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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review - Benghazi: The Definitive Report


Outside of shameless self-promotion of my own novels, you don't see me promoting much literature here on this blog, however, I strongly recommend that you invest $2.99 of your hard earned money to buy Benghazi: The Definitive Report, available on Kindle.

This book was released on February 11, 2013 and it is trending #1 on Kindle (Amazon.com). The authors, Brandon Webb and Jack Murphy run SOFREP.com. They are linked into what's going on within the Special Operations Community today and what they have to tell you in the book may make you uncomfortable.

I can almost guarantee that you will not hear reviews of this book on MSNBC, CBS, ABC or CNN. The media narrative which uncritically and slavishly repeated whatever the administration told them is not supported by facts as this work explains.

CIA Director David Petraeus and other top intelligence officials were kept out of the loop on secret raids in Libya which may have triggered the attacks on the U.S. Consulate last year.
According to the authors -- a former Navy SEAL and former Army Ranger -- the man tapped by President Obama to lead the CIA in his second term, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, was behind those classified "combat operations" which were allegedly conducted in the run-up to the September 2012 terror attack. 
POTUS and Hillary Clinton, the woman anointed by the Democratic Party
to succeed him in the highest office in the land.
Book Description - Amazon.com On September 12th, 2012, Brandon Webb learned Glen Doherty, one of his closest friends and his former Navy SEAL teammate, was killed alongside Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and two other Americans when the U.S. State Department and CIA headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, were sieged in a shocking terrorist attack. For the next four months, Webb and his team at SOFREP.com, the world's premier Special Ops website, embarked on a relentless investigation to understand exactly what happened to their countrymen, as well as the roles played by the Obama administration, State Department, and CIA. 

"Brennan waged his own unilateral operations in North Africa outside of the traditional command structure," the book says, calling it an "off the books" operation not coordinated with Petraeus and the CIA. The authors then claim that these raids were a "contributing factor" in the militant strike on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex on Sept. 11 2012. 

The "off the books" raids, they said, 
"kicked the hornets' nest and 
pissed off the militia." 

Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack, "was kept in the dark and ultimately killed in a retaliation that he never could have seen coming," they wrote. "Likewise, the CIA never knew what hit them." 

The Petraeus - Broadwell Affair

The authors tell you, the reader, how General Petraeus was ensnared by a "palace coup" at the CIA that ultimately helped expose his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. While highly critical of Brennan, the authors document tensions at the highest levels of the CIA. 

They claim that, while the FBI had already been investigating Petraeus and Broadwell, officials inside the CIA aided and encouraged that investigation. The officials, according to the book, were disappointed with Petraeus for "pursuing paramilitary operations" and allegedly moving the CIA away from its "roots in intelligence collection." 

Authors Webb and Murphy discuss how Petraeus' bodyguards helped spill the beans on Petraeus' affair. 
(From a Fox News Review) "It was well known to Petraeus' Personal Security Detachment (bodyguards) that he and Broadwell were having an affair. He wasn't the only high-ranking Agency head or general engaged in extramarital relations, but when the 7th floor wanted Petraeus out, they cashed in their chips," they wrote.  
"The reality of the situation is that high-ranking CIA officers had already discovered the affair by consulting with Petraeus' PSD and then found a way to initiate an FBI investigation in order to create a string of evidence and an investigative trail that led to the information they already had -- in other words, an official investigation that could be used to force Petraeus to resign." 
Fox News asked the White House for a comment on the book. The Obama Administration has yet to respond.


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The Old Whore: A Novel of Cartel Wars

In the parlance of the Central Intelligence Agency, old whores are clandestine operators who would do anything to get the job done.
(excerpt)
"Sanctioned assassination, extraordinary rendition? You weren't sitting in the big chair that you're in today, but the Outfit handed it off to the Special Activities Division for resolution two years ago." He leaned forward in his chair. "Why not do it again? They're very good at that sort of thing." 
"Not possible under the present guidelines. We ran it past the Director of National Intelligence and he ran it past the President's godfather, the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He said that we should forget about it." 
"So we forget about it?" 
"Uh, no, Frank, definitely not. We simply can't do anything directly, but we can use a cat's paw."

Gun Control IS People Control

Former Secret Service Special Agent Don Bongino explains himself very eloquently. "We live in a society of wolves. You do not fight back by creating more sheep."


It was my choice. It was my God-given right to be able protect myself and my family. It was my right, not given to me by a piece of paper, only ensured by that piece of paper [the Constitution]. That is not up for debate! 
The right to petition, the right to assemble—so beautifully on this day—the right to speech is not given to you by the Governor or the President of the United States! [applause] That is not his to give! And if it is not his to give, it is not his or hers or anyone else’s to take away! [applause] Anyone!

There is nothing I can say that would add to the message so eloquently delivered above. 

Either you believe in the Obama philosophy to fundamentally transform America into something that none of us will recognize or you don't. And whether you like it or not, the argument is coalescing around the Bill of Rights and it's hedge against tyranny.