Friday, September 21, 2012
Once again, last week’s attacks on our embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi have the Obama administration denying that Islamic terrorism exists. It would rather have you believe that an obscure Indy film produced by a right-wing religious nut in Southern California was responsible for the “spontaneous protests” that led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. This latest “man-made disaster,” as the administration likes to call terrorist events, was in fact a pre-planned attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. This wasn’t an act of “workplace violence,” as the administration described the Ft. Hood, Texas murders committed by Jihad Major Nidal Hasan. According to Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, "everyone is determined" to catch the heavily armed militants who launched the assault. Too bad President Obama isn’t as determined as he is. He also said that the U.S. embassy was warned of the pending attack three days prior. This revelation, of course, does not fit into the template of our beloved president who is supposed to be admired by the world, especially Muslims. The fact the attack occurred on the anniversary of 9/11 is being ignored, but this is what FBI agents call a “clue.” According to a Libyan security guard at the consulate, protests were not going on at the Benghazi consulate that day. It wasn’t until about 9:30 p.m. local time that the assault occurred. Obviously it was a pre-planned attack on a poorly fortified building, absent of any marine guards, in which the attackers had to have known the ambassador would be inside to attend a scheduled event the next day. Speaking of marines, the word is that marines were forbidden to carry loaded weapons while guarding the U.S. embassy in Tripoli. I wouldn’t doubt it. The ambassador at any U.S. embassy is the direct representative of the President of the United States in the foreign country. What he says goes, and there is rarely discussion about his decisions. If Ambassador Stevens told the marines to carry unloaded weapons, then it’s the same as if President Obama himself is giving the order. If true, the marines had no option but to be disarmed. I wouldn’t doubt that in the mind of a diplomat, the appearance of an armed marine sends the wrong signal to the host country nationals. In 2000, this same flawed logic took place in Yemen, leading to the almost sinking of the USS Cole. Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, instructed the captain of the USS Cole to dock at the port of Aden to refuel instead of using the off-shore pipeline built specifically to protect U.S. shipping from terrorists. Ambassador Bodine later said she didn’t want the USS Cole to give the appearance the crew was afraid of the Yemeni people or a terrorist attack. The rest is history. Seventeen sailors died in this event that could have been prevented if she had used common sense instead of putting on a diplomatic face. To compound the problem, Ambassador Bodine did everything within her power to thwart the FBI’s investigation of al-Qaeda and its role in the Cole bombing, denying necessary resources, weapons, manpower and equipment that lead supervisory special agent, John P. O’Neill, required for his investigation. She later denied his Yemeni country clearance to keep him away from the embassy. When ambassadors like that are in charge, bad things always seem to happen. Mr. O’Neill retired from the FBI out of frustration with his negative encounters with Ambassador Bodine. He took the position as the head of security of the World Trade Center and was killed during 9/11; yet another attack by al-Qaeda, that many experts believe the planning may have been discovered if O’Neill’s agents had been allowed to properly conduct their investigation. In an effort to divert attention away from the president’s failed Middle East policies, President Jimmy Carter’s grandson suddenly releases a secretly recorded video tape of Mitt Romney back in May talking about the “47 percent” of Americans who don’t pay income taxes. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and all other diplomats can spin the Libyan attacks all they want, but it won’t bring back Ambassador Stevens and the three staffers killed that day by, dare I say, terrorists.