Thursday, December 13, 2012

State Department won't release information on Benghazi survivors

In addition to the attacks at Benghazi dropping out of the news, the State Department has not released information on those that survived Benghazi. They should be able to provide helpful information. There are still a lot of questions that have yet to be answered:
“My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how many there are,” Rep. Chaffetz said. . . . “This is so patently different than any other experience I’ve had. Unfortunately, people have been killed and maimed and in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq and in points beyond. It’s typically been the case that they would release those names but in this case, they won’t. My challenge is to the media. You try and figure it out. They won’t let Congress know. They won’t seem to let the media know either.”
Hillary Clinton is finally scheduled to testify about Benghazi later this month. Remember, these attacks occurred on September 11, more than 3 months ago, and this will be the first we hear from the Secretary of State on the facts (if she does say anything substantive). We haven't heard from those present during the attacks. Petraeus spoke behind closed doors, without being sworn in. And Susan Rice, who is completely outside the chain of command for Benghazi and not an appropriate spokesperson for this incident, gave false information. Clearly, The Most Transparent Administration in the History of the United States is not being forthcoming about what happened.

What is being hidden? There are at least two related factors Obama wants to hide or downplay. First, the U.S. is providing lots of help (including weapons) to the Syrian rebels, some of whom we are now designating as terrorist organizations associated with al-Qaeda.
The United States is not sending arms directly to the Syrian opposition. Instead, it is providing intelligence and other support for shipments of secondhand light weapons like rifles and grenades into Syria, mainly orchestrated from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The reports indicate that the shipments organized from Qatar, in particular, are largely going to hard-line Islamists. 
Second, because Benghazi occurred during the last few weeks of the election, it was a political decision to cover up the assistance and arms transfers, as well as the inadequacy of the security surrounding the ambassador. The fact that al-Qaeda affiliates mounted this attack contradicts Obama's claim that al-Qaeda was in disarray and his implication that it was no longer a threat.

This information had the potential to threaten Obama's reelection, but it was never fully presented in the mainstream media. The media is supposed to be the honest broker - or at least it was intended to be by our Founders. Freedom of the press was intended to be a check on political power. Instead, the press has thrown in with the administration and now only serves to obfuscate the truth.

It takes a little more work on our part, but thank God for the internet. The truth is till out there if you seek it.

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