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Dangerous Times: Still Missing the Strategic Meaning of Benghazi
American Thinker ^ | May 3, 2014 | James Lewis

Posted on 05/03/2014 5:44:47 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

Strategy comes before tactics. Strategic goals dictate tactical actions. Today we are allowed to talk about the obvious tactical lies and malfeasances that the Obama administration blew in our faces in the Benghazi fiasco and its aftermath, but not about its strategic meaning. But Obama’s secret policies have also been exposed to public view with the Benghazi fiasco. It is now clear that since Obama came to power, the U.S. government has overturned all the fundamental values that have characterized American policy from Thomas Jefferson onward. Under Obama we have secretly joined the terrorist side in the Jihad War. That is the strategic meaning of Benghazi.

In any other administration that would be unbelievable, but consider the facts.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi
The enemy of my enemy is my friend? How muslim...
1 posted on 05/03/2014 5:44:47 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The Benghazi story threatens to unravel and expose everything. That’s why Obama is stonewalling this to the max. They can’t allow the truth of the arms dealing to come out. If it ever does, its all over for them.


2 posted on 05/03/2014 6:01:57 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The ONLY scenario that makes ANY sense is that Amb. Stevens was to have been “kidnapped” and then exchanged for the Blind Sheik.

That’s why there was no defense in the first place and that is why the heros who did fight were told to stand down and not get involved.

And of course it explains why there was no rescue attempt, AND why Clinton and BO called it a night.

Please note that freeing the Blind Sheik is consistent with siding with terrorists.


3 posted on 05/03/2014 6:02:22 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Obama's White House switched sides in the 'war' on terror and good men died because of it.

TREASON by the State Department.....FRAUD in the media......Dereliction of Duty by the Commander in Chief.

4 posted on 05/03/2014 6:06:33 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Impeachment is now in the air. But this is not a personal matter. Obama himself is as much the product of the American radical left as he is its enabler. Today Obama might as well go back to Hawaii forever and play on the beach: The damage to the integrity and truthworthiness of the United States has been done.
The most important single thing is for the American people and the world to be fully informed of the perverse and immoral policies of this administration. We must face the truth. Once the truth is out, let the people decide.”

What we were doing in Benghazi and other places was so evil and perverse, that should the truth ever come out, this President and others in his administration would be impeached and sent to prison for a long, long time. Unfortunately, the real truth will probably not come out for years to come.


5 posted on 05/03/2014 6:07:59 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: G Larry

The ONLY scenario that makes ANY sense is that Amb. Stevens was to have been “kidnapped” and then exchanged for the Blind Sheik.

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Factor missile running into your thinking. What became of Ghadafi’s inventory of weapons? And where did it all go?

Then also consider Mubarak and Assad. Do you see the bigger picture?


6 posted on 05/03/2014 6:09:55 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: MamaTexan

FRAUD in the media

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I would prefer the word treachery. I think it is more accurate.


7 posted on 05/03/2014 6:11:24 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Enough was known in 2012 for Romney to expose Obama and make both Benghazi and the administration’s collusion with radical Islamists a resonating campaign issue. Instead Romney kept his gloves on, even after Obama and Candy Crowley double teamed him on Benghazi during the debate.

The opposition party has not done its job exposing the regime. Perhaps there is too much Saudi and Iranian cash flowing to select members of the GOP elite. The Bush family for instance.


8 posted on 05/03/2014 6:17:05 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Starboard
I would prefer the word treachery. I think it is more accurate.

It probably is in an illustrative sense, but fraud is a punishable crime.

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Besides, this whole thing has got me so PO'd, I'm starting to run out of adjectives. :-)

9 posted on 05/03/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Soul of the South

I think Romney naively thought he had the race in the bag after the first debate. I think he made a decision not to expose Obama, thinking that the People would lose faith in the position of President. Romney should have been swinging for the fence the last 4 weeks and all We, the People, heard were crickets.


10 posted on 05/03/2014 6:22:06 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

29. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more. No less.
The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries


11 posted on 05/03/2014 6:26:34 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: G Larry
Bingo! And because our heroes fought back, the jihadists got pissed and killed them and Stevens. The reason we are not pursuing the attackers is because they don't this to get out. IMHO.
12 posted on 05/03/2014 6:26:37 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: deweyfrank

“they don’t want this to get out”


13 posted on 05/03/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The obamanation administration marches on in lockstep with all the marxists, liars ,thieves malicious, islamic terrorists, and riff raff scum of the earth in his war against America and Israel. He is the enemy of all that do good and love peace and a friend of them that destroy and steal and is of the devil and does the will of his master Satan, the fallen angel who would be God. Read on and realize that the weapons and taxpayers dollars are going to the nations who hate America and the God of Israel and His son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. The taxpayers are sending moneys and war machines to our eneimies and only the conservatives care for their fellow man in this present evil time. 1/3 of America hates America, 1/3 are self indulgent fools who follow like sheep to the slaughter and only 1/3 care and protect America from forign and domestic enemies, the Conservatives and Christian forces who refuse the hatred of the 2/3s of the devilish Americans who vote democrat for their selfish reasons. Read on and understand that the people being murdered of the obamanites are the friends of conservative God fearing people world wide. Obama is a demon possesed man and only we know it.

...exposed to public view with the Benghazi fiasco. It is now clear that since Obama came to power, the U.S. government has overturned all the fundamental values that have characterized American policy from Thomas Jefferson onward. Under Obama we have secretly joined the terrorist side in the Jihad War. That is the strategic meaning of Benghazi.

In any other administration that would be unbelievable, but consider the facts.

1) 500 million dollars in arms to al-Qaeda in Syria.

Intelligence analyst Clare Lopez and a group of distinguished retired military and intelligence experts released a statement last week that was quickly covered up by the media. It was too dangerous to headline. In Britain the Daily Mail made it a one-day headline story, but it deserves to be repeated until we truly understand it.

“The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented — if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for tacitly approving the diversion of half of a billion dollars of Qatari arms shipment to al-Qaeda-linked militants.”

Now stay with that for a minute. The United States government gave half a billion dollar in armaments to murderous al-Qaeda butchers who kill Christian children in Syria and Kenya in the name of Allah. Read the full report here. (Major h/t to Accuracy in Media).

But this undoubted crime against humanity is not the first policy perversion this administration has committed. Remember, this is a fundamental strategic and moral switch for the United States government. The half-billion dollars of arms to al-Qaeda rebels in Syria is part of Obama’s lifelong pattern of behavior. Conservatives now have an accurate understanding of who Obama really is, who his real friends are, how he was brought up and indoctrinated, and how he came to power through the Illinois Democrat Machine. It all adds up to an amazingly consistent picture of this administration. (But never expect liberals to admit it.)


14 posted on 05/03/2014 6:32:33 AM PDT by kindred (They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. Salvation by Lord Jesus only!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Ambassador Steven death was a “hit”.

He was murdered by BHO2 and the Sec.of State. They colluded on eliminating the one person who could destroy them both: the person enabling the arming of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaida in Syria. And yea, Huma Abedin was not doubt a part of it.


15 posted on 05/03/2014 6:34:08 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: G Larry

that’s one of them. but not the only scenario. But it gets at a key question - why was Stevens in Benghazi and why wasn’t he protected?


16 posted on 05/03/2014 6:38:12 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Soul of the South

The opposition party has not done its job exposing the regime.

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No argument from me on that point!


17 posted on 05/03/2014 6:39:55 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: ImNotLying

Wouldn’t it be delicious if Obama was impeached and lost his presidential pension?

How would he manage to live like a commoner after living the most avaricious life in the history of the planet?

No more spitting out $300 sushi. No more free rounds of Golf at Pebble Beach. No more $30,000 a night hotel suites and million dollar vacations. No more free flights to anywhere.

What would be even more delicious is if he spent a few years preparing for life as a commoner behind bars at Leavenworth.


18 posted on 05/03/2014 6:41:33 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe
Wouldn’t it be delicious if Obama was impeached and lost his presidential pension?

It would be a miracle.

What would be even more delicious is if he spent a few years preparing for life as a commoner behind bars at Leavenworth.

A miracle in even greater magnitude than the impeachment miracle.

19 posted on 05/03/2014 6:46:49 AM PDT by sport
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To: plain talk

why was Stevens in Benghazi and why wasn’t he protected?

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Why in the first place is an American ambassador so intimately engaged in “nuts and bolts” field level operational activities? My theory is that the operation was politically sensitive in the extreme and could not be trusted to others to run. The underlying details were potentially explosive (if you’ll excuse the pun).


20 posted on 05/03/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: sport
A miracle in even greater magnitude than the impeachment miracle.

Well, then, let us pray for some miracles.

21 posted on 05/03/2014 6:48:18 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Starboard
I understand the author's basic premise, but I don't see why it would be such a big deal. And it certainly wouldn't be a radical departure from long-standing U.S. foreign policy for the United States to be radical Islamic elements in the Middle East.

I would make the case that the real turning point was back in 1990 -- when the U.S. engaged in a massive military campaign against a largely secular dictator in Iraq to restore and protect radical Islamic royal families in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Fast-forward 20+ years and you have almost the same thing happening in Syria.

22 posted on 05/03/2014 6:49:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: SatinDoll

The man who knew too much.


23 posted on 05/03/2014 6:50:01 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: exit82
Pray fervently, early, and often.
24 posted on 05/03/2014 6:50:22 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

Amen to that.

The resurrection of Benghazi is the opening.

Thank you, Lord.


25 posted on 05/03/2014 6:51:35 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: sport
It would be a miracle.

Let us all pray for that to happen.

26 posted on 05/03/2014 6:57:07 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

While we are being distracted by Putin, Sterling, and whatever Hollywood squirrel of the day, Obama is deconstructing not only the US, but the Western world. Unless Obama and his policies are stopped, nothing else is going to matter.


27 posted on 05/03/2014 7:12:40 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Starboard
"If it ever does, its all over for them."

You're assuming that there still exists an objective truth in America.

You're wrong.

Everything depends on POV, and the left will NEVER turn on their own.

This episode will clearly demonstrate that the American people no longer exists, it's only them vs us.

28 posted on 05/03/2014 7:25:58 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Hotlanta Mike

No one seems to be talking about how, by blaming a video insult for murder, then declaring the producer of the video as the principal cause of the death, excuses an entire culture of barbarity.

It’s as if we now accept that if they’re insulted and kill us, somehow it’s our fault.

Benghazi revealed this to be ADMINISTRATION POLICY. This is why Obama is seemingly unconcerned with bringing the real culprits to justice. He doesn’t blame them, he feels for them. Do we need further evidence that he’s pro Islam and anti American?


29 posted on 05/03/2014 7:41:42 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Stop....take a deep breath.....re-read what Lewis wrote. Hillary and Obama aided and abetted AL QAEDA in Libya. Think about that for a minute. That would be like FDR aiding and abetting the Nazis in Greece during WWII. Remember Al Qaeda? The guys who crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center? The guys we have been fighting for 11 years or so? The guys who have been murdering Americans? Hillary and Obama provided support to AL QAEDA in Libya. That is treason. Stop and think about it. Then, Al Qaeda spit in their eye and murdered four more Americans.

Treason. Our President and Secretary of State supported Al Qaeda.

The purpose of the Republican Party is to elect Republicans to public office. It’s not their job to discipline the Democrat Party. It’s the FBI’s job to watch over treasonous behavior in our country. It is OUR JOB as American citizens to demand that these traitors be dealt with. I don’t care that the traitor is half black. I don’t care that the traitor is female. I don’t care that the Democrat party will fight like a cornered rattlesnake to cover all this up.

Treason. They were willing to sell you and I and our families and friends into defeat, slavery and death. I don’t care if they are hardened saboteurs or just idiots playing with fire, the intent to commit treason is still there.

WAKE UP.


30 posted on 05/03/2014 8:20:02 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

No wonder Barry wants Eric Holder to “review” the death penalty.


31 posted on 05/03/2014 10:44:15 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Soul of the South
"...Romney kept his gloves on...", because Obama wasn't a conservative or tea partier, therefore not an opponent.
32 posted on 05/03/2014 12:06:29 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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