Sunday, May 12, 2013

What is the Benghazi Scandal? A Simple 10 Point Explanation

The Benghazi Scandal is now bigger then Watergate according to some political analysts

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attack. 

On September 11, 2012 a Libyan CIA safe house was attacked by a mob of angry Muslims. 
The Obama 2012 campaign ran on the premise that since Obama had killed Osama, Al Qaeda and Islamic Jihadism were no longer an issue. Therefore the administration sought to cover up the terrorist attack by presenting it as Muslims angered by the anti Mohammed video. For the people that haven't followed the Benghazi Scandal we have recapped the entire story in 10 easy points:

1. The Attack

Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, died in the assault carried out with rocket propelled grenades by a large terrorist force of 60 to 80 men of Al Qaeda in Libya, called Ansar Al Sharia. Five other consulate staff members were seriously injured in the attack on the CIA safe house. The mortally wounded Ambassador was taken to a hospital, we now know to have been under the control of Ansar Al Sharia.

Dutch journalist @HaraldDoornbos had a scoop which led immediately to Congress sending a letter to the State Department, demanding clarification. The newly discovered documents he found in the wreckage of the mission revealed that the Benghazi police department had not responded to requests for more security during the visit of Ambassador Chris Stevens. 

2. Official reaction of the Obama administration

On a Sunday after the attack Hillary Clinton's Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice hit the talk show circuit with a number of talking points, asserting that at the root of the attack were "Muslims infuriated over the anti Mohammed video". Hillary was angered by the insult to "a great religion". Obama shared her view and went as far as declaring that in front of the United Nation's General Assembly. 

3. General Petraeus Fired

The episode led to more questions than it solved: if Petraeus was under investigation by the FBI while in Afghanistan, why was he appointed CIA chief? Why did it take the Pentagon 19 hours to respond to the attack. 
Then another top General, John Allen was caught up in the scandal.

4. Hillary Clinton testifies and lies

In  January, Hillary Clinton finally testified for the House Committee in an outrageous performance featuring awful acting, tearjerkers, fake rage and out right lies. She may well be known for the rest of her life for ejaculating in anger: "What difference does it make?" while she let the Jihadist cat out of the bag.

5. The reason why the White House changed the documents

April 24 saw a report which faulted Clinton for security lapses and claimed the White House changed Susan Rice's talking points. We now know there were as many as 12 revisions. The State Dept. removed all references to terrorism and Al Qaeda, emails between the administration officials show. The reason was to obscure the fact the attack was terrorist in nature.

6. A Special Op Whistleblower speaks

On April 20 a special operator with knowledge of the affair told Fox News in an exclusive interview the government had the ability to “react and respond” to the attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member remained anonymous (part 1part 2.

7. The Government hired Al Qaida

On  May 5 it was revealed the government had hired an Al Qaeda linked group to defend the Benghazi mission. That day the first member of the mainstream media jumped ship. Watch Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation!

8. Official Hearing of 3 more Whistleblowers: Big Revelations

Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 10 were three career State Department officials, known as the whistleblowers:  
  • Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the terrorist attacks; 
  • Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau; 
  • Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks. 
These are the 14 revelations that came out of these hearings
  1. Gregory Hicks was instructed not to speak with a Congressional investigator by Sec. Hillary Clinton's chief of staff. When he refused, the State Department dispatched an attorney to act as a "minder".
  2. The State Dept. instantly gave a "blistering critique" of Hicks' leadership. He was subsequently "effectively demoted." Hicks called Rice's talking points "stunning" and "embarrassing."
  3. Hicks called the anti Mohammed video a "non-event" in Libya. He and others on the ground -- including Ambassador Stevens -- recognized the raid as a coordinated terrorist attack from the very beginning.
  4. A small, armed US force in Tripoli was told it did not have the authority to deploy to Benghazi in the midst of the attack. Twice.
  5. Eric Nordstrom said that Clinton "absolutely" knew of his (and Stevens') repeated requests for an increased security presence in Libya. Furthermore, the Benghazi compound was operating below the bare minimum global security standard for US diplomatic missions.
  6. Stevens was stationed at the vulnerable Benghazi CIA compound on a dangerous symbolic date at the behest of Clinton, who wished to make that diplomatic mission a permanent outpost.
  7. Nordstrom stated that elements of the lightly-armed Libyan militia group tasked with protecting the consulate were "certainly" complicit in the attacks.
  8. mortally wounded Amb. Stevens was taken to a hospital controlled by the Islamist extremist group Ansar Al-Sharia, responsible for the assault. Administration officials initially pointed to locals rushing Stevens to a local hospital as evidence of local goodwill from protesters.
  9. The US government did not seek permission from the Libyan government to fly any aircraft into Libyan airspace, aside from a drone. The witnesses testified that they believe the Libyan government would have complied with any such request.
  10. Both the President and the Prime Minister of Libya speaking to Hicks during the attack, defined it as terrorist in nature. They never referred to it as "a protest" over a video. 
  11. Despite committee Democrats' repeated claims and leading questions, reduced funding had absolutely nothing to do with the inadequate security presence on the ground.
  12. Oversight Democrats tried to cast doubt on Mark Thompson's credibility, suggesting that he'd declined to participate in the administration's ARB probeThompson corrected the record.
  13. During her Congressional testimony on Benghazi, Clinton memorably asked, "what difference does it make?" in regards to the provenance of the administration's incorrect talking points. Gregory Hicks and Eric Nordstrom both answered that question. Hicks in granular detail.
  14. Rice's talking points contradicted the view of the President of Libya, who had just said on national  television the attack was a terrorist operation. This diplomatic spat resulted in the FBI obtaining permission to investigate the scene only after 17 days!

9. Obama knew

It is not possible Obama could not have known about the attack. And when it was over, he went to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. The Commander-in-Chief simply abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief.

10. Latest info and preliminary conclusion

An additional, speculative but very compelling scenario to the story might be that the administration had been running arms from the war in Libya to the largely Islamist rebel forces in Syria. Read:

- The Washington Times: GAFFNEY: The real reason behind Benghazigate Was Obama gun-walking arms to jihadists?

- Fox News: Arms shipments traveled from Libya to anti-Assad fighters, sources say

The morally defunct Democrat Party will do anything to stay in power. In the pomo world, winning at all cost is the name of the game! See how the Obama Administration changed its story about the terrorist attack over time.

The Benghazi scandal has the potential to unseat both Obama and Hillary Clinton. Optimistic opponents would see Obama impeached and Clinton's chances as presidential nominee reduced to zero.

The mainstream media are for the time being keeping mum about the cover up. CNN, ABC, CBS refuse to do their job. Pomoland shall continue to inform you about Benghazi Gate. Check our Live Blog that is updated as news is poring in.