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Benghazi's Smoking Gun? Only President Can Give 'Cross-Border Authority'
PJ Media ^ | November 2, 2012 | Matt Bracken

Posted on 11/02/2012 5:45:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee

The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut.

Once the alarm is sent – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.

That is the clear “red line” in this type of a crisis situation.

No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.

On the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi, all the POTUS has to do is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.

Ships can loiter on station, but airplanes fall out of the sky, so they must be redirected to an air base (Sigonella, in Sicily) to await the POTUS decision on granting CBA. If the decision to grant CBA never comes, the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi can rely only on assets already “in country” in Libya — such as the Tripoli quick reaction force and the Predator drones. These assets can be put into action on the independent authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief in Tripoli. They are already “in country,” so CBA rules do not apply to them.

How might this process have played out in the White House?

If, at the 5:00 p.m. Oval Office meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta and Vice President Biden, President Obama said about Benghazi: “I think we should not go the military action route,” meaning that no CBA will be granted, then that is it. Case closed. Another possibility is that the president might have said: “We should do what we can to help them … but no military intervention from outside of Libya.” Those words then constitute “standing orders” all the way down the chain of command, via Panetta and General Dempsey to General Ham and the subordinate commanders who are already gearing up to rescue the besieged outpost.

When that meeting took place, it may have seemed as if the consulate attack was over, so President Obama might have thought the situation would stabilize on its own from that point forward. If he then goes upstairs to the family quarters, or otherwise makes himself “unavailable,” then his last standing orders will continue to stand until he changes them, even if he goes to sleep until the morning of September 12.

Nobody in the chain of command below President Obama can countermand his “standing orders” not to send outside military forces into Libyan air space. Nobody. Not Leon Panetta, not Hillary Clinton, not General Dempsey, and not General Ham in Stuttgart, Germany, who is in charge of the forces staging in Sigonella.

Perhaps the president left “no outside military intervention, no cross-border authority” standing orders, and then made himself scarce to those below him seeking further guidance, clarification, or modified orders. Or perhaps he was in the Situation Room watching the Predator videos in live time for all seven hours. We don’t yet know where the president was hour by hour.

But this is 100 percent sure: Panetta and Dempsey would have executed a rescue mission order if the president had given those orders.

And like the former SEALs in Benghazi, General Ham and all of the troops under him would have been straining forward in their harnesses, ready to go into battle to save American lives.

The execute orders would be given verbally to General Ham at AFRICOM in Stuttgart, but they would immediately be backed up in official message traffic for the official record. That is why cross-border authority is the King Arthur’s Sword for understanding Benghazi. The POTUS and only the POTUS can pull out that sword.

We can be 100% certain that cross-border authority was never given. How do I know this? Because if CBA was granted and the rescue mission execute orders were handed down, irrefutable records exist today in at least a dozen involved component commands, and probably many more. No general or admiral will risk being hung out to dry for undertaking a mission-gone-wrong that the POTUS later disavows ordering, and instead blames on “loose cannons” or “rogue officers” exceeding their authority. No general or admiral will order U.S. armed forces to cross an international border on a hostile mission unless and until he is certain that the National Command Authority, in the person of the POTUS and his chain of command, has clearly and explicitly given that order: verbally at the outset, but thereafter in written orders and official messages. If they exist, they could be produced today.

When it comes to granting cross-border authority, there are no presidential mumblings or musings to paraphrase or decipher. If you hear confusion over parsed statements given as an excuse for Benghazi, then you are hearing lies. I am sure that hundreds of active-duty military officers know all about the Benghazi execute orders (or the lack thereof), and I am impatiently waiting for one of them to come forward to risk his career and pension as a whistleblower.

Leon Panetta is falling on his sword for President Obama with his absurd-on-its-face, “the U.S. military doesn’t do risky things”-defense of his shameful no-rescue policy. Panetta is utterly destroying his reputation. General Dempsey joins Panetta on the same sword with his tacit agreement by silence. But why? How far does loyalty extend when it comes to covering up gross dereliction of duty by the president?

General Petraeus, however, has indirectly blown the whistle. He was probably “used” in some way early in the cover-up with the purported CIA intel link to the Mohammed video, and now he feels burned. So he conclusively said via his public affairs officer that the stand-down order did not come from the CIA. Well — what outranks the CIA? Only the national security team at the White House. That means President Obama, and nobody else. Petraeus is naming Obama without naming him. If that is not quite as courageous as blowing a whistle, it is far better than the disgraceful behavior of Panetta and Dempsey.

We do not know the facts for certain, but we do know that the rescue mission stand-down issue revolves around the granting or withholding of cross-border authority, which belongs only to President Obama. More than one hundred gung-ho Force Recon Marines were waiting on the tarmac in Sigonella, just two hours away for the launch order that never came.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; bracken; cba; chrisstevens; crossborderauthority; threatmatrix; travis
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1 posted on 11/02/2012 5:45:41 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee

PJ Media!

You’re metastasizing!

Cool!


2 posted on 11/02/2012 5:50:51 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Eaker; Absolutely Nobama; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; APatientMan; ApesForEvolution; ..

Travis McGee, yours truly, was published in PJ Media today.

The title is “Benghazi’s Smoking Gun? Only the President can grant Cross-Border Authority.”

I posted the article on this thread above. The editors at PJ Media chose to focus exclusively on the CBA issue, which is fine with me, it’s their website and I’m glad to be on it, to get the word out about CBA.

However, here is the rest of the essay, as I originally submitted it to them:

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General Petraeus, however, has indirectly blown the whistle. He was probably “used” in some way early in the cover-up with the purported CIA intel link to the Mohammed video, and now he feels burned. So he conclusively said via his public affairs officer that the stand-down order did not come from the CIA. Well — what outranks the CIA? Only the national security team at the White House. That means President Obama, and nobody else. Petraeus is naming Obama without naming him. If that is not quite as courageous as blowing a whistle, it is far better than the disgraceful behavior of Panetta and Dempsey.

But in any event, Ambassador Stevens going to unsecure Benghazi on 9-11 of all days stinks to me of a setup. The ribbon cutting at the new Benghazi school cover story is laughably lame. You can bet that given his own input in the matter, Stevens would have told the Turks, “No, 9-11 is not a good day for us,” and stayed in Tripoli behind many high and thick walls. For him to go to hyper-dangerous Benghazi on 9-11 means the Turks insisted on that day, but why would they care about the meeting date, unless they were in on an assassination plan as the Judas goat?

Alternatively, the order for Ambassador Stevens to meet the Turks in Benghazi on 9-11 might have come down our own U.S. chain of command. Stevens seems to have been wearing two hats as ambassador and CIA arms shipper. His job involved moving between the far more secure embassy complex in Tripoli, the Benghazi “consulate,” and the CIA “annex.” So his orders might have come down either State Department or the CIA channels. I am unclear on his job title and true position, but either the CIA or State sent him his final instructions, and copies of those orders still exist, to be discovered on computer hard drives by future historians.

Ambassador Stevens meeting the Turks at the unsecure Benghazi “consulate” on 9-11 screams out to me of a deliberate setup. The Turkish “diplomats” (or arms shipment middlemen) left the meeting after dark and perhaps flashed their headlights to the Al Qaeda attack team commanders lurking in shadows. A coded text, a word on a phone, meaning, “The Amriki ambassador is there, with minimal security—proceed with the attack plan.” But that is pure speculation on my part. (The smoking gun clue will be the official CIA or State Department message ordering him to Benghazi on 9-11, perhaps using the preposterous “school opening” as a cover story for his later meeting with the Turks.)

I leave that for future investigators and historians. What I know for certain is that the rescue mission stand-down issue revolves around granting or withholding cross-border authority. And that sword of authority belongs 100 percent to President Obama. No weasel words or smokescreens should be allowed to cloud that very basic truth.

President Obama owns cross-border authority, so he owns the failure to rescue the American heroes who were fighting for their lives in Benghazi for seven hours. More than a hundred gung-ho Force Recon Marines were waiting on the tarmac in Sigonella just two hours away for the launch order that never came.

Semper Fidelis, President Obama?


3 posted on 11/02/2012 5:51:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

There really is no doubt as to what happened.


4 posted on 11/02/2012 5:52:54 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Travis McGee

This was supposed to be Obama’s Iranian hostage crisis for him to ride in on his white horse to save the day right before election.

It didn’t work for Carter, and Obama obviously failed to learn from history.

In the absence of answers, people are left with speculation.

I speculate that Obama was directly involved with conspiracy to commit high treason. Why else would you decrease security to the point of non-existence when the situation dictated the exact opposite?

Regardless of who was involved in orchestrating the situation and actions both before and during the attack, The blood of American soldiers and diplomats is indisputably on Obama’s hands.

I also find our mainstream media complicit in this for their failure to seek justice.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 5:57:56 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

I thought Eric and Geraldo were going to get into fisticuffs this morning. Geraldo was trying to say there was no drone much less live feed and the Army isn’t prepared to go on a mission like a SWAT team. What a frickin idiot. He’s worse than Chrissy Mathews and his tingle.


6 posted on 11/02/2012 6:03:13 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: Travis McGee

Great article.

Ive been comparing this to an AP article I read earlier:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jPvTJQzjAhBFt-iKB5fUemi-Cymw?docId=5d72d52eb2c649db962d732071e9e2bf

This plays well with the posted article. A response did indeed come from the CIA and any available assets in Libya. That is the catch right there. The only people to respond were already in Libya, which gives footing to the idea that CBA was not granted.


7 posted on 11/02/2012 6:04:22 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: Safrguns; DuncanWaring; little jeremiah; onyx; Cindy; Travis McGee; TigerClaws; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Consider dropping a comment over on the PJ Media thread. If they get a big discussion, it might stay visible on the home page longer.

Once a "real" MSM reporter hears about CBA, there is an outside chance one of them might shout the question to Obama.

(Like hell they will. But Jake Tapper might.)


8 posted on 11/02/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

The problem with this issue is that the water has become so muddied with peripherals (ranging from stupid YouTube videos to who was informed when through what sort of medium) that no one can establish a clear focus of blame unless they follow everything that’s been put out there.

The beauty of your piece (either version, IMHO) is that it breaks the issue down to the nut:

1) guys we’re dying, and asking for help
2) the only one who could help them (by issuing a CBA) was the POTUS
3) he didn’t.

End of story, end of case against the bucket-of-manure in charge.


9 posted on 11/02/2012 6:09:58 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Travis McGee

Congratulations on your article! Great job.


10 posted on 11/02/2012 6:10:52 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: shadeaud
Did you ever hear about Geraldo's "$#!++y hand" prank, courtesy of the U.S. Army? It was early in Afghanistan, during the Tora Bora stuff. He was on TV diagramming troop movements and tactics with a stick in the sand. "Here's how we do it, enemy jihadists. I just heard it in the briefing, so now you know too."

That, plus his "rock star" entourage with him really P.O.d the troops. Troops, living in filth get pretty course (to say the least). So prior to climbing onto a helo for his lift out, one of the renvenge-minded troops put some kind of nasty dung on the palm of his glove, and "glad-handed" Geraldo with a big hand shake grip, then let go and grinned. Geraldo had the big $#!++y hand, climbing into his helo. Courtesy of the U.S. Army, who really, really hated him then. I'm not surprised this dork hasn't a clue about the U.S. Army's capabilities and constant training to conduct "non-combatant evacuation operations" (NEO). Hey Geraldo, $#!+ hand to you, my not-brother.

11 posted on 11/02/2012 6:11:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome article ~!

Congrats on PJM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 posted on 11/02/2012 6:13:49 AM PDT by simplesimon (NEVER forget Benghazi ~!)
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To: Stosh

Exactly. There are a million rotten strands to pull in this horror story, but CBA is a clear up-down, yes-no type of litmus test. Provable either ways. If he granted CBA, there is ready proof. Show the orders. No orders, no CBA, no rescue, and it came only from the POTUS, since he and he alone “owns” CBA.

I posted this comment on the PJ Media thread, and I think it bears posting here:

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The current “blame CIA” story linked above by Scandia Recluse is part of the White House’s obfuscation effort. More smoke. (I am counting Hillary as being part of the Obama/Jarrett/Axlerod/Michelle team that is actually directing the nation.)

The point is not the percent of CIA compared to State Dept in Benghazi, or how soon they went from the annex to the consulate on the initial rescue attempt. Or how soon the guys from Tripoli got there. Putting the spotlight on the CIA for a few days buys the White House more time, a few days, an eternity just days before an election.

But don’t go for the Magician’s feint: “Look at the bad CIA!” Keep your eye on the ball, which is the lack of outside military rescue, which was waiting to go in Sigonella for many hours of the seven hour battle of Benghazi. At any time Obama could have granted CBA and the rescue force would be inbound. It’s important to note that the flying time from either Tripoli or Sigonella to Benghazi are the same. So why make a big issue of when the CIA contractors left Tripoli on a chartered flight? (As we know, they were already “in country” and not bound by CBA rules.)

By the time the six CIA “shooters” from Tripoli finally arrived at the annex in Benghazi, they should have been met by a hundred Force Recon Marines, who already had the situation well in hand, with USN and USAF assets controlling the high ground clear up to space and satellites.

Getting side-showed by the CIA’s puny ad-hoc and chartered “rescue assets” in Tripoli is ridiculous. Keep your eye on the main thing, the rescue that didn’t happen, by the entire U.S. military that was ready, willing and able to go, on a moment’s notice, the minute the POTUS granted an execute order including CBA.

If he had done it, we would know it, because the White House could produce the orders. If they existed. No execute order, no CBA, no rescue mission.


13 posted on 11/02/2012 6:14:29 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

big bump


14 posted on 11/02/2012 6:14:35 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Can you post the link again to listen to the radio show you did earlier this week?

Thanks

15 posted on 11/02/2012 6:17:17 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Travis McGee
Please explain how "no CBA" is related to an order to "stand down".

In my mind they are two separate commands, since the stand down order was given to potential rescuers inside Libya.

Was the order to stand down an effort to save additional lives by thwarting a rescue attempt that would ultimately never see air support? If that's the case, wouldn't the order to stand down include mention that no CBA was given?

16 posted on 11/02/2012 6:17:17 AM PDT by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent!

btt


17 posted on 11/02/2012 6:21:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: drunknsage

“The only people to respond were already in Libya, which gives footing to the idea that CBA was not granted.”

And SOMEONE made the deicision to use only in-country assets. At the least the media should find out, and report, who that was.


18 posted on 11/02/2012 6:21:38 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: LoveUSA

There did not have to be a “stand down” order given to the troops ready to go in Sigonella. Simply by not affirmatively giving an execute order for those troops to conduct the mission into Libya, by not granting CBA, the military rescue mission is aborted by default.

If Obama just mumbled something about, “We should help those guys somehow” and went upstairst to bed, the rescue never happens, CBA is never granted, the troops on Sigonella wait until long after it’s all over the next day.

No “stand down” order was ever given. Obama just didn’t order the rescue mission or grant CBA.

So you can see what a big like by omission it is to say, “The White House never ordered a stand-down.”

They didn’t have to! All they had to do was NOT affirmatively order the rescue or grant CBA.


19 posted on 11/02/2012 6:28:35 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Great job Travis, only one minor point. It has now been reported that Carter Ham was actually in Washington DC on 9/11, which adds yet another twist into this ongoing scandal.


20 posted on 11/02/2012 6:31:27 AM PDT by barryobi
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To: Travis McGee

Thank you Sir for the black and white image you’ve painted.

There are no more shades of gray.


21 posted on 11/02/2012 6:33:19 AM PDT by moovova (The infamous 3am call FINALLY came. Obama took the call...and then rolled over & went back to sleep.)
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To: LoveUSA
Absence of a presidential order to proceed in engaging the enemy disallows such orders to be given at a lower level. Hence the order to stand down. They had no choice.
22 posted on 11/02/2012 6:33:44 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Travis McGee

I heard about that not long after it happened. Didn’t Jerry Rivers give out some info that could have jeopardized the troops? Seems I had heard that too- something about him being embedded and giving out his location?

Remember him breathlessly reporting in a war zone and then running to grab a gurney for a few steps and then come back to the camera?

Moron.


23 posted on 11/02/2012 6:35:54 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: mrsmith; drunknsage
And SOMEONE made the deicision to use only in-country assets. At the least the media should find out, and report, who that was.

Not necessarily. The CIA assets already in-country might have been put into action soley on the authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief in Tripoli.

They were the only forces under the control of Americans already in Libya.

Sending assets such as a full military rescue requires CBA, so all the White House needed to do was passively NOT grant CBA.

This would still leave the acting ambassador or CIA honcho in Tripoli free to use the local in-country assets. If anybody from Washington had tried to tell that brave guy not to assist the Benghazi mission, he would have told them to F themselves. He had "the chop" on the assets in Libya, the authority, and he would have moved them no matter what Washington said.

But he couldn't do jack-squat to get those 100 Force Recon Marines from Italian territory into Benghazi except to beg and plead for help, and he probably did.

I'll say it again: the six CIA "shooters" from Tripoli, by the time they arrived in Benghazi, they should have been met by 100+ Force Recon Marines who had already secured the perimeter, while USN and USAF jets circled high above, ready to spit doom at anybody lifting a finger against an American in Benghazi.

And the single reason why they were not there, is because Obama refused to grant CBA for the rescue mission that was already staged at Sigonella.

24 posted on 11/02/2012 6:38:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I remember Geraldo drawing in the sand, but I hadn’t heard of the $#!++y hand prank. That’s awesome!

I really enjoyed your article, and the parts that were edited out, too. Thanks and congrats!


25 posted on 11/02/2012 6:39:24 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Travis McGee

Thank you for your service to our nation and for standing for the truth about what happened in Benghazi.


26 posted on 11/02/2012 6:40:56 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (Left behind; 4 Americans in Libya)
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To: Travis McGee

HOORAY PJ Media! HOORAY Travis McGee! Educational. Opens up a whole new line of questions in addition to those prior to the attack and our responses post event. The microscope on the timeline during the attack will be very telling. Thank you, sir.


27 posted on 11/02/2012 6:43:58 AM PDT by PGalt
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The former SEALs defied orders to stand down after such orders were issued three times. The CBA did not apply here. They were already there. So all we can do is surmise that they fully intended to let ALL the personel at the ‘consulate’...(which was not REALLY a consulate,) die rather than intervene.


28 posted on 11/02/2012 6:43:59 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Travis McGee
Thanks, Travis!!

I had originally heard that the attempted rescue was executed despite a specific order to stand down.

29 posted on 11/02/2012 6:47:00 AM PDT by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: MestaMachine
The former SEALs defied orders to stand down after such orders were issued three times. The CBA did not apply here. They were already there. So all we can do is surmise that they fully intended to let ALL the personel at the ‘consulate’...(which was not REALLY a consulate,) die rather than intervene.

BUMP!

30 posted on 11/02/2012 6:47:26 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: LoveUSA

One of the reports stated that the military outside Libya was told to stand down, it is not a terrorist attack.

Also read that Washington seemed to keep changing their mind on whether to send in military or not.


31 posted on 11/02/2012 6:50:48 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Travis McGee

Geraldo got knocked on his behind at Ft. Knox in the 80s.


32 posted on 11/02/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: barryobi

Interesting twist, but no matter where he is, he is AFRICOM with full authority. Even in the air in transit I assume he has a full and secure commo package.


33 posted on 11/02/2012 6:58:39 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: moovova

That’s what is so great about CBA.

It’s crystal clear, and easily provable either way.

If only a reporter would ask the right question.


34 posted on 11/02/2012 7:02:58 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Congratulations for writing a much-needed article. I've been trying to keep up with the story as best I can, and your piece clears up a lot of confusion and disinformation. It also gibes with the 'parsing' from the Obama Administration.

While I'm on the subject, that so-called "parsing" might as well be called what it is: dissimulation. There's a good case to call it dissembling.

35 posted on 11/02/2012 7:03:57 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: Travis McGee
After the Oklahoma City bombing, when the Murrah building was still standing and the wreckage was being processed by hand, the building site was secured by the Oklahoma National Guard, 45th Brigade "Thunderbirds". (Sometime, if you haven't already heard the story remind me to tell you how the 45th Division, later 45th Brigade became the Thunderbirds but that's a different story.)

One night, there was a security alert issued because there was a shadowy figure seen moving about inside the wrecked building, with the obvious intent of being there unseen.

"The authorities" went in with flashlights and (probably) shotguns to see what the deal was...

Some "reporter" had acquired some Army duds, complete with Thunderbird shoulder patch, and had stealthily, so he thought, slipped into the building to "get the big story"...

I'm not gonna mention any names 'cause I wasn't there... but guess which name I heard mentioned...

36 posted on 11/02/2012 7:11:25 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Travis McGee

I sincerely appreciate your efforts.


37 posted on 11/02/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Travis McGee
Thank you Matt, for your service in defending this nation on its battlegrounds, and your continued courage and boldness in pursuing this story! Your words demand to be bumped.

I'll say it again: the six CIA "shooters" from Tripoli, by the time they arrived in Benghazi, they should have been met by 100+ Force Recon Marines who had already secured the perimeter, while USN and USAF jets circled high above, ready to spit doom at anybody lifting a finger against an American in Benghazi.

And the single reason why they were not there, is because 0bama refused to grant CBA for the rescue mission that was already staged at Sigonella.

Compare this to the hideous, vile and repulsive lie that he told to the nation during the debate, saying ...

“The minute I found out what was happening . . . I gave the directive,” he said, “to make sure we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and military knew the number-one priority was making sure our people are safe.”

38 posted on 11/02/2012 7:14:13 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: MestaMachine
And Obama can tell another lie by saying that "I didn't order a stand-down."

He just caused it, by not executing orders with CBA.

A damned liar with a complicit Quisling media is a powerful combination.

39 posted on 11/02/2012 7:16:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Petraeus blew whatever credibility he had when he threw in with this filthy soetoro crowd of islamists and communists.


40 posted on 11/02/2012 7:24:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent article, Travis McGee! A radio appearance yesterday, and the PJ Media today! Thank you for all your hard work in trying to get the facts out regarding the treason surrounding Benghazi.


41 posted on 11/02/2012 7:28:09 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: Travis McGee

My nane hussein obama and al qaeda been bery, bery good...to me.

(Apologies to Jose Jiminez.)


42 posted on 11/02/2012 7:28:35 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Travis McGee

I’m just pointing out how quickly your point would be reached by a responsible media.

1. Who decided to use only in-country assets?
2. Why?

The answer to 2 is that they had no CBA authority.

If the media asks the obvious first question, then they have to ask the obvious second question and Obama is exposed.


43 posted on 11/02/2012 7:34:07 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Travis McGee

Great article and analysis! Thank you for your hard work in getting the facts out.


44 posted on 11/02/2012 7:37:40 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: MestaMachine

Yes, that’s correct. Obama “voted present” and left, is my guess. “Voting present” is not giving execute orders and CBA.

He “wrote off” the Benghazi detachment, hoped for the best, but totally willing to see them all die.

The major QRF forces waiting for the launch order in Sigonella bear silent witness to Obama’s willingness to see the Benghazi det be wiped out.

Non-optimal, a bump in the road.


45 posted on 11/02/2012 7:37:55 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: danielmryan
Yes, “parsing” is used by liars as a tool along with obfuscation, dissembling, half-truths, lies of omission, etc.
46 posted on 11/02/2012 7:40:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mrsmith

We both know this wont happen unless we keep pounding every news site out there about the CBA. Im pounding every news site carrying this story.


47 posted on 11/02/2012 7:44:33 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: onedoug

At this point, General Petraeus would have to come clean as the “Big John Dean” of Benghazigate to redeem his life’s reputation.


48 posted on 11/02/2012 7:46:52 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MNGal

I’m doing all I can, because this specific factoid about CBA means everybody can grasp it.

CBA can be the sharp new crowbar to pry open this rotten wreck of Benghazigate.

It’s provable, either way. Clear cut.


49 posted on 11/02/2012 7:49:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

There’s major gaps in the cover stories.

Panetta: Dempsey, Ham, and I discussed it. Me decided not to go.

Ham: I was never ordered to Tom

Obama: I said go immediately (said during the second debate).


50 posted on 11/02/2012 7:55:06 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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