Sen. Lindsey Graham has come out fighting over President Obama’s nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel. On Sunday’s news show, CBS's “Face the Nation,” Graham vowed to block any confirmation vote until the president tells the American people exactly what happened September 11, 2012, the night four Americans were killed in Benghazi, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
As Graham told moderator Bob Schieffer, “No confirmation without information. I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, or Hagel to be confirmed for secretary of defense, until the White House gives us an accounting.”
Those are fighting words from the feisty South Carolina Republican. The loudest and most important heard thus far from critics of the president’s silence concerning that fateful night.
As Graham summed it up to Schieffer, the efforts to save the four men was a “complete system failure. I don’t know what the president did that evening, I don’t know if he ever called anyone. This was incredibly mismanaged, and what we know now, it seems to be a very disengaged president. What did he do that night? That’s not unfair.”
It appeared that Schieffer was taken off guard by the highly charged comments that didn’t stop with the confirmations of Brennan and Hagel. He also set his sights on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
He accused her initial assessment of the Benghazi was nowhere near the reality of the situation. “She was blind. The president was just disengaged and the Department of Defense never launched one airplane to help these folks for seven-and-a-half hours. This is complete system failure, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it.”
President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech tomorrow night (Tuesday). Will he bring up the Benghazi affair or sweep it under the rug along with other critical matters such as the deficit and continued high unemployment.
Sen. Graham may be only the first high-profile public figure to speak out on what is construed by many to be a cover-up in the highest sense of the word.
The speech airs at 9 pm EST.
Stay tuned for the actual content and its true substance.
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