just last week, while the White House and Congress jockeyed intensely over authorization for a war in Syria, federal prosecutors filed formal charges against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Libyan militia leader allegedly tied to the Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, over his alleged participation in the Benghazi attack.