sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Benghazi Redux

In the military, officers are trained to seek responsibility and to take responsibility for their actions. The Commander-in-Chief was never in the military. During those years when many young men serve their country, the boss lived a carefree life on somebody else's dime, specializing in buggary, dope and hanging out on campus.

Thus when we hear about scandal after scandal (all but ignored by the mainstream media - with very few exceptions, branded as pariahs by the Obama Administration), there has never been one single shred of responsibility or accountability.

"We go to Dover to see bodies, and we're all in the hangar down there," Charles Strange, father of slain SEAL Michael Strange, recalled. "And President Obama comes up to me and he says, 'Mr. Strange' — and he grabs me by the shoulders — 'Michael changed the way America lives.' I grabbed Mr. President by the shoulders and I said: 'I don't need to know about my son. I need to know what happened, Mr. President.'" 
Charles Strange says the president told him. "Mr. Strange, we're going to look into this very, very, very deep." Since then, Strange says, "I haven't heard nothing." 
  • AG Eric Holder, Obama's Chicago crony is tasked to investigate himself for potential wrongdoing. Other than "blame Bush", that's been the extent of the accountability that the Obama Administration has held itself to.

Who is responsible for the Benghazi Massacre? Because the deaths didn't have to be.

The Benghazi investigation hasn't focused on WHY Ambassador Stevens was at the consulate (the one with the giant hole in the wall from a bomb that detonated a week earlier) with Sean Smith, an information officer, not a DSS Agent. We can't ask the Ambassador or Sean Smith because they're dead. Does it make sense for Stevens to travel to Benghazi with essentially no security?

Let's review the run up to September 11, 2012 -- and keep in mind that Stevens was EXPERIENCED in Libya. He spoke the language and understood the culture. This is the background. Would any of you have traveled to Benghazi, to an insecure compound without a security escort? There were a number of well qualified former US Special Forces at Tripoli who could have accompanied Ambassador Stevens but none of them did. What would they have been witness to if they'd gone along?
  • In April 2012, two former security guards for the consulate threw a homemade "fish bomb" IED over the consulate fence; the incident did not cause any casualties.
  • Just 4 days later (still April 2012), a similar bomb was thrown at a four vehicle convoy carrying the United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, exploding just 12 feet from the UN envoy’s vehicle without injuring anyone.
  • In May 2012 an Al-Qaida affiliate calling itself the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades claimed responsibility for an attack on the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Benghazi. On August 6 the ICRC suspended operations in Benghazi. The head of the ICRC's delegation in Libya said the aid group was "appalled" by the attack and "extremely concerned" about escalating violence in Libya.
  • The Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades released a video of what it said was its detonation of an explosive device outside the gates of the U.S. consulate on June 5, which caused no casualties but damaged the consulate's perimeter wall, described by one individual as "big enough for forty men to go through." The Brigades claimed that the attack was in response to the killing of Abu Yahya al Libi, a Libyan al-Qaeda leader who had just died in an American drone attack, and was also timed to coincide with the imminent arrival of a U.S. diplomat. There were no injuries, but the group left behind leaflets promising more attacks against the U.S.
  • Dominic Asquith, British ambassador to Libya survived an assassination attempt in Benghazi on June 10. Two British protection officers were injured in the attack when their convoy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade 300 yards from their consulate office. The British Foreign Office withdrew all consular staff from Benghazi in late June.
  • On June 18, 2012, the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi was stormed by individuals affiliated with Ansar Al-Sharia Libya, allegedly because of "attacks by Tunisian artists against Islam."
  • On the day of the attack:
  • Al Qaida leader Ayman al-Zahwari declared that al Libi's death still needed to be avenged.
  • In Egypt 2000 Salafist activists protested at the US Embassy in Cairo, raising the al Qaeda flag over the wall of the US Embassy.
  • Two consulate contract Arab security guards spotted a man in a Libyan police uniform taking pictures of the consulate with his cell phone from a nearby building that was under construction. The security guards briefly detained the man before releasing him. He drove away in a police car and a complaint was made to the Libyan police station. The late, Sean Smith noticed this surveillance, posting on the internet "assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures."
Why was J. Christopher Stevens there at the Consulate with one aid (unarmed) given this situation? What did Secretary Hillary Clinton send him there to do? And why did Secretary Clinton stand down any effort to rescue Ambassador Stevens? We know that there were both Army and Air Force units that could have responded. We know that they had a drone overhead watching and we know that we didn't do anything but watch people die.

The CIA knew what was going on at the Consulate and didn't want ANYTHING to do with it -- well above and beyond the attack. 

President Obama promised to look into it and LIED to the American people, blaming an Internet video rather than al Qaeda. Was Ambassador Stevens doing something there in Benghazi that would have caused a bigger scandal if his mission leaked?

Don't blame Bush...