Benghazi: What Difference Does It Make?
Today is September 11, 2014. I hope and pray that this anniversary won’t be marked with another act of terrorism, another anniversary assault such as the one September 11 and 12, 2012, on the U. S. Embassy Compound in Benghazi, Libya.
I’m still smarting from The Frederick News Post editorial of Friday, July 25, 2014, regarding The Brookings Institution’s listing of Federal Government Failures from 2001 to 2014. I quote, “For our conservative readers, yes, Benghazi and the Fast and Furious did make it.” Sounds like our local newspaper agrees with Hillary Clinton’s infamous quote during the first congressional Benghazi hearings: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
As we face further and further deterioration in the Middle East, and the international threat posed by the unbelievably vicious ISIL, at this point, it does make a difference. All Americans, conservative and liberal, should remain very concerned about Benghazi, as the attack itself and the lies that followed, say a great deal about the leadership of our country, leadership which is tasked today with protecting our people and promoting peace and human rights throughout the world.
Two books have recently been published on the subject of the Benghazi attacks. “13 Hours, The Inside Account of What really Happened in Benghazi,” by New York Times writer Michael Zuckoff, recounts the events of the attack in collaboration with the members of the Annex Security Team, who violated stand down orders to respond to the attack on the compound. They assert that the delay of one hour before their arrival (from about 10 city blocks away) cost the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and of Sean Smith, who both died from smoke inhalation in the “safe areas” of the building, as the terrorists, having located them, set the building on fire to kill them. It takes time to die of smoke inhalation.
The fight for the compound went on for 12 hours, and everyone else there but two team members killed in the fighting, was rescued.
This week, in Frederick, investigative journalist and Middle East/Iran expert Ken Timmerman, spoke about his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi.” In it he asserts that Iran, as part of its’ global vision, created the fighting force that attacked, and their purpose was to hit its enemy, the United States, in a place where we were vulnerable.
They probably never dreamt that, in addition to our cutting security in the area because we were “transitioning to normalcy,” in spite of urgent requests to do the opposite, we wouldn’t even fight back during the actual event. Overall, although their casualties haven’t been published, they had a really good night.
If our president and our secretary of state, “disdaining” the military, reduced our security, reduced our military visibility, planned in spite of danger to upgrade the Benghazi Compound into an actual consulate, and then lied about their knowledge of what happened, at this point, it still does make a difference.
The U.S. government reportedly has an automated 911 system that notifies our representatives throughout the world when there is trouble. We also, reportedly, have a “Foreign Emergency Response Team” on four hour call to deploy anywhere in the world in case of attack. Reportedly, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered this team to stand down.
On the same Sunday morning that Susan Rice, our present-day national security advisor, visited the Sunday talk shows to say that an abhorrent, little, amateurish, anti-Mohammad video was the cause of the attack, the president of Libya also appeared, saying the attack was a planned, professionally executed, terrorist attack. Major news agencies also reported it as such the day after the attack.
Everyone seemed to know what happened but our own president and our own secretary of state.
One can say this is old news and that one should stop asking questions, although they’ve never officially been answered; but many of these same people are still running our country and setting foreign policy. Our former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is the top Democratic contender for the presidency in 2016.
Is our own president a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood? His record could easily be interpreted that way. Or, did he just think he could walk away from Iraq, and that the situation there would not deteriorate without a Status of Forces Agreement? Is he just completely ill-advised and inadequate when it comes to foreign policy?
I hope today America will be safe. I hope the president’s stand on ISIL is the right one, for a change. I hope I never again hear him say what we won’t do in case of terrorism.
Yes, Virginia, no matter what stories they tell in Washington, Benghazi does matter.