So, why would our illustrious politicians lie about Benghazi? Who, you say, IS Ben Ghazi? To all you low-information voters out there, Benghazi ain’t some guy, it’s a city in Libya.
In a nutshell, on September 11th of last year, (you remember the significance of that date, yes?) On 9/11 last year, there was an attack on our diplomatic offices in Benghazi, Libya. It occurred after we’d supported UN efforts to depose Muammar Gaddafi, who, by the way, WAS a guy. He was the dictator of Libya and was unceremoniously dispatched by Libyan rebels after they overthrew the Gaddafi government. That happened waaayyyy back in August of 2011!
I know, I know, that was a long time ago……..NOT!
I was right on top of this story back then and had the good fortune of speaking with Dr. Michael Burgess about a week or so after the attacks in Benghazi. Here is what Representative Michael Burgess had to say. Oh, by the way, he’s my Congressman from Texas. You can go back to my archives to listen to the full interview. Here’s a short clip:
Alright, alright, alright! That was then and this is now, you say. The problem is that it’s gotten much worse since then, although my original impressions haven’t changed. I kinda suspect that Dr. Burgess’s haven’t either.
At any rate, here’s where we are today and, keep in mind that this story is evolving as we speak. I’ve had a hard time keeping up with all the latest scandal developments over the last week, but Benghazi has been a little easier to follow.
Do you wanna know why?
It’s because other so-called scandals have taken center stage!
The IRS spies and AP guys have sucked all the air out of the MMC’s coverage this week. The MMC? That would be the Marxist Media Complex. You know, CNN, MSNBNC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, etc. While they chase these stories, there’s been scant little news regarding the Benghazi affair. What I can tell you is this:
Dr. Burgess and I talked about how the Obama Administration was blaming some obscure YouTube video for the violence in Benghazi. We now know that to be untrue. The guy that was the 2nd highest ranking diplomat in Libya received a phone call from the U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, in the early evening hours of 9-11. The only thing that Christopher Stevens was able to say to his second-in-command was this “Greg, we’re under attack!” Can you even imagine getting that kind of phone call, much less making one?
That second-in-command, Gregory Hicks, testified under oath to Congress a few weeks ago. He testified that they knew almost immediately that the attack was pre-planned and formidable. Hicks immediately contacted his superiors in the State Department and talked with the CIA based in Tripoli. A group of special force operatives were located in Tripoli and ready to deploy to Benghazi to assist those under attack. They could have been on the scene in just a few hours. They were given the order to stand down. STAND DOWN!
Now, who in the hell would give such and order? Our military’s ethos is to run to the sound of battle and leave no one behind that has fallen.
There’s only one person in the military’s chain of command who’s authorized to give an order to “stand down”. That person is the President of the United States. Yet, to this day, we don’t know who gave the order. We do know that the President was briefed on the attack shortly after IT BEGAN, at approximately 5:30pm ET on 9-11, yet there’s almost no evidence presented so far as to what the President did after being told. From all accounts, he was completely disengaged for the rest of the evening, even though the attack continued for over 7 hours!
Now, to be honest, this is not new information. We know that the White House trotted out an explanation of a YouTube video being the source of a “spontaneous” demonstration which spiralled out of control, resulting in the death of 4 Americans.
What’s new is that the CIA’s explanation of events was scrubbed clean of any reference to al Qaeda in Libya, prior requests for added security at the consulate in Benghazi, and the fact that other al Qaeda linked groups had previously attacked other diplomatic missions in the area, including the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi! Over the course of the Saturday following the attack, the “talking points” were whittled down until we were left with this:
The currently available information suggests that demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic post and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and currently available information continues to be evaluated.
The investigation is ongoing, and the U.S. Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring justice to those responsible for the deaths of U.S. citizens.
Doesn’t that kind of give you the impression that we didn’t know squat? Quite the contrary! We knew a lot at the time, but the State Department didn’t want to come clean with the American population for fear that it might have an adverse impact on the upcoming U.S. elections.
What we now know is that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that even before the attacks had ended, al Qaeda-linked terrorists WERE involved.
But here’s the really stunning part. Throughout the email chains that showed the “scrubbing” process, there’s never a single mention of some obscure anti-Muhammed video being the source of the “spontaneous” attacks. Not one!
Yet when Susan Rice, the United States Ambassador to the U.N., went on 5 Sunday news shows, her talking points consistently blamed the video for the attacks. Within a few days, the FBI has tracked down the creator of the video and threw him in jail, where he remains today. Yet those responsible for the attacks still roam free in Libya, boasting about their participation.
Greg Hicks testified to Congress that when he heard the “official” explanation for the attacks, he was stunned. STUNNED! He knew it was all bullshit from having been on the ground in Libya. Not surprisingly, the Obama administration has still not allowed Congress to interview those that were actually at the Consulate during the attack! WHY?
My friends, the why should be fairly obvious. The Obama administration doesn’t want you to know the real source of the attacks, because it will show that they were lying through their teeth about the source being a video.
I’m telling you right now, Benghazi is the BIG scandal and has been from the start. These other scandals merely serve to distract the MMC from what really important. By all accounts we know now, the attacks took place because of incompetence, willful neglect of multiple warnings about the need for additional security and obvious political motivations surrounding the November elections.
Keep your eyes on Benghazi, there’s much more to find out. I’m calling on the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, to convene a select committee dedicated to ferreting out the truth about the attacks in Benghazi. Those attacks left our Ambassador dead along with three other State Department officials, two of whom were ex-Navy Seals.
…and that’s my ten-cents worth for the week!