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If you say “September 11,” most people automatically think of the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. What they probably don’t even remember happened on September 11, were the attacks on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Once the Libyan Revolution began in February 2011, the CIA began placing assets in the region, attempting to make contacts within the region. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, whose name and image would soon become synonymous with the Benghazi attacks, was the first liaison between the United States and the rebels. The task before the American intelligence community at that time was securing arms in the country, most notably shoulder-fired missiles, taken from the Libyan military.
Eastern Libya and Benghazi were the primary focal points of intelligence-gathering in the country. But there was something else at work here: The CIA was using the country as a base to funnel weapons to anti-Assad forces in Syria, as well as their alleged diplomatic mission.
For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, my guest was Rich Higgins. Higgins, an expert in unconventional warfare and combatting terrorism with over 20 years experience at senior levels of the Defense Department, and early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC). Preview Open
In the remembrances of 9/11 that I have heard so far – and that has been far fewer than we should have – I have heard no recognition of the events at Benghazi. This event and those who died there should not be forgotten. As one of our local talk show hosts (Chris Plante on […]
Susan Rice, the world class liar and traitor, blaming a nondescript you tube video for the attack on Benghazi and the deaths of: J. Christopher Stevens; Sean Smith; Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty; plus wounding 10 others has been named to the Board of Directors of Netflix. I have cancelled my membership as of April […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that another major figure in the Benghazi terrorist attack is now in U.S. custody – only hundreds more to go. They also shudder as the accusations of actor Kevin Spacey allegedly preying upon a 14-year-old boy years ago elicits another round of “everybody knew” in Hollywood. And they discuss the odd transformation of Megyn Kelly, from presidential debate moderator and hard-hitting interviewer to lighthearted morning host discussing Halloween decorations and dance moves.
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After the triumphant torching of the American compound and the dragging through the streets for photo ops of the dead body of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed the attack on a mean video produced in the United States. She and various officers of the government laid the blame on this video, and had the video maker, an Egyptian-born Copt, arrested and jailed, ostensibly for probation offenses and using a false name in trying to distribute his film. (He is said to be living in a homeless shelter and has a $100,000 bounty on his head offered by a Pakistani railways minister.)
These days, of course, Hillary Clinton outright denies that she ever said that an internet video was to blame.
The report narrative of the event of September 11 and 12, reads like a novel thriller. If you can, it will serve you better to read no further in this post and go straight to Part I of the report. However if you don’t have time to read the 175 page document, I have. The […]
UK voters stunned the world by shaking things up with their vote for “Brexit.” Here in the United States, we’ll soon be given the opportunity to vote for Donald Trump – and we think the odds are that if he’s given control of our government, he breaks it. And we’re all for it. Preview Open
On June 29, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched a pr0-Trump ad narrated by Benghazi Survivor Mark “Oz” Geist, USMC (ret.). Geist was in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and survived the terror attack that cost four other Americans their lives: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and […]
In this week’s Commentary Magazine podcast, John Podhoretz, Noah Rothman, and Abe Greenwald discuss the hysterical response to the British vote to leave the EU, how Hillary and Obama laid a trap for themselves by responding so oddly to the massacre in Benghazi, and how you really can’t win an election if you’re, you know, losing.
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For those who missed yesterday and today’s cartoons. See all of the latest cartoons HERE. Preview Open
Trump… Hillary… Whatever. I can’t help but feel that a lot of reality is being overlooked by the #NeverTrumpians in favor of their precious ideological purity, and they way they wish things were. Hillary killed four Americans at Benghazi, as surely as if she had pulled the trigger, set the fire, cinched the ligature herself. […]
After years, Judicial Watch (a great organization by the way) was finally able to access records of then Secretary Clinton during the Benghazi Attack. Last month, their FOIA request secured this record of a phone call by Clinton the day after the attack. “S” is Secretary Clinton. In a call to then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil she said that the deadly terrorist attack on the US compound the day before “had nothing to do with the film.”
Jim George I did not think I could respect Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton any less than I did just a few hours ago. I was wrong. I have just seen the movie, based not upon the fabric of fabrications of the President and the former Secretary of State but upon the real life experiences of […]
Ambassador Chris Stevens came from the embassy in Tripoli to a “diplomatic mission,” which was a walled compound with several buildings, in Benghazi the week of 9/11/12. It’s not clear why he was there, but he had only two body guards with him. There’s evidence that Stevens had made repeated requests for more security in both […]
A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for President debuts this week. Will 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton’s home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful. The film is somewhat oblique. Hillary Clinton’s name is not mentioned. The infamous Susan Rice clips blaming the attack on a video do not appear (though the film does mention, slightly mordantly, that “press reports” are citing a video). Yet even for those coming to the question for the first time, the film very clearly conveys filmmaker Michael Bay’s outrage that a tiny band of unbelievably brave Americans was left to fight off a company of Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists for, yes, 13 hours, while the vast land, sea, and air resources of the US military were not sent to their rescue.
Recent history would suggest that 13 Hours will be a commercial success. Hollywood’s anti-war and anti-American films (there have been many) have had lukewarm (Body of Lies) to dismal (War, Inc.) receptions. But films portraying American courage and fortitude, especially Lone Survivor and American Sniper, have been huge hits.
As the subtitle suggests, 13 Hours is the story of the tough men who fight our battles. They are portrayed lovingly in this film. They are men who adore their families, who have each other’s backs, and who are careful about when and how they use the force they are so very skilled at deploying. Even after wave upon wave of brutal attacks, these former Navy Seals don’t fire reflexively when cars approach the compound or the annex in Benghazi, they wait until they see aggressive moves.
Hillary Clinton is a horribly corrupt human being. Conservatives know it. Liberals know it. The Clintons know it. It’s an important issue that should be part of the campaign against her.
That being said, it would benefit Republicans to tone-down the criticism of Clinton’s scandals. It may seem difficult to do, considering just how awful she really is and how tempting it is to lay out all her devilish activities from Arkansas to Benghazi. But talking about her scandals as much as Republicans do — and in the way we do it — dilutes the actual significance of her corruption and takes away from our vision.
Again, I’m not saying we should ignore her scandals. Rather, we should bring them up when they’re relevant — and on sparse occasion — so people know about the issue and get how corrupt she is. Basically, we should use them as a push factor away from the Left to complement a strong pull factor from the Right.