What Went Wrong In Libya?

Update- 10/29/12:  Intelligence investigators had penned on September 13, that this attack was, indeed, a terrorist attack at Benghazi.  There was no evidence of a mob unrest or demonstration… and General Petraeus stands by that assessment…

Fox News continues to request an interview with President Obama, or Vice-President Biden… but reports that the White House has not yet responded as of 10/29/12…

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In Brief….

            The September 11, 2012 attack by Al Qaeda terrorists upon the American sovereign soil compound at Benghazi, Libya, resulted in the massacre of four Americans, including the first American Ambassador since 1979.  But, how could this happen?  At first, the Obama Administration declared this to be a spontaneous attack resultant from a mob riot due to a Youtube.com video insulting an Islamic leader.  Members of the Administration repeated this explanation—even on popular TV.  The President repeated this on the stump, saying again and again that “bin Laden is dead and the Al Qaeda is on their heels.”  Government investigations were already under way, when the 9/11 Benghazi attack was finally classified as an Al Qaeda terrorist attack.  Peaceful Libyans are attempting to create a new government, with the assistance of the late American Ambassador, and other courageous security forces—but too many questions remain, especially, what did the Administration know and when did they know it? 

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            What happened in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012?  Just weeks before the American national elections, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were massacred and killed at the American compound in Benghazi, Libya.  The attack was recorded on video surveillance cameras around the compound of this sovereign soil.  The Americans are assisting Libyans to create a new government, after the demise of Gaddafi’s brutal reign.  After the Benghazi attack, non-violent Libyans protested the massacre–  Fox news coverage showed many carrying signs, apologizing to the American people for the massacre: a courageous act considering that the Al Qaeda shoots western sympathizers.  American security forces and CIA are testifying under oath in an on-going Congressional investigation, that the attackers were, in fact, heavily armed Al Qaeda rebel forces.  Security operatives are testifying that Al Qaeda forces are re-bounding throughout the Middle East and North Africa, despite hoopla to the contrary.  Highly respected international journalist, Lara Logan, after years of investigating the Middle East, is on a mission to alert Americans that, yes, Al Qaeda is bounding back.   Sadly, Americans have been told repeatedly by our own President Obama, that “Bin Laden is dead and the Al Qaeda are on their heels.”  President Obama’s claim is not true.

On September 12, from the White House rose garden, Obama apologized to Muslims around the world, saying America will not tolerate insults to the people of Islam.  For the next two weeks, the President repeatedly told Americans that a ‘spontaneous demonstration’ erupted because of an Islamic-offensive Yutube video.  (The maker of that 18-minute film was later arrested for what turned out to be only a probation violation Both Secretary of State Clinton repeated the Youtube riot story on national TV..  Ditto, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, on 5 separate network appearances in the week following the attack.  And ditto again and again, with the President’s words on “The View,” and the David Letterman show.  A spontaneous attack over a Youtube video.  End of story.  Until the security forces came forward to Congress.

In fairness, the chaos of such a massacre can be confusing, but security forces must investigate all the information.  The fact is that Susan Rice, Ambassador to the UN, had definitively declared this tragedy to be a demonstration gone wrong, and not a planned terrorist attack–  and the resultant conflicting information lead some to believe that there is a cover-up about Benghazi.  Ambassadors are in fact, personal representatives of the US President.  Why did the President’s personal representative tell 5 separate TV networks something that was later proven to be untrue?  Who gave the President’s personal representative—as well as State Secretary Clinton– authority to tell the American people (and the world,) that this attack was not a planned terrorist attack?  Tragically, as facts about Benghazi emerge, it is established that Secretary Clinton was watching the security cameras’ video as the compound attack ensued in real time.

            Here are some facts that have emerged with the Congressional hearings:

  1. In the past year, there have been 230 concerted attacks against American embassies and their ‘sovereign soil,’ in the Middle East;
  2. The Libyan Internal Minister sent a memo to Washington, D.C., on September 1, saying that Benghazi had been put on ‘high alert,’ and needed help;
  3. That there are 2000 security forces in Bagdad, but only 2 dozen in Libya;
  4. American security forces in Benghazi had been put on ‘combat pay,’ status, although, the number of security forces was reduced;
  5. The Benghazi compound (separate from our embassy in Tripoli, but still sovereign soil,) had also been violently attacked in June: leaving a huge hole in the compound’s wall, several feet across— and, as of 10/19/12, the breach was intended to measure the American response;
  6. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told the nation from the White House rose garden on 9/12, that this was not a terrorist attack, repeating this for many days—before a full retraction, saying, yes, it was a terrorist attack.  On 10/15, Clinton took full State Department responsibility for the tragedy— one day before the 2nd Presidential debate in Hempstead, NY, on 10/16;
  7.   Former CIA Director, Porter Goss, said on a Foxnews.com interview (on/about 10/19,) that “they don’t want us here,” pointing out Al Qaeda attacks against the British and the international Red Cross–  who got their people out.

On October 9, 2012, Vice-President Joe Biden, in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan (in the vice-presidential debate,) said, “we were not told!” [--it was a terrorist attack.]   How can the Vice-President, who is one heart-beat away from the Oval Office, NOT KNOW about terrorist attacks against Americans?  What went wrong? 

Campaigns are designed to sway voters and beat the competition.  For months, Mr. Obama’s campaign has campaigned again and again– on TV, in ads, on the ‘stump’– that “Bin Laden is dead– and Al Qaeda is on their heels.”  As Congressional investigations show, that claim is just not true.  Plus, soldiers report from the front, don’t make such claims–  Al Qaeda responds with more attacks.  We need to stop saying that Al Qaeda is on their heels!

Fox news interviewed Congressman Bob Corker, R-TN on 10/10/12 (Foreign Relations Committee)  (http://video.foxnews.com/v/1890914976001/sen-corker-white-house-trying-to-protect-faux-image)   Corker said that Al Qaeda is on the rise: that “the White House is trying to protect its faux image… there was no question that the State Department said that everyone knew this was a terrorist attack…. that this speaks to the character of this administration…”  and continued saying, “the State Department on Libya, in fact, completely contradicts the White House’s response to the attack.”  From Fox interviews with other Congressmen, the surveillance video is  now being studied by the CIA and shows many identifiable faces as Al Qaeda members.   Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT,) upon return from the Middle East, flat out told Fox news, “the President and Vice-President are not being straight with the American people,” and, “our Consulate in Benghazi had been bombed twice!  And they reduce security??”

There is a terrible irony here.  Four American killed in a terrorist attack.   Did the American government know it was a terrorist attack and misrepresent the facts?  Or not?  Either way, the world loses.  And Al Qaeda gains ground.   Terror cannot survive without lies. Justice cannot survive without honesty.  To fight terror, we need honesty.           

What went wrong?  Get the facts…. and you decide.

–Suzy Right

RightOnTheTruth  © Suzy Right 2012

 

Why I Like Barak Hussein Obama—But Not For President:

In brief: I like Barak Obama, but not for president: he seems like a nice guy, someone I could enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with.  But his decisions seem out-of sync with the results of his policies. The outcomes of his policies don’t add up with what he says.

I personally like Barak H. Obama.  Anyone who survives law school to move right into national politics earns my respect!  In many ways, Barak Obama is the quintessential American: the crowning result of Great Society programs and laws that enable the success of free enterprise choices to all races and creeds!  Isn’t that why Obama ran in 2008 on the platform of, “hope and change”?  I also respect his family, with its rocky road between Kenya, Hawaii and Indonesia–  especially when you listen to his half-brother, George Obama, in Kenya (see Dinesh D’Souza’s film, “2016”)  George struck me as an honest man, wishing that the Colonialists stayed long enough to build hospitals and universities in Kenya— leaving the Kenyans to rule themselves.  Not so.  Maybe, I thought, Barak could help.

I like Barak Obama, but not for President.  I question his executive orders and his decisions.  Looking at the Middle East today, it seems like America has lost footing in the war on terror.  It doesn’t seem like our previous strides made there have been sustained.  Like with the attacks at Benghazi and Cairo.  Obama recently gave the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt 1.4 billon dollars.  And Congress is deliberating if they should get the other 4 billion dollars Obama has requested.  The CIA testifies to a Congressional investigation into Libya that there have been dozens of attacks in recent months, when Benghazi had been executed on one of America’s most reverent days, 9/11.  I’ve been to the NYC 9/11 memorial.  It’s humbling to walk among gargantuan buildings and thousands of people from all over the world, the epitome of diversity.  I wish all people could live freely and peacefully under the umbrella of security.

I am also deeply concerned about Iran especially when it tells the media that it will obliterate Israel.   President Obama continues to advocate for economic sanctions against Iran, yes: but 11 nations are exempt from sanctions in order to buy Iran’s oil.  Mr. Obama declined seeing Netanyahu, opting instead for phone time, freeing him to guest on The View and then jet to Las Vegas to campaign with Beyonce.  The Israeli people are preparing with gas masks and bomb shelters in their homes.  When Sarkozy was President of France, he and Mr. Obama were unknowingly taped expressing their disdain for Netanyahu.  I don’t understand these inconsistencies between words and actions.  Alan M. Dershowitz, of Harvard Law School–  Mr. Obama’s alma mater—said that we should be very concerned with the Obama Administration’s relationship with Israel.  And he’s not the only one: Ed Koch, former NY Major, Senator Charles Schumer (D- NY) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) have also expressed grave concerns.  Yet, VP Joe Biden said that not since Harry Truman, has any other American president done so much for Israel, but Barak Obama.

I like Barak Obama, just not as the American President: our economy has deteriorated.  He campaigns that he inherited this mess, but inheritance implies being an heir: Mr. Obama asked Americans to elect him to this job.  He has incurred 6-trillion more dollars of debt—it’s growing by the minute.  Borrowing money to buy things is not a good idea in my opinion.  I would rather that he and Congress would follow the national law and create a budget–  I think good leadership should work ‘across the aisle,’ in Congress and bring the parties together.  He promised to bring people together.  America spends 2-billion dollars a week just servicing our debt!  I don’t know anyone who wants our kids—mine or yours— to inherit massive debt.  Right now, 47 million Americans live on food stamps: up from 30 million since Obama’s administration, so, what happened?  If the economy is on the mend, why do more Americans need food stamps?  Unemployment stats are perplexing, too–  some say it’s 8%, but the Pew Charitable Trusts Economic Mobility Project and the National Urban League reported that “most economic gains that the black middle class made during the last 30 years have been wiped out by the economic downturn,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  (see http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/tribune-black-gains-wiped/2012/10/08/id/459096)  My friends all are struggling, black and white, and some have taken jobs after layoffs, making half of what they made five years ago.  8.7 million Americans live on Disability— maybe the government counts them as, ‘employed,’  but Disability will be broke in just a few years.  In Colorado, 85,000 people enrolled on Disability this past year, while only 80,000 got jobs.  (see Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, September 201, page 1.)http://www.glendalecherrycreek.com/social-security-disability-thousands-in-the-valley-flock-to-join-its-ranks/

All these data do not point in a good direction.

Then there’s Medicare/Advantage: it’s coverage is reduced by 716 billions of dollars taken away for Obamacare.  The deficit will be covered by an 8 billion dollar ‘bonus.’  The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating the legality of this ‘bonus.’  That’s two investigations by the HCOGR into President Obama’s administration— Benghazi-gate, as it is now called– and the ‘bonus’ plan which is called– “this scheme…. to minimize the impact of Obamacare’s cuts on seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage before the election.”  (COGR.)  Interested readers can find this memo and more at: http://oversight.house.gov/release/oversight-presses-hhs-on-billion-dollar-scheme-designed-to-mask-obamacare-cuts/

All these things are disconcerting.  Especially when I think about the America I want to leave to following generations.  I know Barak Obama wants a good America for his daughters, but our decisions lead us to the future.  He seems like a really cool guy.  He likes basketball, golf, parties, hob-nobbing with celebrities—although he smokes cigarettes, which nobody should do— and he’s a father, a husband and very likeable.  I like Barak Obama.  But not for President.

–Suzy Right: Right On The Truth!

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