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 four 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 four 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.
Good post, Tami. The media has always been considered the fourth branch of government. In reality, it amounts to nothing more than a “mouth piece” for any particular political view. The people are the fourth branch and should act the part.
Thanks so much Dave! I completely agree, and thus will continue harping on Benghazi!
Well written, tightly reasoned, and devastatingly true: this piece lays out the essential fraud of the Obama administration’s presentation of the Benghazi terrorist attack and their response to it. A telling outline of events that mirror the utter lie that is the Obama presidency.
Thanks for your kind assessment, Bob. This is a serious event and there should be serious consequences! I intend to do my part, however small, to force the issue!
Bravo Zulu. Well-written Tami.
Thanks for reading, Wally! And for your kind words!
A very courageous piece, Tami, so good it should have become viral on the net! We hope the electorate will remember throughout the day, Nov. 6, the plight of these heroes and the Commandant in Chief who let therm down.
Thank-you so much, Peter! I’m working on a new piece now that continues exposing the debacle and shame of Benghazi. Thank-you for taking the time to read and reply!
Below is a form letter to help those who wish Pres. Obama to face trial for treason regarding Benghazi. Congressman McCain says it’s the right time for the people to make a lot of noise about this.
I demand to see a Watergate style trial of President Barack Hussein Obama. The charge being treason, based upon his actions that lead to the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, former Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, and foreign service employee Sean Smith.
I have been following the news about the Benghazi attack that killed these good men. I am outraged at the level of dereliction of duty, lying and outright hiding the truth of this matter, by President Obama, V.P. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, Susan Rice and all others involved in this. Knowing that these men could have and should have received help to save their lives, that they asked for, which was refused by our president is without conscience greatly angers me.
We leave no man behind. We demand that those in our military who refused the order to “Stand Down” be exonerated of all charges relating to this. We further demand that they be thanked for what they tried to do for these men, to save their lives. We do not for one second, believe that the message from the C.I.A. regarding this incident was altered from that of it being a planned, coordinated terrorist attack, until that report left their hands. We believe this alteration to make it into a spontaneous attack caused by a Youtube video was done “after” it left the C.I.A.
We therefore, demand that President Barack Hussein Obama be brought up on charges of treason and that he be tried in a Watergate style trial. We understand that Harry Reid has denied this request but we respectfully want to tell Harry Reid that “We the People of the United States of America” own this country and as an elected official it is his job to obey “us”, his employers. It is the duty of his office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, against all who would damage it, both foreign and domestic. Therefore if he refuses to allow this Watergate syle trial of President Barack Hussein Obama, on the charge of treason, then we the people will see to it that he is brought up on charges as well. There are already efforts underway to recall him from office in his home state. His refusal is seen as aiding and abetting suspected treason and as an officer of congress who swore an oath to serve and protect this nation, he is therefore in violation of said oath. He will either do his job or we will see that he is not only removed from office but brought up on charges as well. Thank you for your time. I look forward to a reply from you. (…your name here…)
Click on the link below which will take you to the contact form.
Great job, Tami! “So help us God!”