We have seen the Democrats on the Benghazi Committee attempt to stall, to denigrate, to end the so-called “derailment of Hillary Clinton during her presidential bid” but who are the naysayers Really protecting? This last committee has brought to the forefront many real issues concerning national security, executive overreach, non-transparency, executive branch collusion and obstruction in order to bring about some understanding and justice for those who lost their lives. Hillary has been raked over the coals for her part in the entire event but frankly we also need to realize that the buck stops at the top. Consider then Obama’s speech less than two weeks after the events at Benghazi.
Obama is equally at fault for false narrative not only to US citizens
but the international assembly of many nations.
On September 25, 2012, Obama addressed the UN General Assembly. As our president and commander-in-chief while speaking before an international body, this is what Obama said. UN – are you considering this man for a position? Pay attention.
“I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.
Chris went to Benghazi in the early days of the Libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. As America’s representative, he helped the Libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected. And after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as Libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship.
International Business Times – by Oliver Tree on 09/12/12
“We arrived April 5th (2011),” recalled the expedition’s leader Special Envoy Chris Stevens. “It was difficult to get there at the time. There weren’t any flights. So we came in by a Greek cargo ship and unloaded our gear and our cars and set up our office there.” The team’s mission was to establish a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, the cradle of the revolution and a stronghold of the forces that were pressing to end the Qadhafi regime after the dictator’s 41 years in power. “My mandate was to go out and meet as many members of the leadership as I could in the Transitional National Council,” said Stevens. “I’ve gone around with our small team and tried to get to know other people in the society there.”…Special Envoy Stevens and Political Officer Tek spent their days and nights building up the U.S. government’s first on-the-ground contacts with the Transitional National Council, as well as with members of the emerging civil society and newly freed news media. Their reports back to Washington equipped senior officials with the information needed to develop effective U.S. policy regarding the TNC. Stevens and Tek met with TNC leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds—former Qadhafi-era officials who had defected, academics, lawyers, doctors, military officers and volunteer fighters—who were united in a desire to overthrow Qadhafi. They also facilitated the delivery of nonlethal military assistance to the TNC for the protection of civilians and civilian-populated areas and launched the U.S. government’s cooperative program with the council to collect dangerous weapons such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles…. Normal management and communications were rendered especially difficult for the U.S. team because Qadhafi loyalists had sabotaged the country’s telephone and Internet systems, limiting contact both among Libyans and between Libya and the rest of the world. Information Resource Management Officer Bill Mincks worked tirelessly to maintain the e-mail and phone connections between the expedition and Washington…Despite being in the hands of friendly forces, Benghazi had tenuous security. Only two weeks before the team arrived, a threatened massacre of Benghazi’s 750,000 residents was thwarted by NATO-led Operation Odyssey Dawn, the decisive air bombardment that routed Qadhafi’s forces. “We operated in eastern Libya, not the part that Qadhafi controlled,” Special Envoy Stevens said. “The immediate concern when we got there was that Qadhafi’s forces had almost infiltrated and taken over Benghazi, but were pushed out by NATO.” QDDR Year In Review- December 2011
…Chris Stevens loved his work. He took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. And two weeks ago, he traveled to Benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. That’s when America’s compound came under attack. Along with three of his colleagues, Chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. He was 52 years old.
…in reality the US site in Benghazi was not an embassy or a consulate, or even a “compound”. It was a collection of villas (that is, a gated community) privately owned by one Mohammad Al Bishari, who was leasing the villas to US State Department personnel. (http://www.examiner.com/article/eyewitnesses-no-protest-at-u-s-consulate-libya-before-attack-began)
…But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.
…If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.
At time, the conflicts arise along the fault lines of race or tribe. And often they arise from the difficulties of reconciling tradition and faith with the diversity and interdependence of the modern world. In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask themselves how much they’re willing to tolerate freedom for others.
…That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.
The next day in Benghazi (20 August 2012) Resistance members tossed a bomb into the car of Abdel Hamid Refaii, the first secretary of the Egyptian Embassy. This was outside Refaii’s house. However, the assassination bid failed. (http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/08/gaddafi-loyalists-up-in-arms/)
The day after that, the then Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib condemned the Green Resistance in a televised speech, saying: “Desperate and malicious forces among the supporters of the former regime are trying to create tension, send Libya backwards to violence, and sabotage the country’s political process.”
Tripoli’s security chief, Col Mahmoud Sherif, said Gaddafi loyalists were responsible for the spate of violent attacks. He ordered the arrest of 32 suspected Resistance members for interrogation. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/20/gaddafi-loyalists-held-blasts-libya)
On 23 August 2012, Abdelmenom Al Hur, official spokesperson for the Supreme Security Committee, installed by NATO, held a press conference in which he admitted that Gaddafi loyalists had penetrated many official security units. He said that a whole barracks full of heavy armaments was under the control of a pro-Gaddafi cell that he called the Awfia Brigade. (The group’s members call themselves the “Martyr Gaddafi Brigade”.) The same Resistance brigade had briefly occupied Tripoli International Airport back in June 2012.
It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well — for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and every faith. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion, we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. (How many Americans actually knew about this film or its trailer? Granted I am not a video hound but I honestly do not see this being a film masses of Americans with all their own self-centered focuses would be interested in.)
…And on this we must agree: There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. (Applause.) There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There’s no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There’s no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
Now, who else deserves to be roasted over the tragedy at Benghazi? Who lied point blank not just to the citizens of the US but to the international communities? Who REALLY should also be taking the heat along with State Department, Rice and Hillary Clinton?
A painful but necessary reminder of the timeline