October 24, 2012

This post is very clear and concise on Benghazi...

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...It gets even worse. The men in the consulate contacted the White House by phone at 10 PM Libya time, 4 PM Washington time when the attack began, and the White House was able to communicate with them and watch the attack in real time while it was occurring, thanks to a drone overhead.

The president could have ordered F-18s to fly overhead on afterburners and even fire into the mob, something that's worked in the past when it comes to dispersing attackers. They could have been there in an hour. He could have immediately ordered a full contingent of Special Operations Forces to fly in from the U.S. military base in Sigonella, Sicily. They could have been on the ground in less than three hours.

The president did nothing except to belatedly order a 22 man force to proceed from our embassy in Tripoli, about the same distance away as Sigonella. They did not arrive at Benghazi airport until 4 AM Libya time, six hours after the attack began.

By that time, Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were dead.

They died because they were not treated as American personnel under attack who needed to be rescued, but as a situation to be managed so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities. And after their deaths, they became a political problem to be handled so as not to embarrass this president. So a scenario was concocted about a spontaneous protest aggravated over a video.It was a scenario that everyone directly from President Obama on down knew was false.

These e-mails and other information about the Benghazi debacle would likely not have surfaced if it hadn't been for President Obama's insistence that the White House was 'not informed', and his blaming the entire fiasco on the State Department and the intelligence community. Apparently some of the people involved in this didn't take kindly to that.

For President Obama, there's no cover, no spin and no excuses possible any more, although I'm sure the attempt will be made. What happened in Benghazi was the culmination of his failed foreign policy in the Middle East,and his reacting as he did a perfect example of his weakness and lack of character.

It was the ultimate appeasement in a failed presidency....

Yeah. And they were probably calculating what effect action would have on those cowardly hermaphrodites, the "undecided voters," may they have a special circle in hell allotted to them. Which is also presumably why Romney didn't blast Obama over this in the last debate.

Posted by John Weidner at October 24, 2012 1:05 PM
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I think Romney didn't hit on this issue because our responsible, sober Old Media had so muddied the waters and stood so vigilant to support any falsehoods spouted by President Obama, that there was no upside to it.

I understand Obama and his crew, grifters all, but the mentality of the Old Media cheerleaders is beyond me. What do they get out of it? Just personal satisfaction? Why?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at October 24, 2012 3:45 PM

They are almost all nihilists. They believe in nothing enough to fight for it. So what do you do in that situation?

One, you hate anything that smacks of belief. And cluster in mutual support with others of like emptiness of soul.

Two, you fudge up a fake world-map where you are in the "elite," and one of the "good" people. Like all our fake-liberals they rarely do anything real and difficult to help the world, but constantly make gestures that make themselves feel good. They construct little plays where they are heroes, doing things like electing the first black President. That's what they "get" out of it.

Journalists are especially motivated to do this because there usually isn't much solid that they do. They were always problematic, because they are usually writing about subjects they aren't experts in. Which means they are usually faking it. And with the rise of the Internet we really don't need middlemen controlling the information we get.

Posted by: John Weidner at October 24, 2012 5:47 PM

Personally, in that situation, I'd play Minecraft all day.

But they do fight, they sacrifice themselves, their careers, whatever, to support the tranzi ideology and its lightworker, Barak Obama. Look at Candy Crowly for instance. Or the leadership of NOW, who threw their organization's influence away for Bill Clinton. Congressmen who lost elections because they voted for POR-care. Is that all a psychological defense mechanism? Or has tranzi ideology become a de facto religion for them, in which they have become fanatics?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at October 24, 2012 7:51 PM

Two, you fudge up a fake world-map where you are in the "elite," and one of the "good" people. Like all our fake-liberals they rarely do anything real and difficult to help the world, but constantly make gestures that make themselves feel good. They construct little plays where they are heroes, doing things like electing the first black President. That's what they "get" out of it.

Posted by: John323 at October 24, 2012 8:11 PM

But wasn't the entire Libyan misadventure supported by the Republican establishment as well?

Please notice why the Ambassador was in Benghazi in the first place.

Posted by: Bisaal at October 24, 2012 10:45 PM

As I recall, lots of Republicans were very skeptical. And critical. But we have always given a certain deference to a president's need to be able to ACT in the foreign policy arena.

But how we and Libya got into our present situation is utterly irrelevant to this discussion.

Posted by: John Weidner at October 26, 2012 9:57 AM

The men in the consulate contacted the White House by phone at 10 PM Libya time, 4 PM Washington time when the attack began, and the White House was able to communicate with them and watch the attack in real time while it was occurring, thanks to a drone overhead.
From what I hear, it was worse than that. Obama, Biden, and Panetta were meeting at the WH that afternoon Washington time and were monitoring and directing the response personally, in real time.
If true it means Obama is out-right lying when he says he does not know what happened. He knew everything there was to know.

Posted by: Terry at October 27, 2012 6:49 PM
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