Today it was announced that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the militia leader and alleged mastermind behind the 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, was captured. That is good news, but raises an obvious question: What took so long?
It wasn’t as if Khatallah was hard to find. As USA Today reported, he “seemed to be hiding in plain sight” and was “famously spotted just weeks after the deadly assault . . . sipping a strawberry frappe on the patio of a Benghazi hotel.” Both CNN and the Associated Press found him for interviews after federal charges were filed against him in 2013. Yet for almost two years after the murderous attack— and ten months after federal charges were filed against Khatallah— the Obama administration failed to move against the alleged terrorist.
The House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya, will soon begin its important investigation. Let’s hope that this is one of the questions the Committee poses to administration officials.