Skip to comments.Obama’s Iran-Contra: The real Benghazi scandal
Posted on 08/19/2013 1:42:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
August 19, 2013
One would be hard pressed to find a more significant impeachable offense than aiding and abetting the sworn enemies of the United States, especially when any such support includes sending weapons to our murderous adversaries. A crime on that scale would certainly be made all the more serious if those same enemies turned around and utilized the U.S.-provided arms to kill Americans.
We are not here referring to the so-called Fast and Furious scandal in which President Obamas Justice Department purposely allowed, with deadly consequence, licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers with the intent of tracking the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders. Instead, we document a much less reported gun-walking scandal, one you will soon regard as the Fast and Furious of the Middle East, the Iran-Contra of the Obama administration. It could be the White House got away not once but twice with the same misdeed of arming our foes.
In the case presented here, the enemy consists not of drug lords but of al-Qaeda, along with a witches brew of anti-American jihadists. The results are not dead U.S. border agents but a murdered U.S. ambassador, along with three other diplomatic staff, in one of the most brazen assaults on an American overseas target in history. To make matters worse, we will show how our president and top administration officials deliberately and repeatedly lied to the American public while taking actions that fomented anti-American sentiment, aided an Islamist revolution currently sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly helped create, whether wittingly or not, a well-armed al-Qaeda army that is already attacking our interests and fueling conflicts worldwide.
We will also show how the Obama administration engaged in a massive cover-up of the events that transpired during the Benghazi attacks, as well as the shocking reason our ambassador was sent to Benghazi on September 11, despite the many known (and ignored) security threats to the U.S. mission there. You are about to be introduced to the real Benghazi scandal. This chapter alone should result in the immediate impeachment of Obama, as well as topple other administration officials.
The true nature of the ‘consulate’
Information surrounding the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi has been so distorted by the Obama administration and so misreported by the news media that many Americans still dont have the most basic of facts straight.
Lets start with the true nature of the Benghazi facilities. For months after the attacks, the vast majority of all news media coverage worldwide referred to the U.S. facility that was attacked as a consulate, even though the government itself has been careful to call it a mission. A consulate typically refers to the building that officially houses a consul, or an official representative of the government of one state in the territory of another. Consulates at times function as junior embassies, providing services related to visas, passports, and citizen information.
On August 26, about two weeks before he was killed, Ambassador Stevens attended a ceremony marking the opening of consular services at the American embassy in Tripoli, meaning the functioning U.S. consulate was working out of Tripoli. The new U.S. consul in Libya, Jenny Cordell, was stationed at the embassy in Tripoli. A search of the State Department website could find no consulate listed in Benghazi.
The main role of a consulate is to foster trade with the host government and care for its own citizens who are traveling or living in the host nation. Diplomatic missions, on the other hand, maintain a more generalized role. A diplomatic mission is simply a group of people from one state or an international intergovernmental organization present in another state to represent matters of the sending state or organization in the receiving state.
However, according to a State Department investigative report on the attacks, the U.S. facility in Benghazi did not fit the profile of a diplomatic mission either. The results of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) probe, which we have read carefully, contain information indicating the U.S. mission in Libya was involved in activities outside the diplomatic realm. The thirty-nine-page document uses phraseology and descriptions not previously utilized to describe the facility and the role it may have played in Benghazi. The report, based on an investigation led by former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering, calls the facility a U.S. Special Mission. Again, until the reports release, government descriptions routinely referred to the facility as a mission, while the news media largely and wrongly labeled the building a consulate.
The report divulges how the missions special non-status made providing security to the facility difficult. Special Mission Benghazis uncertain future after 2012 and its non-status as a temporary, residential facility made allocation of resources for security and personnel more difficult, it said.
The report contains information that clearly contradicts any claim that the special mission was to serve as a liaison office to the local government. It documents how the local Libyan government was not even informed of the existence of the mission.
To the keen observer, the State Department report raises major unanswered questions about what was going on at the Libyan mission. Specifically, one glaring question is why the host government was not informed of the facilitys existence. Was the facility being used for secretive purposes? What was happening there?
Arms to Jihadis, White House lies
On multiple occasions, Middle Eastern security sources have provided this writer with information indicating that both the U.S. mission and the nearby CIA annex in Benghazi served as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Prior to the establishment of the Libyan mission, the United States also coordinated aid to the rebels who eventually toppled Libyas Gaddafi. That aid, the sources stated, included weapons shipments coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. The sources described how the weapons were carefully purchased with Arab and Turkish funds to skirt laws about the accountability of U.S. funding for CIA and other intelligence operations.
Days after the Benghazi attacks, I broke the story that Stevens himself played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Assads regime in Syria, according to Egyptian and other Middle Eastern security officials. Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate their recruitment of Islamic fighters from Libya and other parts of North Africa. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assads forces, said the security officials.
The officials also said Stevens worked with the Saudis to send names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review. Names found to be directly involved in previous attacks against the United States, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, were ultimately not recruited by the Saudis to fight in Syria, said the officials. (Take note of that detail, since it will become relevant again in a few paragraphs.)
Until April 2013, the White House has repeatedly denied it was involved in helping to arm the rebels. Such action at the time was considered highly controversial because of the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaeda members, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups. Besides White House denials, other top U.S. officials and former officials, including Hillary Clinton, have implied in congressional testimony that they didnt know about any U.S. involvement in procuring weapons for the rebels.
Now, a starkly different picture is emerging, one that threatens the longstanding White House narrative that claims the Obama administration has only supplied nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels. My reporting on U.S. coordinating arms shipments to the rebels has been confirmed by several major news agencies, including the New York Times and Reuters.
Created al-Qaida army?
The possibly illegal transfer of weapons and aid to Middle East rebels is clearly resulting in a newly emboldened al-Qaeda. Even the United Nations is warning that weapons delivered to Libya during the uprising there are being used to fuel conflicts in Mali, Syria, Gaza, and elsewhere.
That Obama administration policy of support for the jihadist Libyan and Syria rebels may have already come back to haunt us in other ways. Besides questions about the arms used in the coordinated assaults against our facilities in Benghazi and the UN report on weapons proliferation, there are also claims of ties between the Benghazi attacks and a brazen assault on an Algerian gas complex where foreigners, including Americans, were employed.
Editor’s Note: The above is an excerpt from Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office, by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott.
Note..weapons may have also been used on the Algerian Gas attack which killed Americans!
These are many of the things we have been discussing for months, great to see it in print.
I would consider it in bad form to operate a "special mission" in a country without informing the host government.
I would consider it in bad form to operate a "special mission" in a country without informing the host government.
Ping to MestaMachine’s Benghazi ping list
Thats all good and fairly accurate but Aaron Klein overlooks the MOST important fact here..
The Coup D-Tat is complete.. finished.. hard wired..
Zero OWNS the entire federal givernment.. and many of the State givernments as well.. even locals..
Add to that much/all of the main stream media.. ALL college and University staff.. the entire military, every single domestic and international(U.S.) security apparatus.. and infrastructure.. Complete control of the internet.. and U.S. Satellite Systems.. Telephone and Cable Hierarchy..
HE OWNS IT ALL... meaning anyone that takes over after him (if he decides to leave the White Hut).. will be SELECTED by him and his minions.. i.e. brilliant voter fraud..
Voting DIED Nov 6th 2012... all elections henceforth will be Potemkin Village elections.. Shams... leaving me to the conclusion, just maybe they have been shams since Bill Clintoon was in office..
Of course, I know this concept is too much for republicans to grasp.. Since the republican primarys of 2012 were vote rigged to the max.. no doubt...
Consider barely after the elections of 2010 where conservatives wiped the floor with democrats(a mistake thats been rectified) a known collaborator with democrats was chosen as Presidential candidate the inventor of Romney-Care and at least 6 known arch conservatives were REJECTED..
And not a tweet not a Hmmmm not a squeek was heard about this.. by republicans to this day..
Kind of makes you go... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
If the Benghazi site is not an embassy or a consulate (that being in Tripoli) why was Stevens there? What was his official title prior to his death? If ambassador, once again why was he operating out of a house in Benghazi rather than the Tripoli consulate? And why without the knowledge of the Libyan gov't? Sounds like covert ops to me.
If the locals were unaware of Stevens' actions or presence in Benghazi, how did his murderers know he was there? If this was a covert arms sale, of course the buyers would know. It would also explain why Obama doesn't seem interested in apprehending them. If they were captured alive, they might talk...
Why kill Stevens, when AQ's goal was weapons? As a warning to Syrian rebels not to arm themselves? But I thought the rebels were allied with AQ too? I'm lost here. Stevens was killed, weapons were "stolen" - who got them? Not Syrians, I gather. Are there different factions of AQ at war with each other?
Were any of the security officers, the former Navy Seals aware this was a black op and that no one would help if the SHTF? Apparently not, since they forted up and sent requests for extraction for hours until they were finally overrun. The survivors may have had better info since they faded away in a hurry - they knew no one was coming?
Wittingly, Mr. Klein; wittingly. Thanks, penelopesire, will read the whole thing carefully.
From what I’ve read, and hopefully others who know more will respond, Stevens was the Ambassador in title, and did not usually hang out in Benghazi; but had an appointment with a Turkish fellow that day (don’t know title of Turk). So Stevens went to Benghazi that day specifically. The survivors have been prohibited from telling anyone anything, haven’t you read some of those articles? They have been controlled, made to sign confidentiality papers, kept separately from each other, and some have been given fake names.
That's bugged me alot. Why did they take off? Why not stay and fight, weren't there something like 30 of them? They certainly had access to the weapons, weren't they the ones doing the deal?
I agree with you at least 100% if not more. The many dozens of articles on FR documenting massive election fraud was quite something. And not a squeak from the R party, nor, I assume any major news outlets (of course).
That’s why I think one of my retired taglines says it right:
We’ll have to go through hell to get out of hell.
Bookmark for later.
I’m pretty sure it was the Turkish Ambassador. This is another little piece of the puzzle that needs to be examined.
Thank you for the ping and for picking up the duty while Mesta is out.