Benghazigate: What is being lied about, going unasked? – UPDATE

That the president and his administration has lied to the American people about what happened at Benghazi on September 11 is undeniable.

Today is October 29. It’s been six weeks and our incurious press (apparently intuiting that if the administration first lied about the story and has now clammed up about it, it mustn’t serve Obama’s re-election efforts) is helpfully ignoring the story. The bird-dog press, who like to say the “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comforted” are doing nothing to make the president uncomfortable; they’re launching no investigations; they’re asking no questions, not even simple, obvious ones, like:

1) If no one gave an order to “stand down” who gave the order to “go save”?

2) If no one gave an order to “go save” just what exactly did the President, the Sec State and the Sec Defense do while they watched Benghazi burn over seven hours. There must be some paper trail, somewhere, that shows us that responsible action was taken, yes?

3) Did they all just vote “present?”

4) Why would you go to the UN, and lie about what happened in Benghazi to the whole world, even as your own spokespeople were admitting that the situation there had nothing to do with a damn video?

5) Was this a gun-running operation? Or some kind of October political theatrical gone bad?

5) People in your administration lied to the public. Should not a few resignations be on the president’s desk? Why isn’t the president asking for them?

6) Does lying not matter any more?

These are not unreasonable questions, and they’re the questions Brian Williams and Chris Matthews and the New York Times and every other news outlet would — quite justifiably — be asking of any other president, particularly if he had an R after his name. And yet, the press will not ask them of Obama.

I mean, do you remember the unending umbrage taken at the “outting” of Valerie Plame (which actually occurred thanks to Democrat Richard Armitage) — don’t you think the unresponded-to attack on our consulate, the apparent disregard for the lives of our Ambassador and others in service to the nation is at least as big a deal as the Plame story?

No? Seems to me it’s at least as big a story as “Plamegate” and possibly bigger (and worse) than Watergate

Why do I keep thinking of A Few Good Men and Col. Jessup writing the travel orders after the murder of a marine? If a paper trail suddenly emerges, can we even trust it, anymore?

A few days ago I had someone in the press tell me there are no “credible” headlines on the Benghazi story, but that he’d pay attention if something showed up in the real, mainstream media. You know, the media that refuses to ask a single question or do the tiniest bit of investigative journalism — call a few sources, even if only to get something with which they can defend the administration.

That’s interesting, isn’t it? The media aren’t just not asking questions about Benghazi; they’re not even launching their normal defense of the administration, telling us that the White House did a great job, that all that could have been done, was done, that there was brilliant leadership, maneuvering and diplomacy at work, throughout.

No…the press are just trying as hard as they can to talk about anything else. The topic is anathema to them. Why might that be, do you suppose?

There are tons of questions about Benghazi that are going unasked by the press, who today are all tweeting about how “presidential” Obama is being by attending “comprehensively” to the storm.

Would that he have been so comprehensively attentive to his Ambassador’s situation in Benghazi. Perhaps four men might be alive, today.

The White House has released a picture of Obama, in the situation room, monitoring a hurricane.

There apparently are no pictures of him in the situation room, monitoring a seven hour attack on his own ambassador and consulate.

I am disgusted by the crave press, disgusted by the people who say this story can’t be covered, now, because it has become “politicized.” Because the Plame story, that wasn’t political at all.

Benghazi “politicized” the moment it became clear that the administration was going to simply not response to its consulate being attacked and its Ambassador murdered.

It became “politicized” the moment the administration lied to the American people (and to the UN) and scapegoated some dumb chump who made a bad video.

It became “politicized” when the president chose to fly off to Las Vegas and keep campaigning (and there compared the struggles in Benghazi to the struggles of campaign helpers). That’s another great question: how do you stand there and do nothing while your people die, and then go campaigning the next day, and bloodlessly talk about “bumps in the road”?

The families of these slain men deserve answers, and so do we. What the hell was Benghazi about, and why is the administration lying? Why is the press so uninterested, suddenly, in presidential untruths? Why is the press not even spinning?

Via Jerusalem Post:

The terrorist attack on the Benghazi Consulate and CIA annex on 9/11 were continually blamed on a YouTube video by the Obama Administration. Now as the facts emerge the truth is horrendous and beyond belief. I sat down with a former CIA operative of 20 years, Clare Lopez, for a candid interview of why. [...]

It’s a long piece but read it.

An excerpt: GA: When the CIA annex requested permission to go to the aid of the consulate they were told two times to “stand down”.

CL: Correct.

GA: Two SEALs went in against orders…

CL: Former SEALs, former SEALs that were on contract to the CIA.

GA: Correct, former SEALs, they went anyway, against orders and died about 4 hours later.

CL: They died at the annex building after they saved everyone that was still alive at the first compound; they went back with all of them to the annex building, it was there that the attack continued; it never stopped. They were fired upon during the entire ride running the gauntlet through the streets back to the annex and the attack then continued at the annex and that’s where they were eventually killed.

GA: Right, so they arrived back at the annex at about midnight which would have been about three hours after the initial attack began.

CL: Yes.

GA: Okay, that’s important because of some other things that have come out. At that point they again called for military support and help and a third time were denied.

CL: Yeah.

GA: Regardless that they were taking fire at the CIA safe house or annex, that request was denied. There were no communication problems at the annex according to those that were present on the ground.

CL: That’s right.

GA: The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters and in fact at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun while mortars were being fired on them and the CIA compound.

CL: Yes, Woods was up there. Tyrone Woods, he was the one on the roof.

GA: Now Tyrone Woods father has come out and is saying that his son had taken a position with a laser to guide in what would have been planes, drones or missile support. So he was there honed in on a target waiting for back up that never arrived?

CL: Yeah.

GA: The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than 4 hours and now here’s the point, the Sigonella Naval Air base in Italy is only 480 miles away…

CL: Yeah, they could have gotten there in time.


GA: Now it turns out that around 5 pm eastern time, which would have been only about an hour and a half in to the attack, that President Obama met with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Panetta in the White House for over an hour…

CL: Yes, this is all in the press, right.

GA: So would you go so far as to say that it would be pretty clear that Obama watched in real time and did nothing while 4 Americans were murdered?

CL: Yeah, that’s very clear, yes.

GA: Then, at some point later President Obama went to bed. Whether it was before or after everyone had died we’ll probably never know, but he had that super important fund raising trip in Las Vegas the next day and here’s what gets me. He gets up the next day and he skips, yet again, his National security briefing.

CL: Yes, that’s right.

GA: Here’s some questions for you, from your 20 years with the CIA, why do you think that Hillary Clinton has been so absent since all this has started to come out?

CL: I don’t know, I really don’t know, she was there early on putting out the false narrative story about the video and obviously she was the one that gave the orders to Amb. Susan Rice to go on the Sunday talk shows and give the same story. I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say.

GA: The silence on her part has been deafening. I heard that she has proof that would clear her of all this and her husband, former President Clinton wants her to come forward and she refuses.

CL: I don’t lend much credence to that at all, because, number one, throughout the months of 2012 requests were made repeatedly for additional security for Benghazi, the site security team that had been there up until August was withdrawn against everybody’s wishes, including the team itself which would have stayed, and the other thing is, that within the Department of State there is the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, sometimes called just DS – Diplomatic Security or DSS- Diplomatic Security Service and these are her people, she can order them anywhere in the world whenever she wants to. They are specifically security people, many of them former military, to go to any American diplomatic post in the world as she so chooses.

Read it all.

UPDATE: Pianogirl sends this handy comparison chart of media outrage on Plame vs Benghazi. Thanks, PG! She also sends along this link. Hm. What if they painted a target and no one came?

NRO’s The Corner is updating a lot. Thanks for the link, guys!

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  • lethargic

    (1) no one
    (2) fiddled
    (3) yes
    (4) “it wasn’t my fault”
    (5) No; it was a botched faux kidnapping and rescue. Just in time for the election, natch.
    (6) The one on top of the stack should be the so-called president’s.
    (7) Only if you’re a republican

  • pianogirl88

    Unbelievable….I saw a comparison chart that Doug Ross put together of Benghazi & Plamegate. The NYTimes ran 93 stories about Valerie Plame and not one (yet) of the mess in Libya. The families deserve the truth, and so do the American people.

    [I hadn't seen that -- do you have a url? admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Anchoress, you’re doing a very good job staying on top of this!

    Myself, I’m beginning to think there’s more than stupidity, or playing politics, at work here; maybe they were running weapons to Syria via the Turks, as some have suggested; or there may have been some other scheme the White House didn’t want exposed. Whatever the reason, it’s starting to look as if somebody wanted Ambassador Stevens out of the way—one way or another—and to use the “Innocence of Moslems” video both as a convenient excuse for the attack, and to curtail freedom of speech. (“Don’t criticize Islam, or Moslems will riot!”)

    I’ve also heard the theory that the Libya attack was to be staged hostage taking, which went wrong.

    Off topic, but may God protect everyone in Hurrican Sandy’s path.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Certainly, they had their false narrative all ready to go (“It was all the fault of that naughty video!”), and they stuck to it, until the facts started coming out.

    This could have been Fast and Furious, Middle-Eastern style.

    So—where are Hillary, and her assistant, Huma Abedin, right now?

    P.S. Free Nakouley Nakouley!

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  • pianogirl88

    I do ~ I’ll send it to you in just a minute.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Looking at those pictures of Obama, monitoring Storm Sandy, is anybody besides me reminded of the story of King Canute?

  • Jane Hartman

    These are not unreasonable questions, and they’re the questions Brian Williams and Chris Matthews and the New York Times and every other news outlet would — quite justifiably — be asking of any other president, particularly if he had an R after his name. And yet, the press will not ask them of Obama.

    This says it all. It is an attempt to keep the American people from knowing the truth. This has been going on all along with Obama. It’s really getting diabolical. St. Michael, The Archangel, defend us in battle.

  • Fiestamom

    MSNBC sent a reporter to Juneau, Alaska, in 2011 when 24,000 of her emails were released! If I’m not mistaken, Palin wasn’t running for office, or even holding elective office then. CNN, and NBC Nightly News did stories on it.

    Brian Williams did at least one segment on Cindy Sheehan, here.
    Cindy Sheehan got a full segment Thursday evening on the NBC Nightly News as anchor Brian Williams framed her protest in the context of how “so far, 1,846 Americans have died in Iraq, nearly 14,000 have been wounded. And it doesn’t help that a woman who lost a son in Iraq vows to wait outside the President’s ranch until the Commander-in-Chief agrees to speak with her.”

    As far as I know, NBC hasn’t even mentioned Benghazi. I watched Morning Joe for the first hour this morning. They talked leisure suits and polls. Nada on Benghazi. Except for Mika’s softball question to Obama with no follow up.

    I hate the media. Hate. I used to laugh at them, Chris Tingles Matthes, I even laughed when they called me a racist b/c I am a Tea Partier. But this is straight up Pravda.

  • Trump

    So what Anchoress? If you can put these pieces together and you’re NOT advocating violence as a way to remedy this situation, you’re doing it wrong. Period.

  • Becky

    The Chinese people have had some success using Weibo microbloging to force the Party to answer questions.

    Could the American people have some success using Twitter to force the President to answer questions? Forcing newspapers and journalists to ask questions? Can we fill their feeds?

  • Becky

    There are a whole lot of dogs NOT barking. A bit frightening.

    Muslim outrage? gone.
    Video producer? not assassinated.
    Bodies? buried at sea.

  • Teresa

    Fox New is doing a pretty good job reporting. Some of the best reporters are Katherine Herrige, Jennifer Griffin, and Bret Bair. The others will ignore the story because they want Obama re-elected. It is that simple and disgusting. I truly believe our current President is evil.

  • Zachriel

    Elizabeth Scalia: That the president and his administration has lied to the American people about what happened at Benghazi on September 11 is undeniable.

    From published information, the attack was not long in planning, perhaps hours or a few days, and witnesses say the militants claimed it was revenge for the video. Nothing seems to indicate anything more than the fog of war.

    Obviously something went wrong which should be investigated, but jumping to conclusions based on limited information doesn’t add to our understanding.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Zachriel, the administration itself has dropped the story that the attack was inspired by the video, or that it was a protest that got out of control.

    Not that this matters to you.

    Obama could devour a live baby on T.V., murmuring “Mmmmmm, tastest like chicken!” when he was done, and you’d defend him.

    Fog of war. . . blah, blah, blah, video, blah, blah, blah, blah, limited information, blah, blah, blah, etc., and so forth.

    They watched it on a monitor, for 7 hours. But nobody knows anythng. More data, please! Fog of war! Our ambassador, and three other Americans are dead, but it’s no biggie. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! Pay no attention to those bumps in the road.

    And nevah, evah, criticize the Obamessiah!

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    The story of the Seal painting the target, for help to come, strikes me as one of the saddest things about this story.

    Well, no. . . the saddest thing about all this, is that America elected Obama, back in 2008.

  • B.G.

    If what I’ve read on other sites is true, there are at least 30 people who were rescued that fateful evening by the Navy seals. I’m wondering where in the world they are and why they aren’t speaking up! Just add that to the list of questions the mainstream media isn’t bothering to ask.

  • Manny

    The press has been disgusting me for a long time but this does have to be the worst. They loved Bill Clinton but they never covered for him like this. Have they sunk this low in such a short time? Those poor men that died were heros. May God have a special Grace for them. I just hope and pray that real justice is served on Nov 6th.

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  • Zachriel

    Rhinestone Suderman: the administration itself has dropped the story that the attack was inspired by the video, or that it was a protest that got out of control.

    Witnesses, who saw the militants setting up roadblocks and then attacking the compound, say the militants claimed they were seeking revenge for the video.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    And, of course, said militants would never lie, right? And our trusted media would never lie about what they said, to cover the president’s original story? :)

    Come off it, Zach; even your beloved Obama isn’t pushing that particular fairytale anymore.

  • Zachriel

    Rhinestone Suderman: And, of course, said militants would never lie, right?

    It’s well within character for fundamentalists to react to perceived insults to Mohammed. Indeed, there were violent protests across the Middle East.

    In any case, making up stories doesn’t represent support for the original claim.

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  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Oh, Zack, come off it! LOL!

    Even the State Department has dropped that particular yarn. (Though Sam Bacile is still imprisoned—wtih his hearing date scheduled for after the election.)

    Ayup, ayup, ayup, ayup, ayup, it was all a spontaneous demonstration, started by that naughty video! Bad video! Bad, bad, video!

    A “spontaneous” demonstration, with mortars, and RPG’s. And lasser sighted weapons. Hmmm, guess all those “Spontaneous” demonstrators just ran down to the local the local Benghazi Wal-Mart, and loaded up! Guess they were having a sale, that day. . .

    Now Zach, we know you Obama supporters will say anything, to try and salvage his increasingly tattered reputation; but could you try being a bit more creative about it? Come up with a better whopper! Say that it was actually space aliens who attacked Benghazi (trying to make Obama look bad), and that we’re presently in a war with creatures from the planet Mugagaipan, here to steal all our reality T.V. shows! The president, and the State Department, lied about this, in order to prevent widespread panic, and to provide cover for transportating the Kardashian clan, and Honey-Boo Boo to safe housese located near Disney World, in Orlando Florida.

    It’s just as nonsensical as the Video/Sam Bacile/Spontaneous argle-bargle, but more entertaining.

    Seriously, you can do better! Go for it!

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    For some non-nonsensical commentary on Benghazi, Family Security Matters is a good website. So is The DiploMad 2.0.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Now MSNBC is floating the idea that maybe the elections will be postponed, because of Sandy.

    Pray. Pray hard.

  • Ted Seeber

    Benghazi is better compared to Carter’s Operation Eagle Claw incident than to anything any Republican president has ever done. The Mainstream Media, largely made up of Democrats, learned a lesson from the election of Ronald Reagan, and will not make the same mistake twice.

  • Adam

    Totally off-topic, but check out the last photo in this gallery of Hurricane Sandy damage: I feel for those who’ve lost home and livelihood, but I hope we can remember that God remains even when all other worldly possessions are lost.

    Also, any recommendations on a good hurricane relief charity to donate to?

  • Brian A. Cook

    It’s true that Media-Matters is left-leaning. Still, can you address this?

  • http://GoogleChrome Lynda Felts

    I saw ‘the video’ before all the hooha started. There was nothing for Muslims to be enraged over it. Followers of the Islam ideology wear their ‘feelings’ (of whatever stripe) on their sleeves. I didn’t even watch the entire video as it was so poorly done. Any trumpeting of it’s vulgarity, etc. was done by the ‘One’, Hillary Clinton, Rice and others in the regime. I was amazed ‘they’ made so much of so little. But, that’s what the left is all about. CCC-Caucasian Catholic Conservative-also female.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    If there’d really been that level of support, Ambassador Stevens would be alive today. The ex-Seals would still be alive, since they wouldn’t have felt the need to go in and help the ambassador and his people—not if they were already being aided.

    They “lost” the Ambassador, for about 10 hours or so. He wasn’t located again, until he turned up dead in a Libyan hospital—after being dragged through the streets, by a mob.

    That’s some support, alright./Sarc.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    And, yes, Media Matters is Left leaning.

    That pretty much sums it up.

    To the left, nothing is as important as getting Teh Won re-elected. Because he’s going to give us all free money—-and a free iphone, and a pony, too! /Sarc.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Yes, we do need a good hurricane relief charity to donate to!

    (In re Benghazi, Sultan Knish also has a very good article on it, at his website today.)

  • Peggy m

    The Administration was willing to allow 30-plus employees of the consulate to die. They were going to watch these deaths in real-time. The former Seals disobeyed orders, and that’s why “only” four of our people died.

    Am I too cynical to wonder if Obama just did not want to risk a Jimmy Carter-like failed rescue attempt just before the election? The burnt planes and helicopters and dead Delta Force members were “not optimal” to Carter, after all.

  • Peggy m

    I think that even Joe “Cue Balls” Biden would understand the damaging consequences (for the Democratic ticket) of a failed rescue. Better do nothing and then get all foggy about details.

  • Steve D

    ‘Why is the press not even spinning?’

    That’s an easy one. Because they can’t.