Boehner Asks Obama to 'Publicly Address' Questions About Benghazi

October 26, 2012 - 6:49 AM

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Obama to "publicly address" Americans' questions and concerns about the 9/11 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

In an Oct. 25 letter to the President, Boehner writes: "No one in your administration can substitute for your authority and voice to explain to the American people strategy and policies you directed during and in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. The American public is increasingly reading information contradicting early accounts by your administration of the causes of the events of the day."

Boehner specifically asked for answers to the following questions:

--When was the last time you were briefed by Ambassador Stevens about the evolving political and security situation in Libya? Did he make any direct observations or raise any concerns to you or your staff about the security situation in country?

-- There are reports that military options and assets were offered to and considered by the White House during and in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack. Can you explain what options were presented to you or your staff, and why it appears assets were not allowed to be pre-positioned, let alone utilized? If these reports are accurate, the artificial constraint on the range of options at your disposal would be deeply troubling.

-- Why did the administration fail to account for facts that were known at the time?

Boehner told the president the country "will not be able to move on from the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2012" until the public understands what really happened before, during, and after the attack.

President Obama, dashing from one corner of the country to another, does not discuss Benghazi on the campaign trail.