Three Questions on Libya

My disgust over the story coming out of Jennifer Griffin’s Friday reporting on Benghazi left me with three questions.

1. Under the rule that the simplest answer tends to be the correct one, is it possible that the White House’s malfeasance could have been driven by not wanting to be accused of beating the war drums just before the election — and on 9/11 no less? This is no less damning in its implications than the scenario where the casualties owe to the Administration’s desire to perpetuate …

  1. Mitch Noyes

    On question no. 1, I heard people speculate over the weekend that Obama was probably more worried about a botched rescue mission a la Carter and the helicopters in the desert of Iran. That sounds right to me.

  2. KC Mulville

    I’m not sure whether I’m leaning more to incompetence or politics. I can understand why Obama would issue a political order to cover his behind, but I can’t understand how so many of the mid-level commanders in the military, intelligence, and State would all (a) go along with the order and (b) not come out with outrage and accusations against such a nakedly selfish order.

    So I’m leaning toward incompetence being the more likely explanation, But that’s as of 10am; I’m willing to change my mind in a heartbeat.

  3. Barbara Kidder

    Whatever their thinking/reasons, we know this;  that Obama ‘massaged’ the information that the State Dept. and his press secretary released to the world after these murders, to do as little damage to his election chances as possible!

    Not just our allies but our foreign service people must be in mortal fear until November 7!

  4. At The Rubicon

    It is my hope that as soon as President Romney is inaugurated he arranges for the US Navy to reinstate Woods and Doherty (the two former Navy SEALS who died so heroically ) back into active duty for one day – the day they were killed. Then awards them both the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  5. Mimi

    General Carter Ham, head of Africom, was relieved of duty.  Sec of Def Leon Panetta has named him in various versions of what happened 9/11/12, claiming he was part of the decision on how to handle the situation.  It is unclear why, but General Ham has been forced out.  It is known that General Ham was close to Ambassador Stevens.  I am curious to see how this ties in with the story Obama has given the American people about Benghazi.  (Benhoozi, as Mark Steyn says!)

    I am also curious about the ouster of Admiral Charles M. Gaouette.  Is this related to the larger story?  It is all so unusual.  

    Leon Panetta couldn’t be too popular, or Obama.  Last March, troops in Afghanistan were asked to attend Panetta’s visit, unarmed.  Doesn’t the WH trust the military to have weapons?

  6. Republic of Texas

    Tyrone Woods will never get to meet his newborn son.  But I hope that all of his children (and all Americans) can learn from this clear example of Honor by Woods and Doherty versus the disgusting dishonor of our leadership.

    Lance – I would agree that the “no decision” to act was due to cowardice rather than a cool political calculation.  A crisis reveals character (or the lack thereof) and if ANYONE in the country didn’t understand what kind of man Barack Obama is they should understand now.

  7. flownover

    Just read that Woods and Doherty killed 60 of the attackers . 60 !

    alamo.jpg

  8. Arahant
    At The Rubicon: It is my hope that as soon as President Romney is inaugurated he arranges for the US Navy to reinstate Woods and Doherty (the two former Navy SEALS who died so heroically ) back into active duty for one day – the day they were killed. Then awards them both the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    There’s a reason it is called the Congressional Medal of Honor.  It is not the President’s to award.

  9. DocJay
    flownover: Just read that Woods and Doherty killed 60 of the attackers . 60 ! · 4 minutes ago

    Edited 0 minutes ago

    Desperately laser targeting  the mortar that killed them.  So damn sad.

  10. Macsen
    Mitch Noyes: On question no. 1, I heard people speculate over the weekend that Obama was probably more worried about a botched rescue mission a la Carter and the helicopters in the desert of Iran. That sounds right to me. · 1 hour ago

    I don’t buy it.  We’ve come a long way since 1979.  If we had one or two drones in the air providing video of the ongoing events, a rescue mission wouldn’t have been going in blind.  

  11. DocJay

    Is it too gauche to hope for a commercial that has Obama refusing to help these men?  Men who perhaps one cell of their body is better than the entirety of slime assembled in the white house.

  12. Red Feline
    flownover: Just read that Woods and Doherty killed 60 of the attackers . 60 ! · 40 minutes ago

    Edited 35 minutes ago

    Tweeted, facebooked, and emailed!

  13. Red Feline

    If what is suspected by Republicans is true about Benghazi, and the Middle East foreign policy of Obama, can’t something other than an election be done about it?

    What if this regime win again? It doesn’t bear thinking about!

  14. Mitch Noyes
    Macsen I don’t buy it.  We’ve come a long way since 1979.  If we had one or two drones in the air providing video of the ongoing events, a rescue mission wouldn’t have been going in blind. 

    I’m not saying that we couldn’t have done a rescue mission or that we shouldn’t have. I’m saying that I believe Obama and co. are just that feckless that even with better technology and tactics, they still were afraid of another Carter style disaster. Obama killed the Osama raid a few times before finally pulling the trigger on that, don’t forget.

  15. Geoffrey Leach

    Here’s an analysis that connects 9/11/2001, Afganistan and Bengazi that strikes me a very persuasive. http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/why-our-forces-were-told-to-stand-down-in-benghazi/

  16. liberal jim

    The thing that made the lax security before the attack so serious is because aid would not be readily available should an attack occur.  I don’t give to much credence to reports of aid not be given once the attack occurred.   

    Sen McCain was interviewed over the weekend and he said on his visit to Libya Amb. Stevens in formed the him that he was extremely concerned about the security at the embassy.     Now that Stevens is dead McCain is sharing this with the American.  

    Benghazi demonstrates the corruptness and incompetence of Obama, but also is a negative commentary on the political class in general. 

  17. Devereaux

    “2. Which drone attack killed the terrorist that might have been able to tip us off to the pending attack? ”

    You guys are missing THE point in the above. We all know that the administration was cowardly. Probably Valerie Jarrett nixed it.

    But the above point – that is HUGE. ?Just what intel have we missed, and how many times will we be hit before we make up for it.

  18. Nanda Panjandrum

    With you, Lance!

  19. JimGoneWild

    Act creating the Medal of Honor:

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to cause two thousand “medals of honor” to be prepared …, in the name of the Congress, to such non–commissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection (Civil War).

    …Required that a submission for the Medal of Honor be made by a person other than the veteran who had performed the heroic deed, …Required the testimony, under oath, of one or more eyewitnesses to the heroic deed.

    “The recipient will, …, be ordered to Washington, D.C., and the presentation will be made by the President, ….  (September 20, 1905)

    “A board to consist of five general officers on the retired list of the Army shall be convened…for the purpose of investigating and reporting upon past awards or issue of the so-called congressional medal of honor.”

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