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Benghazi Must Not be Lost Amid the Clutter

Of the scandals, there’s only one so far that without a doubt touches the president.

If Benghazi becomes the poor relative of all these other scandals sprouting up like meerkats from their desert burrows, it will be a scandal in itself. Because the questions it raises are at the center of what it means to be president.

Hillary Clinton understood this with her 3 am emergency phone call ad that asked Americans whether they wanted her or President Obama to be answering it.

As far as we know, on 3 am the night of September 11, 2013, Obama was fast asleep. Because, after all, he had a big day coming up. He was taking his fundraising road show to Vegas September 12. Meanwhile, as the sandman brought him his dreams, a small piece of America he’d planted in Benghazi, Libya was under attack.

If the president failed to do everything he could the night of the Benghazi attacks to prevent American deaths, it is very profound problem. The White House has released almost no specific information about his actions. It’s fair to conclude that they are hiding something.

Fox News put together a report detailing what we know about the president’s evening.

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55 Responses to Benghazi Must Not be Lost Amid the Clutter

  1. And remember folks, this is the same President who plasters his image on anything and everything but yet can’t produce ONE photo of him in the sit room (or anywhere else for that matter) during the hours of that attack.

  2. Who and where are the people who were on the ground in Benghazi, and why have they been “sequestered” for nine months?

    Does THIS qualify as a cover-up? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Sequestered even from a closed door hearing in Congress. What the hell is the matter with Boehner. There needs to be a special select committee. No, we can’t impeach Obama yet, but investigations take time. Start now.

      • Anyone who knows the truth of Benghazi any of the details are most
        likely MIA. Rendition lives we should start checking for folks who’ve
        gone missing. I’m not generally one for conspiracy’s but they are really
        in a hurry to be done with that Terrorist attack…to much to hide.

  3. Substance abuse? Many of us have been there. Nah, can’t be that since they would have said POTUS was medicated or something.

    Cowardice? I hope not. Since he could see the political benefit to be a warrior from within the safety of the WH, I doubt he is a coward.

    Give a victory to Islam? Show his true allegiance? Traitor? Hmmmmm

    • I think Barack Obama by himself is a coward. And I think he failed to act because he could not be assured of the outcome, he had an election coming up, and he decided he would deal with the outcome the next day. Which he has done, with the help of the press and the American public who has moved on.

      So effectively he did not even try to rescue 4 Americans because he had a campaign to run. And he did not want to upset any hookah loungers in Syria or Egypt.

      • I go along with this scenario. I have read over the years about the raid on bin Laden – that Obama had to almost have his arm twisted into giving the “go in” because he was more worried about how it would look politically for him if the raid failed. His first and foremost thoughts and concerns are how his political image will be affected – not how the end result will benefit or harm the American people or America herself.

  4. WHO ORDERED THE STAND DOWN, MR. PRESIDENT???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    It was either YOU, Joint Chiefs, or Leon.

    • Or no one, as the military has repeatedly testified. The group that was told not to go was only told so due to the fact that there arrival would have occurred post evac.

  5. The Commander-in-Chief left four of his men on the battlefield. My husband signed up for the Marine Corps after he had just turned 17 and graduated from high school. He has told me many times that is one thing he was taught over and over: you never leave your buddies on the battlefield.

    I have been surmising lately that he let ValJar give the order to stand down. Seriously, “folks”. If you remember the killing Bin Laden coverage, Obama repeatedly hesitated to give the green light at the instigation of Valerie Jarrett. She is the eminence grise of this administration.

  6. Benghazi may have been just another “terrorist” target had this administration been honest from the beginning. “Ooops, we screwed up, we’re bad”. Romney was right, someone was lying.

    Then there’s “Brad” downstairs blaming the Republicans for cutting security funding for embassies. All you have to do is look at the State’s budget, they were remodeling other embassies and replacing embassy fleets with GREEEEN cars at the time Amb Stevens was begging for more security. Brad was wrong,

  7. I’d forgotten about this one.

    “Repeated requests for additional security were denied at the highest levels of the State Department,” it said. “For example, an April 2012 State Department cable bearing Secretary Hillary Clinton’s signature acknowledged then-Ambassador [Gene] Cretz’s formal request for additional security assets but ordered the withdrawal of security elements to proceed as planned.”

    SNIP

    http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/295611-boehner-unveils-benghazi-report-that-blames-hillary-clinton-for-security-lapses-#ixzz2RJqGzNCs

  8. I think he recalled Carter’s failed attempt to retrieve the hostages in Iran and Clinton’s Black Hawk Down experience in Somali influenced his actions or lack thereof. A failed attempt was not going to happen to him so he took no action.

    • Huh. When you list them all together like that, it’s interesting that occasions when the U.S. is shamed by weedy powers (or in the case of Somolia, no powers at all) because of not using sufficent force were all under Dems…

      Hadn’t thought of that. Well done.

  9. An opinion from an expert :

    Gentlemen

    I would say every US fighter pilot, retired or on active duty, knows that Panetta and Dempsey both are full of crap when they said there was no time to send help to Benghazi. They claim it was a problem of “time/space.” All my friends and I said, “Bullshit.” We know they could have gotten F-16s there from Aviano.

    “Hands” Handley is a well-respected USAF fighter pilot. Here is his short resume and what he just wrote about Benghazi below that. If anything, Handley is pessimistic in his timeline of when F-16s could have reached Benghazi . I think they could have been airborne even sooner and turned quicker at Sig. The decision to not try was not based on capability. We had the operational capability in every way.

    I hope Handley’s taxes are in order. His IRS audit is forthcoming.

    Eagle Biography

    Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley

    Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley is credited with the highest speed air- to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules. Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia in the F- 4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.
    ———————————————-

    Betrayal in Benghazi

    Phil “Hands” Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

    The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.

    Among America ‘s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.

    The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty.

    Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.

    It has been over eight months since the attack on our compound in Benghazi . The White House strategy, with the aid of a “lap dog” press has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming.
    The recent testimonies of the three “whistle blowers” have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle. It would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention “that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference” mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft.

    This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed “experts” the Administration trot out to make such an assertion.

    The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin ass and do nothing.

    The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base, Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based.

    Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local): When Hicks in Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him “Greg, we are under attack!” (his last words), he immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing “Emergency Response Plan.”

    At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to “stand down”. By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various “Command and Control Agencies” and everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on.

    At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM.

    So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker support really “was not available” what about this:

    When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.

    By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours. While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.

    The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.

    Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, only a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.

    Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to recover at Sigonelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away.

    As for those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act” screw them. It is high time that our “leadership” get their priorities straight and put America’s interests first.

    The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with “72 virgins” and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to “tug” on Superman’s cape.

    Of course all this would depend upon a Commander In Chief that was more concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm’s way than getting his crew rested for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. As well as a Secretary of State that actually understood “What difference did it make?”, or a Secretary of Defense whose immediate response was not to the effect that “One of the military tenants is that you don’t commit assets until you fully understand the tactical situation.” Was he not watching a live feed from the unarmed drone, and he didn’t understand the tactical situation?

    YGBSM!

    Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the Untied States of America deserve leadership that really does “have their back” when the chips are down.

    FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN THE TIME TO READ THIS, YOU NEED TO DO ONE THING FOR ME! FORWARD THIS OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!! WE CAN NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN AND WHOEVER GAVE THE “STAND DOWN” ORDER NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED!!!!

    • Curious:
      were there any Navy or USMC air assests in the area; 6th Fleet? A CVN or LHD/LHA? (F/A-18s or Harriers?)

      Still remember a news story about the Admiral who commanded the Carrier Battle Group in the Med being told to ‘retire’ after Benghazi… anyone ever talk to him about what happened?

      • The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.

        Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis’ home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed.

        SNIP

        The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of “inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s chief spokesman, declined to discuss the investigation.

        The Stennis group deployed from Bremerton in late August and had entered the Navy 5th Fleet’s area of operations in the Middle East on Oct. 17 after sailing across the Pacific. The Stennis made port visits in Thailand and Malaysia on its way to the Middle East.

        It deployed four months earlier than scheduled in response to a request by the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. James Mattis, to maintain two aircraft carriers in the Middle East.

        SNIP

        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/27/navy-replaces-admiral-leading-mideast-strike-group/

        • Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.

          Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, “And then what?”

          Inquiry along these lines apparently was not welcomed — at least in the CENTCOM view. The White House view, apparently, is that Mattis was too hawkish, which is not something I believe, having seen him in the field over the years.

          SNIP

          http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/18/the_obama_administration_s_inexplicable_mishandling_of_marine_gen_james_mattis

  10. You know, one of the ways the Left has been so sucessful is by controlling the language. You know, saying “Traditional Marriage” as though to indicate that there’s another acceptable kind, changing the labels between “Taxes” and “Penalties” whenever it suits them like they’re interchangable, naming illegal immigrants “Undocumented Workers” and terrorist “Crime issues”, and calling Republicans and Teas the most horrible things – all without challenge. Because of the lack of challenge from our spineless, weepy Speaker (and other RINOs), no-info voters just assume they speak truth and vote D.

    “Scandal” is another case in point.

    Look at TV. “Scandal” is what TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, et. al., dish up for amusement of the masses with doglike superstar behavior. “Scandal” is what’s on the cover of the Globe, the National Enquirer, the Star, and stuff they see in the checkout line while waiting to purchase their Doritos with SNAP cards.

    Because of this training, to them, “scandals” may be fun and titillating, but never really mean anything…

    NOTHING could be further from the truth here.

    Benghazi is NOT a “scandal”. At best, it’s dereliction of duty; at worst, treason. A bit different from snarking on Ah-nuld’s latest pecadillos…

    By the same token, using the power of Government to take money from, coerce, spy on, and in some cases kill American citizens without due process is not “Scandal”.

    It’s violation of Constitutional law.

    Major administration figures caught lying to Congress – twice – is not “Scandal”.

    It’s perjury.

    Allowing an Ambassasador to be raped and murdered because of some political calculus, not sending reinforcements to an attack on technically American soil, then lying about it to the extent of imprisioning a fall guy for making a perfectly legal video because you claim it was the impetus for a planned, coordinated attack is NOT “scandal”

    It’s treason.

    Please don’t call these “Scandals”. The word has been wored to the point where it has no resonance anymore outside of the evening’s televised entertainment choices. Call them what they are.

    High crimes and misdemeanors.

    • Well said, cincycinco. The left must redefine words to hide their agenda for America – a one party solution to gain absolute power and authoritarian rule. If the statists told the LIV the honest truth about the future they have planned for them, Democrats and RINOs would never win national office again. Of course, if they obtain their holy grail of 20 million newly minted Democrat voters in time for the 2014 mid-terms, they’ll get a two-fer: the Republican party will be defeated and become as irrelevant nationally as they are in California today, and America as founded will cease exist…the beacon of freedom and liberty will be snuffed out.

    • C C:

      Well put, controlling the language is a major tool in their arsenal.

      True believers now understand that “Congress” means those obstructionist Republicans who oppose any common sense actions, “policy disagreement” means “racism”, and “speaking truth to power” only works if you’re attacking the right.

      Just for fun, try asking these devotees to define “transparency”.

  11. I recall reading very early on that the reason Hillary Clinton refused to comply with requests for more security from Amb. Stevens was that she wanted the U.S. to have a low profile in Libya. There were NO Amercans on the skeletal security team – they were all Libyans. In other words, she didn’t want to ruffle any feathers by having a large contingency of Americans on foreign soil. She was more concerned with insulting Libyans than protecting the Ambassador. It had nothing to do with funding.

    This is also why I suspect Obama did nothing that night. He didn’t want to ruffle any feathers by starting a firefight with his new best friends in the middle east – so he stuck his head in the sand and crossed his fingers – hoping nothing would happen to interfere with the campaign. Any way you slice it, he is guilty of treason and dereliction of duty. He is a coward!

    • Who in the world would hire the February 14th Martyrs’ Brigade to protect Americans? The group that attacked the consulate, Ansar al Sharia, is a splinter group.

  12. Brian Terry was buried twice. Once in his grave and again by the media.
    A “tel” is an archeological term. It generally refers to mounds as in one city that has declined and another is built upon it. The timeline can vary. My point: This is exactly what is happening with the myriad of scandals, one story is burying the next. Reporters are rushing from one dig to another without unearthing thoroughly and the admin. is throwing dirt over the holes that were dug.

    • This, my friend, is the most critical question of all. It is a question nobody in this administration has answered to date. General Carter Ham could tell us, but evidently he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions like Ed Snowden.

  13. Obama stands virtually mute, besides a few mewing noises, as the people in Turkey fight for secularism and freedom. Gone are the days when America stood as a beacon for freedom.

    Far be it from Barack Obama to stand against any Muslim regime.

  14. When terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, there were no U.S. Marines deployed in Libya to defend U.S. diplomats, diplomatic facilities and classified information and equipment.

    However, says the State Department, a Marine Security Detachment was deployed on that day to carry out those duties at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

    SNIP

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/state-dept-confirms-marines-91112-were-protecting-us-embassy-barbados

  15. […] Benghazi Must Not be Lost Amid the Clutter – White House Dossier    “Of the scandals, there’s only one so far that without a doubt touches the president. If Benghazi becomes the poor relative of all these other scandals sprouting up like meerkats from their desert burrows, it will be a scandal in itself. Because the questions it raises are at the center of what it means to be president. If the president failed to do everything he could the night of the Benghazi attacks to prevent American deaths, it is very profound problem.” […]

  16. Here is what I think Benghazi was all about.

    Polls in September showed the Presidential race neck and neck. Many media outlets were openly predicting a Romney victory. Obama had failed to garner public approval over the killing of a man claimed (but never proven) to be Osama bin Laden, mostly because of the manner in which the body was disposed of and the obvious faked photos leaked onto the internet.

    Obama needed a publicity stunt.

    A small team of “Al Qaeda” terrorists, or someone playing at being Al Qaeda terrorists, were supposed to enter the Consulate and take the Ambassador and his staff hostage. Obama would let the drama build for a few days, allowing the media to hype the story, then send in the SEAL teams to “rescue” the hostages, then campaign on how he did not let the situation turn into a repeat of the Iranian hostage crisis, which would have dovetailed with the Iran bashing (and Argo).

    But the best laid plans of mice and men (and Candidates) gang aft agley, as they say. We know that the CIA operatives at the annex could hear the gunfire from the Consulate. Looking at the consulate through Google Earth, one sees heavily populated residential areas less than half a mile to the east and southwest, who no doubt heard the gunfire coming from the consulate as well. Given how quickly sympathetic protests erupted across the Middle East during this incident, it is clear that the region is an anti-American powder keg awaiting a spark, which Obama inadvertently provided with his staged terror attack.

    The initial “Al Qaeda” (or reasonable facsimile thereof) was a small group, but were quickly joined by Libyans pouring in from adjoining neighborhoods. What was a planned and rehearsed operation to “kidnap” the Ambassador triggered a spontaneous riot with at least 200 participants on the ground, and spun out of control, leading to the deaths of the Ambassador and others.

    Obama’s carefully prepped operation to make himself look like a hero instantly turned in an epic fail.

  17. “As far as we know, on 3 am the night of September 11, 2013, Obama was fast asleep.” Ummm, I think you mean 2012.
    “If the president failed to do everything he could the night of the Benghazi attacks to prevent American deaths, it is very profound problem.” I think you’re missing an article “a” before “very”. Typos = bad journalism. {There is a method that needs to be reintroduced to journalists, it’s called proofreading.} {sarcasm}