Sunday, September 23, 2012
Shoot The Messenger - State Dept Blasts CNN For Revealing Its Misrepresentations On Libya Attack
The Obama State Department is outraged at CNN.
The State Department – in a harsh, detailed statement – is accusing CNN of an “indefensible” invasion of the privacy of Christopher Stevens, the late U.S. ambassador to Libya, after finding his seven-page journal in the consulate where he was killed. CNN fired back by saying that the State Department may be “attacking the messenger” because of “questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens.”
So what was in the journal that made the State Department and the Obama Administration so angry?
Simply put,along with everything else we've managed to find out about the Libya attack, it reveals that almost everything we were told by the Obama Administration was an out and out lie designed to cover them for a major security breach and for almost willful negligence in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.
Let's start by reviewing what President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the nation when the news of the Libya attack broke. We were told that the riots were 'spontaneous' and occurred because of an obscure video trailer on YouTube. We were told that the Libyan security guards fought the rioters but were overwhelmed, and that the Libyans later carried Ambassador Steven s to a hospital, where they were 'unable to revive him.'
The White House, even as the entire concocted story crumbled, stuck to this narrative at all costs for over a week, until September 19th when Matt Olsen, the Obama Administration's director of the National Counterterrorism Center finally admitted that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Even after that, the White House is still sticking to the 'spontaneous attack caused by the movie' nonsense
The attacks in Libya had nothing to do with any video. They were carefully planned to coincide with 9/11 and in revenge for the drone killing of al-Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al-Libi.
Here's what actually happened. As Ambassador Steven's journal revealed, he was concerned over the Islamist presence in Benghazi, what appeared to be a major security breech and the fact that his name had appeared on an al-Qaeda hit list, as .CNN's Anderson Cooper reported.It's impossible to believe that a diplomat like Ambassador Stevens with his experience in this part of the world failed to communicate that to Washington.Proof that he likely did is that the Benghazi consulate was given a 'health check' prior to 9/11/12, as the Independent revealed in it's ground breaking story on the attacks a few days after they occurred.
As eyewitnesses reported to both the Independent and CBS News, in spite of what President Obama said, the Libyan guards simply ran away and offered no resistance to the rioters. There was no U.S. security contingent present.
Most of the 40-odd personnel were moved off to a supposed 'safe house' - one that the rioters and al-Qaeda knew all about. Ambassador Stevens got lost on the confusion somehow was not evacuated, and may have died of smoke asphyxiation. The Libyans did not 'take him to the hospital'. Instead as I surmised earlier, he was paraded through the streets in triumph. It has surfaced now that his body was sodomized by the mob and mutilated.
This is by no means uncommon or unknown in this culture.Just ask the Israelis.
The other personnel were attacked by mortar fire at the safe house. Most of them managed to get away, but three of them with dragged from the safe house and murdered by the mob.It may have been that these three,two of whom were former SEALS, stayed behind to delay the mob in order to allow the others to have a chance to escape. None of them were armed, likely by State Department order. Bloody handprints were found inside what was left of the safe house showing that the three heroic men fought hard before being dragged to their deaths.
The use of mortars shows us exactly how well planned this was. Those of you familiar with these weapons know that you don't just pick them up and fire them. It takes a decent amount of training to be able to calculate range and the angle of fire correctly, and it's almost a certainty the jihadis knew exactly where the safe house was in advance and either dialed in the mortars for range beforehand or had some well-trained, experienced fighters who knew mortars ready to get into position and fire.
The Obama Administration's narrative about a spontaneous attack sparked by 'the movie' has now completely collapsed. In fact, the Obama Administration continuing to talk about the movie probably exacerbated the subsequent riots and attacks on our embassies.
Ambassador Steven's journal came to light after CNN reporters and stringers search the destroyed consulate and found it there. That's what Anderson Cooper was talking about when he claimed that his source was 'someone familiar with Ambassador Stevens' thinking'. It was the ambassador's own words.
CNN claims they contacted Ambassador Stevens' parents, told them of the journal and returned it promptly. But as their statement says:
...we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did. We think the public had a right to know what CNN had learned from multiple sources about the fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel. Perhaps the real question here is why is the State Department now attacking the messenger. …
CNN has it exactly right. The real disgrace is not that they used Ambassador Stevens' journal to report on why and how he died, but that the Obama Administration has yet to admit that their negligence of even basic security precautions led to a U.S ambassador's horrible murder.
And as an aside, in view of the Obama Administration's continuing insistence that a poorly produced YouTube trailer caused the carnage in the Middle East, I'm sure they're going to be publicly calling on Sony Pictures to shelve what amounts to a multi-million dollar campaign ad for President Obama, Director Karen Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden, was made with an unprecedented amount of access to classified information by order of the White House and is due to premiere just before the November 2012 elections.
After all, if movies cause terrorism as this president and his apologists would have us believe, a well financed Hollywood movie is going to inflame the Muslim World far more than a slapdash YouTube trailer the majority of Muslims had never even heard about until President Obama started using it as an excuse for his ineptness and weakness.