Rambling of the Day: The stench of deceit

13 Nov

Do you all smell that? Maybe it’s just me, but Washington reeks of a gigantic, horrific cover-up right now. And everything you’re seeing in the media right now is the attempt to deodorize that awful smell, but it is simply not going away. Be wary and do not let your guard down and for a moment think that this little smokescreen they’re spinning right now is the real deal.

I have no doubt General Petraeus has had an affair with his biographer. He has admitted to it and I accept that it is true. But this affair is not the story, and if the people are buying into it it’s because they have not been paying attention since September 11th of this year, when we lost Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in a terrorist attack

Let me just go through and outline for you the narrative that the media and the White House has spun since September 11, and you decide for yourself whether you think they’re being totally honest – or if maybe, just maybe, there is a scandal underneath it all.

First, the Obama administration, including the president himself, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton, told the public that the attack on the Benghazi embassy was a spontaneous attack sparked by an anti-Muslim video made by an American. This narrative was repeated weeks after the attack. The president even made it clear in his speech to the UN on the 25th of September that the video, which was to blame for the spontaneous outrage and attack on the embassy, was deplorable and unrelated to the United States government. Here’s an excerpt of that speech:

“And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.  Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.  It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well” (ABC News).

In the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden defended the president and his administration by saying, “We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there.” That was October 11th, a whole month after the attack, and two weeks after Benghazi was confirmed to have been a terrorist attack, not a spontaneous uprising caused by the video.  The White House finally admitted to the attack being one of terror on September 28th. So even after having to retract their misleading statements to the American people, the administration continued to insist that they “didn’t know” the extent of the problem. Hillary Clinton said the “fog of war” was to blame for the poor communication and the misleading statements made by the administration.

Okay, so you buy it up to this point? Maybe something’s starting to smell fishy? It continues. On October 23, Reuters released information that ripped the administration’s whole story to shreds. It was confirmed that three emails were sent during and after the attack “by the State Department’s Operations Center to multiple government offices, including addresses at the White House, Pentagon, intelligence community and FBI” (Reuters). The first email confirms that the embassy was under attack. The second email reported that the firing had stopped and the compound had been cleared. And the third, sent that very same day, reported that the group Ansar al-Sharia publicly took credit for the attack. Ansar al-Sharia is a Benghazi-based militia group with ties to al Qaeda.

You don’t smell it yet? Here’s another interesting fact: an unmanned drone is confirmed to have been sending real-time footage of the Benghazi attack back to Washington throughout the attack. This was a seven hour-long affair. You really think Obama wasn’t in the Situation Room for, say, a few minutes of that? You think he didn’t read those emails? If you think Obama was unaware of what was happening, are you not admitting that he is so out of touch with his administration that he has to be considered totally incompetent to be Commander-in-Chief? Forbes reported that “Special Operations Forces, transport aircraft and attack fighters were available 480 miles away at the U.S. military base in Sigonella, Sicily, but were never dispatched. An F18 fighter jet blazing in with afterburner thundering to unnerve attackers and take out mortar locations could have reached Benghazi in an hour” (Forbes).

So the emails and the live, real-time footage of the attack were all being sent to and seen by the administrators in the White House. So why did the attack go on for hours and hours with no response save for 22 men sent from Tripoli? “Obama, Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed potential responses to the unfolding events in Benghazi during their meeting, which began 78 minutes after the start of the Libya attack, according to the timeline” (Reuters).

Well, we don’t know. We’re being told a lot of conflicting stories, but there has been no satisfying answer to why reinforcements were not sent. Why were the SEALs located a mile away at the CIA annex in Benghazi told to stand down, when they asked for permission to assist those at the embassy? They were a mile away. Who told them they had to stand down? No one will take responsibility for this little detail of the story. Was it Panetta? Was it Obama? Hillary? Who, for God’s sake, told these men that they had to stand down while their fellow Americans were under attack a mile away?

This is the real story. These are the answers the American people want. These are the answers Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods – the heroic SEAL who ignored orders to stand down and instead went to the embassy and gave his life to save others there – would like answered.

But what is the media reporting now? CIA director David Petreaus had an affair. And now he’s resigning, and he does not want to testify in the House hearings on Benghazi. That’s just a coincidence too? Doesn’t smell at all to you? What about if I told you the FBI had been investigating Petreaus’ affair since the summer. So if the FBI knew about his as early as June of this year, why on Earth is this all surfacing now, a week after the presidential elections, and days before Petreaus, who is a key witness for the hearings, was scheduled to testify in the House hearings on the Benghazi attack?

Nothing seems off to you here? This is all just normal, totally explainable, and everything that has happened since September 11th has been coincidental? Yeah, probably; I should really stop buying into these wild conspiracy theories.

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