Did Obama Watch While They Fought for their Lives?By Karin McQuillan
They fought for their lives for seven hours. 9/11/ 2012. Benghazi. The White House watched. No help was sent and they died.
Four Americans died in the jihadi attack on our consulate in Benghazi. Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two retired SEALS who were working as civilian security specialists in Benghazi, learned that Ambassador Stevens and nine other people at the consulate were under attack and rushed to their defense. The fourth man was Sean Smith, father of three, an Air Force veteran, working for the State Department in Libya.
The White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and our military monitored the battle in real time starting with the first phone calls directly from Benghazi.
A small military force from Tripoli was dispatched and was able to rescue some personnel hiding in other buildings. Ambassador Stevens remained missing, as did these three men. The fire-fight raged on.
The shocking news of October 22 was that a drone ordered in from Tripoli sent back images of the attack in real time. The battle was sent on streaming video direct to the Situation Room in the White House. Within two hours, emails from Benghazi reported that Al Qaeda in Libya was claiming responsibility.
President Obama, our Commander-in-Chief, had military options available to try and save our men. He could have had the drone armed with Hellfire missiles. He could have scrambled fighter jets from Sicily to drive off the attackers. He could have dropped in Special Forces. He had seven hours to take action.
He did nothing. Doherty and Woods died in the last hour of the attack.
The U.K. Daily Mail, unlike most of our politically corrupt media, is not working for Obama's re-election, so it is still reporting news:
Sharyl Attkisson of CBS: "Sending the military into another country can be a sensitive and delicate decision. CBS News has been told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did seek clearances from Libya to fly in their airspace, but the administration won't say anything further about what was said or decided on that front."
Bing West has more to say, on the pages of National Review:
Bing West concludes: "It is bewildering that no U.S. aircraft ever came to the aid of the defenders. If even one F18 had been on station, it would have detected the location of hostiles firing at night and deterred and attacked the mortar sites. For our top leadership, with all the technological and military tools at their disposal, to have done nothing for seven hours was a joint civilian and military failure of initiative and nerve."
At some point, President Obama went to bed. Whether it was before or after the last men died, we don't know. He had a fundraising trip to Las Vegas to get up for the next morning. In the morning, President Obama skipped his national security briefing, as he had skipped so many others, forty percent of them to be exact. Then President Obama flew off to do his primary job - fundraising.
In the second Presidential debate, Obama tried to silence Romney's questions on Libya by a show of outrage. How dare Romney question his leadership on Libya?
The U.S. Military does not abandon our men, but they would not act in these circumstances without an order from the Commander in Chief.
Did Obama stay up into the night in the Situation Room, watching the attack in Benghazi in real time, as he was proud to boast he had watched the take-down of Bin Laden? Who did he confer with about how to intervene to save our people? Why did he decide to do nothing?
Maybe Obama wasn't in the Situation Room. This is how Obama described events that night during the second Presidential debate:
Why was Obama on the phone with his national security team instead of in the Situation Room with the highest levels of the CIA, Defense, State and our military? Why did he fly off to fundraise in Las Vegas the next morning?
As former U.N. Ambassador Bolton said on Greta van Susteren:
"They made zero adjustments in this. They stood and they watched and our people died, "said an outraged retired CIA officer, Gary Berntsen on CBS, who led missions targeting bin Laden and responding to the Kenyan embassy bombings.
The details of the Benghazi 9/11 attack have been inexorably emerging despite White House efforts -- supported by the disinterest of the mainstream media -- to delay their report to the public until after the Presidential election. The Senate Intelligence Committee has been badgering Obama for information for weeks, and getting nothing but stonewalling.
According to the vice chair Senator Chambliss:
Former CIA agent Claire Lopez told Glenn Beck, "They saw it in live time. They knew what was happening...Only local assets ...were sent to help them."
Based on her twenty-year career as an operations officer, Lopez believes James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and General David Petraeus are all aware of what really happened in Libya.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told Greta Susteren on Fox News:
Obama reportedly canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before saying yes, because he got cold feet about the possible political harm to himself if the mission failed.
Why did we send an unarmed drone to observe and send back streaming video instead of arming it with Hellfire missiles? Or if it was armed, why weren't the missiles fired?
Rush Limbaugh thinks it was politics. President Obama's re-election campaign has few accomplishments to point to, so Rush believes they felt it imperative to keep up the myth that Obama had destroyed Al Qaeda by killing bin Laden. Keeping up the myth meant ignoring the real and growing expansion of Al Qaeda. A full blown military intervention doesn't go with their preferred story that an insulting video inflamed a spontaneous mob.
Everything was sacrificed to the goal of acting as if the jihadi war against America was inconsequential. Libya was to be 'normalized.' Not by doing the actual work of stabilizing the country, but by our Administration refusing to station Marines there to protect our ambassador. The attack on our embassy was normalized by treating it like a spontaneous demonstration, nothing you would scramble a Specter AC-130 for.
Ambassador Bolton thinks Obama is blinded by his ideology.
Perhaps our President truly believes Islam is a religion of peace, and only provocative American behavior causes attacks on us. There is no danger, because there is no resurgent jihadi movement at war with western civilization, just some criminal fanatics that can be dealt with on an individual basis. If you truly believe that, then it almost makes sense to note the Libyan dislike of armed Marines guarding our ambassador and use unarmed locals instead. Forcing Stevens to do without military protection was apparently the State Department's idea of diplomacy. According to State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, testifying at the October 11 congressional hearings on the Benghazi cover-up, "In deference to sensitivity to Libyan practice the guards at Benghazi were unarmed."
Yet Rush's theory that the lack of security in Libya was about electoral politics is supported by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Congressman Issa believes that Clinton and Obama were directly involved in operations in Libya. 'These critical foreign policy decisions are not made by low or mid-level career officials -- they are typically made through a structured and well-reasoned process that includes the National Security Council and the White House,' Issa wrote in a letter to Obama.
The scandal now has erupted far beyond why our Libyan embassy was left so vulnerable to a jihadi attack on 9/11/12.
Our President chose to let these four men fight for seven hours and die alone in that Benghazi compound. How and why did Obama decide not to help them?
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