Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
...Intelligence officials pointed to the statement issued Sept. 28 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) that raised additional concern about the administration’s apparent mishandling of intelligence... Officials say the ODNI’s false information was either knowingly disseminated or was directed to be put out by senior policy officials for political reasons, since the statement was contradicted by numerous intelligence reports at the time of the attack indicating it was al Qaeda-related terrorism...
Obama, of course, stated during his convention acceptance speech that "al Qaeda is on the path to defeat", which could explain his reluctance to release contradictory information. One intel insider said, "[Obama] is afraid to admit al Qaeda is running rampant throughout the region because it would expose the truth instead of what [he] so pompously spouted during the Democratic Convention."
And some brave souls are willing to go on the record with the administration's disastrous decisions.
...Sources critical of what they view as a security drawdown say three Mobile Security Deployment teams left Libya between February and August in addition to the 16-member Site Security Team on loan from the military. That's 34 highly-trained security personnel moved out over a six month period.
One State Department source told CBS News the security teams weren't "pulled," that their mission was simply over...
Not only did the Obama administration pull Ambassador Stevens' security before the attack, it refused to send help once word of the attack had been received.
When the U.S. personnel at the consulate left the main building for what was supposed to be a safe house, questions regarding the deployment of forces seemed moot.
But the battle was still raging, and Ambassador Stevens’ life was close to its end.
What is really going on in the Middle East? It's safe to say we have no idea because this administration seems to have misled the American people about everything.