Is This the Day That the Benghazi Story Begins to Explode?

I’ve been as critical as anyone over the Obama Administration’s bungled handling of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, but I’ve also been skeptical that the story has much impact outside of the conservative base. Like it or not, an attack on a foreign diplomatic installation just doesn’t set pulses pounding as much as an attack within the United States, and the complicated chronology — combined with an absolute dereliction of duty by much of the mainstream press — has kept this story from gen…

  1. ConservativeWanderer

    We can hope. And pray.

  2. Joan of Ark La Tex

    Oh man, don’t blow up the story so fast. Next Friday will be a better time. 

  3. tabula rasa

    Charles Wood, the father of Tyrone Wood, one of the two ex-Seals murdered–in a report on the Weekly Standard Blog–is calling Obama and Hillary phonies, and is asking who made the decision not to send help to his son.  It’s a very good question.

    The self-inflicted wound is turning gangrenous.

  4. Frozen Chosen

    We still don’t know who pulled the security teams in August, which is a huge scandal in and of itself.

    This thing stinks from beginnning to end.  Voters would have to be completely brain dead to ignore it.

  5. George Savage

    The story goes on to point out that men on the rooftop of the CIA annex, manning a heavy machine gun, were illuminating the enemy mortar position with a targeting laser.  All the administration had to do was deploy a ground attack jet, helicopter–even a Hellfire-equipped drone–and those courageous men at the annex would still be with us.

    I suspect that the president’s ideological blinders–Al Qaeda is no longer a threat now that a caring politician with roots in the developing world leads the United States–once again trumped reality.  

  6. Jack Warren

    I agree completely with your analysis. As I heard this story earlier today while driving down the road, tears came to my eyes.

  7. Knell

    Maybe that’s why the wind has gone out of Obama’s sails — He knew this was coming…

  8. Valiuth

    Do you even need the presidents permission. Is there no Theater Commander that can give the order to send in back up? Or is the Administration just crippled by micromanagement?

  9. James Lileks
    C

    A Spectre gunship would have made stew-meat of the attackers in six seconds or less. The administration could have thumped its chest over its vigorous response. Domestic political negatives: nonexistent.

    I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. 

  10. Tom Meyer
    C

    Assuming the Fox Report is accurate, wow.

  11. Goldgeller

    I was already upset at this. The story is a Fox News exclusive. If I post this on Facebook, how many people would write it off as “oh, that’s just Faux News”? It should cost the Obama admin dearly… but it won’t.

    Also… This was something addressed earlier– Leon Panetta said a “basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,”

    The above link contains the quote… 

    I’m not saying that it wipes away the outrage, but I don’t know much about military protocol, so maybe he has a point. He says by the time they knew what was going on and could’ve sent troops (within protocol), it was over.

  12. The King Prawn

    When only conspiracy theories make sense, you know something really strange is going on. Beck talked about Lybia yesterday, but I just blew it off because it’s Beck. Now I’m reconsidering.

  13. Edward Smith

    I wonder, if Romney had an inkling of this, maybe he held back about Benghazi at the 3rd Debate to let it come out on its own.

    That and he was fight a nasty stomach flu, so he brought as much fight as he could to the debate without wearing himself out.

  14. Joan of Ark La Tex

    The Secretary of State is now “lawyering up” in light of the Benghazi investigation. Apparently her husband is counselling her to resign. Security camera tapes and reported drone aerial footage is such evidence that is yet to be made public. Additional questions are raised by the reported availability of AC-130 gunships one hour away from what has been estimated to be a seven hour raid. The president famously went to bed after being informed that the Ambassador to Libya was missing.

  15. Will Collier

    I don’t know, Troy.  It certainly should be.  James is quite right: a Spectre–especially with benefit of a forward operator on the ground providing targeting–would have wiped out the attackers in nothing flat.

    If there really was one on the scene, and it didn’t get orders to fire (or worse, was ordered NOT to fire), that means the people giving those orders valued the lives of the murderers more than the lives of their victims.  I’m sorry to say that I find it very easy to believe that kind of ‘reasoning’ could easily have come out of this White House. The fact that Hillary Clinton was still pushing the “YouTube” theory at the memorial service (and promising to arrest and prosecute the uploader!) is a damning statement of how deeply they were committed to the coverup.  And now we know why they had to cover it up.

    But I still don’t think the Palace Guard of the media will allow the story to get through.  If it’s mentioned at all, it’ll be tarred with ledes like “right-wing network Fox News ‘reports’”…

  16. Brian Skinn

    Biblical parallel?  2 Samuel 11:14-15:

    14 

    Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”Did someone really want Ambassador Stevens out of the picture, I wonder?

  17. Cal Lawton

    More documents will begin to appear as the men and women who take their oathes seriously realize the falsehoods pedaled to us by the civilian leadership and media can not stand.

    Rome refused to acknowledge the presence of its enemy, and left the gates undefended.

  18. Eeyore

    Panetta said there wasn’t enough intelligence to really know what was happening, so they were told to stand down. So it’s very sad, and they were brave, but it’s not the Administration’s fault they decided to disobey orders.

    [Think they'll dare try that one?]

  19. TeeGee

    Something about this story reminds of the biblical story of King David and Uriah.According to that story David sends Uriah, a loyal soldier, to his death to cover something up-his affair with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba.Nah it can’t be that this was a coverup. Too much like a movie.

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