The dirty lit­tle, big se­cret of ‘Beng­hazi’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Sol W. San­ders

With each new story, each new in­ter­view, ev­ery Con­gres­sional hear­ing, it be­comes clear the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pre­sented a false pic­ture of the at­tack on the U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral in Bengazhi, Libya.

The Bozo The­ory or the Con­spir­acy Plot ex­plain this. The Bozo The­ory writes off fail­ures to pre­pare for the 9/11 an­niver­sary as of­ten en­coun­tered hu­man er­ror. The Con­spir­acy Plot holds there was twisted logic aris­ing from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies.

The two are not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. As the say­ing goes, vic­tors write his­tory. Look­ing back on the rise of an ob­scure young politi­cian with vir­tu­ally no life or government ex­pe­ri­ence to the U.S. pres­i­dency, not once, but twice, it is easy to fall into the trap be­liev­ing it was all in­or­di­nately bril­liant pol­i­tics. But one has only to re­mem­ber former Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Jef­fer­son Clin­ton and his can­di­date, wife Hil­lary, failed to have a fall-back po­si­tion when they lost the first round in the 2008 Demo­cratic pri­maries to Barack Hus­sein Obama. Thus is his­tory rewrit.

But re­turn­ing to “Bengazhi” with all it con­notes, we now know re­peated re­quests from Amb. Christo­pher Stevens for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity were re­fused. We know ad­di­tional standby mil­i­tary and para­mil­i­tary were not thrown into more than a seven-hour bat­tle.

You do not have to be a mil­i­tary strate­gist – or a pro­fes­sional critic of the mil­i­tary – to hy­poth­e­size that F-16s, armed drones, Spe­cial Forces teams might have been suc­cess­ful or un­suc­cess­ful, whether re­quested or not re­quested. The very fact four in­cred­i­bly brave, hon­or­able and ded­i­cated men could hold off heav­ily armed at­tack­ers un­til they were killed speaks vol­umes.

Ul­ti­mately this dic­tates an ex­am­i­na­tion of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­pa­gan­dists. From the ini­tial re­port­ing, the White House and its min­ions fal­si­fied the tragedy’s ori­gins con­trary to what we now know – and we now have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve they knew – from the out­set.

Un­for­tu­nately the Pres­i­dent of the United States him­self speak­ing to the UN it­self per­pet­u­ated the le­gend the mur­der of the first Amer­i­can am­bas­sador in three decades and his three prin­ci­pal de­fend­ers was an out­burst of “spon­ta­neous” anti-Amer­i­can­ism en­gen­dered by an ob­scure and dated video on Is­lam.

The same pre­text was used to ig­nite at­tacks on U.S. diplo­mats through­out the Mus­lim world, in­clud­ing Ca­jro next door. But there was just one prob­lem: there had been no Beng­hazi demon­stra­tion.

So we re­turn to the ques­tion of why? – the Bozo Syn­drome or the Con­spir­acy Plot – or both.

“Beng­hazi” on the eve of the Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, gave the lie to all the claims of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for success of its for­eign pol­icy, es­pe­cially in the Mideast.

The Arab Spring en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sup­ported by Washington was not a ”demo­cratic” move­ment but a vic­tory for Is­lam­i­cist ob­scu­ran­tism in half a dozen coun­tries.

Mr. Obama’s cut-and-run Iraq pol­icy, af­ter 4,000-plus U.S. deaths there, has re­sulted in a cat­a­strophic de­cline in U.S. in­flu­ence in Bagh­dad as Iran’s mul­lahs moved in.

Fi­nally and de­ci­sively, bin Laden may be dead but Al Qaida was still very much alive in a half dozen other coun­tries ready to strike Amer­i­cans.

“Beng­hazi”was proof of all this.

On the eve of a highly con­tested “elec­tion cam­paign in which for­eign pol­icy was sup­posed to be the in­cum­bent’s strong suit, it led to an out­ra­geous cover up in which it would be ex­ceed­ingly hard to dis­prove the Pres­i­dent’s di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion. Sol W. San­ders, (sol­sanders@, writes the ‘Fol­low the Money’ col­umn for The Washington Times.

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