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Benghazi Part III: Now with completely irrelevant questions

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

No history montage today folks.  If you need to know how we got here, feel free to click herehere, here, and here.  In fact, please click all the foregoing because it makes my total numbers go up, which only increases my self-esteem.  So CIA Director/General Petraeus quit his job because he had an affair with some broad who wrote a book about him.  Eventually, that whole thing became an episode of the Jerry Springer Show, complete with some FBI guy sending a shirtless photo to the lady who approached the FBI about angry emails being sent to her by the Petraeus mistress.  The timing of the Director’s resignation seemed odd, since the FBI knew about the affair since late summer, but no action was taken until just before Petraeus was scheduled to testify in front of Congress regarding Benghazi (not to mention just days after Barry’s re-election).

Since then, Petraeus has agreed to testify behind closed doors, because apparently Americans don’t get to know what their employees are doing with all those taxes.  The entire focus of the meeting appears to be who told UN Ambassador Susan Rice to tell everyone else that the attack was caused by some YouTube video about Muhammed that no one watched, when others claimed everyone knew it was a terrorist attack almost immediately.

Not that Muhammed

Patraeus proceeded to agree with the other sources, and in doing so, contradict his earlier behind-closed-doors explanation.  Yes, everyone did know it was a terrorist attack almost immediately.  So someone gave Susan Rice lies to read to America about how quickly we knew the attack wasn’t the result of a bad movie review.  Today we learned that someone at the Department of National Intelligence changed Rice’s lines from “terrorist attack” to “angry protestors who happened to have grenade launchers sitting around the house.”  All of this has taken about a week.  To all of this I ask: Who Cares?

Does it really matter why Susan Rice stated it was a protest over a video?  Does it even matter who told her to say that?  Isn’t it more important that Barry himself proceeded to tell both Univision and The View that it was a spontaneous protest something like a week later?  Or better yet, aren’t a whole bunch of things surrounding the entire attack significantly more important than why Rice claimed a terrorist attack was a protest?

I submit the following questions are far more important than any of the questions previously asked by Congress:

          1.  Why were repeated requests for additional security in Benghazi repeatedly denied?

          2.  Why would Ambassador Stevens choose to meet with someone in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11, when he knew it lacked sufficient security?

          3.  Who was Ambassador Stevens meeting with that night, and why?

          4.  Who knew about the meeting and signed off on it?

          5.  Did any of the terrorists know about the meeting?

          6.  Why were reports from Benghazi, that an attack was imminent, completely ignored by whomever received the reports?

          7.  Why did it take 19 hours to get any military assets to Benghazi, even though everyone knew about the attack approximately 20 minutes after it started, and a live feed from an unmanned drone was being watched in the White House, in real time?

          8.  Is there any truth to the report from a Fox News source that Navy SEALs were repeatedly told to stand down after they reported hearing the attack as it was happening?

          9.  Is there any truth to the rumor that terrorists were being held captive, and interrogated, at the Benghazi facility?

These questions are all more important than who told Susan Rice to lie about the true nature of the attack.  It’s no mystery that the Obama Administration doesn’t like calling terrorism by its name.  These are the questions that the President should be made to answer.  If he refuses to answer them, than he should be impeached.  Will he be made to answer them?  Probably not.  But I’m sure the Repubs will make every effort to make sure we think they’re trying to make him answer them.

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Benghazi Chapter 2: Generals, Timeliness, and Sex Under the Desk

November 12, 2012 1 comment

If you thought Benghazi was weird before, then you should probably sit down.  Before the election, all we knew about Benghazi was that four Americans were killed over a seven hour period, during an attack by a group of heavily armed protestors, and that the remaining facts were still unclear.  Of course, the conspiracy nuts out there thought the whole “we’re looking into it” thing was simply an effort by the Administration to stonewall until after the election.  Fools.  Well, my sources are telling me that Barry was actually telling the truth when he said he didn’t know much about the attack.   See, what happened is, he DVR’d the live feed of the attack so he could watch it later without commercials, but became too busy with the whole election thing to see it.

Just kidding.  I don’t have any sources, and Barry would never DVR an attack on Americans…unless it was to watch “Nashville,” which conveniently aired on September 12.

Barry LUVS country music.

Now that the election is over, however, hold on to your hat!  First, during the weekly Friday night document dump, the Pentagon released a timeline revealing that it took more than 19 hours for any military assets to arrive in Libya.

But there have been persistent questions about whether the Pentagon should have moved more rapidly to get troops into Libya or had units closer to the area as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America approached. In particular, there was at least a 19-hour gap between the time when Panetta first ordered military units to prepare to deploy – between midnight and 2 a.m. local time in Tripoli – and the time a Marine anti-terrorism team landed in Tripoli, which as just before 9 p.m.

Why?  According to Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, the situation was “murky.”  It’s hard to believe that it was 19 hours murky, however, considering the consulate had notified the State Dept. about an expected attack three hours before it started, and that everyone, including the White House, was notified of the attack only 20-30 minutes after it began.  In other words, we still don’t know why it took everyone so friggin’ long to respond to the attack.

Also on Friday, we all learned that CIA Director General David Petraeus was resigning his position, effective immediately, because of an extramarital affair he had with his biographer.  The Administration, and its surrogates in the media, have obviously claimed the timing of the resignation has nothing to do with Benghazi or the fact that Patraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress this week.  The resignation follows the “retirement” of our head guy in Northern Africa (which is where Libya is located on the map. #geographybee).  General Carter Ham reportedly redirected an unarmed drone to the scene just 17 minutes after the attack began, and allegedly objected to orders to “stand down” after the first reports of the attack came in.

According to the FBI, however, the govt. already knew about Petraeus’s indiscretions from affair-related emails discovered this last summer.  So why did the resignation happen now?  It’s clear that the White House has been pointing its finger at the CIA since Benghazi hit the papers.  Is Petraeus the fall guy?  Or could it be that Petraeus leaked secrets to his mistress, which we all found out about when she gave a speech at the University of Denver on October 26.

‘I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually  had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner. And they think that the  attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back,’ Broadwell declared during the speech, at the University of Denver.

The CIA denied the existence of the alleged prison in Benghazi, but that’s to be expected.  Still though, was the resignation forced as a result of the speech, thus making its timing just a coincidence with Petraeus’s upcoming Benghazi testimony, or is it just a cover?

Why was the FBI investigating the head of the CIA in the first place?  It is being claimed that the FBI got involved when the mistress sent threatening emails to some random woman named Jill Kelley, and Kelley went to the FBI.  During its investigation, the feds apparently found the scandalous emails between the mistress and Petraeus.  I bet I couldn’t get the FBI to investigate the threatening emails I receive on a daily basis.  Just sayin’.

This whole thing is really weird, and is only going to get weirder.  Closing quote by the mistress’s father:

He told the Daily News: ‘This is about something else  entirely, and the truth will come out.’

Don’t bet on it.

**UPDATE**

Fox News has a source confirming the mistress’s story:

A well-placed Washington source confirms to Fox News that there were Libyan  militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was  being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the consulate and  annex that night.

According to multiple intelligence sources who have served in Benghazi, there  were more than just Libyan militia members who were held and interrogated by CIA contractors at the CIA annex in the days prior to the attack. Other prisoners  from additional countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to this  location.

I wonder if they were water-boarded.  That would be awesome.

Stuff that’s been going down.

October 29, 2012 4 comments

Well, apparently it’s going to be raining in New York for the next several days.  Atlantic City is already underwater, or so the media reports.  While some are quite concerned about Sandy, I view it as an opportunity to clean out some of the trash that resides in the Northeast.

Like this guy.

Don’t worry about me though.  I’m ready for Sandy.  Any potential looters should be on notice that I am bitterly clinging to my guns and God.  And Sparky’s riding shotgun.

Sparky

Lots of interesting things happened over the weekend…some sad, some not so sad.  One sad thing that happened was the Tigers forgot they needed to score runs in order to win at baseball.  The second thing is a combination of happy and sad.  I went to Benihana on Saturday night to celebrate one of my kid’s birthdays.  Hibachi always makes me happy because I get to drink a comically large beer while watching some guy in a big hat make a train out of an onion.  Friggin’ genius, that is.  It was also sad though, because said guy did not let me catch a shrimp in my mouth.  See, I’m really awesome at catching stuff in my mouth, and I lost out on the opportunity to totally impress my wife and give her another reason to be proud of me.

What else….oh yeah, there was this Catholic Bishop in Green Bay, WI, who wrote a letter to his parisioners about the upcoming election.  In it, he advised his flock that one’s religious beliefs should actually impact one’s life outside of church.  Novel concept, I know.  As a result, the Bishop recommended that voting for a pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-gay marriage candidate should probably not be done, since all three positions are in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches.  The only reason this is news is because Catholics have an inexplicable history of voting for baby killers liberals.

And let’s not forget about the dumpster fire that is Benghazi.  On Saturday, Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Fox News that he has sources in the military that told him Obama watched the entire attack go down via live feed from a drone flying over the scene.  No word on whether Barry had butter on his popcorn though.  Yes, my many liberal readers, I can hear you now: “Oh, but that’s Fox News.  You can’t believe them.”  Well, usually I would attempt to corroborate their reporting with “objective” media outlets, except that hasn’t been possible in this case.

And then there’s the report going around the interwebs about General Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, being forcefully retired because he attempted to disobey orders and send military assistance to Benghazi.  By now you know that everybody and their mother received real-time emails from a CIA outpost that an attack was taking place, and when some Navy Seals attempted to go and help, they were repeatedly told to stand down.  Of course, the Seals went anyway, and saved approximately 30 people before being blown up by terrorists after seven hours of fighting.  The new rumor is that Gen. Ham, who was in a position to provide assistance, was fired when he attempted to do something other than complain about running out of Goobers.  These may just be rumors, but it is a strange coincidence that he would “retire” at this specific point in history.

Of course, the best person to ask about what happened in Benghazi on September 11 would be the Commander in Chief.  He’s too busy “bringing folks to justice” to take questions though.  Exit quote:

Ultimately, as commander in chief, I’m responsible, and I don’t shy away from that responsibility. My number one responsibility is to go after folks who did this and we’re going to make sure that we get them. I’ve got a pretty good track record doing that.

In other words, the Prez is responsible.  The buck stops with him.  And at some point, long after the election, he’ll let everyone know that there was a serious communication breakdown somewhere, that absolutely positively did not involve him, and it will never happen again.  But please don’t ask him about it right now, because he’s busy.  Why don’t we all just do him a favor, and remove the heavy burden of being president from his shoulders.  After that, he’ll no longer have to go through the strain of dodging questions.

Dead Men Tell No Tales (now with repaired links)

October 26, 2012 5 comments

I’ve watched a lot of movies about the CIA and stuff, and the whole Benghazi thing is certainly starting to resemble them.  Before we begin, while I don’t listen to him much (since he’s a little too dramatic), I have to give Glenn Beck credit.  He’s covering the murders in Benghazi far better than anyone else; and the national media is barely covering it at all.  The whole thing is getting pretty weird.  In fact, it’s becoming a little like the movie “JFK,” which, as my wife will admit, I watch a lot, and have decided that it’s 100% true no matter what some lame reenactment by the Discovery Channel tells me.

We wrote about this two days ago.  You can find that article here.  When asked about the emails that went to the White House just 20-30 minutes after the attack began, the Administration had no comment.  Since then, some stuff has happened.  First, we learned that Barry gave an interview to 60 Minutes on September 12, the day after the Libya attacks.  In the interview, he admits terrorists were behind the murders, which makes sense, being that we knew within two hours of the attack’s completion that terrorists were behind it.  Curiously, the interview never aired.  Why?  It was certainly relevant to what just happened the day before.

This morning, CIA head Leon Panetta decided to throw himself into the frey, by asserting,

‘You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,’ Panetta said.

The whole “we didn’t know what was going on” theme has become tired, since various reports indicate that both the White House and Pentagon were receiving emails and had a live video feed from a drone flying over the area.  Oh, and how much more information do you need than a mob of people shooting at a building containing our Ambassador?

And then there’s the following information, which has just come out:

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador  Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to  ‘stand down,’ according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to ‘stand down.’ (Emphasis added).

Instead of followng orders to do nothing, Woods took it upon himself to organize a few people and go to the consulate to help out anyway.  They evacuated the consulate, then returned to headquarters.  What happened next is equally incredible.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were  taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were  no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the  compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In  fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a  heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security  officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested  back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special  Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground  involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more  than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just  480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One  Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force  operators.

Both Woods and Doherty were killed by a mortar at 4:00 a.m. Libya time, some seven hours after the attack began.  You should read the entire article linked above.  It’ll make you very angry.

The response to this attack by the White House was an abomination.  And don’t let them tell you the CIA didn’t give the information, or it was the State Dept.’s fault.  They all work for Barry.  He’s the Commander in Chief of our military.  In fact, handling stuff like this is literally the one thing the President has 100% responsibility over.  I’ve implied it before, but I’ll say it outright now: the Administration wanted Stevens dead.  There is absolutely no other explanation for why it repeatedly refused additional security before the incident, and refused to take action during the incident.  And now they’re lying to everyone in an effort to cover it up.

Oh, and what did our leaders say to Woods’ father as his body was rolled onto the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Based?

Obama: Sorry.

Hillary: Sorry, and we’ll “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

Biden: “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”

Good Lord.  And these are the people who are going to protect this country?

Should Obama be Impeached?

October 24, 2012 4 comments

More information about the Benghazi incident is coming out everyday.  Of course, the source of the information isn’t the White House, which is continue to stonewall.  It’s been obvious for weeks that the Administration is trying to run out the clock on the murder of four U.S. citizens, which includes an Ambassador, until after the election.  If information concerning the incident continues to move towards its logical conclusion, however, the election may not matter.

We already know that our Ambassador was attacked by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 of this year.  We also know that the attack took place at a “safe house” where Ambassador Stevens was meeting with a diplomat from Turkey.  We still don’t know why they were meeting, however.  We also know that Stevens requested additional security from the State Dept. several times, and was ignored.  Since the attack, the Administration has been regularly changing its story as to who knew what, and when.  Things are starting to become clearer though, and the White House is beginning to look complicit in the murders.

Today we learned that the White House was receiving continuous emails concerning the attack, the first one coming only 20-30 minutes after the attack began.  Also, the White House knew, as soon as two hours after the attack, that an Islamic terrist group, Ansar al-Sharia, was to blame.  It should be noted that Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen is considered to be an affiliate of Al Qaeda; no word on whether Ansar al-Sharia in Libya is such an affiliate (although if it isn’t, it may want to come up with a new name).  All of this information comes from emails leaked to Reuters.  As everyone knows by now, the White House first called the attack a spontaneous outburst resulting from some Youtube video that nobody saw.  This story continued while, at the very same time, the State Dept. reported it was a terrorist attack.

Now, one would think the alleged failure of Hillary Clinton to tell her boss, the President of the United States, that terrorists murdered a U.S. Ambassador would be an important issue to Americans.  On the other hand, when one’s presidency has been filled with incompetency, the failure to effectively communicate with staff doesn’t necessarily amount to a “holy crap” moment.  Either way, Libya does not seem to be impacting the President’s poll numbers much.  Now that we have the emails, however, the “failure to communicate” theory has been replaced with an active cover-up.

Why cover it up?  I believe it becomes obvious the longer this plays out.  This is from the Reuters article linked above:

The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began – carried the subject line ‘U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack’ and the notation ‘SBU’, meaning ‘Sensitive But Unclassified.’

Yes, you read that right: an email was sent advising the reader of the attack only 20-30 minutes after it started.  Keep in mind, the attack last several hours.  Who received the email?

While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from  copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president’s secure command post.

Yep, it went to the White House.  Where was the President?  This was his “3:00 a.m. phone call,” and by all accounts, it seems like he hit the snooze.

And it gets worse.  This isn’t just about the Prez lying to us about knowing it was a terrorist attack almost immediately.  We had an unmanned drone flying over the attack as it was happening.  In other words, we were watching it happen.  If a drone can get there, why can’t our military?

The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.

‘They stood, and they watched, and our people died,’ former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

[…]

Fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships — which could have been used to help disperse the bloodthirsty mob — were also stationed at three nearby bases, sources told the network.

So let’s review.  Not only did the White House absolutely know about the attack, as it was going on, it did nothing to protect our people.  This isn’t incompetence, or a failure to communicate.  This was purposeful inaction on the part of our Commander in Chief.  And not to sound like a conspiracy nut, but it sure looks like the White House was pretty okay with Ambassador Stevens being killed on September 11.  Why?  As we said earlier, we still don’t know why Ambassador Stevens was meeting with a Turkish delegate in a safe house in Benghazi; although we do know that heavy weapons are being shipped to Syrian rebels through Turkey.  We also know that Stevens was instrumental in running guns to Libyan rebels during the whole “let’s overthrow the government” thing.  We also know that some of the “rebels” who we were shipping guns to were members of Al Qaeda.

What does all of this look like to me (as well as others)?  Stevens, and three other Americans were killed by a group of terrorists that America armed, and it all went down with the President looking on.  Why did he do nothing?  We still don’t know.  But we will.  The biggest mistake the President made in all of this was blaming the CIA for bad intel.  Information will continue to leak out, and we’ll eventually have the full picture.  You won’t be able to ask Barry about it though, because he’ll be on The View, talking about Big Bird.

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