Sunday, October 28, 2012

Obama Received His 3 AM Call...and Failed

For weeks we heard from the President, Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Rice and the entire administration claim that an amateurish internet video on YouTube was the reason for the attacks on our embassy and deaths of our ambassador and 3 others in Benghazi. They claimed for weeks, that it wasn't a planned terrorist attack.

Obama Administration Contradicting Libyan President
But even within a day or two after the attack,  the President of Libya,  was saying that it clearly was an organized and planned attack--probably by Al Qaeda.   President Obama and UN Ambassador Rice, for several days and even weeks, continued to contradict the President of Libya!

This administration was already trying to cover up the facts in the case.  But for what reason?

Incriminating Email Trail
Fox News has reported that State Department emails indicate that, within 1 1/2 hours of the attack,
A series of internal State Department emails obtained by Fox News shows that officials reported within hours of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya that Al Qaeda-tied group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility.
Fox states that 300 to 400 people, including the White House, Defense Department, the FBI, the State Department, and the Director of National Intelligence, received the emails nearly in real time as events were unfolding in Libya.  So why the persistence with the mob violence explanation??

The fighting at the CIA annex (safe house) continued for about 7 hours after the initial attack and was the time that Tyrone Woods was killed.  There was a long window of opportunity to assist those fighters since there is a base in S. Italy, just 675 miles away.

Blaming the Intelligence Community
Then came UN Ambassador Susan Rice's revised explanation that all she was just relaying what she was given from the intelligence community--the CIA.  But the intelligence community knew within hours that this was a planned terrorist attack and told the Administration this.

Joe Biden, in his debate with Paul Ryan was repeating this new explanation of the confusion:
Vice President Joe Biden's claim in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan that "we said exactly what the intelligence community told us" to be another outright untruth. The e-mails from that very intelligence community show specifically that the White House was told almost immediately of Ansar Al-Sharia that "the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."
Forces on the Ground Were Told to 'Stand Down' and Requests for Assistance Denied
On Friday 26 October, Fox News reports that forces on the ground defending the embassy and CIA Annex, in continuous contact with their chain of command were continuously told to "stand down" and any and all frantic phone calls and requests for assistance were ignored or denied.
Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that 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.[2:40 pm ET] in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."
Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight [5 pm ET].
At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.
If you're pointing a laser at a target in battle, it's because you're expecting air support---air support that never came.   There were forces in Signorella Italy that could have responded.   The attack began at 2:40 pm Washington time, so it wasn't happening in the middle of the night in Washington as Obama has tried to imply.

The CIA Says That "It Wasn't Us Who Refused to Help"
From Weekly Standard, a CIA spokesman presumably speaking for Director Petraeus
"No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”
Live Video Feed of Events on the Ground in Benghazi
Now we know that there was one or even two drones, almost certainly from Italy, that were already in the air at the time of the attack and were diverted to site of the conflict.  There would have been live video feed at the White House, State Department, and Defense Department.   For the drone to have been there,  there must have been some concern about activity in Libya.  Mind you, this is happening during daylight working hours in Washington, but at night in Libya.  Presumably the drone could see something at night?   From Red State,

What we now know is that the attack was monitored, in real time, in the State Department, the Pentagon, the White House, and at Africom HQ in Germany. We know there was a Predator drone overhead and we know the consulate provided live audio feed of the attack until the end.
Predators don’t just magically appear on the scene. They have to be launched and they have to have a mission when they are launched. A Predator UAV has a range of 675 miles with a max speed of 135mph. The UAV almost certainly had to have been launched from the US facility at Signonella in Sicily.
This means that the UAV was launched over three hours before the attack began and the operation order issued some time before launch. This implies that hours before the attack was launched there was sufficient concern about something in Benghazi that a UAV was tasked to be on station.
The Lies Just Keep Mounting From This Administration
It's getting so bad now, with a steady stream of lying and covering-up, that the President himself had better explain himself. But he's avoiding interviews with the press now.  He's hoping this whole thing will blow over until after his re-election.  The problem is that it won't "blow over" thanks to our only opposition news outlet:  Fox News.  Further, this lying and CYA is causing his approval rating to plummet.  Gallup has shown the President's approval rating to fall 7 percentage points in the past 3 days.

The original "lie," that it was a spontaneous riot in response to a silly video was supported by Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and her State Department, and of course the President himself.  They continued in this lie for weeks while it was clear that it was a total falsehood.  Then the administration's narrative, once emails made it clear that they were lying, was that the intelligence community is at fault.  General Petraeus has clarified that as untrue.

It's time for the President to come clean about what really happened.  Someone, either him, or Panetta at Defense dropped the ball.   Meanwhile, two things that we know are true for certain is that People Died, Obama lied.

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