Every year since 9/11/2001 America has remembered the horrific terrorist attacks against the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and foiled attack against a Capitol target. And each year the heightened security and alerts remind us those harborers of vitriol, the Islamist extremists, remain indefatigable in their efforts to annihilate Israel and America.
Obama’s administration and his appointments at State seem to have historical amnesia: they forget that Israel has always been our close ally (as evidenced by a 1st term itinerary jam-packed with 47 trips abroad and not one visit to Israel) and they forget that Al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations delight in killing Americans. The President’s policy remains one of appeasement and kindly diplomacy with a region of the world that understands none of that.
Over the last 14 months there had been some 230 attacks against US and ally installments in Libya, 48 of those against Benghazi, and yet repeated requests for additional assets were refused. It is obvious to all but the most obtuse that Obama’s foreign policy of placation and withdrawal dictated the placement of assets, rather than the reality as understood by the diplomats and SST in country.
Ronald Reagan said,”Experience has taught us that preparedness deters aggression and that weakness invites it.”
John Bolton has often declared that weakness is provocative, not strength.
Have a look at this brief scene from Master and Commander, as Captain Jack Aubrey admonishes the sailors:
“...though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship is England.”
Or in the words of Maj Gen (Ret) USAF Lee Rodgers:
“Our diplomatic compounds overseas are, by tradition and international law, sovereign soil. An attack on the consulate is no different than an attack in Denver. It is the responsibility of the DOS to determine the security needs of our people.”
USCG vet Alo Konsen sums it up well:
“The jihadists respect strength and the willingness to use it. They regard weakness as a provocation. Had our diplomats in Libya been visibly defended by U.S. Marines behind thick walls topped with concertina wire, they would be alive today.
“If we decide to plop an embassy or consulate down on their turf, we are OBLIGATED to make it as unappealing a target as we can. That’s done both immediately & obviously with troops, weapons, walls, & wire … and gradually & implicitly through our civilian leadership’s policy of military strength and overwhelming retaliation when attacked.”
Regrettably, State, and most likely the White House, were aware of increasingly violent attacks on Americans, their allies and their interests in Libya over the past 14 months, but did nothing to increase security. Also, contrary to many despicable stories, such as this WaPo piece, which inferred that Ambassador Chris Stevens was a bit reckless in his comportment in Benghazi, RSO Eric Nordstrom testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the Ambassador was mindful of heightened security alerts and was always a “compliant officer.”
The official explanation from the White House and State Department beginning 9/12/12 via WH Press Secretary Jay Carney, UN Ambassador Rice, and even the President, blamed an obscure, anti-Mohammed, 15 minute YouTube video for inciting Muslim extremists to riot and attack the Benghazi “compound”.
Apologies were made to those whose religious sensibilities were offended by the video. Then, 14 days later, The Obama crowd finally admitted it was a sophisticated and well-planned terrorist attack, complete with RPG’s and mortars.
Contrary to Obama’s words in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, he had NOT specifically declared Benghazi a terrorist attack in his 9/12 Rose Garden briefing, but stated generically, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”
If the president had declared it a premeditated terror attack in the 9/12 presser, then all official statements for the next 2 weeks on behest of the the WH were complete fabrications.
What every American should demand to know is: who decided NOT to approve further assets in Benghazi and who disseminated the ridiculous “YouTube hurt their feelings” story. Ambassador Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith died a preventable, brutal death as a result of gross inaction or oversight.
The families of those 4 brave Americans deserve explanations. Americans, their troops, and the 11,500 US Citizens working in official capacity around the globe deserve to know what actions have been taken to safeguard our people and interests, especially in Libya, Somalia, Syria and Egypt.
39 years ago the American media had a feeding frenzy with the Watergate hearings, led by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The scandal concerned burglaries and wire-tappings at the DNC Headquarters at Watergate.
The media would not leave the illegal event alone until everyone was questioned and prosecuted–many involved served prison time and President Nixon resigned. Again, the crime included burglaries and wiretaps, and then the cover-up of the illegal activities.
39 years later, the MSM is scoffing at Benghazi-gate and declaring any serious investigation “politicizing” to effect an outcome in the presidential election. The Media must be strong-armed by the citizenry into right action.
Benghazi resulted in the slaughter of 4 Americans: not just lying, not just cover-up! This is a far graver situation. And you bet it should effect the outcome of the presidential election!
If President Obama denied assets to Benghazi, or knew of the denial of assets, he’s implicit in the murders. If the President did not know of the Libyan attacks leading up to 9/11, and did not know of the requests to extend and augment the SST, his ineptness and ignorance is so extreme as to disqualify him to be Commander-in-Chief.
President Obama imagined himself an enlightened ruler, with enlightened policies which he was convinced would endear America to Middle Eastern countries and calm down their nests of extremists. Hence, he built his foreign policy around his vain imaginings, and in so doing, endangered Americans.
The honor of Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith demands answers.
The safety of all Americans, including the 11,500 working in US installments and embassies world-wide demands actions. America deserves a president who can do more than correctly pronounce foreign names: America deserves a president with sound, peace through strength foreign policy.