Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Implications of the Benghazi Report, Part I

Standard

The committee led by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released Tuesday (28 June 2016) its reports on the attack at Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Three groups within the committee offered separate reports. The Republican majority released its report. The Democrat minority released its report the day previously. Two Republican congressman released their own report. This latter report stands out as the one that heaps the most discredit on the executive branch under Obama and the State Department under Hillary Clinton for their actions or inactions. The Republican majority report stands in the middle. The Democrat minority report waves a finger.

Unless stated otherwise, this post will discuss the majority report.

Even the Media offer different conclusions about the significance of this majority report. The Washington Post and The New York Times offered almost identical headlines that the report “Finds No New Evidence”. Fox News declared that the report “Slams Administration Response”. Meanwhile, NBC News seemed to take a position somewhere between those two poles when it said “House Republican Report Sheds New Light On Benghazi Attack”.

For convenience, I will base what I write in Part 1 of this post on The Washington Post report. In Part 2, I will use the NBC News report as my foundation.

Since we are in the midst of a presidential election, I will highlight those points that relate to it. Draw your own conclusions. While both parties bear some responsibility for the politicization of the investigation, it is impossible to avoid relating the investigation to Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. She was the Secretary of State during the tragedy and to a great extent she represents what would be a continuation of the Obama administration if she were to win election.

Let’s examine first what The Washington Post considered the five most damning aspects of the majority report:

1. The State Department failed to protect our diplomats in Libya.

2. The CIA misread how dangerous the situation was in Libya.

3. The Defense Department failed to rescue Americans in time.

4. The Obama Administration stonewalled the investigation.

5. Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, influenced the State Department’s review of its performance in the Benghazi tragedy.

Points 1 and 5 relate directly to Hillary Clinton’s competence and arrogation of power. Is Hillary Clinton competent if she cannot and does not protect American diplomats? Why did she bungle Benghazi and cost the ambassador and three others their lives? The majority report does not blame Clinton by name. However, if the buck stops with Hillary Clinton, as it should with all leaders, the blame for those deaths is hers. Further, by having her chief of staff make “suggestions” (the report says the State Department “was consistently influenced by” Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff) about how the State Department’s review would look, Hillary Clinton made sure she was seen in the best and brightest possible light, even if the facts cast a rather dark shadow over her.

Do the facts cast a dark shadow over her? The Washington Post reports (emphasis mine) “that requests for more security in Benghazi leading up to the attack went unheard or were refused.” How did Hillary Clinton’s State Department allow requests from her ambassador for more security to go unheard? Stevens was an ambassador in a Muslim country Hillary Clinton knew or should have known was volatile and prone to terrorism. Why would Hillary Clinton’s State Department turn a deaf ear to such a logical, needful precaution? Worse, why would her State Department refuse such a request?

Whatever mechanism Hillary Clinton employed to handle such requests ended up costing lives. She failed.

It gets worse. The majority report revealed the State Department interfered with the deployment of forces when it pushed for those forces to launch their mission without their uniforms. According to one witness, Marines changed into and out of their uniforms/alternate clothes four times.

Think about that. United States forces prepare for an emergency, life-saving deployment to Benghazi, but they have to stop and change four times because the State Department does not want them to wear the uniform of the United States Marines, which they are, and of which they, and we, are proud. Would you want police or firefighters to change the clothes they were wearing four times before they went to rescue you from a home invasion or a fire? What does that say about the Obama administration’s priorities? What does that say about Hillary Clinton’s and the State Department’s priorities? What does that say about their competence, their ability to protect Americans?

The facts do cast a very dark shadow over Hillary Clinton and her State Department.

The other points relate to Hillary Clinton, though indirectly so. Still, she was part of an administration that has been accused of fudging intelligence reports and analyses so that they conform to the groupthink that prevails under Obama and which Hillary Clinton shares: No defect exists in Muslim religion and culture. They are all peaceful! The problem is us! When we act like Americans, or identify as Americans, we provoke them to hatred and bloodshed! So delay the mission, toss those American uniforms, and don’t do anything to provoke those peaceful Muslims, even though the very reason you are being deployed is to respond to their pre-existing attack on our diplomatic compound!

It fascinates me to read that in an interview the CIA chief at the secret Benghazi facility called “The Annex” cited, as far as I know, one error with the movie about the attack, 13 Hours (in which David Costabile plays the CIA chief). He claimed he never ordered anyone to “stand down” when the diplomatic compound at Benghazi came under attack. As far as I know, the station chief does not dispute any other depiction in the movie. Producer Michael Bay replied that he placed those words in the movie to make sure both sides were heard. That suggests that Tyrone Woods, who died in the attack, relayed to his fellow defenders that the CIA chief had told him to stand down out of earshot of anyone else. In the movie, Woods and his brave but small cadre of defenders later act contrary to that order to save their fellow Americans.

Do Obama and Hillary Clinton impose a deadly groupthink that sabotages American lives and interests?

Consider the accusation (in a discrete report that had nothing to do with Benghazi), some would call it revelation, that the CIA under Obama has been fudging its analyses. In fact, at the least, the CIA had been misreading the situation in Libya for awhile. Not only does the CIA, apparently, fail to see the mallet to the face coming towards the Americans in Benghazi after months of violence and threats, it actually allows all kinds of weapons left over from the fall of Muammar Ghadafi to find their way into the hands of terrorists. Our government was actually working with a known terrorist and helping that to happen!

Readers can find a list of the threats and violence that led up to the Benghazi attack through this link:

8 major warnings before Benghazi terrorist attacks

When you get to the page, scroll down after the article, and the advertisement for a book, to the comments. You will find a useful list of the previous violence and threats in Benghazi. Many of those individual events can be found at other sources on the Internet, but the compilation here is quite good.

It is very hard for us to believe that our own State Department, executive administration, and intelligence agency could bungle security for the sake of their groupthink, then try to cover it up afterward. Yet the compilation provides that unflattering and unforgiving characterization of how the State Department under Hillary Clinton and our chief intelligence agency under Obama missed the mark – widely – in discerning, handling, and evaluating accurately the facts right in front of them, and how peremptorily they rejected the insights of professional security analysts and their own ambassador, people who actually experienced what was going on in Tripoli and Benghazi, because their assessments did not agree with the groupthink position.

How could anyone conclude otherwise?

The terrorists threatened to attack the Red Cross. They did, and the Red Cross pulled out of Libya. They threatened to attack the British. They did, with an RPG. The British pulled out. They threatened to harm Ambassador Stevens. We didn’t listen. Our leaders did not want to hear. The terrorists attacked Mr. Stevens all the same, and he died. As the compilation will show readers, many other facts were ignored as well, including an al-Qaeda rally in Benghazi in June and a direct threat to kill Americans in Libya from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri the day before the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack. We had plenty of time to evacuate Stevens and the other Americans or to send our Marines to protect them.

If all of that smacks of incompetence at best, what must citizens think of the explanation by Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Obama’s administration that a film which made fun of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, caused a spontaneous attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi?

Remember that our actual embassy was in Tripoli. No riots, protests, or attacks motivated by the film, or any other thing, occurred there. In fact, other than pre-existing conflicts, no other such attacks occurred anywhere else in the world!

Hillary Clinton’s explanation is a stunning lie. It is a fabrication cooked up by someone in the State Department or the intelligence community after underlings searched a database or the Internet for something anti-Islamic. She deliberately proffered the fabrication to an American public – and to the relatives of the victims – because she thinks them gullible or stupid or both, or unfit to receive the truth, which is that she and the administration hung Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans out to dry for the sake of their groupthink.

Saving American lives and holding to principles and policies that put first the citizens you are serving is not and should never be partisan. Shameful Hillary Clinton does not deserve blame because a bunch of partisan congressmen say she does. She deserves blame because that’s what the facts say. She deserves blame because Americans died on her watch and she could have prevented it.

LGBT Members, Rise Up For Trump!

Standard

It’s an unfortunate truth that most of us have been hustled or taken advantage of by a slick salesperson with an eroded conscience, whether with a new or used car, or by the hard sell of a timeshare pusher, or the pressure of a boiler room bandit. That is never truer than in politics, a field in which seasoned campaign veterans can employ many devices of deception withdrawn from their vast crypts of cunning.

 

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands out among the best. Even as she blows her brass horn about unifying the country, she divides its constituents into little pieces with her mental constructs: the “poor” and “women” and “black lives matter” and “illegal immigrants (she prefers “undocumented aliens”)” and the “LGBT community”, etc. Clinton claims she “fights” for each and every one of them, but her policies harm them, sometimes in the short run but always in the long run. You cannot “fight” for all those groups without losing something somewhere. Those groups themselves will lose.

 

Let me give a few examples before I address the main group I want. The poor ultimately aren’t helped by a welfare system, including the Obamacare measure and unemployment benefits, that spends excessive amounts of money the taxpayers don’t have to give. We near $20 trillion in debt. Sooner or later the banks will break. Clinton damages middle class folks the most because they are the ones fighting unemployment yet they are proportionately footing these welfare bills the most even as they continue their own descent into poverty.

 

A presidential candidate should be standing up for all lives, not just ones of color, especially the lives of our citizens who exercise protection, prevention, and crime-fighting in an official capacity on our behalf. A presidential candidate should execute policies consistent with his or her oath of office to follow the Constitution and the law, not to sanction law-breaking in immigration and residency here. A presidential candidate should stand up for men and women to make sure all receive the same treatment under the law, not that one or the other should receive special advantages. A presidential candidate should not offer lip service to LGBT rights and damn the Second Amendment yet support policies that allow people who hate gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders, not to mention nearly our entire way of life, easy entry into our country so that those people may kill those LGBT citizens.

 

Why is Hillary Clinton a knot of contradiction that endangers the very lives she claims to want to help. The answer is simple: for her, those groups of people are nothing more than “voting blocs” to get elected. She will scam them with her political rhetoric and Clinton Foundation so she can finally clutch the power and level of enrichment she has been craving for years!

 

LGBT community, rise up! Hillary will get you killed with her Swiss cheese immigration policies. Her thinking is defective, unconstitutional, and laced with deadly consequences. Hillary worries about a few guns, but she’s not worried about the bloody religion and culture of Islam, and its legion of fanatics contaminated with hate for you. Triggers don’t pull themselves; it is that hate which pulls the triggers She doesn’t want to offend another one of her cherry-picked groups – Muslims – even though so many of them intend to turn you into a 21st century holocaust.

 

Let’s face it: someone as intoxicated with hate as jihadists like Omar Mateen would have found another way to kill the innocent night clubbers, if he could not have gotten his hands on guns. He could have set fire to the night club, trapping those inside. He could have bombed it, finding ingredients at local stores. He could have serial-killed several, pretending to be gay and picking up individuals, only to get them alone to beat their heads in with a baseball bat.

 

Hillary’s irrational focus on guns diverts attention from the truth: Muslims think gays are depraved humans who must be eradicated from the face of the planet, along with everyone else who isn’t a Muslim! Read the Koran and its commentaries/interpretative works for yourselves! The moral teaching of the Koran and its interpretative works declare the sexual acts of LGBTers sins; sharia law takes those sins and transmogrifies them into crimes for which the penalty is a painful death, whether by stoning, tossing headlong off a great height, pushing a wall onto them to crush them, or incineration.

 

Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Mohammed, or his first hearers, say (and I am paraphrasing here, but it carries the gist): “Execute the queers!” Hillary says she does not want to allow terrorists into the country, but when she supports indiscriminate permission that allows every Muslim into the United States without proper vetting, she is opening wide the gates for LGBT-hating Muslims to walk in, simmer and boil with hatred, then explode with murderous fury!

 

Trump wants to protect gay lives. He perceives that supporting gay rights remains meaningless if gays are being brutally mass murdered. He wants gays to live in security. He wants gays to be able to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms so the next time a Muslim maniac walks into a gay night club, or any night club for that matter, he’ll be greeted with a hail of bullets that shreds his hateful, sharia, self-righteous ass to pieces!

 

It is presidential candidate Donald Trump who will stop the fanatics from entering the country until we have a way to find out who’s who. Doesn’t that make sense? Shouldn’t the government fulfill its constitutional mandate to protect its citizens in every way that it can? We can support refugee camps with money, if that’s what the taxpayers want, but we are under no obligation to bring them here. They need to stay the hell over there. And if they don’t like conditions over there, maybe Muslims should take a second look at their religion and their culture and ask why they keep slaughtering one another all the time, mutilating and raping their young girls, and murdering women and children just to make a point!

Support Trump!

Standard

I have been marooned by duties from the blogosphere for a while, but I will continue to make a mark in it, sailing through with the unique set of facts and opinions that I do. Thus, this post.

I remain a strong supporter of Donald Trump. The media and liberal pundit piranhas have failed to dissuade me, or anyone with an intellect, from moving an inch. Journalists fueled by license have spat on their ethical obligations, the very canons of their professions, with their unabashed support of Hillary Clinton and their brazen effort to destroy the Trump candidacy.

Shame on the Republican establishment members for sabotaging their candidate, his campaign, the party, and the future of this country because they think everyone has to agree with them and because they want to prevent Mitt Romney from standing alone in the loser’s square! Shame on the betrayers of the party and of conservatism!

Self-righteous ideologues, like Bill Kristol, have been working hard, by commission or omission, to elect Hillary Clinton and annihilate the conservative makeup of the Supreme Court for decades to come. They are liars and hypocrites but their covetous self-absorption incinerates their reason and their loyalties. They have become stooges for Hillary, and she is laughing at their treachery because they enrich her and her chances of becoming president much as the foreign and domestic donors to her scam, the Clinton Foundation, do.

I remain in support of Trump because I believe in many of the ideals and policies that he espouses: America first. Bring back industry. Bring back jobs to America and Americans and create new ones for them. Make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Make trade fair as well as free. Take care of our vets. Build a huge stick and walk quietly with it. Ban Muslim immigration until we have a vetting system that works. End illegal immigration, build the wall, deport those here illegally, and offer a sound system of citizenship for good immigrants who will take the time and effort to become Americans because they love liberty and economic opportunity. Re-examine our relationships in foreign alliances and make them equitable. Shred bad treaties that help our enemies and compromise our ideals and our friends. Make better treaties and trade deals. Honor our Constitution and its foundation, the Declaration, including the Second Amendment.

American government exists for Americans, not for the rest of the world or for Third World Thinking or for globalism or any other purpose or ideology. Trump is the only candidate that stands for those things.

Crooked, Jobkiller Hillary does not and never will. She is anti-men, anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-Jew (despite outward appearances), anti-gay, anti-gun ownership, anti-military, anti-defense, anti-free enterprise, anti-American culture, anti-American values, anti-national security, anti-Constitution; and she is pro-Muslim, pro-death, pro-special interests, pro-tearing down the American way of life, pro-illegal immigrant while being anti-American citizen, pro-restrictions on freedom, pro-diversity just for the sake of itself rather than to enhance and protect our core values, pro-self, pro-self-enrichment, pro-throwing national security under the bus if it will benefit her and the way she wants to work.

Hillary Clinton would rather give a communist Chinese woman a job than an American man. Grease her fingers with moolah via her Clinton Foundation trappings and she will give foreign interests anything they want, toadishly submit to their will (not the American people’s) just as her husband shoveled as much American technology and jobs as he could over to foreign countries. It’s no wonder American citizens are sick to their stomachs!