Friday, May 17, 2013
Obama's Chicago-on-the Potomac Reaps the Whirlwind !
This past week, even the New Yorker concedes after the election what no media organisation of the Left would concede before it -- the White House didn't tell the truth about the Benghazi attack:
''It's a cliche of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a cover up. The ongoing debate about the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration's response to it, is no exception. For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a cover up was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.'' I warned about this happening in three separate postings. An Act of War....Not a Movie Protest ! (September 16, 2012), Welcome to Benghazi Gate ! (October 3rd ), Obama Throws Hillary Under the Benghazi Bus ! (October 15th) yet the lamestream media ignored my warnings and was more interested in getting Obama elected at all costs; meaning printing or showing no adverse news.
The proverbial shit started hitting the fan at Capitol Hill hearings last Wednesday on the deadly 9/11 consulate attack (which the administration now calls ''a mission'') which featured three compelling witnesses, all State Department veterans: Gregory Hicks, (photo above) deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya (Tripoli) and highest ranking U.S. diplomat in the country at the time; Mark Thompson, a former Marine who now serves as deputy coordinator for operations in the agency's Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the top top security officers in Libya.
Hicks refuted Team Obama's claims that nobody was told to stand down and not send Special Forces to fly from Tripoli, 600 miles away, to save Ambassador Chris Stevens ( left ) and three other lives during the 8 hour attack. Hicks says the team received a phone call from the U.S. Special Operations Command Africa telling them ''you can't go'' and that the decision was ''purely political from the top.'' And when he complained a few days later about hearing the White House blaming the anti-Muslim YouTube video as the cause, Hillary demoted him to a desk job with the order to ''Keep your mouth shut!'' Nordstrom testified about how the State Department brass spurned his requests for increased security at the compound and Thompson added that Hillary Clinton got the phone call at 2 a.m. on the night of the attack and contradicted the former Secretary of State 's claims about the administration's response and the ensuing months of cover-ups.
Then, on Friday, ABC New's Jonathan Karl revealed the details of the editing process for the C.I.A,'s ''talking points'' (statement) about the attack, including the edits themselves and some of the reasons a State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, gave for requesting them. Over the course of 24 hours, the draft evolved from something specific and fairly detailed into a bland, vague mush. Taken out was the remark that ''at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi'' and as well as, ''We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to Al-Qaida participated in the attack.'' And right from the beginning of the editing process, the talking points contained the erroneous assertion that the attack was ''spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved from there.''
The administration's behavior before, during and after the attack in Benghazi, in which those four Americans died, was unworthy of the greatest power on earth. When you have the Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, insisting, We quickly responded,'' and realising they responded that they would not respond....is more than shameful. In the midst of a re-election campaign, Obama aides wanted to promote the mythology that the president who killed Osama was vanquishing terror. So they deemed it problematic to mention any possible al-Qaeda involvement in the Benghazi attack. Also, looking ahead to 2016, Hillaryland needed to shore up the mythology that Mrs Clinton was a stellar Secretary of State. So her loyal aide, Nuland, quashed a we-told-you-so paragraph written by the C.I.A. mentioning Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia (a Libyan militant group) instigating the planned attack.
Yet in her testimony before Congress last January, Clinton said she had no knowledge that security had been chopped drastically a month before the attack nor was she aware of any pleas from her ambassador for security to be increased. But a few weeks ago, Rep Issa (R-CA) revealed documents signed by Clinton denying Steven's request for increased security. And that 2 a.m. phone call Greg Hicks reported having with Clinton as the battle was raging makes clear that she knew, even as her employees were being murdered, that the assault was a pre-planned jihadist attack to mark the anniversary of 9/11, had nothing to do with that YouTube video. Yet, Mrs. Clinton and her partner in deception, Obama, stood on the podium in the Andrews Air Force Base hanger before four flag-draped coffins, fighting back tears, solemnly told their families that ''an awful Internet video that we has nothing to do with'' was responsible for their loved one's slaughter. Media reported that ''her voice broke'' as she rolled out what she knew to be a shameless lie.
The Way I See It....Americans have a right to react with anger to the release of details about how the State Department altered talking points to scrub any mention of terrorist links to the deadly Benghazi attacks. They should put increased pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to insist on a select committee to investigate the entire handling of the assault on the U.S. consulate. This cover-up is among the worst ever. The Pentagon Papers, Iran Contra, Watergate, all the rest of them, but this is going to go down as the most egregious cover-up in American history.
I feel it would not be long before talk of impeachment is rebounding through the corridors of Washington. It can't come soon enough when people seriously start to use the I-word when referring to an arrogant, disconnected president. Much of this new information has come as brave whistleblowers have sought to right the record and, in doing so, may have jeopardized their careers. Increasingly it is becoming clear that we have only scratched the tip of the iceberg. If you thought Chicago-on-the-Potomac was dirty, you ain't seen nothing yet!!