U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now?
The Obama administration sat by doing nothing for seven hours that night, ignoring calls to dispatch help from our bases in Italy, less than two hours away. It has spent the past seven weeks stretching the story out, engaging in misdirection and deception involving supposed indigenous outrage over an obscure anti-Muslim video, confident that with the aid of a docile press corps this infamous climax to four years of misguided foreign policy can be swept under the rug, at least until after Tuesday’s election.
Based on documents released by the committee, on the day of the attack the Pentagon dispatched a drone with a video camera so everyone in Washington could see what was happening in real time. The drone documented no crowds protesting any video. But around 4 p.m. Washington received an email from the Benghazi mission saying it was under a military-style attack. The White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA were able to watch the live video feed. An email sent later that day reported “Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for Benghazi attack.”
Not only did the White House do nothing, there are now reports that a counterterrorism team ready to launch a rescue mission was ordered to stand down.
The official explanation for the inadequate security? This administration didn’t want to “offend the sensibilities” of the new radical Islamic regime which American and British arms had so recently helped install in Libya.
The official explanation for why Obama administration officials watched the attack unfold for seven hours, refusing repeated requests to send the air support and relief forces that sat less than two hours away in Italy? Silence.
An open discussion of these issues, of course, would lead to difficult questions about the wisdom of underwriting and celebrating the so-called Arab Spring revolts in the first place. While the removal of tyrants can be laudable, the results show a disturbing pattern of merely installing new tyrannies – theocracies of medieval mullahs who immediately start savaging the rights of women (including the basic right to education) and who are openly hostile to American interests.
This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity….
To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.
My favorite parts are bolded. I almost bolded the entire damn thing because, damn. You just don’t see major newspaper editorials going there like that. Bravo, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
It is absolutely fantastic that they hammered him so hard for Benghazi. God knows they’re one of the few doing so.
Hot Air has more today on what was known, and when, as the attacks unfolded. It’s genuinely disturbing stuff.
As someone who lives on non-American soil, this kind of information gives me an extra little jab of fear, because I always thought that, in worst case scenario, if I could find my way to the closest U.S. embassy or consulate, I’d have the full force and concern of American might behind me trying to do whatever it could for me, as an American citizen. I’m not sure that was ever a realistic belief but now I know it absolutely is not. I’m not even an ambassador or an ex-Navy SEAL or anybody important – if they get left behind, why on earth wouldn’t some regular chump like me? Thinking about it makes my stomach bleed.
I lifted this from a friend’s Facebook page. It was captioned, “What a difference party affiliation makes.”