There are news sources that said “there was nothing new,” referring to the House Committee report on Bengazi. I beg to disagree with them. I am admittedly a news hound; I admit that I have watched all the TV on that terrible event. But I don’t think that even those who follow the news somewhat causally will disagree with me. Yes, there was new information that had not been publicly disclosed before and it was troubling to me.
Did we know before that the secretary of state chaired a two hour meeting of the president’s security council around 7 and 8 p.m. while they were still receiving live feeds from Benghazi, while the ambassador was missing? Did we know that the 10 action points from that meeting included five on how to spin that the movie made them do it?
Did we know that there was a plane, with some number of Marines on board, in Spain awaiting order to take off to provide rescue operations but all they did was change in and out of their uniforms four times? Why, because they did not want to upset the Libyans with U.S. uniformed boots on the ground and it seemed they also wanted get the permission of Libya. All the while our brave CIA officers were fighting for their life and two of them and two of the state department’s personnel did not survive.
They say that the president and the secretary of defense gave orders that the military immediately offer their intervention … why did that not happen? Who gave the “stand down” order?
Yes, all of this happened several years ago and to some it is categorized as “old news.” But I can tell you I am still angry, and even angrier now that these things have come light. We, as citizens, have the right to know who and why no assistance was given to these heroes as they fought desperately.
And, Madam Secretary, in answer to your question, “what difference does it make now?” it makes a lot of difference. And even more so, when you choose to deny the victim’s family members report that you told them standing by the caskets that it was the film and you pledged your effort to bring the maker of the film to justice. How can you do that when the night of the attack, while the fight was still going on, you emailed your daughter and told her it was a terrorist attack? Of course, at that time you did not know that your emails would be shared with the world.
I worry a lot about our world and the dastardly events going on daily. Can we expect any better from leadership that fails to recognize the truth? We have seen time and time again the picture of all of the president’s leadership team huddled around the table watching the killing of Osama; question, I wonder where all of these folks were the night our American citizens were being killed by the rag-tag group of terrorists.
Mr. President, did you have to go to bed early so you could get up the next morning for fund-raising trip to California, not even talking directly to the bearer of the daily intelligence briefing before you left?
I raise a lot of questions about such leadership. Can we expect any better of this leadership? I doubt. And, Madam Secretary, your answer to the 2 a.m. call you touted when you running against Obama was not very good … in fact the two of you together could not even answer it adequately. We have hope that the election will provide new, adequate and positive leadership.
It’s times as these, that we can only turn to the only power that can save us … please God, help us.