It smells funny. Its not the sulphur in a Libya oil field, but more like rotting fish on the Delaware… There would ostensibly have been enough time. The so-called mob, after sacking the KFC franchise, apparently had enough casual spare time on their hands to gobble down all the fried chicken therein and swill the soda pop, and then torch the shack down. Although Fox is a right-wing rag, a repair for some element of kooks like Pat Buchanan and a few blood libelists; an outfit that demonizes anyone that is not white, middle-class and preferably WASPY, the American equivalent of the Daily Mail, or is that Daily Heil- after all they did chummy with the Nazis in WWII- there is something to this Libya drama of the September 11 death of ambassador Stevens that won’t go away, like a bad rash, and it seems a little more substantial than the typical Fox faux outrage, pose and gesture show that permits racists and fear mongers to masquerade as patriots and conservatives…
( see link at end)…A retired senior military official said he has been told by “sources” that President Barack Obama was at the White House watching in real time as the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took place September 11. If true, surveillance of the attack as it unfolded would have come from a pair of unarmed drones that were dispatched to the scene and recorded the tail end of the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two former Navy SEALs.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who served as a senior operations officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan in 2003, told Fox News that the attack unfolded during the “middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down. According to my sources [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this.”
According to another Fox News report, urgent requests from CIA operators in the area were repeatedly denied as the attack was underway, and later as the CIA annex came under attack, with an order coming down twice from the CIA chain of command for the CIA operatives to “stand down” shortly after they heard shots fired at the consulate at 9:40 p.m. September 11.
Shaffer said pressure is mounting on Obama to explain what he knew — and what he could have done to possibly save lives as the attack was underway. “He, only he, could issue a directive to Secretary of Defense Panetta to do something,” Shaffer said. “That’s the only place it could be done.” Panetta has insisted that the White House did not intervene because it lacked information on what exactly was happening on the ground at the consulate….
…Fox reported that the two drones directed to Benghazi shortly after the attack began were both “capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. Any U.S. official or agency with the proper clearance, including the White House Situation Room, State Department, CIA, Pentagon and others, could call up that video in real time on their computers.”
Seven hours after he had made his way to the consulate and helped to rescue the remaining staff, Woods, along with fellow former SEAL Glen Doherty, was killed by a mortar attack on the CIA annex. Those seven hours, said military observers, provided plenty of opportunity for forces to come to the aid of those on the ground in Benghazi.
Additionally, reported Fox News, sources on the ground during the attack said that a “special operator on the roof of the CIA annex had visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that was targeting the CIA annex. The operators were calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces were firing from.” Although the operator repeatedly requested for a Spectre gunship to respond and take out the mortar, no help ever arrived.
Shaffer told Fox News’ Heather Childers that the evidence against the Obama administration is “very damning.” He recalled that when President Reagan was briefed on a threat against U.S. students in Grenada in 1983, “it took six hours to plan the invasion of a country. Six hours…. So you’re telling me we can plan and execute an invasion of a country in six hours but we can’t send support to protect our embassy and the staff within six hours? Are you kidding me? ” He added that the United States “did have what we call fast teams available in Italy, and there were other capabilities which were local. All these things could and should have been implemented.”…Read More:http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/13435-did-obama-watch-in-%E2%80%9Creal-time%E2%80%9D-as-benghazi-attack-unfolded
Where the Fox narrative gets incoherent is the absent reporting on connecting Obama’s passivity with its counterpart in the passive-aggressive complex, that aspect that showed itself in the Bani Walid tragedy of last week which was off the radar. It was NATO backed Libyan militias that put the city under siege and killed plenty while displacing thousands, all without any outcry and fanfare from human rights organizations…. After Stevens’s death, the American tone in Syria dropped several decibels and a few audible noises arose above the din about Salafists kooks,and fanatics of all stripes. In all, placing the whole adventure into a kind of holding pattern. Was the death of the US Ambassador the ripe fruit of what American foreign policy has sown or something even approaching a kind of self-destruct design to serve broader objectives and adjustments in policy?
(see link at end)…The request for help was sent by these brave, now dead, men – at least three times. The answer was “no”.
Someone made the decision to not send help. Who?
The decision would have been that of one man – the president.
There was a similar decision profile in October 1983, regarding a little place known as Grenada….
The Cubans were making inroads on the island and there was evidence that U.S. students attending a medical school there were endanger and likely to become hostages of the Cubans and Grenadian government. These Americans were in immediate danger.
There was a tense meeting in the White House situation room of President Reagan’s cabinet. After a short debate on the issues, Reagan called for a vote to use military force to rescue the Americans.
Only three of his cabinet voted to yes to take action…SecDef Cap Weinberger voted no. One of the three “yes” votes was Ronald Reagan.
I am told he said something to the effect “Gentlemen, I appreciate your vote – but unfortunately, my vote counts more than yours – we are going”. And we went.
Operation Urgent Fury was born – and over a six hour (that is right six hour) planning process, the first U.S. forces arrived in Grenada – lead by the US Marine Corps and the Army’s Rangers and 82nd Airborne.
There was huge uncertainty — we had just come off of the 1980 failed attempt to rescue the U.S. hostages in Iran that ended badly at a staging area called “Desert One”.
There was also a lack of intelligence – it came to individuals calling via a phone-booth into the Pentagon to be patched into the Navy to coordinate artillery fire….
Oh, yeah- and President Reagan did not even inform our closest ally, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, of the invasion. Grenada was a British protectorate. He apologized later.
The students were rescued, preventing another hostage crisis similar to the one that had hobbled the Carter Administration.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/30/to-live-and-die-in-benghazi-libya-without-leadership-from-america/#ixzz2At1fO46w
Your tax dollars at work. Klass. The purity of arms. The “good guys” capable of democratic, open, secular self-determination. People of dialogue and understanding and profoundly sensitive to the realities to the region. Op-ed color story material for the Sunday New York Times feature spread filled with juicy prose from Thomas Freidman and Robert Fisk:
(see link at end)…In Pakistan, the staff of the US embassy in Islamabad was placed in serious danger after being ordered to host a homosexual pride event. Pakistanis rioted outside the embassy and burned American flags.
Friends of Christopher Stevens in Chicago say he was gay. A member of the Serbian diplomatic team based in Chicago told HillBuzz.org that the State Department knowingly sent a gay man to be the ambassador of Libya. HillBuzz.org reports “in Chicago’s diplomatic circles at least there is no doubt that Chris Stevens was gay.”
The question is, did Hillary Clinton know this? If so, she knowingly sent him into an environment where his presence would be considered a provocation. Hillary Clinton’s track record in North Africa is absolutely dismal. The US State Department has successfully turned Libya and Egypt upside down and placed militant Islam in charge of those nations. Read More:http://www.examiner.com/article/did-hillary-clinton-send-gay-ambassador-to-libya-as-intentional-provocation
…(see link at end)…Michelangelo Signorile from the Huffington Post sums up the various rumors:
1) Ambassador Christopher Stevens was gay; 2) that the Obama administration is responsible for his death because it had the supposedly terrible judgment to send a gay man to an Islamic country, or even did it as an intentional provocation, and; 3) that Stevens’ corpse was dragged outside and sodomized by an angry mob because that’s what Muslims do — they have sex with the dead bodies of gay men.
The gay rumors seem to have originated on Hillbuzz.com, the website of Kevin DuJan, who also believes that President Obama is gay. DuJan uses the very, very shaky sourcing of a “Serbian consulate employee [who] identified himself to me as ‘Dino’ and wouldn’t give me any more of a name than that, but told me it was no secret that Chris Stevens was gay and that ‘it was stupid to send him to Libya as the ambassador when he was a known homosexual.’” Read More:http://www.salon.com/2012/09/17/rumor_mongering_around_chris_stevens_death/