Releasing the sheik makes Obama look weak. Having an ambassador taken hostage makes Obama look weak. Trading the sheik for the ambassador makes Obama look weak.
None of it is good for Obama. I can understand him wanting to appease the Muslim Brotherhood, but only after the election.
State and Defense didn’t want their pet Libyan government look weak in the eyes of the Islamists by sending in a military response with or without their permission. There likely is an American-backed gun running operation from to the Syrian rebels.
I have an strong aversion to conspiracy theories - the only thing that makes me wonder what more is going is the reduced security for Stevens’ trip, and that really is a red flag.
But human stupidity, cupidity and wickedness accounts for so much without deep and complicated plots.
yes, but plots do occur. We should have pulled our Ambassador out a long time ago. Obama could have ridden high through the election, the Ambassador had been captured, then rescued by one of our special forces groups. Why didn't they come in when the SEALs entered and complicated things? It looks like that just wasn't accounted for.
I think after the first debate, Obama's team felt like they needed a great surprise. A rescue would have fit the bill. I understand trying to avoid the conspiracy theory thing, but desperate people do desperate things and Obama's allies were desperate. A LOT of money and power is at stake.
“..I have an strong aversion to conspiracy theories - the only thing that makes me wonder what more is going is the reduced security for Stevens trip, and that really is a red flag.
But human stupidity, cupidity and wickedness accounts for so much without deep and complicated plots....”
I hear ya on the conspiracy theories. We know they’re desperate, stupid and wicked, but there has to be a reason. If the motive wasn’t power, than perhaps it was the money.
“Ghadaffi amassed $260billion in his sovereign wealth fund in just 5 years after sanctions were lifted with 40% of that under management in the US which was frozen during the ouster of Ghadaffi. Follow the money! You don’t drop bombs in Libya or deploy AC130s to save Americans fighting for their lives, if you’re goal is to install a govt to control unimaginable sums...and if Gens Ward, Ham and others get in your way, you set them up and replace them...”