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Relearning the Lessons of Benghazi

 

We won at Benghazi. Here is how.

But first just let me say that I have been too blinded by rage by the fact that Obama failed to send in the cavalry to rescue our Ambassador and peeps to see the real lesson of Benghazi.

The real lesson is that the warrior in the “American cowboy” has not been stamped out yet by post-modernism and that was on display for 13 hours while a handful of randomly selected contractors* put a hurt on a vastly superior force with complete homefield advantage.

Our boys, left for dead by Barack and Hillary, fought their way out and back home. The world cannot stand up against our best of the best and they were shown that fact again on September 11, 2012.

R.I.P. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. You have fought the good fight.

*I prefer (for now) “Blackwater types” over “contractors.” Contractors makes it sound a bit too purely mercenary.

To the best of my knowledge, Blackwater never lost a single individual that it was assigned to protect. A 100 percent success rate is hard to argue with. On the other hand, a lot of Blackwater operators (as compared to other “high risk” agencies (such as CIA and DEA) were killed and maimed while under contract to your U.S. State Department.

State only hired the cream of the cream to protect their peeps when they went into rough neighborhoods.

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  1. Coolidge

    I’ll keep working to see as much to the plus side as you do. I have skin in the left behind game and want some senior cowboys backing up the wranglers out in the field. 

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    • October 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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  2. Coolidge

    I still wonder what was being covered up about the mission there. In any sane world, the fiasco there and the ensuing lies promulgated by HRC and Susan Rice would have ended their public careers. They took an incredible chance by trying to cover up what happened. If it wasn’t for a completely feckless fourth estate we would know what it was really all about and a number of senior State Department officials would have been consigned to history.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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  3. Member

    Don’t send help and then they lie about the whole thing. Still makes me mad. But Obama was scandal free, right?

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    • October 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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  4. Coolidge
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    I still wonder what was being covered up about the mission there. In any sane world, the fiasco there and the ensuing lies promulgated by HRC and Susan Rice would have ended their public careers. They took an incredible chance by trying to cover up what happened. If it wasn’t for a completely feckless fourth estate we would know what it was really all about and a number of senior State Department officials would have been consigned to history.

    It is like The Story of our life time yet the ‘press’ is completely uninterested in telling it. You would think that the next Woodward & Bernstein would be all over it! Too many shady deals, lies, half-truths, deaths, murders(?) to count, of that I am sure.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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  5. Member

    I’ve been rereading the Lord of the Rings recently. Probably going to put up a post about it sooner or later. It’s good to know that even in these degenerate times of man-buns and IPAs that the blood of Numenor still runs through some veins.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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    EODmom (View Comment):
    …senior cowboys backing up the wranglers out in the field. 

    It has always been this way — until Obama. My heart still breaks for those poor bastards left there to die, fighting their asses off, hoping to hold on at least by a single thread until the inevitable calvary arrives.

    Except there would be no calvary this time. The people in charge loathed the military and had elections to win. The calvary was not allowed to ride in to the rescue. My understanding is that the military was ordered to ‘stand-down.’

    Who knows?

     

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):
    blood of Numenor

    Asked Mr. Google. Not sure about your meaning. Can you help a brother out?

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):
    blood of Numenor

    Asked Mr. Google. Not sure about your meaning. Can you help a brother out?

    A bit difficult if you haven’t read the books. Briefly, Numenor was the source of civilization for the men of middle earth. At the point in history the books depict though Numenor itself has foundered and the kingdoms set up by it’s survivors are nearing the last ebb of their strength, but someone’s still got to fight off Sauron. The few scions of Numenor play a large part in that war, often fighting in dire circumstances against desperate odds.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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  9. Coolidge
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    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):
    blood of Numenor

    Asked Mr. Google. Not sure about your meaning. Can you help a brother out?

    A bit difficult if you haven’t read the books. Briefly, Numenor was the source of civilization for the men of middle earth. At the point in history the books depict though Numenor itself has foundered and the kingdoms set up by it’s survivors are nearing the last ebb of their strength, but someone’s still got to fight off Sauron. The few scions of Numenor play a large part in that war, often fighting in dire circumstances against desperate odds.

    Thank you.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    I never saw one female on the ‘front lines’ with Blackwater. Though come to think of it, they had a lot of cute secretaries.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    Hank Rhody, Red Hunter (View Comment):
    The few scions of Numenor play a large part in that war, often fighting in dire circumstances against desperate odds.

    Yeah. I hate the premise.

    We all have potential for greatness, thanks to divinely-gifted souls. Blood has nuthin’ to do with it.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    Talking about Mad Men… What a marvelous work environment.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    I never saw one female on the ‘front lines’ with Blackwater. Though come to think of it, they had a lot of cute secretaries.

    Like!

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    • October 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    Mike "Lash" LaRoche (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    I never saw one female on the ‘front lines’ with Blackwater. Though come to think of it, they had a lot of cute secretaries.

    Like!

    Yep. And they liked the operators. Win-win!

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    • October 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

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    • October 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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  16. Coolidge

    I never understood the lack of resolve by Obama and Hillary. They both campaigned against each other about who do you want when the phone rings at 2AM? They both could’ve come off like heroes — a missed opportunity. And what a disaster if those contractors had backed down, following orders, there would be a lot of dead Americans. 

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    JimGoneWild (View Comment):

    I never understood the lack of resolve by Obama and Hillary. They both campaigned against each other about who do you want when the phone rings at 2AM? They both could’ve come off like heroes — a missed opportunity. And what a disaster if those contractors had backed down, following orders, there would be a lot of dead Americans.

    The entire Patriarchy may have been saved by that handful of ‘Blackwater types’ then and there. The negative repercussions of an even more humiliating defeat would have been much stronger and louder. History may one day teach us that we have a lot more to thank these guys for than we presently can appreciate.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):
    Who let her think she *did*?

    The Producers I would think.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):
    The Producers I would think.

    Now, there’s a thought…Is there anything that *does* tell the story as it deserves to be told? I would read/watch…

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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    But what really gets me mad about the ‘Blackwater types’ is that they made so much money. Most are common street thugs and overpaid publicity seekers!

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    But what really gets me mad about the ‘Blackwater types’ is that they made so much money. Most are common street thugs and overpaid publicity seekers!

    Just like all police officers, soldiers, ICE agents, and probably firemen too. Toxic masculinity, you know.

    *In case it isn’t obvious, I am being sarcastic :)

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    But what really gets me mad about the ‘Blackwater types’ is that they made so much money. Most are common street thugs and overpaid publicity seekers!

    Poseurs. Not really sheepdogs, right? And those types fuel the media narrative. Disgraceful. (Or are you channeling the grievance-mongering Progs? If so, award-worthy!) :-)

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    • October 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    I still wonder what was being covered up about the mission there. In any sane world, the fiasco there and the ensuing lies promulgated by HRC and Susan Rice would have ended their public careers. They took an incredible chance by trying to cover up what happened. If it wasn’t for a completely feckless fourth estate we would know what it was really all about and a number of senior State Department officials would have been consigned to history.

    It is like The Story of our life time yet the ‘press’ is completely uninterested in telling it. You would think that the next Woodward & Bernstein would be all over it! Too many shady deals, lies, half-truths, deaths, murders(?) to count, of that I am sure.

    “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm
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    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

    Michael Bay?

    (He was the director)

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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    She (View Comment):

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

    Michael Bay?

    (He was the director)

    I thought you wrote on another thread that the director was a chick. If not I stand corrected for the second time this year.

    Note to self: Stop slacking off on the TNTs. (Tanqueray & tonic = TNT)

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    She

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

    Michael Bay?

    (He was the director)

    I thought you wrote on another thread that the director was a chick. If not I stand corrected for the second time this year.

    Note to self: Stop slacking off on the TNTs. (Tanqueray & tonic = TNT)

    Wrong movie. The one I mentioned was Zero Dark Thirty. Katherine Bigelow.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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    She (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

    Michael Bay?

    (He was the director)

    I thought you wrote on another thread that the director was a chick. If not I stand corrected for the second time this year.

    Note to self: Stop slacking off on the TNTs. (Tanqueray & tonic = TNT)

    Wrong movie. The one I mentioned was Zero Dark Thirty. Katherine Bigelow.

    Same-same but different.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    Speaking of which, the female director of the movie 13 Hours did not know how to tell a tale of brothers in arms.

    13 Hours official trailer

    ~2:25

    Who let her think she *did*? Not commenting on the substance of the thread, because I’m too splutteringly furious to make sense about it…

    Michael Bay?

    (He was the director)

    I thought you wrote on another thread that the director was a chick. If not I stand corrected for the second time this year.

    Note to self: Stop slacking off on the TNTs. (Tanqueray & tonic = TNT)

    Wrong movie. The one I mentioned was Zero Dark Thirty. Katherine Bigelow.

    Same-same but different.

    I prefer her movies to her former husband’s. He didn’t know anything about love or shipwrecks, and is responsible for one of the most tedious and annoying songs in the entire history of movie closing credits. It just goes “On, and On.” And On and On and On. Then there was that weird one with all the blue people.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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  30. Coolidge

    Simon Templar (View Comment):

    But what really gets me mad about the ‘Blackwater types’ is that they made so much money. Most are common street thugs and overpaid publicity seekers!

    What do/did they make? If they have millions of dollars worth of training, aren’t we, the American People, getting our moneys worth still? Thoughts.

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    • October 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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