October 27, 2012
They had eyes in the sky, ears on the ground -- and emails in the pipeline with minutes after the attack on Benghazi began. They watched and listened in real time, as terrorists stormed the compound, firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles. An email sent during the seven-hour long battle that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and agent Sean Smith is entitled, "Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack." Add it all up and the conclusion is inescapable: the Obama administration is embroiled in the biggest scandal since Watergate -- and a thoroughly corrupt mainstream media has tolerated a blizzard of lies about every bit of it, hoping it won't derail the president's re-election.
They ought to be writing about his possible impeachment. What I wrote about this debacle in another article for another website bears repeating. We now know that, at the very least, two of the highest members in the military chain of command, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, were aware of what was unfolding in Benghazi as it actually happened.
According to ABC News, we now know that an email was distributed "by the State Department Operations Center to distribution lists and email accounts for the top national security officials at the State Department, Pentagon, the FBI, the White House Situation Room and the office of the Director of National Intelligence; with a subject line of 'US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack,' sent at 4:05 PM about 25 minutes after the attack began," and that that email "describes an assault on the compound by 20 armed people."
Let's pause here for a second and contemplate how ABC News -- as well as FOX and CBS -- all whom are reporting that they "independently obtained" the damning emails, got them. The obvious answer: there are some very pissed off people in the State Department who aren't about to be the fall guys for one of the most corrupt administrations in the history of our nation
Back to the main story. We now know that either a decision was not made to rescue the four Americans who were killed -- or that one was made to abandon Mr. Stevens and three other Americans to their attackers, based on risk assessments the State Department, White House and Pentagon refuse to make available to the public. Despite that stonewalling, the reality that we had military resources as little as an hour away in Italy -- and the reality that the last two Americans who died, had managed to survive six hours into the attack, has also been made public.
With repeat to a potential rescue, who either passed the buck, or made the decision to abandon Stevens, et al? It certainly seems reasonable to assume that neither Mr. Panetta or Gen. Dempsey would be willing to shoulder either responsibility themselves. It also seems reasonable to assume that at some point, in a battle that reportedly lasted for seven hours, those watching the firefight unfolding had to realize what few forces we had on the ground were being overwhelmed. It is equally reasonable to assume that someone higher up the chain of command -- as in the president himself -- would have at least been advised of that deterioration.
Was the president advised? If so, did Obama pass the buck, and essentially vote "present" like he did over 100 times as a state Senator in Illinois? Or did he, in a complete break with the time-honored military tradition of never leaving our dead or wounded behind (or in this case, those trying to survive) make a conscious decision to abandon Messrs. Stevens, Doherty, Woods and Smith to the "tender mercies" of terrorist savages?
In other words -- with an in-your-face "shout out" to our utterly corrupt lapdog media: What did the President Know and when did he know it?!!!
Remember, after a month of promoting an Orwellian-style disinformation campaign, the president himself brazenly claimed that a generic reference to terrorism in his Rose Garden speech on September 12, was not generic at all, but an acknowledgement that four Americans had indeed been killed in a terrorist attack. If there is any justice in this world, it is an acknowledgment that should be characterized for exactly what it is: a self-indicting admission of ineptitude and/or callousness. In short, it is an admission that the most powerful military on earth was reduced to sitting on its hands -- by accident or design -- while four Americans were slaughtered over the course of seven hours.
If this isn't the Mother of All October Surprises, then nothing is. And if Americans are vapid enough to give this poser of a president four more years, they deserve everything they get.
Furthermore, just in case some of the shallower thinkers out there can't fathom the big picture in all of these Middle East machinations, let me spell it out for you: when you start asking yourself if the amount of blood and treasure we've expended over there is worth it, be sure to measure it against the possibility that a nuclear bomb could be detonated in an American city by the kind of Islamic crazies whose bloodlust is insatiable.
And be especially sure to remember, no American president in history has been more accommodating to those crazies than this one.
This article was originally published in The Jewish World Review.
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