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The Million Dollar Question On Benghazi No One Is Asking
Hot Air ^ | November 21, 2012 | Duane Patterson

Posted on 11/21/2012 4:59:01 AM PST by maggief

On Hugh Hewitt’s show Tuesday, we had the pleasure of speaking with Vince Flynn, America’s preeminent thriller writer. His latest in the Mitch Rapp series, The Last Man, deals extensively with the relationship in remote parts of the world between the dipomatic corps and CIA operators. And while you would think since they’re isolated and technically on the same side, those relationships are often times strained at best.

During Hugh’s interview, the parallel between the book and the 9/11 attack on our consuate, and the CIA annex buiding in Benghazi, came up, and here’s what Flynn had to say:

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VF: They don’t, there is, now every outpost is different, but there is often an extremely tense relationship between the diplomatic corps and the clandestine service at the CIA at these various outposts. And I’ve witnessed it in countries where you’d think they’d be getting along. So it’s a serious problem. The Benghazi deal? Oh, man, I just…nobody’s asking the million dollar question, which is why on 9/11 does an ambassador who has already written in his journal that he’s feared for his life, has already reached out to Foggy Bottom back in Washington, D.C., State Department headquarters, and said I need more security. Why on 9/11 does he leave our fortress-like embassy in Tripoli and go down to Benghazi with a light detail? Why? Nobody’s asking that question, and it blows my mind away that I haven’t heard anybody push the State Department on that issue or the White House.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; clinton; libya; petraeus

1 posted on 11/21/2012 4:59:10 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

well that is an amazingly good question, did shrillery send him to Benghazi? Yes, he was to be kidnapped to be “exchanged” for the Blind Sheik


2 posted on 11/21/2012 5:05:49 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: maggief

Since most of our illustrious government representatives are lawyers they learned this in lawyer 101: Don’t ask the question if you don’t know the answer already or don’t ask the question if you cannot handle the answer.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 5:08:22 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: maggief
Why on 9/11 does he leave our fortress-like embassy in Tripoli and go down to Benghazi with a light detail?

Orders from the Boss?

4 posted on 11/21/2012 5:12:29 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: maggief

My question: Mr. President, didi you order “cross border authority?” That will explain a lot.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 5:13:37 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: maggief

“.....Why on 9/11 does he leave our fortress-like embassy in Tripoli and go down to Benghazi with a light detail? Why? Nobody’s asking that question, and it blows my mind away that I haven’t heard anybody push the State Department on that issue or the White House.”

WE at the ranch haven’t “pushed the State Department on that issue, or the White House”, but we’ve asked precisely that question aloud, perhaps only to ourselves, and I’ve read several posts here at FR asking that same question.

Perhaps it’s time to ask the Sec. of State, and the White House, but then what’s the use!? They will just lie and persue their Marxist goals.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 5:14:58 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: All

No one has explained where Obama had been for ALL of those 7 hours... probably packing for Las Vegas....


7 posted on 11/21/2012 5:18:02 AM PST by CharlotteVRWC
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To: maggief
That's not the question! The one question that needs an answer NOW is WHEN did Obama issue his directive? Why is this the MOST important question, because it will prove LYING OR INCOMPETENCE on HIS part!
8 posted on 11/21/2012 5:18:36 AM PST by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: yldstrk

Right on queue?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443684104578066631931377740.html

At 4:20 p.m., State Department executive secretary Steve Mull alerted Mrs. Clinton in her office. According to a person present, (snip)

And she said: “Find Chris,” the U.S. ambassador. She had handpicked him for the posting.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 5:20:48 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

I couldn’t get the link to do anything except ask me to sign up, but from your quote it seems Madame Secretary was concerned enough to start tracking down the ambassador.

Vince Flynn is a terrific author- I’d like to see him do a non-fiction book on this story. He knows people.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 5:38:23 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: maggief

I have decided that what we’re seeing in Israel now is why 9/11 happened. Stevens was a sacrifice fly.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 5:43:51 AM PST by combat_boots (I lost my tagline somewhere......)
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To: yldstrk
The “sex scandal” is a dead give away Hillary orchestrated the attack.

She uses “republican” sex scandals as a cover story.

During Clinton's impeachment the term “Scorched Earth Policy” was used and everyone believed it was the sex scandals that popped up with a number of republicans.

The “Scorched Earth Policy” premise is from Bill Ayers book “Prairie Fire”. Find an incident, a spark to ignite the flame, ratchet it up to a raging inferno.

“Scorched Earth Policy” actually means to orchestrate civil unrest and race riots, then carry out terrorist attacks.

The attack in Libya follows the same pattern, Weather Underground playbook, as the attacks in this country.

12 posted on 11/21/2012 5:44:14 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: maggief
At 4:20 p.m., State Department executive secretary Steve Mull alerted Mrs. Clinton in her office.

Well, the time explains Barry's absence from the scene!


13 posted on 11/21/2012 5:45:02 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: IMR 4350

Hubert Humphrey, back in the day, used a scorched earth policy.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 5:46:24 AM PST by combat_boots (I lost my tagline somewhere......)
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To: SE Mom

Try this link.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nw5GTVg8qpkJ:online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443684104578066631931377740.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a


15 posted on 11/21/2012 5:47:09 AM PST by maggief
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To: combat_boots
People often confuse the “Scorched Earth Policy” with the ‘Ellen Romesch(SP?)” strategy.
16 posted on 11/21/2012 5:52:44 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: maggief

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 of all days screams out to me of a deliberate ambush. 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?


17 posted on 11/21/2012 6:36:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: maggief

Seems like I remember seeing an “official” explanation for his being in Benghazi:

“to be present at the opening of a new school”...

Or, some BS like that... ??


18 posted on 11/21/2012 6:39:44 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: maggief

19 posted on 11/21/2012 6:51:47 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: maggief

Another question is why aren’t witnesses talking? Out of fear of the administration or what?


20 posted on 11/21/2012 6:53:31 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: maggief

The boss didn’t want to annoy his buddies with a show of force. The Americans were sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 6:54:07 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: Travis McGee

bump to the money issue...


22 posted on 11/21/2012 7:01:11 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: yldstrk
I think Levin said it best on Hannity yesterday. Obama isn't concerned because it was, “four white guys.” I tend to agree with this, he has more concern for the New Black Panthers then he has shown for anything regarding Benghazi and the, “white guys.”
23 posted on 11/21/2012 7:02:25 AM PST by JayAr36 ( Political Correctness is the death sentence for America.)
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To: bgill
Another question is why aren’t witnesses talking? Out of fear of the administration or what?

Four Americans were murdered by terrorists, with hours of response time and more than enough American military at hand to have saved them. I am not surprised that the massive evil of a White House that chose to permit the terrorists to win that battle intimidated the survivors.

24 posted on 11/21/2012 7:04:42 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: maggief

Thanks ;)


25 posted on 11/21/2012 8:12:39 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Travis McGee

The Ottoman Empire used to include parts of Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. What is going on in these counties these days? I don’t think that is hard to see a Turkish interest in these countries and perhaps a desire to re-establish the Ottoman Empire.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 10:56:34 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Yes, I agree. The future capital of the caliphate is in question: Cairo, Ankara, etc. The Turks would like to be a regional superpower again, no doubt.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 2:18:52 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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