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May 7, 2013 - 2:17 pm
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Benghazi was never about a movie. Ever.

On the day of the attack in Benghazi, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, had come under siege at the encouragement of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. While the riot in Cairo was being blamed on the Nakoula Nakoula YouTube movie in the media, the Cairo riot was never really about the movie. Ever.

The Innocence of Muslims movie, which the vast majority of the Cairo mob had never seen, was used by the riot’s leaders to stir up anger and bring out the crowd. But on September 10, 2012, we posted a note about Cairo and the riot that was to come. The real purpose of the Cairo riot, all along, was to pressure the Obama administration into releasing Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

According to El Fagr, they are calling for the immediate release of the Islamic jihadis who are imprisonment and in detention centers in the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay: “The group, which consists of many members from al-Qaeda, called [especially] for the quick release of the jihadi [mujahid] sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman [the 'Blind Sheikh'], whom they described as a scholar and jihadi who sacrificed his life for the Egyptian Umma, who was ignored by the Mubarak regime, and [President] Morsi is refusing to intervene on his behalf and release him, despite promising that he would. The Islamic Group has threatened to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo with those in it, and taking hostage those who remain [alive], unless the Blind Sheikh is immediately released.”

The riot, which included jihadists scaling the wall of the U.S. embassy and replacing the American flag with their own, was geared to pressure Obama into releasing the blink sheikh — it was not a protest about a movie. As we’ve written here before, if the Tatler had this information on September 10, then surely the U.S. government had it as well. So the Obama administration knew from the beginning that Cairo was not really about a movie. Therefore, neither was Benghazi, and they knew it. The CIA’s original talking points reflect this fact, clearly blaming al Qaeda and never mentioning the YouTube movie.

I bring this up to dispatch with one possibility, which is that the Obama administration was so quick to blame Benghazi on a YouTube movie because of the events that were already taking place in Cairo. They could rationally and innocently have seen Cairo and concluded that Benghazi was related. Neither incident was really about protesting a movie. Ever. And they had the intelligence to prove it. Their own intelligence never pointed to a movie.

Yet they were quick to blame the movie, almost too quick, putting the blame on it during the attack and for two weeks thereafter. Secretary of State Clinton even stood before the bodies of the slain and blamed the movie a few days after the attack.

CLINTON, 9-14-2012: This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing do to with. It’s hard for the American people to make sense of that, because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable. The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia, did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. And we will, under the president’s leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. (emphasis added)

Stripped of the politics and evident cover-up, the Benghazi attack was not difficult to understand. It was the latest battle in the ongoing Islamist war against civilization. It was an attack in a known al Qaeda hotbed against a soft American target on the anniversary of 9-11, a target that we now know had been infiltrated by terrorist operatives. It’s all quite straightforward. Clinton’s remarks muddied, rather than clarified, the attack. That same day, recall, she also told the father of one of the slain that the U.S. government would arrest the man who had made the movie that she and others were blaming. That weekend, Nakoula Nakoula was arrested. The Obama team was building a narrative that the movie had caused a demonstration that evolved into an attack, and they were willing to have a man arrested on parole violations to further that narrative. The same weekend that Nakoula was first picked up was the same weekend that Ambassador Susan Rice would blame his movie on no less than five Sunday talk shows. Even though she and everyone responsible for the administration’s story must have known that the movie had nothing to do with the attack.

While the Obama administration was quick to blame the movie, they have been slow to explain what they were actually doing during the 10-hour attack, and who was involved in what. Defense Secretary Panetta has testified that he was not in contact with either President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the attack unfolded, and despite the fact that it was being monitored in real-time in Washington. The attack would also have weighed heavily on the minds of the president’s re-election campaign advisers. It could cost him and them their jobs.

Does it make any sense that on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, that as another terrorist attack transpires, in a country bearing the fingerprints of Obama and Clinton after their air war helped oust Muammar Gaddafi, that POTUS, SecDef, and SecState all decided not to discuss the attack and coordinate a response? Does it make any sense for a secretary of State to handle the attack without communicating with her counterpart at the Pentagon, who would have been in charge of any military response to it? Does it make any sense for Panetta to green-light or red-light any response without consulting the commander-in-chief? Does he even have such authority?

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AxeMan being there is plausible, anything is possible with "Colonel Klink" Obama. Reggie Love might have been there too. Heck, he might have even been having one of his special parties in the Incident Room that evening.

Snarky speculation aside, Barry and Hillary still don't know what they have done. They don't understand the military men and women and how they think. They don't understand that if you require proud, faithful, loyal, brave soldiers and intelligence officers who serve this country all the time--not just during one presidential election--to follow a plan that is cowardly, disloyal, and gives aid and comfort to our enemies, you have unleashed the hounds of hell. BHO and HRC think they can win this in the spin room, that's not where all the action will be.

Many people care about the truth and it will be told. We are to the Truth and Consequences portion of the "program".

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Your theory is a good one ... but it leaves me believing its a cold trail.
Once again; two pivotal facts in all this are being left out; the Obama administration's cozy relationship with Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood (AQ & MB have the exact same goals). I have some questions too:

1.The flag being flown at the "compound" by the attackers was the black Al Qaeda flag - Why is that not mentioned directly?
2. With the Blind Sheik release demands still fresh and the resulting attacks;
and with Al Qaeda members being given security detail at the "compound";
Was there a deal brokered to perhaps kidnap Stevens and demand the Sheiks release? This may have been what went wrong; some of the attackers got "carried away" once the frenzy began, and Stevens death was a miscalculation in the "I have to swap the Blind Sheik for Anbassador Stevens; so as to quell the uprising" deal, made with Morsi.
3. Who was it - in the Obama administration - that peddled the "movie" idea? I believe it was the Muslim Brotherhood since their presence and MO can be CLEARLY seen in every aspect of this siege of the Cairo and Benghazi consulates.
4. Huma Abedin's creds are all over this debacle and her resumé as an MB operative (along with many others in the administration) is an established fact. Why are we silent about the MB and AQ's involvement with the Obama administration?

Your theory matches the suspicions of REAL enemy, and the cluelessness of their partners in the attempted "take-down" of the U.S.A. The Blind Sheik's blindness is physical; but the administration's blindness is willful.
We won't get any clear answers unless we confront Islam - and that means that we have to confront those that have spent billions of dollars; countless man-hours planning and executing political jihad in the U.S.A. - beginning in the late sixtes with the establishment of the first MSA Muslim Brotherhood cell. That is what is being avoided by Clinton and Obama and Panetta; deal with that fact and everything else falls into place.
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Two words: Depraved Indifference.
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obama ran and hid , hillary didn't know to do , panetta lied .
1 year ago
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Hillary actually was truthful when she said "it doesn't matter." It's clear that it "didn't matter" to her or the administration before, during AND after the attacks. Actions or non-actions speak far louder than words. Does anyone think that Ronald Reagan would have gone to bed if this attack happened on his watch or that he wouldn't have immediately fired his secretary of state for leaving these people to die. I think not.
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One word says it all....POLITICS..All three are political hacks regardless of the level to which they have risen. Clinton, the guy, was was political long before he actually entered politics as was Hillary. There were few jobs not directly connected with politics...the same can be said for Panetta.
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Did the Al Quedas perhaps attack our Consulate with the arms we supplied them?
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Would the members of the committee keep their opinions to you self and just ask the question, and listen to the answer. FOOLS all of them.
1 year ago
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"The real purpose of the Cairo riot, all along, was to pressure the Obama administration into releasing Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York."

Releasing this sick, blind old "sheik" is a big stated objective of Mohammed Morsi, as it is for Osama's old sidekick, Ayman al-Zawahiri. From Hamas/Hezbollah dealings with Israel to the Muslim Brotherhood, springing their guys from "infidel jails" is a really big deal for these people.

A point made by Lindsey Graham and Trey Gowdy (and probably others) is that the official report said assets weren't sent in Benghazi as they couldn't arrive "in time".

How would anyone know what the duration of the assault might be ?

At least around 30 people got out of there rather than turning into another mess like the Iranian hostage situation, which went on for well over a year until that other Waffler-in-Chief Jimmy Carter was tossed out of office.
1 year ago
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We make "sense" of this fiasco by figuring the community-organizer-in-chief and his sidekick the Hildebeest are so arrogant and full of themselves that they figure they can tell the American population any old thing, easily enlisting underlings and surrogates to do their bidding, from lower to upper levels in the state department, to the UN ambassador up through the CIA & intelligence agencies.
1 year ago
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Bryan, you may well be right that Obama's primary reason for not taking action during the assault on the Benghazi consulate was fear that a rescue would go as badly as Carter's attempt to free the American hostages in Iran or the Black Hawk Down episode in Mogadishu. A failed attempt would undoubtably hurt him with the electorate and with an election just weeks away, it must have been a major concern. Americans don't much like failure.

But it seems to me that Americans hate one thing worse that failure: cowardice. If Obama were to try and fail, he would take a hit for that but he might eventually be forgiven. Certainly, a lot of people seem to manage to hold Jimmy Carter in high esteem despite the failure of his rescue mission.

If the investigation proves that Obama simply didn't try to rescue the Americans in Benghazi, I truly hope it earns him and all his minions the undying contempt of every American of every political persuasion. A successful impeachment would then be a fantastic expression of that contempt.

No President should ever get a free pass for not even TRYING to help Americans in distress overseas.
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For some reason, I never held Desert One against Carter. It was a major Charlie Foxtrot from start to finish, but it wasn't his fault. I mean, they were going to use a hastily-cobbled-together, rocket-equipped C-130 to land in a soccer stadium, pick up the hostages, and then rocket them to freedom? Seriously? In what Rambo movie does something like that succeed? Fortunately, the plane in question crashed and burned during testing rather than during the rescue attempt. But that just shows how ill-equipped America and its military were at the time for handling situations like the hostage crisis.

However, I do blame Carter for his foolish handling of the entire Iraq situation - from dealing with the Shah to dealing with the Ayatollah and the "student revolutionaries." Lame. He did his best to get the hostages out, but he was responsible for getting them captured in the first place.

Obama? I think he got blind-sided. He thought everything was jake in Libya, just like his Narrative said it was. When things went pear shaped, he was the proverbial deer in the headlights. He had no Progressive party line to tell him how to think or what to do. With no guidance from him, everybody else in DC froze or panicked as well. Then, thoroughly rattled and realizing something really BAD had just happened (to them, they probably thought) they all went into CYA mode. What I saw was the equivalent of a very frightened person babbling incoherently. Bad show all around.
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I think you mean Carter's handling of the "Iran situation", not the "Iraq situation"......
1 year ago
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Remember he was the head cheerleader for reducing the military and "peace through weakness" camp.
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Would you agree that it would have been even worse if Carter had not made the attempt, however half-baked, to free the hostages?

That's the point I was trying to make. I think Obama failing to even make the EFFORT to get the embassy staff some help was even worse than if he had made an effort that failed.

If I were one of the embassy staff, I would feel VERY disillusioned that my president had abandoned me to my fate and hadn't made any effort whatever to rescue me. I think that's why some of those staffers have come forward and spoken out about it, rather than just "taking one for the team".
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It seems fairly likely to me that the reason for characterizing the attack as a spontaneous response to the movie wasn't to downplay the threat of organizaed terrorism per se, but to try to conceal the State Department's failure to beef up security in the months preceding. If the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an an obscure, recent event having nothing to do with the administration (i.e., a movie that had only recently gained attention in the Islamic world), then that would help excuse Hilllary's failure to anticipate the need for additional security. If, instead, it was exactly the thing Ambassador Stevens had been sounding the alarm about, it would be seen as an enormous failure of judgment on the part of Hillary or whoever else was involved in addressing Stevens' concerns.

I don't quite buy the argument that this was mainly about maintaining the pretense that terrorism was dead. Obama wasn't going to lose the election over one relatively small-scale attack on one overseas embassy. On the other hand, Obama's -- and Hillary's -- electoral prospects could well have been damaged if the deaths were revealed to be on account of a failure to provide proper security despite repeated requests.
1 year ago
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It was both, purely and simply a cover-up an excuse to wait till after the election. Savages, beasts, the kind of politicians the founding fathers warned us about!
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They'll likely try to claim that the Republicans wouldn't provide funding for enough security, but given that very secure embassies in very quite parts of the world have and had Marines guarding them, Marines who could easily have been shuffled to duty in a much more dangerous area with money to hire private security then being used in those quiet areas of the world ... I don't see how that dog hunts.
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The fact that the requested beefed-up security in Benghazi wasn't provided is very curious indeed. No matter how you view the events - incompetence, politics as usual, conspiracy, etc. - the failure to provide the security is a puzzle. What could have been lost or gained in this?
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This all makes for a good story outline for a novel or a mini-series, which is probably what most of the citizenery think it is, but that's about it. This mess would and should destroy a Republican administration but it will have no effect whatsoever on the brain-dead that constitute the liberal establishment and Obama voter base ..... or the Republican "leadership" for that matter.
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