Let the trials begin

My Thoughts

atwoods@sti.netJanuary 21, 2014 

"Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive." (Sir Walter Scott).

The Obama administration's actions are beginning to unravel and his supporters and defenders are really going to have to study up on the approved talking points and misleading statements.

The Senate committee that has been looking into the Benghazi attacks has just released their bipartisan report and it seems that both sides of the political spectrum have found agreement in what happened and what did not happen before, during, and after the fatal attack on our embassy on September 11, 2012.

For months the White House has pledged to investigate that horrific event and the president promised that those responsible would be brought to justice for their involvement.

For days following the attack, the White House and the State Department told the American people and the rest of the world that a video was the cause of the unplanned demonstration at the embassy compound and that Al Qaeda was not involved. Then, after a couple of weeks the president did mention the word terrorism and during the election debate Candy Crowley interjected herself into the debate by championing the president's side against Mitt Romney.

Jay Carney hasn't been able to share with us what the president knew and when he knew it and furthermore Jay Carney was unable to find out what the president did that very evening. Remember that the presidential schedule is logged so tightly that they even document his trips to the restroom.

So now after months of investigation with the White House and the State Department of the most transparent administration in history dragging their feet every step of the way in providing documentation to the Senate investigative committee, the reports are finally coming to light.

It seems that Al Qaeda was not on the run as the president had stated but was very much in control of much of the city. Evidenced by flags on buildings, demonstrations in streets, training sessions taking place and attacks on other embassies, as well as minor attacks on the American buildings. Ambassador Stevens' pleas for additional security were declined by Hillary's State Department and there was zero planning for the possibility of a defense of the embassy, should an attack occur.

We now know that in the first 15 minutes of the attack in Libya, General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was aware that the attack was a terrorist attack and he then went to Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, and informed him. The two of them then went to the Oval Office for a previously scheduled meeting with the president and informed him about the embassy attack.

So we know that within the first 90 minutes of the attack, while the event was still taking place and would last for six or more hours, the president did nothing. Had he taken himself down into the situation room and ordered a response, we would have been treated to official White House photos of the Commander in Chief in command. The US military would have sent in jets, the place made secure by military force and Andrew Stevens would have spent days touting the noble action of the Nobel Prize winner.

No — the president apparently went about his plans of packing for his trip to Las Vegas the next day to enjoy a day on the campaign trail and the collection of dollars for his campaign. They probably started to piece together the lie that they fed to Susan Rice about the video so that she could go on five different television news shows to tell what had happened in Benghazi. She should resign as a sign of protest that she was duped by her bosses. She would restore her credibility with the American people and could rake in a tidy sum from the book deal.

So what the Democrats and Republicans have found is that the White House and the Secretary of State put their political fortunes ahead of their nation's interests and four Americans died because of those interests. Leon Panetta owes us an explanation for his silence. Dempsey, being a military man, can be excused because they follow orders

It just seems that people who own apartment buildings and offices all across this land took greater steps for enhanced security on September 11, 2012 than our current administration did for our embassy in the most dangerous city in the Middle East.

The president promised the American people that there would be an investigation into that tragic event and that those responsible would be brought to justice. Given that statement, it seems fitting that a special prosecutor be named and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama be held accountable for their inaction that led to the death of four brave Americans.

Let the trials begin.

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