McKeon to Obama: Your Libya Remarks Sound ‘Implausible’
The top U.S. House Armed Services Committee Republican, in a sharply worded Oct. 29 letter, told President Barack Obama that his recounting of the events around a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya sounds “implausible.”
That charge came in a letter from Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., to Obama. It is the latest criticism congressional Republicans have launched at Obama or his top Cabinet officials about their handling of a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
McKeon’s letter was sent in response to comments made Oct. 26 by Obama during a radio interview. The president said that in the immediate wake of the attack he issued several directives, including one to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”
That is puzzling to McKeon and other GOP lawmakers, who are questioning why the administration did not use U.S. military assets to secure the consulate in Benghazi. The attack, an apparent terrorist strike, left the American ambassador and three others dead.
“Your … directive would appear to involve potential actions by the U.S. military,” McKeon wrote.