Were the attacks at Benghazi on September 11, 2012 a significant event or not? Yes. Was the attack responded to appropriately before, during, after by our government? In my opinion – No! Here’s what we currently know about the events of in Benghazi, Libya, as well as what happened before and after according to what’s been reported and what I have gathered together:
- For a number of months, after numerous smaller attacks, and prior to the September 11, 2012 attack that ultimately resulted in the murder of four Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens (who was first raped, tortured, paraded in the streets, and then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead), Ambassador Stevens, and a number of security personnel in Libya, had repeatedly contacted the U.S. State Department and requested more security. Instead of more security, they had much of the existing security removed (there is much speculation that the administration wanted to “normalize” relations with Libya in order to go along with the narrative that Obama had all but destroyed the threat of Al-Qaeda, and by helping to knock the Libyan dictator Gadhafi , he had established a peaceful pro-American democracy – this was all good narrative to help with his re-election bid).
- The attack on our consulate in Benghazi started late in the evening of September 11 (a date that until this year had inspired greater security at all embassies around the world since the infamous attacks eleven years earlier) about 9:40 p.m.; the attack was sudden, well organized, well-armed and quite deliberate. The consulate was set on fire. One consulate worker, Sean Smith, was evidently killed early in the attack.
- Several e-mails requesting military help were sent out in the first hour or the attack from the consulate to multiple U.S. Government agencies, including the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Defense and the White House.
- No reinforcements were sent by our government – we could have had aircraft and military help in within about an hour. Only two drones were brought into the area providing real-time video back to Washington D.C. for members of our government to watch live, including the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Defense and the White House.
- Within about two hours of this attack, the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia, an affiliation with al Qaeda, had claimed credit for the attack on the consulate.
- The CIA operatives at a safe house, about a mile and a half from the consulate, heard the shots coming from the consulate and contacted superiors requesting permission to go to the consulate and help the Ambassador and the others that were under assault. The CIA installation requested to go and help three times and were repeatedly denied and told to stand down. Finally, Tyrone Woods, a CIA security member and former Navy SEAL, along with two others, disregarded the orders and drove to the consulate to help, where they found the body of Sean Smith and retrieved it; the Ambassador was missing from the scene. They took Smith’s body and returned to the safe house.
- A few hours later, at about 4:00 a.m., the secret CIA safe house came under attack, evidently pointed out to the terrorists by members of the very Libyan security detail that replaced our Marines to “protect” our Ambassador. Again, requests for reinforcements were sent out, but none were sent. By the end of this engagement, both Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, another former Navy SEAL on the CIA security team, had been hit by mortal fire, while fighting off the terrorists from the safe house roofs – both were killed.
- As it turned out, the missing Ambassador was dropped off as a hospital after it was too late to save his life, and after he had been tortured, humiliated, and paraded through the streets of Benghazi.
- By the next morning, the apparent cover-up by the administration started. The State Department and the White House put out a story that this was a spontaneous attack that started when angry people protesting a very obscure and amateurish anti-Muslim YouTube video that had been put by an American, and they also claimed that there was absolutely no proof of any kind that this was a premeditated terror attack; this entire story was eventually completely discredited and proven wrong. After all, our government was able to watch the attacks live while they were going on, and they knew about the terrorist claims on the attacks.
- The Obama administration tried their best to keep the narrative of this not being a terrorist attack, but rather a protest over a YouTube video that got out of control. This narrative was pushed for several days by Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney (Obama’s press secretary) repeatedly claimed that this was not a terrorist attack for a week or more, it was pushed heavily on Sunday, September 16th by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice when she went on five different Sunday morning news shows and repeated the same story, and finally it was pushed by President Obama himself when he went on “The David Letterman Show” on September 18th, on “The View” on September 24th, and when he went to the United Nations and spoke on September 25th and mentioned the video six times in his speech.
The Benghazi terrorist attacks are looking more and more as if they were a totally unnecessary tragedy. Had there been the repeatedly requested adequate U.S. military security available, rather than less than loyal or capable local rent-a-security, our Ambassador and the other three killed may have had a fighting chance. (As a side note, the two former Navy SEALS that died both deserve to posthumously receive metals for their heroism, as well as some of the others that disobeyed orders and helped at the consulate, as well as at the CIA safe house). Had the several requests during the attacks for military backup been honored, at least two of the dead may have survived to see another day. To make matters even worse, rather than telling the American public the truth about what happened, who knew what, what we knew and when we knew it, the President and his administration went into misinformation mode immediately after the attack, and tried repeatedly to change the “facts” and blame the attacks on a lame YouTube video that hardly anyone had seen and a protest that got out of control – there never was a protest in Benghazi, and the video never had anything to do with the violence; this is appearing more and more to be a deliberate conspiracy to cover up all the true facts about Benghazi and what it actually was -- a well-planned terrorist attack aimed specifically at the United States. Back in the ‘70’s, there was a little thing called the “Watergate Conspiracy”, in which a President was forced to resign from office (or most likely be impeached), not because he committed the original offense, but because he covered it up and lied. No one died in Watergate, but four died and a number were injured in Benghazi , and we still don’t have all the answers – which one was worse? So far the “most transparent Presidency ever” has not been very transparent or forthcoming, particularly just before the upcoming Presidential election.