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Report: Team involved in tracking Benghazi suspects leaving Libya permanently
Hotair ^ | 08/23/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 08/23/2013 12:45:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A scoop with many angles — I had to read it twice to let it all sink in — but I don’t see how it squares with the DOJ’s decision to finally finally finally bring charges against the Benghazi attackers a few weeks ago. O himself mentioned the sealed indictment at his last presser. If the White House was prepared to give up its hunt for the Benghazi jihadis, I would think they’d want to do it as quietly as possible. That means no indictment, no high-profile reminders from the president that Americans want justice. Instead, if you believe Fox, they’re doing the opposite — a showy proclamation that justice will be served followed by a quiet withdrawal of the troops tasked with grabbing the culprits. Why would they do that? If you’re going to let it lie, as shameful as that would be, let it lie.

Even so, the scenario sketched here of Obama and his cabinet paralyzed by deteriorating security in Libya and the prospect of another “Black Hawk Down” if they sent American soldiers into the maelstrom to get the bad guys is completely believable. That’s always been my hunch as to why troops weren’t sent to the scene the night of the attack. The only way to make a massive security failure by State worse would be to put boots on the ground in an emergency and then have something go wildly wrong. Imagine how O’s Libyan intervention would have looked in hindsight, two months out from an election, with not only a U.S. ambassador dead but American soldiers dragged through the streets by our “allies” after a hastily planned rescue operation went south.

“We put American special operations in harm’s way to develop a picture of these suspects and to seek justice and instead of acting, we stalled. We just let it slip and pass us by and now it’s going to be much more difficult,” one source said, citing 1,200 prisoners escaping two weeks ago. “It’s already blowing up. Daily assassinations, bi-weekly prison escapes, we waited way too long.”…

Pentagon officials disputed what the operators in question are claiming, saying that group was not specifically tasked with finding the Libyan suspects responsible for the Benghazi attack. These officials said other forces out of Fort Bragg are tasked with that mission, and they are not leaving. Pentagon officials also say the trainers, which were authorized by Congress under part of the defense budget to facilitate training of Libyans for counterterrorism, were not there to track the Benghazi suspects. They insist congressional funding is very clear in its mission: for training locals in counterterrorism.

However, special operators in the region counter the claims and suggest the Pentagon and State Department are playing with words, saying those being pulled are in fact tasked with both training the Libyans and identifying Benghazi attack suspects. “The training is partly a cover and some of these guys … provided the information on suspects directly to U.S. military commanders and the U.S. State Department last November and again in January. They are there and trained to find, fix and finish,” one said…

To make matters worse, the U.S. trainers have been sitting in their Libyan “villa” now for a number of days after a Libyan military leader kicked the Americans out of the camp where they had been standing-up a Libyan special forces team for nearly a year, backed by U.S. taxpayer dollars. The maneuver by the Libyan chief of defense has “left our guys high and dry,” and this same chief has locked down Tripoli as well, Fox News is told. The sources say U.S. leaders have now let the Libyan government occupy the special forces camp — and in turn undermine the effort to train a legitimate force capable of countering Al Qaeda, which was the initial assignment before the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.

The “villa” is a stopover point for troops who are on their way out of the country. According to Fox, Gen. Carter Ham told Chris Stevens’s replacement that he could submit a plan to get the jihadis — but he never got approval from State, Defense, or the White House. Hillary was, allegedly, personally briefed. Supposedly one special ops commander told a former U.S. diplomat in Benghazi, “So you’re willing to let these guys get away with murder?” Evidently so, if it means risking another Mogadishu.

Assuming it’s all true, that the troops were held back for months while jihadis in Libya and in the wider region gathered strength, why did O wait? Maybe he figured that, coming off his reelection victory, it was too risky to spend political capital on a dangerous counterterrorism op stemming from an event that his base has always regarded as politicized and overblown. He had domestic priorities to tend to, like the big gun-control push. He didn’t need a new “Black Hawk Down” incident weakening him. But now the circumstances have changed; his approval rating’s suffered its annual summer swoon and politicos are whispering that he’s already essentially in lame-duck mode. That’s why I think maybe there are operations against the jihadis still to come — if they’re successful they’ll goose his popularity, especially after he’s taken a beating for being a ditherer on Egypt and Syria. Having the DOJ bring charges was his way, I think, of reminding a disaffected public that he’s still the guy who got Bin Laden. Imagine how much more time he’ll spend reminding them if he gets the Benghazi culprits too.

Or, could be that he thinks the U.S. has enough of a headache right now with Egypt, Syria, and potentially Iraq that he can’t afford to make any sudden moves in Libya too. There’s still a U.S.-backed central government there, kinda sorta. It may not have real power compared to the militias, but it’s something O can point to as “proof” that his big first-term intervention paid some kind of trivial dividend. If he does something splashy involving U.S. troops, though, the militias may retaliate by knocking out the government and then you’d have jihadis in formal control in a country that was supposed to be a showpiece of U.S. foreign policy after the Arab Spring. That’s one too many fiascos.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; libya; navyseals; obamaspeople; terrorism; threatmatrix

1 posted on 08/23/2013 12:45:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The best indicator of a PHONY ADMINISTRATION is the number of its REAL SCANDALS.

Commie Tyrant Obama’s current talking points are thus smokescreen distractions for the products of Obama’s first 4 years in office:
* Refusal to close US Southern Border to Mexican illegal alien invaders
* No known un-forged records of Place of Birth
* No known un-forged records of University grades
* Benghazi Massacre
* Dereliction of Duty as CIC during Benghazi Massacre
* Cover up of Benghazi Massacre
* Destruction of Seal Team Six
* Cover up of Fast and Furious murder of US Border Agent by Exec. Order
* IRS-Obama’care” Commune Death Grip on Wealth and Health
* NSA-Gestapo Death Grip on all citizen’s communications
* Use of Courts against News Media
* Use of Supreme Court to install Un-Constitutional Obama’care’ Tax
* Destruction of the US Coal Industry
* Refusal to permit XL Pipeline construction
* Trillion Dollar a year Federal Overspending
* Monthly violations of the US Constitution by Obama
* Use of Exec. Orders to bypass Congress.

REPLACE sniveling coward Speaker Boehner with a FIGHTER!

It is time to IMPEACH Tyrant B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro.

Tyrant B. Hussein Obama, (aka Barry Soetoro), continues his unopposed efforts to expand Totalitarian Obamanation in Liberty-based America.

Where are the Republican opponents of Tyrant Obama?

Why have the Articles of Impeachment for Tyrant Obama not been issued by US House Speaker Boehner, or Pro-Welfare Republicans Cantor or Ryan?

Have House and Senate Pro-Welfare Republicans formed a cave-in pact with Pro-Welfare Democrats to protect Tyrant Obama?

The main thing that Speaker Boehner is afraid of is being blamed for doing his job.

Speaker Boehner’s job now is to shut down the NON-ESSENTIAL parts of the US Federal Government until Obama’care’ is ABOLISHED, however long that takes.

2 posted on 08/23/2013 12:48:06 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Phony investigation and phony justice...

4 posted on 08/23/2013 12:58:58 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know why they were sent there to start with. There was never any intention by Obama to do anything about the Benghazi murders.

5 posted on 08/23/2013 1:38:09 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Venturer
I don’t know why they were sent there to start with.

To search for evidence of the identity of the attackers. And bury it.

6 posted on 08/23/2013 1:41:55 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Venturer

RE: I don’t know why they were sent there to start with.

To this administration, everything is about an “appearance” of “doing something”.

Hence, when asked what he has done with his promise to apprehend the murderers at Benghazi during last week’s press conference, he said that they are under “sealed indictment” (yeah, that’ll leave them quaking in their boots). That little response of his elicited no follow-up questioning.

It’s all show with little substance.

The reality is Obama doesn’t want Benghazi in the news so that people will not notice that he was totally AWOL when that incident occurred.

BTW, what ever happened to the poor guy who made the internet video and why isn’t anybody making a fuss about his incarceration?

7 posted on 08/23/2013 1:42:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Hotlanta Mike; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
"Phony investigation and phony justice..."

Phony investigation and phony NO justice...

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.

8 posted on 08/23/2013 2:12:35 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: SeekAndFind
0bama wouldn't dare apprehend the attackers and has NO intention of doing so. They all know something about the details of Benghazi and 0bama's doings there, and 0bama can't risk that becoming known. I'm thinking Hillary/Morsi plot to kidnap Stevens and hold him in exchange for 0bama to release the Blind Sheik.

How else can Hillary's draw down of security, then denial of his repeated requests for additional security be explained? It CAN'T! Stevens was being set-up by Hillary to be taken, at the behest of her lover Morsi.

Hopefully, the SEALs will even the score in all of this, and other incidents they have yet to get payback on. God willing. FUBO.

9 posted on 08/23/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Must be the Obama team has spotted some domestic terrorists about to have a bake sale or something.

Thanks SeekAndFind.

10 posted on 08/23/2013 2:35:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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