The whole Benghazi affair gets more putrid by the minute. We maintained a "Consulate" (or CIA base) in a hell hole known as Benghazi with an original security force that included an armed 16 man security team. The "Consulate" was attacked several times over the last six months, most notoriously in June when a hole was blown in the wall of the "Consulate" by an IED. During this same time period in Benghazi the Red Cross office was attacked with an RPG round, a UN convoy was targeted with an IED, and an RPG attack was launched on a British convoy escorting the British Ambassador. The Brits closed their consulate and the Red Cross shuttered its doors. .
What was the US response to the violence in Benghazi? No one talked about it, apparently the President never knew, and we reduced the security force protecting our Consulate...despite the objections of the leader of the security team and Ambassador Chris Stevens. Sure, this all makes sense. Got it.
Fast forward to Sept, 11th when on a quiet night, the Ambassador entertains a Turkish emissary, and sees him off at the gate of the American Consulate...40 minutes before a multi-pronged attack is launched. All appears quiet. There are no crowds. There are no protests. Forty minutes later the silence is broken by gunfire and explosions. A coordinated assault unfolds which will include staged assaults with RPGs and mortar rounds. The State Department is immediately aware an attack is underway via emergency alerts sent to Tripoli and the State Department Command Center in DC.
This attack raged for nearly seven hours after the State Department was notified it was underway. Several pleas for help and assistance were made. Our only response was to send a State Department security team from Tripoli that arrived 5 hours into the fight, after being delayed by Libyan officials at the Benghazi airport! It remains absolutely unclear why in extremis teams from EUROCOM, assets that might have been floating in the Med, a nearby FAST team or armed drones were not employed to assist in defending Americans and American territory now under attack.
This attack was watched shortly after its inception in real time via a drone ordered overhead. Despite what is clearly a planned assault, and months of warning that the situation in Benghazi was unstable, the official explanation offered by the WH and its minions, for almost two weeks, is the lie that a video was responsible for Muslim outrage that triggered spontaneous outbursts of violence. The President, two weeks after the attacks, at the UN declared:
"In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others. That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world."
The Secretary of State told the father of slain ex-SEAL Ty Woods, who (with Glenn Doherty, also an ex-Navy SEAL) died attempting to defend the US Consulate, painting AQ mortar men with a laser hoping for supporting fire, "We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Susan Rice, the UN Secretary, went on five Sunday shows the weekend following the attack and repeated the same story blaming an unknown video with 300 views as responsible for righteous Muslim outrage that led to a spontaneous attack on the Benghazi consulate.
Last week Gen. Petraeus, then CIA Director, testified that in his estimation he knew within 24 hours that the Benghazi events were a planned, terrorist assault. He reported that references to Al Qaeda organizations and terrorist coordination of these attacks was removed from "CIA talking points." Talking points! How about we all just decide to tell the truth and forget about talking points. We had been attacked, a consulate (US soil) in flames, destroyed, and four men dead, including our Ambassador. And what do these families, and the American people have for consolation? We all get a lying President, a lying Sec of State, a lying UN Ambassador, and a lying Sec Def.
And when the lie becomes increasingly unsupportable, we are treated to a Sec Def who educates us on the role of the military, “The basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.” Excuse me Mr. Sec Def, this is exactly the mission of the special ops community…you know, the warriors you bloviating, mendacious cowards in this administration always tell us you are committed to supporting! This lying sack of crap should be tarred, feathered and thrown into the Potomac. The depth of deception and treason involved in Benghazi is staggering. This astonishing duplicity prompts multiple questions.
Why did our consulate remain open in Benghazi remain open given the security situation? Why did we reduce security in this unstable environment? Were we reclaiming weapons loosed by the Libyan "liberation" and sending them to Syrian rebels? Were we partnered with Al Qaeda elements in Libya to secure and run these weapons? Were we working with the Turks and Saudis on this project? Were we shipping these arms to Syrian "rebels" who are Al Qaeda in Syria? Was Ambassador Stevens the front man for a gun running operation? Was this the Mideast version of Fast and Furious...on steroids?
Regarding the attack, when did the President find out about this situation? Was it one hour after it began during his meetings scheduled with Sec Def Panetta and Gen. Dempsey? Despite multiple calls for help why were military asset options in the region not mobilized? Were theater commanders told to stand down in mobilizing these assets? Why have we not heard from key theater commanders who have either mysteriously retired or been removed from command since September 11th? What does Gen. Ham AFRICOM Commander have to say? Why was RADM Gauoette, Commander of the John Stennis Strike Group, on station in the Med on Sept 11th, relieved? What does he have to say? Were these men willing to stand up and send support to Benghazi in spite of orders from DC to stand down?
The last set of questions around Benghazi should focus on the fact that despite a horrific attack of a US "consulate", the "consulate" was never secured. CNN reporters, walking through the rubble three days after the event, found Ambassador Steven's diary! We were told endlessly by the President that after the attack he ordered forces to the scene to secure the consulate and personnel in Benghazi. I guess secure is a pretty relative term. We were also told that the FBI was being ordered to the scene of the violence. The FBI did not arrive in Benghazi until three weeks after the attack. Despite that copyboy for the Obama administration, Jay Carney was informing us that an active investigation was ongoing 10 days after the attack. Investigators were not on the ground in Benghazi until October!
So an American Ambassador is murdered, three other Americans killed and a "consulate" sacked, but US investigators don't show up for three weeks? Why is this? This is inexplicable.
Now enter Paula Broadwell and perhaps more interestingly, Jill Kelly. Broadwell apparently was Petraeus' paramour. Though we are told that the FBI learned of this relationship only later this summer, and the President only heard about it election eve, it is likely the General was involved with Ms. Broadwell when she began writing his biography in Afghanistan. Many know they had a relationship and it is likely so did the FBI and the WH. Why nominate such a man for CIA Director then? That is unclear, but Jill Kelly, a socialite who volunteered to lead social functions at home of CENTCOM, MacDill AFB in Tampa, began receiving threatening emails from Ms. Broadwell cautioning her to stay away from her guy, Gen. Petraeus.
Ms. Kelly is presented to us a socialite gadfly who served as a volunteer hostess for leadership at MacDill AFB, home of CENTCOM. Ms. Kelly resides with her husband in a posh Tampa bayside residence which hosted numerous affairs introducing influential members of Tampa society to the military leadership at MacDill. Ms. Kelly, however, appears to be more than just a Tampa socialite. Ms. Kelly was known to the WH, visiting the White House three times. Her social expertise in Tampa was in setting up events for Muslim interest groups seeking to gain influence at MacDill. Jill (formerly Khawam) Kelly is a Christian Arab of Lebanese descent, who was well known in the Muslim Arab embassies of Washington for doing their bidding and hosting their parties at and near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. From the Wall Street Journal:
"Middle Eastern diplomats in Washington also knew Ms. Kelley, who came from a Lebanese immigrant family and who helped arrange social activities when dignitaries from the region visited Tampa, diplomats said. She also sometimes attended parties at Washington embassies."
This might just be one more example of Islamic influence peddling, except it involves our military. While the American public might believe we are engaged in a war with Islamists, who represent the views of vast majority of Muslims in the Middle East, it appears some in our military leadership are more than willing to socialize with the enemy here in the US. This is old news for the Obama administration.
The President’s most trusted adviser is Valerie Jarrett. Ms. Jarrett has no Congressional appointment yet sits at the right hand of the president with a taxpayer funded Secret Service detail and the title of Senior Adviser. Ms. Jarrett is well known on the Chicago political and social scene, but little discussed is the fact that she is Iranian born, to American parents. Less discussed is that her father in law was a Communist, Vernon Jarrett, who worked closely with the Communist mentor of President Obama, Frank Marshall Davis. Ms. Jarrett believes that the President has a mandate to radically transform US political institutions. While an amateur politician, she wields incredible power in the Obama White House. She was the force that led to the departure of two Obama Chiefs of Staff: Rahm Emmanuel and Bill Daley. In the weeks following Benghazi, Jarrett was sent to Qatar to negotiate with the Iranians regarding their nuclear program. It is as unclear what Ms. Jarrett negotiated with the Iranians as it is why anyone would send this woman to conduct such negotiations.
The Department of State is also heavily infiltrated with Muslim influence, and not just at the Middle East desk. Secretary of State Clinton's most senior and trusted advisers is Huma Abedin. Abedin, Secretary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, is the wife of disgraced NY Congressman Anthony Wiener, She has extensive and irrefutable familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and an al-Qaeda financier named Abdullah Omar Naseef.
Prior US Presidents, including GW Bush, blazed the trail to the White House for Muslim influence. President Obama, however, has made "outreach" to the Muslim world a clear priority for his administration. Could we have envisioned the day where the NASA Director would be told a key mission for NASA was, “Find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering”? Does outreach mean we are actually partnered with nations and terrorist groups determined to destroy us? Learning the truth about Benghazi may answer this question. Does outreach mean partnering with Islamic elements at the highest levels of our government? Apparently so.
Based on the fraud and dishonesty of multiple senior officials in the Obama administration regarding Benghazi alone, resignations, raincoats and handcuffs, and criminal charges would be in order. Benghazi, however, is only the tip of a treacherous iceberg that seeks to sink the American ship of state. The barbarians are inside the gate and treason doesn’t begin to describe the reprehensible sedition and treachery of the Obama administration which allowed this to happen.