Flag Draped Coffins

article-2203298-1504F4CD000005DC-986_634x406by Justin O. Smith:

While I understand the current mission of the U.S. African Command to counter, stop and destroy Islamist militants and to fight terrorism without being drawn into a major conflict, the lack of preparation and the ignored warnings prior to the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. facilities at Benghazi are inexcusable and indefensible; repeatedly we have heard Obama and everyone associated with his administration declare that the U.S. response to these attacks was “adequate.” But more than this, as more facts are uncovered, no doubt is left that this administration is incompetent, and it is engaged in a cover-up of mammoth proportions.

Many Democrats call any criticism concerning the events surrounding the Benghazi slaughter “GOP political pandering,” but whatever your party affiliation, it is incomprehensible and beyond incompetence that Gen. Carter Ham did not request any additional forces to be on hand on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, despite his belief that the intelligence did not indicate an imminent attack. Ham must have been struck deaf, dumb and blind, because nothing else explains such a casual dismissal of, at the very least, ten months of communiques and memos from the Benghazi Consulate that indicated a dire and increasingly dangerous situation looming on the horizon. And on that same note, one must wonder, as heads of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB), what bribe or coercion influenced retired Admiral Mike Mullen and retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering to find the Obama administration’s response to these attacks “adequate.”

I also wonder if Obama himself or Hillary Clinton have explained to the families of Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogherty just how “adequate” the response really was? I’ll bet Tyrone Woods thought the response was “adequate” as he painted the terrorists’ mortar armed position with a laser and waited for it to be bombed by a drone or jet fighter from Aviano Airbase (Italy)… right up until he cursed Obama with his last dying gasp.

In conjunction with Glenn Dogherty’s Libyan mission to recover advanced weapons systems, such as SA-7 missiles from the hands of the Islamists, Ambassador Stevens was negotiating a weapons transfer and removal of SA-7s from the hands of Libyan extremists on the night of 9/11; FoxNews recently reported that the Libyan vessel ‘Al Entisar’ arrived in the Turkish port of Iskenderun, just 35 miles from the Syrian border, on September 6 with a cargo of RPGs, shoulder launched missiles and surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles. Add to this Stevens’ meeting with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin the night Stevens was murdered, and it is not far-fetched, rather highly likely, that the Obama administration has been running weapons through Turkey to the rebels in Syria, mostly comprised of Islamists and Al Qaeda and enemies of the U.S.

Although Clinton stated before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “I am determined to leave the State Dept and our country safer, stronger and more secure,” her determination on 9/11/12 was focused on joining in the spinning of the story, the obfuscation and outright lies originating with Obama. Clinton was actually notified of the attacks around 4PM and about an hour before Obama was notified by Leon Panetta. Apparently they sat on their thumbs and spun afterwards, despite Clinton’s claim that “we kept talking with everyone through the night.” But through a response garnered by Senator Lindsey Graham’s efforts in blocking Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, we know neither Clinton nor Obama attempted to contact government officials in Libya to help rescue our U.S. citizens that night, if time and logistics really were the problem; however, Obama did call Clinton at 10PM, and it was “about 10PM” when the State Dept released Clinton’s statement (FactCheck.org) entitled ‘Statement on the Attack in Benghazi’, which linked the attacks to an anti-Islamic video.

While the attacks were still ongoing, a lot of time was wasted simply doing nothing and fretting about political futures rather than saving American lives. When asked about Panetta’s and Gen. Dempsey’s Senate testimony that they weren’t in touch with the White House after their meeting ended at 5:30PM, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated, “They said they hadn’t spoken with the president. The president has a National Security Advisor… He has a Deputy National Security Advisor and remember he had already spoken with… the Secretary of Defense, with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” And with pin-point accuracy, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) February 7th questioning of Panetta before the Armed Services Comittee exposes Carney’s lie: “Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?” Panetta answered, “No.”

After Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) placed Hillary Clinton on the spot regarding the fact that no protest existed prior to the attack, Clinton angrily retorted, “What difference… does it make?” The difference it makes is this, Mrs Clinton: Your outright lying and colloboration with Obama in this matter created a delay that cost Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogherty their lives; no good reason can be given for not having ordered an airstrike on the terrorists’ position. And for fear of forced retirement and other curious reasons, some of the upper echelon military ranks have lost their spine, as they support the Democratic Party line, Obama’s position and the delusive findings of the ARB!

As I recall Obama and Clinton meeting flag-draped coffins of four brave Americans in feigned respect, I am ashamed of a people who could reelect such a thing to the Office of the President. A president should always strive for more than “adequate,” because to be merely adequate is meeting only a bare minimum of requirements; while Jay Carney quotes page 37 of the ARB report, “the safe evacuation of all U.S. government personnel from Benghazi twelve hours after the initial attack… was the result of exceptional… military response…,” an immense number of accomplished military minds such as Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer and Gen. William Boykin, ex-Commander of U.S. Special Forces, have refuted this analysis, which leaves dozens of unanswered questions: Why haven’t Americans heard from the surviving diplomatic security officer, who saw the attack begin and alerted the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli that they were under seige? … Why haven’t we heard the testimony of the thirty-two survivors, who Gen. C.K. Hyde confirms were evacuated to Ramstein Airbase (Germany)? … Why didn’t the Turkish Consul General warn Ambassador Stevens about the Al Qaeda checkpoints after he left at 8:35 PM Benghazi time? It doesn’t matter that protocol and standard operating procedures were followed and the response was “adequate.” What ever happened to initiative and rising above and beyond the call of duty? No doubt remains that Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogherty’s deaths were unnecessary, preventable and lay on Obama’s head!

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close the wall up with our American dead. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage.” -literary license taken with Shakespeare’s ‘Henry the Fifth’

 

Another Sunrise Before Dying/ or The Benghazi Affair

By Justin O. Smith:

To sleep in your own bed and awaken with the sun, to see the sun again tomorrow
and awaken with joy, happiness and love shared…This is what was taken from
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith-Foreign Service Officer, Tyrone S.
Woods-ex Navy SEAL, and Glenn A. Dogherty -ex Navy SEAL (govt. contractor)
through the gross negligence, ineptitude and incompetence of the Obama administration; Obama built the environment that ended in their ghastly horrible
murders. Their deaths were unnecessary and preventable, and in the words of
Phaedrus, “Liars always pay for their evil acts.”

Despite assurances from Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice that security was “adequate” at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Lt Col Andrew Wood testified before Congress that “The security in Benghazi was a struggle throughout my time there.” Eric A. Nordstrom had requested 12 extra agents and was told that he was asking for “the sun, moon and the stars.” And yet, the
Obama administration still sent $108,000 to the Vienna U.S. Embassy for
“green-energy refueling stations.”

On October 20, 2012, Rep. Buck McKeon, Chair-Armed Forces Committee, stated that he had been attempting to get answers on the Benghazi affair for the last three weeks. He accused the White House of engaging in a cover-up and lying, because they would not answer his direct questions concerning the attack and subsequent murders

Multiple security threats were detailed not only just in Ambassador Stevens’ own words, but through over 100 confidential security briefs recently released by Rep. Darrell
Issa, Chairman- House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jason Caffetz (12 were
sitting on Obama’s desk the day of the attack), which detailed two prior bombings of the Benghazi compound and an assassination attempt on the British Ambassador; on February 1, Eric Nordstrom wrote in a memorandum, “… the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other violent extremist groups are likely to take advantage of the ongoing political turmoil in Libya”; and on August 8, Ambassador Stevens noted, “Benghazi has moved from trepidation to euphoria and back as a series of violent incidents has dominated the landscape… the individual incidents have been organized.” In light of his own murder,
Ambassador Stevens’ words hold an immensely greater and more intense meaning and
weight.

For now the White House and Obama lies have taken a life of their own and grown, giving birth to new lies to cover-up the old ones; recognized as such, Rep. Issa and Rep. Chaffetz have both accused Obama of “providing inadequate security before 9/11″ and “obfuscating the nature of events on 9/11.”

Shortly after accepting responsibility for the Benghazi affair… the fiasco… the tragedy, Clinton stated, “I think it’s fair to say everyone had the same intelligence… as time has gone on, that information has changed.” The recently released security briefs expose this outright lie, and they illustrate Ambassador Stevens was appealing directly to Obama and the White House for more security and that the subsequent attack was, by the very next day, known to be a pre-planned terrorist attack by Ansar al-Sharia and other islamofascists. This is a weak attempt to deflect public attention away from the
first lie: Al Qaeda is decimated and diminished, as touted by Obama for months;
and the second lie: The attack on the U.S. Consulate stemmed from a “spontaneous
protest” and an “anti-Islamic” film.

During the October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate, Mitt Romney unabashedly stated, “It was a pre-planned attack… and the day after the attack the President flew to Nevada for a campaign event… This calls into question the President’s entire foreign policy.” Even though Obama answered that he was on the phone assessing the situation (the consulate attack) and that “I’m the President. I’m always responsible,” it all rang hollow; White House officials confirmed that Obama went to bed while the attack was ongoing, rather than acting like a concerned and responsible Commander-in-Chief in order to achieve a positive resolution and prevent the deaths of U.S. citizens… American Patriots!

Over one-hundred documents and transcripts prove that Obama did, in fact, understand
that the Benghazi affair was terrorism pure and simple, and it was not Benghazi
to which his remarks were directed the day after in the Rose Garden, no matter
what Candy Crowley may assert, as Obama, Clinton and Rice entered cover-up mode.
Six times Obama referred to the attack as a result of a spontaneous protest over
an anti-Islamic film during his speech before the UN; he did not want the
reality of the dismal failure of his policies illuminated, along with the fact
that Al Qaeda was alive and well!

In furtherance of the lie of a successful Obama foreign policy, Obama and Clinton colluded to send UN Ambassador Rice out on her propaganda tour, in which three days after Benghazi, Rice was telling the story of the “spontaneous protest” and an “anti-Islamic” film and expressing a Muslim victimization centered dialogue; Rice, along with
Obama and Clinton, held to this lie for over 14 days, as Rice made appearances on all five major television networks… lying each and every time. And they perpetrated this LIE… this CRIME… on all America to support the illusion that Libya was more peaceful and stable than most of us knew it to be.

As the security situation rapidly deteriorated in Benghazi in the days leading up
to 9/11/2012, even Libyans such as women’s rights activist Wafa Bugaighis were
telling the Consulate staff that “for the first time since the revolution, I am scared.”

Speaking to CNN, Clinton said, “What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game.” This Benghazi affair damn sure wasn’t a game for Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods or Glenn A. Dogherty, and Obama, Clinton and Rice damned sure are to blame… along with Biden and anyone else who joined them in witholding the needed security forces for the U.S. Consulate and in advancing the despicable lie for weeks; if Hillary Clinton had any sense of shame or honor, she would resign immediately; Susan Rice should resign or be fired with all due haste… and, as for our so-called “leader”… the sanctity of the White House should not be made to endure four more years of abuse at Obama’s hands! Obama’s “truths” are too often lies, and I will never forget that he caused good men… a damned sight better than he could ever think to become… to die a most horrible death on 9/11/2012!

From the ‘Aenid': “Free your souls of sadness and fear! Perhaps one day you will like to
remember.”