Obama Still Lives in the Shadow of Benghazi

| September 10 2013
John Walker

A Reluctant Commander-in-Chief Addresses the Nation on the Eve of 9/11

As President Obama tries desperately to extricate himself from his incoherent Syrian policy, his address to the nation Tuesday night is heavy with irony.

The annual commemoration of 9/11 marks the worst attack on U.S. soil, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist strikes in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Since last year, we have added another terrorist attack on Americans on 9/11, the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

The president will address the nation on the eve of 9/11. Despite his bellicose rhetoric, he is the same reluctant Commander-in-Chief who abandoned Americans in Benghazi last year.

Last September, in the heat of a presidential campaign, Obama and his advisors devised a preposterous explanation to avoid action in Benghazi. It was a stunning example of the president’s unwillingness to use American power, even to save our own ambassador and fighting men.

Now he is up to his neck in a foreign-policy crisis of his own making. Events are moving quickly, but it is likely that the president will grasp at any straw that will get him out of this mess. Most of all, he will leap at any suggestion that prevents a possible defeat in Congress or the exercise of his most dreaded option – the use of American military power to enforce his ultimatums.

To Obama and his closest advisors, Benghazi has faded into obscurity. Even in the face of the most startling evidence, the president and his staff seem bewildered that anyone would even raise the issue.

In an interview on Sunday, the president’s chief of staff was asked why journalists could find an alleged Benghazi conspirators yet the administration wouldn’t arrest him. He gave a nonanswer, claiming that the administration was still working on the case.

It is a sad commentary on the Benghazi scandal that only a few media outlets keep the issue alive. Still sadder is the fact that Congress, particularly the Republican leadership in the House, has abandoned the search for truth.

The hero of Benghazi in Washington is still Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. He has relentlessly and almost single-handedly kept the issue alive.

All year he has called for a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. His effort has garnered 160 cosponsors, a majority of the House Republicans. Nevertheless, House Speaker John Boehner has stonewalled the request to protect his friends who chair various House committees.

But Wolf never gives up. He asks pertinent questions about Benghazi nearly every day the House is in session. Here’s a sample of the questions he posed this summer:

  • Where are the Benghazi survivors?
  • Which agency was responsible for vetting the Libyan security guards at the U.S. consulate?
  • How many Benghazi survivors were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements?
  • Why haven’t we applied pressure to countries refusing to allow the FBI to access the terrorists responsible for the attack?
  • Why was the CIA’s security team repeatedly ordered to “stand down” after the attack began?
  • Ambassador Stevens made several calls for help to nearby consulates. Which foreign consulates did he call? How did those consulates respond?
  • What happened in Washington on the night of the attack and in the days to follow?
  • Who are the anonymous senior administration officials who admitted “mistakes” in their handling of the attack to CBS news?
  • Why was there a facility operated by the CIA in Benghazi?
  • Who in the White House new what was going on in the CIA annex in Benghazi?

Given the Congressional mismanagement of the Benghazi investigations, we may never know the answers to these questions. Nevertheless, the questions will be hanging in the air when the president speaks on Tuesday night. The nation still deserves answers.

12 comments
ToriDukes
ToriDukes

Where was Hillary?  Who silenced the others?  

phoenixlaw
phoenixlaw

Various news sources (The New York Times, The Telegraph, ABC News, Harper-Collins, and others) have reported that the CIA had been on the ground with dozens of operatives in Benghazi since the beginning of the Libyan revolution.  Christopher Stevens was the liaison between the CIA and the Libyan rebels, coordinating weapons procurement and training of the rebels, many of whom were al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda affiliates, by the CIA and various US military groups.  After Ghaddafi's fall, Stevens was facilitating the purchase of weapons from rebel groups and enlisting rebel fighters, both to be sent via Turkey to Syria.  Stevens last meeting on the day he was killed was with a Turkish diplomat, reportedly to arrange details of the continued flow of weapons and fighters through Turkey to Syria.   Certainly the White House was aware of these activities.  

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@ToriDukes Hillary was complicit, and is covering her own assets. See is getting help from the CIA for sure, and the media.

pamphleteer92
pamphleteer92

 @WesternFreePress

Because I know, from his/her past posts, what kind of person phoenixlaw is, I'm inclined to disregard anything he writes. On the other hand, all these pieces do fit, so I think he and others who have told this story are on to something.

When will two brave, credible people from this plot come forward and expose the truth in spite of whatever threats, bribes, and blackmail they've been exposed to? 

I know that's easy for me to ask, sitting here at my keyboard, but I keep on hoping ... are they afraid of damaging confidence in our government? What "confidence"?

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@phoenixlaw @pamphleteer92 Well yeah, that's sort of what I meant---what will it take to get the info to travel beyond the alternative press. I know that if Obama re-registered as a Republican, the mainstream press would start reporting it!

phoenixlaw
phoenixlaw

@WesternFreePress @phoenixlaw @pamphleteer92  I'm not sure.  The information is out there if a person really wants to dig to retrieve it, and if a person is willing to look past the preordained drivel served up by the mainstream media.  Unfortunately, most Americans accept what they see on TV as fact and are too lazy to even read a newspaper, let alone actually search for the news that the powers-that-be don't really want the public to know. 

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@pamphleteer92 @phoenixlaw  

I do suspect that if our positions were enumerated side-by-side, Phoenixlaw and I would disagree about more than we would agree. And there are certainly some *profound* areas of disagreement of which we are already aware. But I think it is a mistake to assume that because we disagree about some (or even most) issues that we will, by definition, disagree on all. Phoenixlaw and I have already discovered issues about which we agree, or partially agree. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. 

Though it is difficult at times, I am trying always to remember to assess each position a person may express on its merits, rather than making a priori dismissals of them based on my knowledge of other positions. Of course, that is exceptionally hard to do when it comes to some people, like, say, Janeanne Garofalo or Michael Morre :-)

phoenixlaw
phoenixlaw

@pamphleteer92 @WesternFreePress  - Almost everything that I (a male, by the way) stated above is verifiable.  I believe that Obama and his gang tried to cover this up for two reasons:  so that it wouldn't hurt his re-election chances, and so that the covert US involvement in supplying weapons and al-Qaeda fighters to the Syrian "revolution" could be kept a secret from the world.