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What the Benghazi Leaks Mean

August 2nd, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Image this. It was well-known that in 2011 the United States was facilitating the weapons supply to Syrian rebels. The weapons were paid for by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and delivered through Turkey.

We have known for more than a year about this traffic. There were two big UN reports on this traffic. (By the way, this meant that the United States was arming Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups.)

What wasn’t known was a simple detail: the United States was also collecting and shipping the weapons.

That’s it! This is what was being concealed. After all, it was openly known previously that the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi were armed by the United States.

The whole mess was unnecessary!

If it had been known that the CIA guys in Turkey weren’t just watching the weapons supply but delivering it, to quote Clinton, what difference would it have made?

Would Congress have stopped the weapons traffic? No. After all, they wouldn’t even do anything about the arms to Mexican drug gangs that killed Americans.

Would Americans have revolted? No.

Would it have cost one percent of the votes in the election? No.

Sure, some bloggers would have talked about parallels to Iran-Contra and a handful of members of Congress would have complained, but the massive media machine would have ignored it and the majority of Republicans would have snored.

Did President Obama have to lie in a UN speech, saying the ambassador was just there to supervise a hospital and a school? No.

Did a video have to be blamed so as to blame Americans and Islamophobia for the attack? No

Was the cover-up necessary even to defend the administration’s “perfect” record against terrorist attacks on Americans”? No.

The expose of this arms-supply channel would have bothered few and changed nothing. But since we knew already that the administration was helping arm anti-American, antisemitic, anti-Christian, homophobic, and anti-women Islamist terrorists, I don’t think the difference was huge.

Did the cover-up have to lead to the refusal to defend properly American personnel to prevent what they were doing from leaking out? No

In short this program of lies, deception, and coverup wasn’t even necessary. Those Americans may have been rescued and those lies might have been avoided with no harm to the administration.

I think that tells a lot about how the Obama Administration treats and manipulates the American people.  And it also tells us about its very profound incompetence and ignorance.

More: Is the CIA Creating ‘Aliases’ for Benghazi Survivors?

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Let us assume that by some miracle a Republican is elected President,
and by some further miracle she has the spine to offer a blanket pardon
to all whistleblowers who come forward with information on the various
'false scandals' of the Obama administration. Further, she orders all military personnel and CIA operatives to come forward and tell all they know, regardless of classified status. What would be revealed ? Who would go
to prison ? What would the Progressives be willing to do to prevent this ?
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I think you meant Goebbels. "Gobbles" are acts of gobbling.

I agree with most of your comment, but the problems are bigger even than Obama's ego (and that's enormous). As you indicate, it's the leftist ideology which can't abide the truth. Obama and his pack of scoundrels do what they do, and have the egos that they do, because the ideology of the left defines itself as beyond question and promises an apotheosis to those who follow it. Once someone becomes a committed leftist ideologue they need never question the morality of any of their own actions. They are super-moral by virtue of being a committed leftist ideologue. Witness Ted Kennedy and Mary-Jo Kopechne, Bill Clinton's philandering, Weiner, and there's so many more ...
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I suspect (no evidence), that the AQ attackers knew where to hit because we were dealing with them and they got mad we were dealing dirty. The cover up is to occlude the fact that AQ not only wasn't "on the run," but that contrary to decades of policy the US was indeed negotiating with terrorists.
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I have seen no evidence that this operation was supplying weapons to Syria. If someone can furnish some, please reply.

There's another explanation for the operation: it may have existed solely to remove as many MANPAD's from Libya as possible. That is a legitimate national security interest.

It is also possible that this operation would involve double-dealing with some groups, and perhaps even dealing directly with Al Qaeda.

My question is this: is information being hidden from the properly cleared members of Congress - the intelligence committees. If it is not, this is simply not a scandal (not supporting them when attacked remains a scandal). Furthermore, if these operations were sensitive enough, unusually strong efforts to shut up and conceal the operatives make a little bit of sense (why unusually strong? because of intense partisan interest).

So, do we really have a scandal here, or are we wasting our time howling over a non-issue? It wouldn't be the first time the Democrats have used false scandals to make fools of Republicans.
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There would be no point in the extraordinary measures being taken by the CIA as reported by Tapper, even if Gowdy has been misled (and that has by no means been ascertained), if it was a transshipment of weapons to Syrian rebels, even if that included MANPADs and other dangerous devices.

CIA personnel sign a blanket nondisclosure agreement on hiring, it is so comprehensive there is no need for further agreements. And monthly polygraphs are the sort of thing done to those openly suspected of leaking or spying for the other side.

It simply makes no sense to take the sort of steps we can be fairly sure are being taken if we already know the gist of what was going on. There is something which has not come out yet which powerful people are determined not to allow to come out. Whether they can succeed in this effort remains to be seen (or not).
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I don't think it's that 'benign' either, Barry. They were not satisfied with the pace of things in Syria. But more than that, there was evidence that former Qaddhafi weapons ended up in Gaza and Sinai as well. In other words, what needed to be covered up was not just the support of Jihadists in Syria but facilitating, most likely with Morsi's help, the supply of Jihadists operating against Israel directly.
1 year ago
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I'm confident we're not at the bottom of this sordid tale. Also, we may never reach that bottom.
1 year ago
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The abandonment of the Americans in Benghazi is bad enough. The man who created the film blamed by the administration was a victim too. But What bothers me most of all is the large number of Americans who voted for Obama and believe the garbage he spews. It's not only due to lack of education but to the the attitude of those people. Not only. "Me.first"; but, "Me, Me,Me!" American is being destroyed from within and it's not only Muslim converts and those who are becoming terrorists who are doing it.
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I think you meant Goebbels. "Gobbles" are acts of gobbling.

Heh!
1 year ago
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I think you meant Goebbels. "Gobbles" are acts of gobbling.

Ha, ha, ha. Thanks for the chuckle. :)
1 year ago
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The real problem, Mr. Rubin was the utter abandonment by our Fearless Leader and his so-called Sec. of State of 4 Americans for no damn reason except Jug Ears Hussein didn't want to disturb the electorate weeks before the election. ObamaRx and Rodent Thunder Thighs may as well have shot those 4 people in the back of the head with their own hands.
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perhaps a closer look at the man-pad missiles supplied by Hillary to the rebels that everyone told her was unwise. It was realized that the attack was meant to draw rescuers so that they could be ambushed with those same man-pads. Those man-pads are still out there
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