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Monday, October 29, 2012

Deflects, Lies, And Videotape

Here’s the Nonsense:  President Obama is doing his best to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi.  It won’t affect his reelection.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  President Obama, his administration and his campaign have done everything they can to deflect attention from the Benghazi attacks, lie about it, and cover it up to keep it out of the public eye so that he can get reelected.  But even if he’s reelected that won’t be the end of it.
Deflects, lies, and videotape are the very issues that could not only stop Obama’s reelection, they could bring down his presidency even if he is reelected.  These three things could be the Achilles heel of his presidency.  Even if he is reelected, if the American people ever understand what has been happening it will be a scandal so large that it will drive Obama from the presidency much the same way that Nixon was forced out by Watergate. 

Continually we have seen this administration sidestep facts, twist truths, and manipulate information on Benghazi.  Americans deserve the truth but even Congress is being denied access to information.  This brazen cover up is another example of how this administration flaunts their actions while feigning ignorance in the situation. 
After Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi we were told that it was because of a YouTube film insulting Muslims that someone had made.  Later we learned that not only did the White House know that that wasn’t the cause, they knew it within just over two hours. 

But that wasn’t enough, now we learn from Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shafer that his sources informed him that President Obama watched the Benghazi attacks in real-time on video from the White House, then followed it up for weeks blaming the YouTube video instead of admitting that they knew it was a preplanned terror attack.
If that wasn’t enough, the drone that was flying over the attack had taken video of the events and the White House has classified it so that Senators who want to see it cannot get to it.  This administration wants to keep quiet what happened at least until after the election because they don’t want it to hurt Obama’s reelection chances. 

However, even if they can hold it off for now, if it comes out after the election it could force Obama out of office much like Nixon was forced out of office not too long after his reelection.  The American people won’t put up with deflecting the truth and lying to cover things up when American lives have been lost. 
We have learned that Secretary of State Clinton asked for more security for the consulate in Benghazi but Obama turned it down.  It was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, this consulate is located in an area of the world where radical Islamists are known to be, and the president did not take preemptive action to protect American lives at a time when it would obviously be more dangerous.  Yet the president ignored those dangers and allowed our people to be attacked with no real defenses.
Now if all this isn't enough, Frank Gaffney writes at that Catherine Herridge and Bret Baier of Fox News, Aaron Klein at, and Claire Lopez at through their investigative reporting along with information developed by congressional investigators have uncovered these disturbing details:

"It now appears that Amb. Stevens was there - on a particularly risky day, with no security to speak of and despite now-copiously-documented concerns about his own safety and that of his subordinates - for another priority mission:  sending arms recovered from the former regime's stocks to the 'opposition' in Syria."   

We’ve also been told that while the attack was underway it was not possible to get help to them from outside the area.  It’s even been said that Obama has ultimately claimed that he gave an order for help to be sent but no one followed through with the order. 
Tyrone Woods, one of the former Navy SEALs that went against orders to help fellow Americans who were under attack, was using a laser designator to direct an aircraft (it would have been a C130 or even a drone that was armed) where to strike.  But the administration’s story is that no help could get there.  Whether the drone was armed or there was a C130 to follow that guidance and attack, one of those aircraft had to be on site for him to have used the laser designator in the first place.    

But Woods and the others died because no one helped them.  Someone had to have ordered the aircraft not to attack or the attack would have gone ahead to try to save American lives.  No one is admitting that that was the situation, let alone admitting who gave the order not to attack. 
While we haven't seen proof for the story, there are rumors that when the calls for help came in General Carter Ham, head of AFRICOM, made a move to help and reported that this is what they learned from Tiger Droppings had happened:

The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.

The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africom.

So here we have a change in generals that sure appears to be to cover up what happened (although as I type this I am listening to the news and now the White House is claiming that General Ham was planning on a career change anyway - I guess that change happening within one minute of his saying he was sending help to Benghazi is just a coincidence). 
This should send a shiver down the spine of every American.  America does not leave its people helpless.  We go to any lengths we must have to in order to protect and save Americans.  This president did not do that. 
Whether Barack Obama directly made these decisions or they were made by someone working for him, they are indefensible.  The mainstream media may, in an effort to get him reelected, try to cover this up until after the election. But each day more information is coming out and it all will eventually come out.  When it does Americans will not accept these kinds of actions by their Commander-In-Chief.  If President Obama is reelected it may be a second term that is cut short by the truth as he is forced out of office.  This is a travesty and America cannot stand for it.