Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Welcome To Benghazi-Gate !
First Question: Did Obama's Administration ignore requests for more protection for his diplomats in Libya?
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on an assertion by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that requests from diplomats in Libya for added security prior to September 11 (2012) attack on their diplomatic post in Benghazi were denied. Yet earlier, chairman of the committee Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Operations, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asserting that ''multiple US federal government officials have confirmed that prior to the attack, the US mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission however was denied these requests by officials in Washington.'' This was in spite of 13 listed incidents leading up to the attack ranging from I.E.D. and RPG attacks to a ''posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page'' publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security detail.
Second Question: Was the US warned by its allies of the growing threat in Libya from al-Qaeda?
The real Smoking-Gun is whether the Obama administration was warned in advance that al-Qaeda was planning an attack. A number of Israeli newspapers have said that Washington was warned as early as September 4th (a week earlier) that the environment in Benghazi was becoming increasingly hostile and anti-American, while the London Foreign Office took the decision to withdraw all its consular staff from Benghazi two months before the murders. This decision was based on intelligence indicating that al-Qaeda was openly operating in the area following a failed assasination attempt of Sir Dominic Asquith, Britain's ambassador to Libya, in June.
Third Question: Why did Obama then seek to blame what was clearly a terrorist attack on September 11 on the US consulate in Benghazi on a YouTube film clip?
It took TWO weeks after the Ambassador and three Marines were murdered in Benghazi that the Obama administration finally conceded it was an act of terrorism. Hillary Clinton admitted that it was part of a broader effort by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Yet 10 days ago, US Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was trotted out on every Sunday talk show to blame the massacre on a mob inflamed by the YouTube video which insulted the Prophet Muhammad. (see previous posting)
She kept stating; ''This was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. What happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. People gathered and grew increasingly violent. Those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons and that then spun out of control.'' Behind this gross misrepresentation was the need to absolve Obama and his ilk of all responsibility by claiming the atrocity was triggered by events, the video and the Cairo riot over which it had no control. Rice continued, ''We could not have foreseen this. We could not have prevented this. We had no knowledge it was coming.''
Forth Question: Why was Obama so quick to blame the Innocence of Muslims video on the violent protest at the US embassy in Cairo when jihadists had threatened an attack in support of jailed terrorist; the Bland Sheikh?
An Egyptian independent newsweekly, El Fagr, based in Cairo, reported threats to the US embassy that were posted 3 days before the consulate attack with no mention of the video made in the threats. According to El Fagr, jihadi groups in Egypt, including Islamic Jihad and Al Gamaa Al Islamiyya, were calling for the release of jihaduis imprisoned in detention centers, including Guantanamo Bay. The groups called for quick release of the deadshit sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman (the ''Blind Sheikh''). The Islamic group threatened to ''burn the US Embassy in Cairo with those in it and taking hostage those who remain alive, unless the Blind Sheikh is immediately released.'' NOTE: Abdul Rahman is serving a life sentence in a US prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president has called for he to serve out the remainder of the sentence in Egypt. Fat chance!
The Way I See It....this has the potential to be Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment. Was Obama asleep at the wheel? Did he then cover up his failures....like he's been trying to do these past 4 years of mismanagement?