The Arab Winter of Rage
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|Jim Kouri||October 26th 2012|
On Friday, sources in Benghazi during the attack on the U.S. consulate said that Central Intelligence Agency operatives twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff, and twice were told to 'stand down' -- while a later request for military backup was denied, according to a Fox News Channel alert by Megyn Kelly.
But, during a U.S. Defense Department press conference on Wednesday, when reporters asked about the U.S. failure to respond to a terrorist attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made short shrift of the confusing -- some say deliberately misleading -- White House statements over the last several weeks.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were viciously attacked and murdered during an attack that occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, and began at 10 p.m., Libyan time, at the consulate, which attackers set afire, and spread to the nearby annex during the course of six or more hours.In response to the question of why there was no rescue operation, Secretary Panetta said, â€œYou don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on.â€ During the Pentagon news conference, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, each said the United States had service members in the area prepared to respond to any contingency.
â€œI feel confident that our forces were alert and responsive to what was a very fluid situation,â€ the chairman said.
"That was an excellent sounding response except there was no response and the Commander in Chief was busy hobnobbing with the elites who donate money to his reelection campaign," said a former Army major and police officer Gregory Buiton.
According to Buiton, throughout Thursday Americans were told the same exact thing by retired generals, Obama staffers, Obama campaign workers and, of course, those who currently serve in the military.
Panetta said, "Without real-time information about what was happening, he, Dempsey and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, who leads U.S. Africa Command, all felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.â€
The secretary and chairman both said U.S. troops in the area were on heightened alert because of the 9/11 anniversary, but as Dempsey noted, â€œIt was 9/11 everywhere in the world.â€
"Of course it was 9/11 everywhere in the world. That's why we call it a Global War on Terrorism. Or does Dempsey believe the war is over?" asked Mike Baker, a political strategist.
Baker noted that Panetta's statement was the same message given by several high-ranking military officers and numerous retired generals and colonels who provide analysis for television news organizations throughout the day, including former Gen. Jack Keane on Fox News.
But not all serving or retired generals and high-ranking officers were ready to repeat White House talking points. During Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely's conversation, he said this very serious and sensitive information was relayed by a source who has become extremely frustrated with the continued dishonesty within the White House in trying to blame the intelligence community for the Libyan debacle in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave and dedicated Americans were murdered by an al-Qaeda affiliate.
In addition to Gen. Vallely, former CIA director Michael Hayden and Michael Chertoff, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security, slammed Biden for insisting that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi did not ask for more U.S. security personnel before it was attacked which is the opposite of what Obama's minions told Congress and the American people.
The chairman told reporters both the Defense and State Departments are probing the attack and its aftermath to better understand what happened.
â€œClearly, the American people deserve to understand what happened in Benghazi" Gen. Dempsey said.
"Someone should tell Gen. Dempsey that if his bosses had been more truthful and less worried about Obama's campaign, we wouldn't be 'sifting through the ruble' of yet another 9/11 so many weeks later. From the very beginning, Americans were fed lies, half-truths and excuses. We Americans deserve more," said another former military officer now a police commander who requested anonymity.
Jim Kouri writes for The Examiner, from where this article is adapted. He is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.