A Nebraska Congressman who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says many questions remain three months after terrorists attacked American installations in Libya, killing four Americans.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network it is still taking a long time to get the story out about just what happened in Benghazi that left United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens dead. Three other Americans died in the attack.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has held classified hearings on the attack. Despite those hearings, questions remain, according to Fortenberry. He says the Obama Administration has yet to clear up all the confusion it created in wake of the attack.
“Again, because what you’re dealing with here is the attack and death of our Ambassador, the wrong initial explanation and a three month delay before the fullness of this has come out and all of that is troubling,” Fortenberry says.
Fortenberry says the hearings have uncovered something most Americans likely do not realize. There were two attacks on American installations in Benghazi on September 11th over an eight hour period. The first attack targeted the mission facility where Ambassador Stevens was located. The second happened two miles away at an annex where CIA personnel were stationed.
Fortenberry says that while the video that mocked the Islam prophet Mohammad did not spark the deadly attacks, it played a role. He says those planning the attack likely used the video as a potential leverage point for a more coordinated attack and as an incendiary device to stoke mob violence at the mission.
The congressman says the attack must be taken seriously, because it left an American ambassador dead and undermines international norms of stability in Libya.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]