Skip to comments.Then and Now (North on Benghazi)
Posted on 10/25/2012 5:37:38 PM PDT by jazusamo
WASHINGTON For better than a month, the Obama administration has been dodging and weaving over what actually transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11-12. Questions have been posed about why Ambassador Christopher Stevens was there and not at his embassy post in Tripoli. Congressional investigators have asked why he had no security detail, why the State Department decided not to send in U.S. Marine embassy security guards when they were offered months before, why contingency plans were not in place on the anniversary of 9/11 and why the O-Team insisted for so long that the attack on our U.S. diplomatic post was a "spontaneous event" and not an act of terrorism.
By now, all should realize that truthful answers to these inquiries will not be furnished by the White House or State Department until after the presidential election on Nov. 6. But there is an even more important question that should be asked and answered now: Once the White House knew about the attack in Benghazi, what action did the president take to protect or save the lives of Americans?
"We the People" need to know the answer because we are about to hire or rehire a commander in chief. The response is crucial to determining whether the incumbent is competent enough to fulfill the responsibilities of the job or whether he should be replaced. Fortunately, we have a standard of behavior for a commander in chief in a previous well-documented terror event: Ronald Reagan during the Achille Lauro incident.
On Oct. 7, 1985, four radical Islamic terrorists members of the Palestine Liberation Front, the organization now calling itself Hamas hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. They then murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American passenger...
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BTW...Obama wouldn't make a pimple on President Reagans....
The intercept was the brainchild of Ollie, was it not? One of his finest moments.
I believe it was from what I’ve read, he’s a true patriot.
When Ollie speaks, I listen.
1. Obama was distributing Khadaffi weapons to radicals in the muslim world to overthrow Israel and countries allied with the west. The ambassador objected and was taken out by ties to AQ and Muslim Brotherhood.
2. Similar to 1, but the us objected to something (nukes, terror that exceeded 9/11/01) and the islamists decided to get even.
This administration works on the theory of orchestrated crisis, that is how I view events.
obama was directing
0bama was notified immediately and automatically when the Benghazi consulate triggered the "Critical Incident Report" alert. He did nothing.
Judge Jeanine Investigates Benghazi Gate Part 4 - 10/20/2012 video 6:53
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (U.S. Army ret.), former CIA Station Chief Gary Burtson and former CIA operative Mike Baker
There are three scandals here...
For weeks now I have thought that the denial of requests for security were a dereliction of duty. I consider the lies and misdirection about the "video" after the attack to be fraud and malfeasance under the color of authority. I don't consider the inaction during the attack to be any of those.
The failure to act during the attack is the direct equivalent of desertion IMO.
ONE man had the authority to act that night.
ONE man deserted his post!
(repeated here to get it around.)
The biggest stench from the Benghazi fiasco is that it is beginning to look like Obama went "nighty-night" to rest up for Las Vegas, instead of manning up in the Situation Room and seeing the crisis through and (had he only been awake) ordering a rescue mission.
In Benghazi, after 6-8 hours enduring a few Fort Apaches, with running street battles in between, (like a mini Blackhawk Down), the living Americans must have been thinking, Any minute now, here come the helicopters! Just hang on!
But they didnt. So even though Delta had forward staged to Sigonella Sicily (rumint) from base in Germany, nobody was willing or able to pull the trigger and send a rescue force. Or even a few F-18 supersonic flybys, to bust windows and warn, Here comes American airpower, and you camel jockeys know what that means. Just as a morale booster it would have helped the besieged staffers.
But it was never sent, not even a lousy supersonic low-level flyby. One hour from bases in Italy, max.
Here is the deal. The military automatically does a lot on its own, under standing orders and SOPs. The minute they see that the consulate is under attack, and the ambassador and others are in a "safe room" hiding, it becomes TOP priority. Every other mission aborts or slaves over to support any possible rescue.
At that moment when the critical incident alarm messages start ringing, military steps happen on autopilot in real time. Everybody in the Navy and USAF chain of command swings into a crisis contingency plan mode. What ships are closest? Helicopters? Marines? Delta is in Germany? Get them moving right now. Where is closest? Sigonella, for now. Its NATO, no permission needed, just fly.
En route in C-17s, the D-boys would even be prepping for an immediate action rescue mission, that is, the C-17s will fly directly to some desert road outside of Benghazi, and here comes The Raid On Entebbe, done in crisis mode, canned actions, but they would do it. They practice for these exact scenarios, and leave gear staged for them.
They would coordinate with fighters out of Italy, mid-air-refueling platforms start shifting, it's a huge show that swings into action for thousands of miles around Behghazi. The ongoing consulate attack is JOB ONE, the only job. VIPs will be tossed off of planes at remote runways if they need that platform.
Or Marines on amphibious ships in the central Med, (if any were available), would also be put on the real-time options board. We used to have a "Amphibious Ready Group" of about 3-5 USN gator freighters, including a helo carrier like a Tarawa class. They carry an entire battalion of USMC, plus SEALs etc, with helos and Ospreys to carry them all. (But not at once.) Where was our ARG? Does our Navy have enough ships for that mission any more?
But while all of that military staging would have happened/did happen during the 6-8 hour battle at the consulate and annex, what the military cannot do on their own say-so is cross an international border without an order from the NCA, the National Command Authority, and that means POTUS, Obama.
Only POTUS can authorize a cross-border hostile mission. That is, guns clear, no official permission from the Tripoli govt (if it really exists outside State Dept fantasies.)
Only one man can pull that trigger and say, "GO!" Obama.
(But for America to act "unilaterally" would have meant the bogus Libyan Arab Spring and so-called new Libyan Unity Govt. that we were propping up didnt really exist. Libyan sovereignty must be held sacrosanct, even the false image of one, where in reality, Al Queda is top dog in Libya. Even when an Al Queda offshoot is your external "security," namely, "The 17th of February Martyrs Brigade." IOW, the White House thought they had a "deal" with AQ in Behghazi, since we were helping to run weaponry from Libya to their pals in Syria. So there was an "institutional bias" at State against crossing the border on a rescue operation sin permisso.)
Anyway, be that as it may, no General or Admiral will order the Marines ashore, or a Delta raid or even an F-18 or F-16 low-level supersonic flyby. They can not and will not cross a border without a clear-cut order from POTUS via the NCA. Not even Hillary can make that decision. Only Obama.
But no order came, as of midnight in DC. And then none would come. Because the POTUS retired for the night with a do not disturb sign on his door, punted, and went to bed, to be well rested for Las Vegas.
While his ambassador was off the U.S. radar, missing, at that moment possibly being dragged down a Benghazi street or even raped. But that is when Obama went to bed. Midnight in DC is 0600 in Beghazi.
That is the greatest scandal of Benghazi. The POTUS slept through it, while all around the world, military forces were poised for the Raid on Entebbe or any other damn thing the POTUS ordered them to do. (And the were raring to go, believe me.)
But the POTUS said, Well discuss it further in the morning, and then he went to bed around midnight in DC, 0600 in Benghazi, with a missing ambassador and a full-blown crisis in full mega flap.
He punted. He went to bed.
God help us.
I think thats the big secret they are keeping. The President went to bed, with his lost Ambassador being dragged through streets.
Thanks. That’s what I was looking for.
Good article by Col. North. Thanks for the ping jaz. Sent the link via email to many a friend across the country.
North is a racist. He uses the phrase “dodging and weaving” which is a reference to boxing, and as we all know, most boxers are African-American. Code Word Alert! Hate crime!
Dang! Maybe so:)
Why exactly? What was his mission, why there, why low profile, and why no security?
Oliver North was a boxer, too. At the USNA.
With in 15 minutes the message must be sent. It gets to the Prez asap after that UNLESS HIS PEOPLE HAVE RECIEVED HIS INSTRUCTIONS THAT HE IS NOT TO BE DISTURBED.
Without knowing anything about the protocols I would have just assumed that to be the case in the event of a situation like this.
President Barack Obama compared his campaign volunteers to the American officials killed in Libya, saying that ‘like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than were doing’.
Obama’s remarks came during a meeting with volunteer leaders in Las Vegas. ‘And obviously [our] hearts are broken for the families but I wanted to encourage those folks at the State Department that they were making a difference,’ he said, according to a pool report.
‘The sacrifices that our troops and our diplomats make are obviously very different from the challenges that we face here domestically but, like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than were doing .Im just really proud of you.’
What a fantastic post! Your obvious talent for writing makes clear what went on that night for anyone who is still not sure. (although, at this point, there head is stuck in the Saudi sand if they pretend they don’t get it!)
eerrrggg! there head = their head
Ollie North left off the sad coda to Reagan’s triumph. The Italians later let the terrorists go.
Thanks for posting the link.
That’s a great piece by Jennifer Griffin. I watched her on Fox this morning reporting it and her piece was posted on their website a little later.
Here it is over 6 weeks after the attack and Zer0 still hasn’t told the truth...Pathetic!
Up until now, Obama has managed to avoid being a target for retribution from offnded parties in the US public.Thats not true now anymore. Obama’s security risk just accelerated a million fold.Now thousands would like nothing better than to get retribution for his conduct on Bengazi.
Obama just dropped out of being a self pronounced champion of the people.He is royally effed fer sure.IMHO he should go into hiding and resign his office pending criminal charges being initiated against him.
Of course he won't, that’ll never cross narcissistic Rat's mind.
BUMP and Thanks again!
There should be hundreds if not thousands speaking out like them and all the media should be covering it, sadly the enemedia won't.
If you want to get more military insight into Benghazi and other military issues, I recommend the radio show on KFI LA AM 640 8-10 Sat and Sunday nights, Brian Suits, A Dark Secret Place.
I agree with you 100%.