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Forbes Magazine: Obama's Actions, or Inactions, on Benghazi Debacle Amount to a Shameful Dereliction of Duty, and More

Ken 2012/10/25 19:03:42
Benghazi: Obama's Actions Amount To A Shameful Dereliction Of Duty



























Enough facts are in the public record about the Benghazi murders of
Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 others, including two Marines,
that a final judgment can be rendered on President Obama’s handling of
the affair. Obama’s actions, or inactions, amounted to dereliction of
duty, and worse.


The Obama Administration received requests for additional security
from the Embassy and the Ambassador himself as early as February. An
embassy cable on June 25 expressed fear of rising Islamic extremism in
eastern Libya around Benghazi, and noted that the black flag of Al-Qaeda
“has been spotted several times flying over government buildings and
training facilities.” On August 2, Ambassador Stevens sent a cable
requesting 11 additional body guards, noting “Host nation security
support is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and
secure environment for the diplomatic mission of outreach,”








But these requests for additional security were
repeatedly denied, as security officials testified before Chairman
Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee earlier this month. Obama and
his allies did not want a show of American force in the country that
would offend Muslim sensibilities.
They wanted to rely instead on the
host country’s security that the embassy was telling them was inadequate
and could not be depended upon.


As the anniversary of 9/11 approached, the Obama Administration
should have known that more security was necessary to protect diplomatic
missions in the increasingly hostile country, especially on that
sensitive date. But they did just the opposite, reducing security. The Wall Street Journal reported
on October 10 that the Administration removed a well armed, 16 member,
security detail from Libya in August, to be replaced by the Libyan
security personnel that Ambassador Stevens had just told them could not
be relied upon.


Based on documents released by the House Oversight Committee, the day
of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, September 11, the
White House situation room starts receiving emails at about 1 pm that
the mission is under hostile surveillance. The only response was that
the Pentagon sends a drone armed with a video camera so that everyone in
Washington can see what transpires in real time, as it happens, at the White House, at the State Department, at the Pentagon, at the CIA.



The drone documents no crowds protesting any video. But at 4 pm
Washington receives an email from the Benghazi mission that it is under
military style attack. Subject: “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi
Under Attack.” The email states,



“The Regional Security
Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli
reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been
heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and
four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”



The attack was then fed to all of them, the White House, the
Pentagon, the State Dept., the CIA, through live video feed. A later
email that day reported, “Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for
Benghazi Attack.” The feed showed no protest of any supposedly
offensive You Tube video. [Yet the lies
began immediately and continued for over two weeks that the attack
arose out of a protest of an allegedly offensive video.]



Just one hour flight time away were U.S. Air Force bases that could
have been rousted in minutes to send fighter planes and attack
helicopters that could have routed the attackers in minutes of fighting.
As Investors Business Daily editorialized
on October 24, “Within an hour’s flight time from Libya, at the large
naval air station in Sigonella, Italy, and at bases in nearby Aviano and
Souda Bay, were fighters and AC 130 gunships that can be extremely
effective in dispersing crowds or responding to a terrorist assault.”

But the order for the rescue never came. Maybe because Barack Obama did not want to offend Muslim sensibilities by such a show of force.
[Fighters could have been there from the Naval Air Station, Sigonella,
Sicily, in around a half-hour, and with smart weapons they would have
decimated the attackers! The idea that there may have been 'innocent
bystanders' watching the attacks and they were worried about 'collateral
damage' is ludicrous.]



The IBD editorial summarized the situation by the next morning as follows:



“When President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton
stepped into the Rose Garden the morning of September 12, they likely
knew [correction: they surely knew] the attack on our Benghazi consulate
the day before was organized by terrorists. They knew because they
were privy to a flurry of emails among administration officials
discussing the attack in real time
. Yet they said nothing about what
they knew and, worse, had done nothing to mount a rescue despite
American forces being less than an hour away during the seven hour
blitz.
According to Fox News, 300 to 400 national security figures
received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out
and concluding. These people work directly under the nation’s top
national security, military and diplomatic officials.”



By then everyone knew how the battle of Benghazi had turned out. The
United States Ambassador to Libya, the personal representative of
President Barack Obama, had been tortured, sodomized, dragged bloody
through the streets of Benghazi, and murdered. Chris Stevens, along
with the two Marines and another who were murdered along with him, had
volunteered to serve his country. But under the leadership of Barack
Obama, that is how his service ended.


By the evening of that next day, Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama was
jetting off to a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas, followed by parties
with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Chris Stevens was already out of sight, out of
mind. Except that Commander Obama could not wash off the stench of
dereliction of duty, duty to far more worthy American warriors and
servicemen, dereliction in failing to authorize worthy security for
those who were sent in harms way under his leadership, and to order a
timely rescue when he could. For such failure, any commander serving
under the commander-in-chief should be court martialed. But the
President expects you to give him four more years of such “leadership.”


The Truth-Challenged President


But the saga did not end there for the American people. The rest of
us had to endure the President, Secretary of State Clinton, and UN
Ambassador “explaining” to us that what really happened was that those
irascible Muslims were all incited out of their minds by a previously
unseen, unheard of You Tube video trailer by an unknown American
immigrant, a movie that was never made outside the trailer advertising
it, in Fool on the Hill style. Their protest had just got out of hand,
you see.


Except they all knew when they were saying these very words that they were untrue. They were precisely calculated
to deceive and to mislead. Yet there was our President Obama telling
this mendacious fairy tale to the entire world at the U.N. And there
was U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice telling the American people the same
concocted fairy tale. Typical Progressives, they were so certain that
they could easily buffalo a majority of their countrymen, no smarter
than the representative Homer Simpson.


An incredulous IBD editorialized, “How could emails be sent
to the White House Situation Room in real time describing a terrorist
attack on sovereign U.S. territory in which four Americans were killed
as it happened, and as a drone flew overhead recording the truth of the
carnage, and the President and Secretary of State insist that it was all
about a video and there was no evidence to the contrary.”


Or as Glenn Beck (yes Glenn Beck, and you can go read some New York Times lying propaganda if you don’t like it), summarized at his website The Blaze,



“The president of the United States of America, the
Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State have all lied to you. They
have lied to you and said this might be a video; we don’t have all the
information; the information is still sketchy; it’s confusing. No. We
now have the documents. We now have the documents that came into the
situation room saying there’s an attack; they’re watching. Then we have
the documents that we have a live video feed in the situation room, so
they could see that there was no protest.”



How Clueless Does He Think We Are?


But the lies did not end even there. The President then went into a
nationally televised debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and before the
whole country, expected to pull off another lie denying that he had
lied, indeed, denying that what the entire country had just seen and
heard, from him, from his Secretary of State, from his U.N. Ambassador,
had even just happened.


Obama explained at the debate, “The day after the attack, Governor, I
stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world
that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an
act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who
committed this crime.”


An exasperated Mitt Romney, shocked at the brazenness of this Soviet
style propaganda, exclaimed, “I think interesting the President just
said something which – which is that on the day after the attack he went
into the Rose Garden and said this was an act of terror.” “That’s what
I said,” Obama lied in response. Romney leaped at the brazen
discrepancy with reality, saying “I want to make sure we get that for
the record because it took the President 14 days before he called the
attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” Obama replied, “Get the
transcript.”


It was a transparently pre-arranged, Soviet propaganda style, ambush
that the supposed moderator Candy Crowley then jumped in to say, “He did
in fact sir.” Obama then brazenly demonstrated his mastery over the
Democrat Party controlled media, outright ordering right there before
the American people, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” Crowley
stood at attention, saluted, and “reported”: “He did call it an act of
terror.”

This was so transparently pre-arranged because the transcript of
the next day’s Rose Garden ceremony, in fact, does not report what Obama
fantasized and Crowley “reported.” The transcript in plain black and
white shows that Obama was not even talking about Benghazi when he
mentioned terror, but about terrorism more generally, as displayed on
9/11. Do you see precisely the further “calculated deception?”


Romney alone among the three, ever sharp as a tack, and fully on top
of the facts, persisted in recalling the truth: “The Administration
indicated this was a reaction to a video and was a spontaneous
reaction….It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a
terrorist group.”


Obama again interrupted and appealed to his plant for a further
bailout, calling out, “Candy?” But Romney maintained his control and his
ever classy demeanor, and unruffled by the blatant, Soviet style
propaganda he was enduring, cut off this interruption, “Excuse me. The
ambassador of the United Nations went on the Sunday television shows and
spoke about how this was a spontaneous…” But Obama interrupted again,
appealing further for help, “Candy, I’m happy to have a longer
conversation about foreign policy.” Crowley took the cue again from the
Boss, “I know you, absolutely, but I want to move you on….” A relieved
Obama responded with obvious joy, “OK. I’m happy to do that too.”


This spectacle of the President lying about his own lies to a
national debate audience is unprecedented in American politics. It
shows an absurdly haughty attitude, and an arrogant disrespect for the
intelligence and awareness of the American people.

I
don't usually make this plea, but please forward this story to everyone
you know - every American should know these facts before voting on
November 6, 2012!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/10/25/benghazi-...

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  • frankie 2012/10/25 22:39:20
    frankie
    +1
    O cours e this is a horribe example of what this man in office is. He is the enemy within. His support for the terriost is clearly evident in the way he caused the death of our men in libya. But what are these men in congress doing. they should all do their duties and get rid of this imposter. they know whAT HE IS. tHEY WANT our VOTES BUT ARE NOT WILLING TO UPHOLD THE LAWS. THIS MAN HAS NEVER BEEN VETTED.It is their sworn duty to protect us. they are cowering behind the excuse they are not abe to do anything about it. My a@@. they have the power to do this, But ARE AFRAID THEY WILL look foolish. they a;ready look foolish taking orders from a non american. Of course the man is quilty of causing these men;s death. we know it. now the ball is in their corner. get him the hell out.
  • Ken frankie 2012/10/25 23:38:31
    Ken
    They are afraid that what happened to those who pushed Bill Clinton's impeachment will happen to them. Clinton committed perjury, a felony in just about every state, yet the senate, which had a small majority of Republicans, refused to convict him on the impeachment, and those who pushed for the impeachment suffered politically while Clinton came out smelling like a rose. Right now, the Democrats are in charge in the Senate where an impeachment trial would be held, and you can bet Dirty Harry wouldn't allow it to convict Obama.
  • topcat128 2012/10/25 21:59:34
    topcat128
    +1
    Agree 100%!!!!!!!
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/10/25 21:56:05
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Yep, Obama is a disgrace!
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/10/25 21:52:05
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    Thanks, I've been trying to share and spread this story as much as possible. It's so pathetic that it's not the number one story all over the news, but then we know what their agenda is...protect Obama at all costs!
  • Ken Gracie ... 2012/10/25 23:39:52
    Ken
    +1
    Me too, Gracie. I've sent it by email to about 20 friends, most of whom have different friends, and asked them to forward it. Every American should know the truth about the SOB before they vote.
  • Ken Gracie ... 2012/10/25 23:41:42
    Ken
    Oh, we are talking about two different movies - the one you are talking about will be on National Geographic. "Zero Dark Thirty" is a theatrical release.
  • Gracie ... Ken 2012/10/26 00:15:47
  • Ken Gracie ... 2012/10/26 03:41:48
    Ken
    +1
    Sorry, that response was intended for someone else. We were discussing a movie about the bin Laden raid - I said it wasn't coming out until December. It turns out there are two, the one in December, "Zero Dark Thirty", is a theatrical movie. The other is a National Geographic special airing two days before the election, and is backed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, an Obama donor, who has apparently been reedited it to make Obama a big hero.
  • Gracie ... Ken 2012/10/26 04:02:50
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    Good, I thought I was sleep Sodaheading again!
  • Max 2012/10/25 20:50:17
    Max
    +1
    But, but, bin Laden. There will be a movie about him getting bin Laden around
    November 2.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.co...

    Ø failed his countrymen. If they don't start talking about impeachment, something is wrong.
  • Ken Max 2012/10/25 20:54:32
    Ken
    +1
    That isn't coming out until Dec. 19, too late to affect the election, either way. Given the administration's cooperation, we can be pretty sure it will give Obama the credit.
  • Max Ken 2012/10/25 23:25:08
    Max
    +1
    I thought it came out in November because In the first line of that article, it's reported: "During prime time on November 2, the National Geographic Channel will air the hotly anticipated SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden movie with a very special star:" Ø.
  • Ken Max 2012/10/25 23:42:29
    Ken
    +1
    You are right - I was talking about a theatrical movie, "Zero Dark Thirty" which won't be released until December.
  • rightside 2012/10/25 20:03:32
    rightside
    +1
    If they don't know by now, they just don't want to hear. I was just reading the paper this morning and its out there.
    colon powell said he's voting for bama. What does that tell ya?
  • Ken rightside 2012/10/25 20:55:42
    Ken
    It tells me that Colin Powell isn't nearly as smart as I thought he was. But, then again, if GHW Bush had listened to Powell, we would never have kicked Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
  • rightside Ken 2012/10/25 21:03:54
    rightside
    +1
    Yup! Exactly
  • mal 2012/10/25 19:55:42
    mal
    +1
    Treason ?
  • AM 2012/10/25 19:27:24
  • Ken AM 2012/10/25 20:56:39
    Ken
    +1
    I'm just glad at least one magazine with nation wide circulation is telling the truth. I'm doing all I can to spread the news by email!
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2012/10/25 19:06:23
  • D S 2012/10/25 19:05:11
    D S
    +2
    Good read

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