Wednesday, October 24, 2012
This is painful to write. As much as I dislike and diapprove of almost all of President Obama's policies, I never would have assumed that a sitting president would be so callous and so disdainful of his responsibilities as commander-in-chief.
A number of e-mails have surfaced that now prove conclusively that the White House was directly aware within two hours after it started that the Benghazi attack was not a 'spontaneous protest' that got out of hand but a terrorist attack carried out by Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda affiliated militia named by the State Department as a terrorist group. They were sent from someone using the @state.gov email address directly to the Situation Room, the president's personal command center, along with other places.
Reuters, FOX and CBS news have posted the e-mails online, with the names of the actual sender redacted.
There is absolutely no way that President Obama, Secretary Clinton and other high level White House officials was not aware of exactly what was going on.
It gets even worse. The men in the consulate contacted the White House by phone at 10 PM Libya time, 4 PM Washington time when the attack began, and the White House was able to communicate with them and watch the attack in real time while it was occurring, thanks to a drone overhead.
The president could have ordered F-18s to fly overhead on afterburners and even fire into the mob, something that's worked in the past when it comes to dispersing attackers. They could have been there in an hour. He could have immediately ordered a full contingent of Special Operations Forces to fly in from the U.S. military base in Sigonella, Sicily. They could have been on the ground in less than three hours.
The president did nothing except to belatedly order a 22 man force to proceed from our embassy in Tripoli, about the same distance away as Sigonella. They did not arrive at Benghazi airport until 4 AM Libya time, six hours after the attack began.
By that time, Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were dead.
They died because they were not treated as American personnel under attack who needed to be rescued, but as a situation to be managed so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities. And after their deaths, they became a political problem to be handled so as not to embarrass this president. So a scenario was concocted about a spontaneous protest aggravated over a video.It was a scenario that everyone directly from President Obama on down knew was false.
These e-mails and other information about the Benghazi debacle would likely not have surfaced if it hadn't been for President Obama's insistence that the White House was 'not informed', and his blaming the entire fiasco on the State Department and the intelligence community. Apparently some of the people involved in this didn't take kindly to that.
For President Obama, there's no cover, no spin and no excuses possible any more, although I'm sure the attempt will be made. What happened in Benghazi was the culmination of his failed foreign policy in the Middle East,and his reacting as he did a perfect example of his weakness and lack of character.
It was the ultimate appeasement in a failed presidency.