Friday, December 11, 2015

Op-ed: Another Benghazi Email...More Trouble for Obama and Crew

Another Benghazi Email...More Trouble for Obama and Crew 
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots

“If we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.” 
- Gregory Hicks, then Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the happenings at Benghazi on September, 11, 2012.

Oh seems Hillary and Obama are in trouble yet again as 'sticks and stones' might NOT break their bones but lies told concerning Benghazi will surely hurt them. And rightfully so I might add as once again they're being exposed courtesy of a Judicial Watch 'Freedom of Information Act' (FOIA) lawsuit, and who just a few days ago released a two-year old previously unseen by 'We the People' Benghazi email bearing the subject line 'Libya'.

Sent from the Pentagon's then Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to the State Department's top deputies at 7:19 p.m. EST on the night of September 11, 2012, the email urged them to accept the offer of “forces that could move to Benghazi” in time to help diffuse the terrorist attack on the compound...contradicting both Hillary's and then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's testimony that NO forces were available and within reach to provide 'help' to the compound that was under siege.

“I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S...a reference to then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...and after consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.”
were the words in Bash's email.

And this Obama and Hillary hoped 'NEVER-to-be-exposed-email' was sent to Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan; Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman; and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides amongst others, but it appears NOT to Hillary herself, and sadly arrived after the first attack had already resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith. However, it did arrive before a mortar strike on the CIA annex killed Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty during what turned into an eight-hour siege on the compound.

But most importantly this email directly contradicts the February 2013 testimony given by Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee, proving his words that, “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response,” were NOTHING but a lie told under oath...a serious and punishable offense of its own.

And in further dishonoring the memory of those lost at Benghazi comes the fact that the Obama administration also redacted the details of the above said military forces available from the official Benghazi report citing a 'Freedom of Information Act' (FOIA) exemption that allows for the withholding of so-called 'deliberative process' information...information the Obama administration claims would negatively affect national security.

So what actually has been disclosed in this me and my Right Side Patriots partner and friend Craig screams loudly of something that we stated from day one in our 3-part series, 'Benghazi...The Truth Exposed'... a 'stand down' order of sorts was indeed given by the Obama administration for now it appears that all that was supposedly needed for 'help' to be sent was a State Department 'sign-off' which did NOT happen.

And why didn't it happen...because (I believe that) Hillary and her State Department simply did NOT want it to happen. Remember, neither she nor Obama could risk having their (in my opinion) involvement in the illegal gun and weapons running operation to the anything-but moderate Syrian rebels exposed...even though her job description legally includes ensuring the protection of the U.S. government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries. And to make this even more grievous, Obama and Hillary both knew that immediate military assistance could have made a difference between life and death for those trapped at the CIA Annex...could have saved those who knew about the above said illegal operation.

So, a Special Operations team of six security officials from Tripoli along with a Libyan military unit went to Benghazi on their own accord to provide at least some support during the waning hours of the attack. And after the attack was over, only then were 'military assets' used to recover the bodies of the dead, to remove some but NOT all of those wounded, and to evacuate U.S. personnel from Libya on the one U.S. plane that Obama made available for this task. What a sad commentary for America's Commander-in-Chief, who basically did NOTHING but watch in real-time and I suppose smile as Americans died.

And while some, including the left-leaning 'Media Matters' website, claim that this newly disclosed email in NO way contradicts Panetta's under oath testimony, they are playing a game of word semantics to the affect that Panetta's testifying that forces had been deployed that night, but that the above said, "time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response,” is certainly NOT true as the attack lasted almost throughout the night and Tripoli, where U.S. forces were stationed, was only 404 miles away by land...361 nautical miles away by sea...meaning U.S. military 'help' by air could have arrived within an hour or less while the attacks were still ongoing.

“Soon after the initial reports about the attack in Benghazi were received, General Dempsey and I met with President Obama, and he ordered all available DOD assets to respond to the attack in Libya and to protect U.S. personnel and interests in the region. It's important to remember that in addition to responding to the situation in Benghazi, we were also concerned about potential threats to U.S. personnel in Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo, Sana'a and elsewhere that could potentially require a military response,” is part of what Penetta said before the committee...lied actually...but why pray tell worry about “potential threats” that have yet to happen when an actual attack is ongoing...ongoing and where Americans are dying.

Kind of knocks the wind out of 'Media Matters' argument now doesn't it especially when you add in that Panetta also testified that, “Only 12 hours after the attacks had begun, all remaining U.S. government personnel had been safely evacuated from Benghazi,” which directly contradicts the words of Benghazi survivor, Diplomatic Security Agent David Ubben, one of the only survivors to have witnessed both attacks in Benghazi, and the man who waited for over 20-hours for help to arrive after fighting alongside Navy SEALS Doherty and Woods. Stranded on the rooftop with a 'shredded leg,' NO medical aircraft was sent to the compound to get him out...NO help at all was sent for him for just a few hours short of a full much for Penetta's statement...for Panetta's lie...that all remaining personnel were taken out of Benghazi within 12 hours.

So could Judicial Watch's newly disclosed email be the piece of the Benghazi puzzle that finally allows all the pieces to fit together...I believe it is as this email shows that NOT only did Obama, Hillary, and Penetta, lie about the happenings before, during, and after the attacks at Benghazi, but it also shows that some other statements Panetta gave under oath, including that Obama was “simply absent” despite being told that the Benghazi attacks were ongoing, and that Obama did NOT call or communicate with him during that night at all, but that “we were aware that that information [concerning the ability to send help] went to the White House,” are actually contradictions of sorts.

And how so...because how could Panetta “be aware” that the White House received information which included the offer of 'help', and then NOT admit before the Senate Armed Services Committee that since Obama did receive these critical emails and willingly chose to do NOTHING to help those trapped and under attack at the compound, leads one to rightfully believe that Barack HUSSEIN Obama himself in his role as Commander-in-Chief refused to authorize any 'help', and in his NOT authorizing any 'help' translates into the same thing as ordering what 'help' was available to 'stand down'.

And while many still want to believe that Hillary was the one who ordered 'help' to 'stand down' what they forget is that under the Constitution a ‘stand down’ order follows a specific chain of command, and the one relating to Benghazi would go like this, in order from top to bottom...President, Secretary of Defense, Secretary’s of the various armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the various Chiefs of Staff for each military service, the Commanding General for AFRICOM, and the local command structure under AFRICOM...and NOWHERE in that pecking order is the Secretary of State.

So why didn't Penetta himself...who was in that pecking order in his role of Secretary of Defense...order 'help' to go in after the State Department and Hillary refused to do so...the only possible reason is that Obama had already issued the 'stand down' order, and he would have had to go against Obama in order to do so...which by the way would have been the right and honorable thing to do.

And while Hillary acted 'inappropriately' in doing NOTHING to help prevent American deaths, in her capacity as Secretary of State she could have influenced...insisted... that Obama give the order to send in 'help'...but she instead willingly and maliciously chose to do NOT a thing. So she too is just as guilty of being an accessory to is Barack HUSSEIN Obama, while Leon Penetta has been shown to be a weak, cowardly, Secretary of Defense who also did NOTHING but watch as Americans died.

And all this is proven thanks to Judical Watch and its one little, now in the public venue, email. Now if Congress would just grow a 'set' and do something about it, 'housekeeping' could be getting GITMO ready for its newest additions...just saying.

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