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May 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

The distance from Yemen to Libya is about 2100 miles. You have to cross Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, over Sudan and Egypt to get from one to the other. That’s a heckuva distance to go to kill people just to protest a YouTube movie.

Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN.

One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that “three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, took part in the attack.

Another source briefed on the Benghazi investigation said Western intelligence services suspect the men may have been sent by the group specifically to carry out the attack. But it’s not been ruled out that they were already in the city and participated as the opportunity arose. …

If the AQAP members were dispatched to Benghazi, it would be further evidence of a new level of co-operation among jihadist groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa, counterterrorism analysts say.

Um, yeah, it would. In the weeks before the attack, Ansar al-Sharia flexed its muscle in Benghazi and across Libya through public demonstrations. Ansar al-Sharia is the Libyan branch of al Qaeda. Ambassador Stevens was sufficiently worried about Ansar that on August 16, 2012, he warned the State Department in Washington that the Benghazi mission could not defend itself from attack. The cable from the U.S. mission also stated that the local militias including Ansar had become increasingly brazen, and that the mission would request more security, as it could not count on the weak local or national government to help. The mission would not get that security. As events later proved, the U.S. mission in Benghazi could not count on the government in Washington, either.

That same month, a little-noticed report from the Library of Congress warned about Ansar al-Sharia’s growing influence in Libya. It was then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s job to monitor the situation in Libya and ensure the safety of American officers who ultimately answered to her, but when asked about Ansar’s role in the attack on October 24, 2012, she laughed it off.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE"?

So much time has passed. Can't we just all get along? Forgive and forget?

Whatever happened to Fast and Furious?

Did that event happen too long ago to be lamenting over it now?

I read something yesterday about some old coot in England that was arrested for adolescent rape - in 1964. What happened to that "So much time has passed"?

I had no idea that murder had such a short shelf life.
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Oh, that was such a long time ago ... What difference does it make? Obama has AQ on the run, ever since he put a well-placed round in Osama bin Biden's stupid fat forehead. Badda bip! Great shot, Barry! Al Qaeda knows that it is up against a man to steel. We are all safe and sound so long as our historic leader mans the helm. Pay no attention to that "knock-off" anomaly in Boston last month. President Obama has his eye on the big picture. Call it: Compassionate Drone-attackism. Sweet dreams.
1 year ago
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Of course Al Qaeda operatives were involved in the Benghazi attack, very bad news for Obama because one of his only "successes" (sic) was his boast that Al Qaeda was on the run.

This cover up stinks to high heaven. 'Only problem is, the Obamas and the Clintons are pathological liars and our post-Christian society is soft on lies and cover ups. Hey, we like your skin colour, your hair, your sex appeal, your swagger ... whatever.

Low-information voters and lying leaders are the perfect storm.

Kyrie eleison.
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Eric Holder's law firm --he was a partner before the AG job --latched on to the Yemenis at Gitmo from the get go, and have 17 full time lawyers (a recently published count) representing pro bono the outsized contingent of Gitmo Yemeni detainees. C&B is on record sayinbg the firm's aim is to 'get to know the families in Yemen as well as (they) know the detainees. This statement is never questioned (one great question: 'why?'), and covers for the very large group of C&B lawyers always in Yemen, on KSA's southern border BTW, hanging out with the AQAP families. In 'plain sight', did someone say?

C&B was on the Alger Hiss defense team, and was the firm of Dean Acheson, who finally admitted he was a Kremlin spokesman.

These folks keep in touch, according to the record. So it's hard to believe that C&B and thus DoJ and as well, C&B's contacts in the Kremlin, were surprised by the news of an AQAP combat team sent to fight the CIA and DoS at Benghazi.

The overall commander of the combat group was an ex-gitmo detainee, so hell, who knows who sent whom where for what. Anything can happen, among these syncretics in this synarchy AKA the USA.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE"?

So much time has passed. Can't we just all get along? Forgive and forget?

Whatever happened to Fast and Furious?

Did that event happen too long ago to be lamenting over it now?

I read something yesterday about some old coot in England that was arrested for adolescent rape - in 1964. What happened to that "So much time has passed"?

I had no idea that murder had such a short shelf life.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Oh, that was such a long time ago ... What difference does it make? Obama has AQ on the run, ever since he put a well-placed round in Osama bin Biden's stupid fat forehead. Badda bip! Great shot, Barry! Al Qaeda knows that it is up against a man to steel. We are all safe and sound so long as our historic leader mans the helm. Pay no attention to that "knock-off" anomaly in Boston last month. President Obama has his eye on the big picture. Call it: Compassionate Drone-attackism. Sweet dreams.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Of course Al Qaeda operatives were involved in the Benghazi attack, very bad news for Obama because one of his only "successes" (sic) was his boast that Al Qaeda was on the run.

This cover up stinks to high heaven. 'Only problem is, the Obamas and the Clintons are pathological liars and our post-Christian society is soft on lies and cover ups. Hey, we like your skin colour, your hair, your sex appeal, your swagger ... whatever.

Low-information voters and lying leaders are the perfect storm.

Kyrie eleison.
1 year ago
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Since when does the Library of Congress provide intelligence information to the State Department? Where was the CIA? Where was the President? We need to bomb Libya! Or Liberia! Or Lithuania! Seriously though, what is the sourcing on this? Several sources...
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Remember all the boasting about Osama being killed and the "Al Quaida is on the run" boast during the last election? Politicians have some reflecting to do because the constant campaigning by Obama is part of the problem; not just PC. Were Al Qaeda hired as Benghazi security? Did the Muslim Brotherhood broker the deal on behalf of the State Dept? Can we now drag the WH Muslim Brotherhood advisers to the POTUS into the "investigation"? Something stinks ... and it's the collaboration between this administration and Islam ... uhh Muslim Brotherhood both inside and outside the U.S.A. It's hiding in plain sight!!!!
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Whatever Hillary's smirking rationale of the Libyan tragedy is for right now, it should, starting with the hearing scheduled for 08 May, be demolished via adroit, politically incorrect questioning from both parties' members.

Frankly, I wonder if members of either party, protecting their tenure and glancing sideways at their voting blocks, have the courage to drop partisan politics, and more importantly have the testicles to get the hard brutal answers for the Libyan tragedy and its noxious stink. The inescapable tendency right now is to doubt our Congress' will to get the truth.

This latter point itself is an additional, compounding, tragedy.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the torture and murder of an American Ambassador inside his accredited assigned country, the personal representative of our Head of State, was a cause for open warfare between America and that murdering nation.

What's happened to us?
What's happened is called "political correctness" as defined by the party in office.

We should be ashamed of our elected politicians.

Will they redeem themselves next week? Open question.
1 year ago
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Don't forget that arms are going to AQ in Syria courtesy of this administration and that the Boston bombers knew AQ in southern Russia ...
"mum's the word".
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Obama and the Clinton's were bought by the Wahhabists a long time ago.
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Yep ... and now the OIC controls the U.N. and also this current administration to such an extent that betrayal of the U.S.A. is now out in the open!!!!!!!! More to come!!!!!
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