And then what? Career civil servant usually don't lawyer up and lay their careers on the line unless they have something important to say. Without knowing anything about the three whistleblowers who will testify at the Benghazi hearing Wednesday one could probably guess that they are gray or balding, have college age or married children, and own comfortable homes in Maryland or northern Virginia. The are probably at the pinnacle of their long careers and for reasons known only to themselves appear ready to lay it all on the line.
The Benghazi attack is the most unreported story in modern history. Yes, the media dutifully reported that the ambassador and three other Americans were killed, it covered the return of the bodies in flag draped coffins and the standard "make no mistake yadda, yadda, yadda" presidential remarks but the only known victims of the attack are all dead. What happened to the rest of the consulate staff? Are we to believe this was a 2 man operation with Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith answering phones, patrolling the perimeter, doing the laundry and mowing the grass? Yet, strangely 8 months after the fact the only known actors are all dead.
Putting aside Steven Hayes' excellent Weekly Standard article, which deals with the cover up there is already considerable reportage of incompetence and probable malfeasance during the attack. FoxNews, followed by CBS with a smattering of reports from other news outlets have painted a very disturbing picture of the Commander-in-Chief fumbling his 3 AM call in early afternoon. The Counterterrorism Security Group was never convened.
"The CSG is the one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies," a high-ranking government official told CBS News. "They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon."
Never called upon! It's reported that Hillary wanted to send in the FBI but clearly no one lifted a finger to help, save to dispatch an unarmed drone to provide a live video link. Suppose it is revealed in testimony that the sole cause of the failure to respond was an unwillingness to issue the presidential command? That senior administrations aides and the president watched but did nothing?
How will Congress respond? It's all but a sure thing that someone would introduce a bill to impeach the president but would the Speaker let the bill go forward to a full House vote. John Boehner could give Barack Obama lessons on leading from behind. It's times like this I miss mean as a snake Newt Gingrich. Gingrich would push the impeachment and drop it in Harry Reid's lap while telling the Senate "either you guy throw him out or the men and women who take your place will".
It's very difficult to predict how anyone will react to whatever outcome the hearings produce. Gallup and Rasmussen will know real quickly the public mood but there has never in the entire history of the nation, been a president accused of cowardice or treason but if the President went to bed during the attack get used to hearing them frequently. If that is true, the name Obama will take on a meaning of its own such as Chamberlain or Quisling. On thing I am sure of. I will watch the hearings from gavel to gavel.