As President Obama continues to cling to revisionist history about his administration’s PR campaign to downplay the “self-evident” terrorist attack (which the White House was notified of within hours), and to spin the organized raid on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya as a protest that took place due to a YouTube video, the testimony of the #2 diplomat in Libya at the time Gregory Hicks and surveillance camera footage fly in the face of such assertions.
Now it appears that the Obama administration is still trying to hold on to that false narrative, which was trotted out to mislead the American people ahead of a fairly closely contested election. The president had made a statement at the DNC convention that al Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.”
The president’s campaign would not have wanted clear evidence that an al Qaeda affiliate, Ansar al-Sharia, was involved in what appears to be a retaliatory strike for the U.S.’ killing of al Qaeda terrorist Abu Yahya al-Libi at a U.S. diplomatic facility under cover of regional protests.
The talking point about the non-existent protest was repeated not only at the state funeral for the Benghazi victims and to the families of the deceased, but was interwoven into the president’s recent interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
But the intelligence community surely was aware of al Qaeda threats to our diplomatic facilities before the heavily armed Benghazi raid. Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, had called for strikes in the region days before the Benghazi raid; nonetheless, there was no increase in security within Libya during the anniversary of 9/11.
CIA security personnel and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed from mortar fire seven hours after the White House learned of the Benghazi raid. They had disavowed multiple stand down orders, and bravely fought to aid our diplomatic personnel when the chain-of-command had failed to do its duty.
As testimony from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey clearly demonstrate, no rescue operation for those under siege at Benghazi was even undertaken.
A recent Senate report concluded that the deaths of four servicemen at Benghazi were “preventable.” There had been multiple violent attacks in Libya prior to the raid on the Benghazi diplomatic facility, which was extricated by the CIA from the talking points, according to Herridge’s report.
It may very well be that the mindset was to not jeopardize the 2012 election for President Obama; and furthermore, the future election chances of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an obvious 2016 hopeful. Morrell’s involvement in changing the talking points appears to be a golden thread.
The New York Times recently floated a duplicitous piece on Benghazi that was a whitewash of Hillary Clinton’s role in the security debacle. Far from answering the 3 am phone call, she failed to convene a Counter-terrorism Security Group that could have organized an In-extremis Force to come to the aid of American servicemen in harm’s way.
The liberal “paper of record” was recently blasted for its reportage that al Qaeda’s role in the Benghazi terrorist attack was unclear not only by conservative Republican Trey Gowdy, but moderate Republican Senator John McCain, and liberal Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Before Mike Morrell left the CIA, he disclosed to the Wall Street Journal his interest in “advising future presidential campaigns.” Morrell then joined Beacon Global Strategies, a firm founded by Phillippe Reines, who has been described as Hillary Clinton’s “principal gatekeeper.” Morrell is currently a paid contributor for CBS News.
The Obama administration counts on a virtual monopoly of information to keep the truth from coming out; thus its open disdain for Fox News and talk radio. But unfortunately for those who mislead the American people, there are a diversity of sources trying to find out the truth.