The foreign policy disaster the Obama Administration wishes would just disappear continues to grow larger as more facts surface. From the get-go, it was obvious the event had many question marks surrounding it and that, with actual investigation, much would become clearer over time. As we discussed in the previous post on the Libyan Embassy attack and the murder of our Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, the acts were blamed on the barely-viewed YouTube video and a random protest-turned-violent outside of the embassy. President Obama himself, even after others in his administration halted the charade, refused to call it a terrorist attack and, even in front of the U.N. General Assembly weeks later, continued to blame the video itself. Time has passed, and the facts continue to pour in. The cover-up is now under investigation.
Starting today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will begin scrutinizing the facts and interviewing multiple people with knowledge of the attack. The key components to the investigation will be to see what failures occurred prior to the attack that allowed it to occur and, subsequently, what was done to suppress the real truth from coming out. As if the event itself weren’t already horrific enough, the fact that our government was so ill-prepared and willing to pull the wool over our eyes make Watergate look like a tea party.
In a matter of one month, the attack went from being described as a protest to not being a protest at all – both accounts coming from the State Department and high-ranking Administration officials. The new report is this: on the evening of the attack, the streets of Benghazi, Libya were quiet. There were no protesters and Ambassador Stevens and his staff were winding down for the day. In the dead of night, terrorists attacked the compound, setting it ablaze and opening fire as the escape attempt began. This was one of many lies. It was known all along that no YouTube video caused this attack. No protests were ongoing, yet the highest officials in the government refused to admit the truth. One month later, the lie has finally been admitted.
Failure and incompetence reigned in the lead-up to September 11, 2012. One of the individuals who will be questioned at today’s congressional hearing is Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood, who has stated that he asked the State Department to allow him and his Security Support Team to remain in Libya because of information they had regarding a build-up of outside fighters entering Libya from Egypt and headed for Benghazi. This was on top of the fact that there were repeated attacks and security threats to U.S. personnel in the region over an extended period of time. The individual receiving the request, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs Charlene Lamb, refused, saying that the compound in Libya provided enough of a safe-haven in case of an attack, particularly the safe room, which was supposedly impenetrable. This ended up being the room Ambassador Stevens was trapped in and where he eventually succumbed to smoke inhalation as fumes from burning diesel fuel inside the compound filled the safe room.
Ambassador Stevens himself let it be known that he feared for his life. In his journal, found after the attack, he wrote that he felt he was on al-Qaeda’s hit list. One of the other Americans killed texted that very evening that he may not live through the night. All those on the front lines knew they were in danger and made it very clear to the State Department that the Embassy needed additional security, yet were rejected numerous times. Another individual who will testify in the hearing today, Ex-State Department security officer Eric Nordstrom, also contacted the State Department on multiple occasions in March and July requesting additional security months before the attack. He received no response. He also reported to them that he feared the Libyans who were jointly assisting with security would not defend the U.S. interests if they were attacked because the State Department had failed to pay them for months. Not paid?! Combine the fact that there was little to no U.S. provided security AND a begrudged Libyan security group, it ultimately spelled disaster. Heads should roll, but a month later, no one has been held accountable.
Barack Obama went to bed. Remember this fact when you go to the polls November 6. It has been widely reported that President Obama was made aware of the attacks within 90 minutes of their start and also knew that they could not locate Ambassador Stevens or verify whether he was still alive. Knowing this information, Barack Obama went to bed. Chilling? Maddening? Despicable? You choose the term, but regardless of what you would call his actions, one thing is for certain: this dereliction of duty is reason enough to permanently end his presidency.
Surprisingly, the media has begun to investigate more deeply and provide previously unreported information to the public. Why? Because they now realize the extent of the lies that have been told to them. More facts will continue to come forward. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be forced to confront a cover-up that may ultimately end her career in public office. There is no longer a place to hide. The facts are damning, and America deserves to know what happened. Our leaders are extensions of the people, and the lies we have been continually told for four years are finally being observed. In four weeks, we’ll find out how badly America wants a return to the truth.