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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

My Heart Breaks for Bhengazhi

I feel that one of the consequences of a second Obama term is that we may never know the truth about how four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens were left to die during an eight hour attack in Benghazi, Libya.

President Obama deflected all questions about Bengazi during the campaign. Mitt Romney did not press the issue which analysts are saying may have contributed to his defeat. The Non-Fox media hasn’t touched the story, a story some say is bigger than Watergate.

If you depend on Non-Fox media for your news then you may not be aware so here us the timeline according to
Sept. 11: The Attack

2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:30 p.m. Benghazi time): U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens steps outside the consulate to say goodbye to a Turkish diplomat. There are no protesters at this time. (“Everything is calm at 8:30,” a State Department official would later say at an Oct. 9 background briefing for reporters. “There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.”)

3 p.m.: Ambassador Stevens retires to his bedroom for the evening. (See Oct. 9 briefing.)

Approximately 3:40 p.m. A security agent at the Benghazi compound hears “loud noises” coming from the front gate and “gunfire and an explosion.” A senior State Department official at the Oct. 9 briefing says that “the camera on the main gate reveals a large number of people – a large number of men, armed men, flowing into the compound.”

About 4 p.m.: This is the approximate time of attack that was given to reporters at a Sept. 12 State Department background briefing. An administration official identified only as “senior administration official one” provides an official timeline of events at the consulate, but only from the time of the attack — not prior to the attack. The official says, “The compound where our office is in Benghazi began taking fire from unidentified Libyan extremists.” (Six of the next seven entries in this timeline — through 8:30 p.m. EDT — all come from the Sept. 12 briefing. The exception being the 6:07 p.m. entry, which comes from Reuters.)

About 4:15 p.m.: “The attackers gained access to the compound and began firing into the main building, setting it on fire. The Libyan guard force and our mission security personnel responded. At that time, there were three people inside the building: Ambassador Stevens, one of our regional security officers, and Information Management Officer Sean Smith.”

Between 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.: Sean Smith is found dead.

About 4:45 p.m.: “U.S. security personnel assigned to the mission annex tried to regain the main building, but that group also took heavy fire and had to return to the mission annex.”

About 5:20 p.m.: “U.S. and Libyan security personnel … regain the main building and they were able to secure it.”

Around 6 p.m.: “The mission annex then came under fire itself at around 6 o’clock in the evening our time, and that continued for about two hours. It was during that time that two additional U.S. personnel were killed and two more were wounded during that ongoing attack.”

6:07 p.m.: The State Department’s Operations Center sends an email to the White House, Pentagon, FBI and other government agencies that said Ansar al-Sharia has claimed credit for the attack on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. (The existence of the email was not disclosed until Reuters reported it on Oct. 24.)

About 8:30 p.m.: “Libyan security forces were able to assist us in regaining control of the situation. At some point in all of this – and frankly, we do not know when – we believe that Ambassador Stevens got out of the building and was taken to a hospital in Benghazi. We do not have any information what his condition was at that time. His body was later returned to U.S. personnel at the Benghazi airport.”

About 10:00 p.m.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issues a statement confirming that one State official was killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Her statement, which MSNBC postedat 10:32 p.m., made reference to the anti-Muslim video.

Request for help from those under fire were denied three times. All sorts of excuses came from the White House. They said they didn’t have enough information even though they were watching the attack in real time. They maintained for two weeks that it wasn’t a terrorist attack, a claim they had to retract and Obama changed his story to say he called it a terror attack as early as Sept.12th However, At no time did Obama convene the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG) whose sole purpose is to muster anti-terrorist assets during a terror attack.

In an interview Obama said that he gave an order that night to use whatever resources were available to secure the consulate and the America lives there. That order was not followed. No help was sent. Niether has the White House produced evidence of that order.

So here we are after the election. There are no new developments in the story. I believe Obama will do whatever it takes to bury the truth. This has all the markings of an Epic Fail in the Oval Office and Barak is not going to let that mar his legacy building term. He’ll pick a fall guy and dump the blame on him, business as usual for Barak H. Obama.

What Does the Future Hold

Obama was gracious during his victory speech. He spoke to a bright future and fixing America’s problems. But will he keep his promise to reach across the aisle and heal the nation? In a word; No.

People are already harkening Obama’s second term to that of Bill Clinton where he made his famous move towards the center. Clinton was able to compromise with the Republicans to get things done. It is wishful thinking to believe Obama will do the same. After all why should he move? Why should he do anything any differently than he already has? Why should he start keeping promises now?

He won’t and here’s why; Today is November 7th. Politically we are in the exact same place we were on November 5th. Obama is President, the Dems have the Senate and the Republicans have the House. We have no budget and unemployment is still high. This is Obama’s America. We are where we are because of his policies and he did nothing to keep us from getting here. In fact he drove us here. He has no incentive to change his approach to governing this nation and his approach is “Tax and Spend”. I see Obama taking this, the last opportunity he will ever have, to ram his reckless socialist agenda down this nation’s throat.

So what does the future hold? More lies, more cover-ups, more executive orders, more attacks on the Constitution, more attacks on individual liberties, more fiscal irresponsibility, in short more of the same.

Another Four Years

Disappointment doesn’t even begin to adequately my feelings about yesterday’s election results. I would say I am disappointed in my fellow Americans but truthfully those who voted to retain Obama were low in my sight to begin with. I just didn’t realize there were so many of them.

Already the 20/20 hindsight is kicking in and everybody is pointing fingers here and there at this failed approach and that unsound tactic. You can look anywhere in conservative cyberspace and find ample commentary so I won’t dwell on it. Although I do want to focus on one point: polls.

Throughout the campaign we were told that according to the polls Obama was in deep trouble and Romney was either going to win by a narrow margin or by the same margin that Obama actually had. Why? They said that the polls could not play out the same way they did in 2008 and that in light of their more informed interpretation of poll data, Romney had it in the bag. Election night proved them wrong and lo and behold it played out exactly as the polls predicted. The response on Fox news? “Oh the polls were right??!!” Shock and awe. So essentially they had this data and they said “Look if we look at this differently our chances are much better. Let’s ignore the predicted outcome in favor of this better result and plan accordingly”. .Didn’t anybody bother to think that maybe they should have a contingency plan since this approach was similar to putting on rose colored glasses? The election played out almost exactly as it did in 2008 which turned out to be a big surprise to the Republicans. Even big thinkers like Karl Rove was way off in his predictions. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The answer was there all the time.