Skip to comments.Intel officials struggle to explain early denials of militant groups involved in Benghazi attack
Posted on 11/15/2012 8:05:30 PM PST by forty_years
Today, speaking of the the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, we heard some strong and common sense words:
... "This administration has lied to the American people about this tragedy," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said. "The arrogance and dishonesty in all of this is breathtaking. Let's not stonewall this issue and cover up mistakes, which seems to be what is going on today." ...
Why was the Obama administration, speaking through its U.N. mouthpiece Susan Rice, so adamant that, "a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim video had evolved into an attack on the American consulate?" In fact, Rice, "repeatedly said the attack was spontaneous on five Sunday shows after the attack." She, "failed to call the event a terrorist attack." For too long, President Obama did not call the Benghazi atrocity a "terrorist attack." Why did Obama ignore the fact that American, "Ambassador Chris Stevens asked the State Department repeatedly for more security in Libya before he was killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi...?" Why was, "an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command -- who also told the CIA operators twice to 'stand down' rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11?" Today:
Top intelligence officials struggled to explain to lawmakers Thursday why their initial talking points after the Libya attack minimized the role of militant groups, putting pressure on former CIA Director David Petraeus to set the record straight in another round of closed-door hearings Friday. ...
Struggled? In case these "top intelligence officials" and their Obama administration pay-masters forgot, Stevens and three American security guards were killed during an attack which, "may have been planned in advance." Even more damning, we found yesterday that:
The head of the U.S. military command in Africa said on Wednesday that some of the militants involved in the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya were linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). ...
Confirming everything written above, today's hearings:
... delved into the question of whether administration officials denied requests for additional security measures, an issue that has exposed political divisions over the past several months.
Still, the hearing apparently failed to address why it took so long for intelligence reports to reflect the realization that the consulate attack wasn't preceded by a protest, as was first believed.
"There are still some remaining questions about the course of the intelligence assessment and why certain, better information didn't reach the fore more quickly," Mr. Schiff said.
The CIA's first analysis, prepared on the morning after the attack, said the assault appeared intentional and indicated it didn't appear to stem from a peaceful protest. That analysis also mentioned the possibility of connections to an al Qaeda affiliate.
By the next day, however, the assessment shifted. When Mr. Petraeus briefed lawmakers on Sept. 13 and 14, his briefing papers showed the CIA believed the attack stemmed from a protest. The CIA began receiving new information on Sept. 15 that casted doubt about the protest, but after vetting the intelligence, the agency maintained the assessment that there had been a protest.
The CIA maintained that assessment until Sept. 20, when intelligence officials told counterparts at the White House that it had changed.
It took two more days for that change to be reflected in the briefing provided to President Barack Obama."
So the most important question remains: Why is President Obama so reticent to criticize Islamists, the most important security threat to the Western World? Perhaps his past history has something to do with it.
From Obama's political beginnings, he has associated with terrorists, America-haters, and Islamists wishing to impose Islamic law on the U.S. -- "'politically radioactive' individuals" and organizations. The list of his relationships with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, James Meeks, John Lewis, Alcee Hastings, Bill Ayers, Mahdi Bray, and Nihad Awad, and organizations like Trinity United Church of Christ, ACORN, the Muslim American Society's (MAS) Freedom Foundation, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is frightening. While the list of Obama's political blunders as U.S. president are innumerable, several a quite notable.
Obama went, "on a global 'apology tour' after assuming office." The evidence for this escapade of grovelling is indisputable as we have audio-visual evidence of his litany of contrition for what he thinks are America's faults and failings.
For example, our president said, "In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. There've been times when America's shown arrogance, and been dismissive, even derisive..." He was painting with an incredibly broad stroke. The U.K., Germany, and France are Americans' 2nd, 3rd, and 6th favorite countries, respectively. Obama stated, "I also want to be clear that America's relationship with the Muslim community, the Muslim World, cannot and will not just be based on opposition to terrorism." Is it? "...Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, are central to the [U.S.] Navy's operations," by invitation. The U.S. does billions of dollars of trade with Muslim nations. Our universities host a large number of students (foreign nationals) from Muslim countries.
Obama has supported the so-called, "Arab Spring," which is in reality a takeover of the Arab World by radical, Islamist, terrorists and/or terrorist enablers. Obama invited Egypt's new president, Mohammed Morsi, "a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, a group with a violent past," to meet with him in New York. In Morsi's first public speech, he promised to free a man who helped plan and execute the bombing of NYC's World Trade Center in 1993. Abdel-Rahman hoped to kill as many Americans as possible. His actions led to the murder of 6 innocent people. The Obama, "administration is calling the election of Mohammed Morsi on Sunday a milestone in the transition to democracy." The goal of freeing a convicted terrorist is a democratic milestone? Here's another disastrous consequence of Morsi's coming to power:
... To Egypt's Christian minority, which complains of mounting discrimination, sectarian tensions and periodic outbursts of violence against it, the political atmosphere is ominous as Salafi [ultra-extreme Islamist] parties try to impose their world view on a new constitution that is being drafted. ...
When Gallup has surveyed U.S. citizens and asked them the question, "In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with Israel or with the Arab nations?," since 1967 Americans by a wide majority favor Israel. Tiny Israel is Americans' 7th favorite nation. Yet Obama has treated Israel with at best a cold shoulder.
Please explain, Mr. "President." Good, ordinary Americans would like to know why you have an affinity for the U.S.'s greatest enemy, the Islamists.
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I grieve for this once proud nation......
Don’t be surprised when some of the weapons that Obama was running to the AQ terrorists in Syria wind up hitting Israel.
coordinated with the mb through obama. That the weapons that were supposedly going to Syria were actually being diverted to gaza through Turkey to Egypt...and the EX SEALs were in Benghazi to stop it.
Libyas missing weapons being smuggled into Gaza
..Israel: Gaza getting missiles from Libyan war
Associated Press Wed, Oct 17, 2012
Missing Libya Missiles Find Their Way to Gaza Border
Egypt seizes weapons headed to Gaza from Libya
Israel: Gaza getting missiles from Libyan war
New route of weapons smuggled from Libya to Hamas in Gaza
World Briefs: Libyan weapons flooding Gaza, Israeli official says
Looted Libyan arms flooding into Gaza
8:10PM BST 23 Aug 2011
The past months of unrest have already seen a flood of weaponry seized from Col Muammar Gadaffis troops and army stores into the increasingly volatile Egyptian Sinai.
Israeli military intelligence reports that much of the smuggled arsenal has been looted by jihadist elements and is making its way into Gaza through the tunnels at Rafah.
A senior Israeli official confirmed on Monday that while the majority of Gazas arsenal comes from Iran via Sudan, a rise in arms arriving from Libya is an additional preoccupation.
Some of the weaponry coming from Iran enters Gaza by sea but all of the weapons from Libya are passing into Gaza by land, through the tunnels from Egypt.
They have set up Petraeus to take the blame for the "spontaneous protest" meme.
Obama skates away.
Thank you for this compilation, MestaMachine.
Petraus’ testimony may surprise many people.
[[Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said. “The arrogance and dishonesty in all of this is breathtaking. Let’s not stonewall this issue and cover up mistakes, which seems to be what is going on today.”]]
It does NOT matter what a republican says- the fact is that a black liberal man is president and he will get away with this travesty scott free without EVER being held accoutnable by the main stream media- these ‘hearings’ are a joke- If a republican was in office, he woudl have already been impeached for gross incompetence fueld mainly by pressure from the main stream media, but nope- not htis president- He is even givign Americans the middle finger by tryign to get Susan Rice nomionated for secretary of state? How freakin ARROGANT and DISRESPECTFUL is that ? And he’s conciderign appointing John Kerry- who LIED about vietnam and put masny soldiers at risk and no doubt was responsible for causing hteir deaths?
Thanks a lot America for votign in this anti american arrogant socialist for another 4 years! May God hasve mercy on thsi nation despite it’s moral decline and apparent innability to choose good over evil
No way obama can skate. He is the only one who can officially order cross border authority. The ONLY one. petraeus can’t. panetta can’t. hillary can’t. o left ALL of those Americans to die. ALL of them.
Don’t grieve. FIGHT!
I feel like replying to every single comment that says stuff like “It’s over, just lay low, they won, it’s useless/hopeless/no one will ever say or do anything”. And then when I tell them that’s how wars are LOST, not WON they personally attack me.
I’m getting totally sick of it and I think such posters are either mentally ill or leftist scum.
Good to see that you have your eye on the real issue.
Unfortunately most don't.
Benghazi-Coward Obama File.
I do understand people being depressed. I feel like I am living in a realtime, real life kaleidoscope where everything just keeps shifting and sometimes you aren’t sure where you are anymore.
I don’t blame people for feeling depressed, I couldn’t sleep well for 2 or 3 days after the “election”.
I felt quite disheartened for some days. But I still didn’t go around posting and telling people it’s hopeless over and over again. Many of these posters sing the same dirge for years about everything. Almost as though trying to sow hopelessness.
If I feel discouraged I never post stuff like that, and then get angry if anyone tries to instill courage or a fighting spirit.
Wonder how many other US consulates and missions have been asking for more security ? Have any of them been denied ?
I don’t remember the location now, but there were stories at the time about some smaller, less significant places that had plenty of security. To say nothing of Valerie Jarrett’s vacation....
Thank You for the Truth.
Thank you for the great links!
I don’t think Obama was very serious about stopping the weapons from going into Syria or Gaza. If he were serious he would have secured them long before now and would also be bombing their rat lines.
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