The smok­ing gun of the Beng­hazi cover-up

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. com­pound in Beng­hazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall.

On June 11, the British am­bas­sador’s mo­tor­cade was hit by a rocket-pro­pelled grenade, wound­ing a medic and doc­tor. The next day, the am­bas­sador was gone and the British Beng­hazi post was closed.

At the same time, the Red Cross, af­ter a sec­ond at­tack, shut down and fled the city.

“When that oc­curred,” says Lt. Col. An­drew Wood, who headed the mil­i­tary se­cu­rity team in Tripoli, “we were the last flag fly­ing in Beng­hazi; we were the last thing on their tar­get list to re­move.”

On Aug. 15, at the U.S. com­pound in Beng­hazi, an emer­gency meet­ing was con­vened to dis­cuss the 10 Is­lamist mili­tias and their train­ing camps in the area, among them al-Qaida and An­sar al-Sharia.

On Aug. 16, a ca­ble went to the State Depart­ment de­scrib­ing the im­mi­nent dan­ger, say­ing the com­pound could not de­fend it­self against a “co­or­di­nated at­tack.”

The ca­ble was sent to Hil­lary Clin­ton — and signed by Am­bas­sador Chris Stevens.

On Sept. 11, Am­bas­sador Stevens died in a co­or­di­nated at­tack on the Beng­hazi com­pound by el­e­ments of An­sar al-Sharia and al-Qaida.

Cather­ine Her­ridge of Fox News, who un­earthed the Aug. 16 ca­ble, calls it the “smok­ing gun.”

Yet, on Oct. 11, Joe Bi­den, dur­ing the vice pres­i­den­tial de­bate, as­serted, “We weren’t told they wanted more se­cu­rity there.”

While House spokesman Jay Car­ney said Bi­den’s “we” ap­plied only to Bi­den, Obama and the White House. As the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil is part of the White House, Car­ney was say­ing the NSC was in the dark over the Aug. 16 ca­ble that had warned about the ex­act at­tack that oc­curred.

What else have we lately learned?

The State Depart­ment was fol­low­ing the Beng­hazi as­sault in real time.

Three emails came from the com­pound that night. The first de­scribed the at­tack; the sec­ond came as the fir­ing stopped; the third re­ported that An­sar al-Sharia was claim­ing credit.

From an Oct. 26 re­port by Jen­nifer Grif­fin, also of Fox News, we now know there were two drones over Beng­hazi the night of Sept. 11 ca­pa­ble of send­ing pic­tures to U.S. com­man­ders within reach of Beng­hazi, and to the CIA, Pen­tagon and White House.

We also know that ex-SEAL Ty Woods, in the CIA safe house a mile away, was de­nied per­mis­sion to go to the res­cue of the com­pound, and that he dis­obeyed or­ders, went and brought back the body of diplo­mat Sean Smith.

Af­ter the at­tack on the com­pound, the bat­tle shifted to the safe house — for four more hours. An­other ex-SEAL, Glen Do­herty, made it to Beng­hazi from Tripoli. Seven hours af­ter the ini­tial as­sault that killed Am­bas­sador Stevens and Smith, Do­herty and Woods were still re­turn­ing fire, when, hav­ing been aban­doned on the or­ders of some­one higher up, they were killed by a di­rect mor­tar hit.

Due to stonewalling and the com­plic­ity of the Big Me­dia in ig­nor­ing or down­play­ing the Beng­hazi story dur­ing the last weeks of the cam­paign, the Oba­maites got past the post on Nov. 6 with­out be­ing called to ac­count.

But the truth is com­ing out, and an ac­count­ing is com­ing. For the char­ac­ter, com­pe­tence and cred­i­bil­ity of Obama’s en­tire na­tional se­cu­rity team have been called into ques­tion.

Hil­lary Clin­ton said she takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for any se­cu­rity fail­ure by her depart­ment at the Beng­hazi com­pound. But what does that mean? Did she see the Aug. 16 se­cret ca­ble sent to her by Stevens de­scrib­ing his per­ilous sit­u­a­tion? Was she obliv­i­ous to the bat­tle in her depart­ment over se­cu­rity in Beng­hazi?

This fail­ure that oc­curred in her shop and on her watch, that Stevens warned about in his Aug. 16 ca­ble, re­sulted in his death and the most suc­cess­ful ter­ror­ist at­tack on this coun­try since 9/11.

Why has Hil­lary not ex­plained her in­ac­tion — or stepped down?

The CIA has is­sued a terse state­ment say­ing it gave no or­der to any­one not to try to res­cue the am­bas­sador or not to move forces to aid Do­herty and Woods, who died be­cause no help came.

Who, then, did refuse to send help? Who did give the or­ders to “stand down”?

The pres­i­dent says he is keep­ing Amer­i­cans in­formed as we learn the truth. But is that still cred­i­ble?

When did Obama learn that State was fol­low­ing the Beng­hazi at­tack in real time, that cam­era-car­ry­ing drones were over the city that night, that a seven-hour bat­tle was fought, that des­per­ate cries for help were be­ing turned down.

The CIA had to know all this. Did Tom Donilon of the NSC not know it? Did he not tell the pres­i­dent?

Five days af­ter Beng­hazi, Su­san Rice went on five na­tional TV shows to say the at­tack was a spon­ta­neous protest over an anti-Mus­lim video.

Did the pres­i­dent not know she was talk­ing non­sense? Could he him­self have still been clue­less about what went on in Beng­hazi? Patrick J. Buchanan is the au­thor of “Sui­cide of a Su­per­power: Will Amer­ica Sur­vive to 2025?”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.