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The Benghazi decisions
Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 may 2013

Posted on 05/13/2013 6:08:42 AM PDT by rellimpank

"A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al-Qaida is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead."

—President Barack Obama to the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 6, 2012.

Five nights after that speech, scores of attackers struck an ill-secured compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi. By morning they had killed four Americans: security agents Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, information officer Sean Smith, and J. Christopher Stevens, Washington's ambassador to that convulsing nation. U.S. presidential politics instantly intervened, with Republican Mitt Romney declaring, "The Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic mission, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."

Eight months later, fresh evidence suggests that with the election imminent, the administration, too, had a political agenda: to avoid acknowledging a successful terrorist assault on an underprotected U.S. outpost on the anniversary of 9/11. As ABC News documented Friday, the final (and at least 12th) version of Central Intelligence Agency talking points developed after the onslaught no longer included any mention of al-Qaida allies as participants.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bengahzi; navyseals; obamaspeople; oboma; terrorism; threatmatrix
--in any case the Democraps will try and push it out of memory---
1 posted on 05/13/2013 6:08:42 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

2 posted on 05/13/2013 6:12:12 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rellimpank

In the whole pathetic calculation, the administration never contemplated, never imagined, the heroism of Woods and Doherty. It never occurred to them because because they have no capacity to comprehend courage.


3 posted on 05/13/2013 6:14:03 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: rellimpank

The Obama administrations first response... was to stand down.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 6:17:26 AM PDT by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Navy SEALs don’t obey “stand down” orders if it means abandoning Americans under fire.

Obama and Hillary Clinton just don’t get that at all. They would abandon their own mothers for another year in power.


5 posted on 05/13/2013 6:18:53 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rwilson99

Yep - at all cost do not include the FEST (Foreign Emergency support team) team, whose sole mission is response to events exactly like this one.

Why would that team/capability be immediately ruled out, without even talking to its commander?

The head of the counter terrorism unit was only included in deliberations after the decisions were made. (above the FEST team commander in the chain of command)

The FEST team commander was never consulted - only told that his unit would NOT be involved, as he was pressing to make the rescue/deploy.


6 posted on 05/13/2013 6:25:42 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: rwilson99
"The Obama administrations first response... was to stand down."

The White House had to stand down, the election depended on it. "Osama bin Laden is dead", "al-Qaida is decimated", "the war on terror is nearly won".

Obama had his "mission accomplished" moment and could not admit that it had all blown up in his face. So instead of a terrorist attack we have a protest gone bad and you do not send the US Military into another nation over a protest gone bad. Checkmate, no outside US help for Benghazi. Oh and throw the Libyan president under the bus too.

7 posted on 05/13/2013 6:28:59 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Travis McGee
Obama and Hillary Clinton just don’t get that at all. They would abandon their own mothers for another year in power.

Obama would abandon his own grandmother for far less. She was in his words just "a typical white woman". Obama is on the same moral level as that disgusting animal in Cleveland who kidnapped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for a decade - nothing matters other than getting what he wants by any means necessary.

8 posted on 05/13/2013 6:29:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Travis McGee
Good morning.

They (0bama and clinton) would abandon their own mothers (on Mothers Day) for another year in power.

0bama and clinton have killed more people than Nixon ever did. From Mexico to Libya, they have left a trail of death.

5.56mm

9 posted on 05/13/2013 6:29:47 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

These are different people. Hillary Clinton, Obama etc. They’re not like the rest of us. “Well, what does that mean?” Simply put in your post. They cannot comprehend valor, courage or Americanism. They view ALL THINGS in terms of politics.

But there is something more. These are unhappy people. They think in terms that are vastly different from the rest of us.

I’ve posted this thought many times. I’ll post it again:

Obama and people like Hillary Clinton, are pure and simply two bit politicians who over time will bbe revealed as such. As they become tested, they will continually fail. We’re seeing that now, IN ALMOST EVERY ENDEAVOR.

They are too numerous to mention, but one is far past the point of waking up, and wondering, “What will today bring? What new revelation about this administration?” I turned the TV off months and months ago.

It’s only a matter of time. I’m beginning to think, Huckabee might be right.


10 posted on 05/13/2013 6:30:46 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: rellimpank
This was in the Tribune?

What's the world coming to?!?

11 posted on 05/13/2013 6:39:54 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: rellimpank; All
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12 posted on 05/13/2013 6:40:49 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Oberon

You’re right, but they’ve posted five or six Editorials on this subject.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 6:51:44 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: rellimpank

Some folks here called Friday’s news from abc a typical weekend document dump. Well, here we are on Monday and the thing has not gone away.


14 posted on 05/13/2013 6:54:52 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: rellimpank
White House "talking points" to the various media outlets, seem to translate into, "it is understandable for the State Department and various people at the White House, to chose a defensive posture because if the election!

What, leave a small group on the ground in an enemy stronghold because it hadn't been fortified before that, because..........".we've got an election to think of in a few weeks and those mean Republicans might make an issue of it during a campaign, not to mention, I've got a fundraiser in Las Vegas tomorrow and can't be off my game!"

Shame on media for grabbing at straws, pretending the deaths of four Americans left to die in the desert, is acceptable because of, what, a potential Obama LOSS?

SHAME Upon the US Media!!!

15 posted on 05/13/2013 7:02:57 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Oberon

Did hell freeze over?

This talk of impeachment is just grandstanding. However, it is nice to hear. Not only does Boner not have the balls to bring up articles of impeachment against the first black president, we do NOT have the votes in the Senate to conduct a trial. That is what people do not understand.

The most we can hope to get out of this tragedy is to cripple Obama for the remainder of his term and keep HILLARY out of the White House forever.


16 posted on 05/13/2013 7:03:51 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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The most we can hope to get out of this tragedy is to cripple Obama for the remainder of his term and keep HILLARY out of the White House forever.

The house will vote to impeach. The senate has many red state democrats who, if up against a wall of evidence, might flip. Who wants to side with people who did NOTHING while people died. Add to that IRS scandal, coming back to life the Seal Team Six families upset at why normal safety protocols were ignored and why muslim cleric invited to funeral and damned them at funeral. Also ICE Agent Tells Mark Levin: Obama ‘Inflating’ Deportation Numbers, La Raza ‘Running Our Agency.......we could go on and on. Even some dems are sick of obama throwing them under the bus for his political gain.
17 posted on 05/13/2013 7:56:15 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...

Of interest and check/click Post#2 if you haven’t read it yet. Ping.


18 posted on 05/13/2013 8:02:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: zerosix
SHAME Upon the US Media!!!

Shame? That's nothing. The amoral dirtbags have no capacity for shame...they deserve CONTEMPT!

Big City Freepers should picket the newspaper offices and broadcast studios with harshly worded accusations.

Billboards need to go up accusing the "media" of their blatant anti-American bilge.

19 posted on 05/13/2013 8:14:11 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Travis McGee; TigersEye; penelopesire; ConservativeMan55; AllAmericanGirl44; Nachum; Jet Jaguar

This is not good if shot down by our stuff: I am unable to post if someone can.

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20 posted on 05/13/2013 8:17:54 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
I totally agree but getting protesters or picketers bringing attention to others about media stonewall, I doubt many would notice or care.

After all, hasn't American Idol resumed, or some other "important news" like the sex of the Kardashian baby-to-be!

21 posted on 05/13/2013 8:37:50 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
... the administration never contemplated, never imagined, the heroism of Woods and Doherty.

Perhaps, in the fullness of time, it will become apparent that Woods and Doherty are the incarnation of Lt. John Dahlquist.

22 posted on 05/13/2013 8:44:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: zerosix
I totally agree but getting protesters or picketers bringing attention to others about media stonewall, I doubt many would notice or care.

Are you kidding? Haven't you heard talk radio discussing the falling ratings of the "news" "media"?

HONK IF CBS NEWS SUCKS

It would sound like a traffic jam.

23 posted on 05/13/2013 8:55:42 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
I have actually "heard....about falling ratings for 'news media,'" however, therein lies the problem: after we picket or protest outside the Kansas City (Red) Star, that is mostly used as canary cage "litter paper" even for my liberal friends, I'm supposed to expect the MSM in Kansas City to "report" on my protest?????

Our local TV MSM runs whatever the Kansas City (Red) Star chooses to run as "headlines!!!"

So this protest/picket will show up in the Kansas City (Red) Star, that will then be carried and run on the 6:00 and 10:00 TV News????

The only place any kind of protest of the (Red) Star, would be if I can get someone to video this protest, then post it on a YouTube site and hope some MSM, preferably, local, run it.

Not trying to be a spoil sport but when our local rag refuses to run any "news," in KC Metro area, it didn't happen! Besides, the only "page(s)" devoted to "news" usually means whatever star is doing with whomever, sports player who comes out as gay, major weather event (snow May 6th and 7th), and whichever lesbian "mom" is chosen #1 KC Mom!

24 posted on 05/13/2013 9:53:45 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: rellimpank

I am awed. MSM is slowly clambering up on this horse. I have not believed it possible. Once they are fully aboard, if they finally clamber aboard and they almost have to now, they probably won’t be able to spare even Mrs. Clinton. A horse like this, while not a bronco, will prove thirsty and must head ineluctably to water.


25 posted on 05/13/2013 10:54:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Our Moslem president and the conniving Secretary thought it would be over with in an hour and they would have 30+ bodies to be sorrowful for and to eulogize with stirring words and then perhaps blow up some sand in Libya. They did not count on American men being Men. Instead now they have 4 bodies and a whole lot more they have to explain. You can’t really depend on a whole lot in war.


26 posted on 05/13/2013 11:06:47 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: jpsb
0 responds to an act of war by voting "present."
27 posted on 05/13/2013 11:09:00 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

BTTT


28 posted on 05/13/2013 11:10:19 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: M Kehoe

I never heard that Nixon was responsible for any deaths outside of the war. LBJ and Clinton and the current usurper have accounted for a lot of more personal demises.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 11:22:52 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: woodbutcher1963
The most we can hope to get out of this tragedy is to cripple Obama for the remainder of his term and keep HILLARY out of the White House forever.

That, I think, requires an impeachment. whether or not it would even be taken up in the Senate. An impeachment gives those weak willed "tea party" Republicans some motivation to actually resist O'Leninand to slow down this socialist train just a tad, and it would be only just a tad, because they have allowed, nay surreptiously support and supported, obamacare which is the the vehicle that will is transforming and trashing the US economy.

30 posted on 05/13/2013 11:32:01 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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