The US Central Intelligence Agency finds and trains some of America's very best people to go out in harms way and do difficult things. The CIA brings very qualified people such as the former SEALs who were providing security at the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya to work with them.
But when they were being over run by jihadi terrorists and are screaming for help -- Headquarters said "NO". Am I the only one who finds that mildly interesting?
When two CIA annuitants (working part time for the CIA) in Mexico City and one Mexican Navy captain were attacked between Mexico City and Cuernavaca two months ago, what message came from CIA Headquarters? "Stand Down - on any response to the cartels." (the Beltran Leyva Narcotics Cartel hired ten Mexican police officers to attack the CIA embassy vehicle) They eventually had Mexican Federal Police (SSP) descend on northern Sinaloa where they've done just about nothing to the Beltrans because the SSP's intelligence is faulty and CIA doesn't trust their proxies enough to give them the good stuff.
Is CIA Headquarters under Barack Obama
a haven for burnt-out, risk-averse pension-seekers?
A casual outside observer might be inclined to think that is the case.
The Obama White House watched the real-time attack on the US Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and advised against a response. The motivation for that response has yet to be fully explained by Secretary Clinton and President Obama. President Obama would seem to have other things on his mind, like his second term in office (see right).
The cynic in me feels that he might have been watching the attack real-time in the situation room, eating popcorn and drinking a beer - or smoking weed, since we know that calms the presidential nerves. (it's therapeutic pot) However the realist in me understands that he likely didn't care, explaining to his loyal cadres that they were all to lock step and declare that it was the response to a YouTube video that nobody saw.
The CIA will have classified it all in the interest of national security...
It's simply another day in the ObamaNation and one can not help but wonder what, if anything, a new president can or will do to change the culture of the risk-averse (I didn't say cowardly) Central Intelligence Agency. Your tax dollars at work.