Sunday, October 21, 2012

WE WANT THE TRUTH: The Three Benghazi Timelines for Which the American People Demand Answers

James Rosen, writing at The Wall Street Journal, succinctly analyzes the three timelines related to Benghazi that smack of a Watergate-style cover-up.

The Benghazi episode is best viewed as a series of three timelines. When fully exposed, the facts of the "pre" period before the attacks will tell us how high up the chain, and in which agencies, fateful decisions were made about security precautions for the consulate and annex in Benghazi. We also stand to learn how the planning for the attacks could have been put in motion without being detected until too late.

Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, who oversees diplomatic security, testified before the House on Oct. 10 that she and her colleagues had placed "the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11 for what had been agreed upon." While not the stuff of a perjury charge, this testimony cannot be true, given the known outcome of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate and the pleas for enhanced security measures that we now know Foggy Bottom to have rebuffed.

The second Benghazi timeline encompasses the five or six hours on the evening of Sept. 11 when the attacks transpired. A State Department briefing on Oct. 9 offered an account that was riveting but incomplete. When all of the facts of these hours are compiled, we will have a truer picture of the tactical capabilities of al Qaeda and its affiliates in North Africa. We will also learn what really happened to Amb. Stevens that night, and better appreciate the vulnerabilities with which our diplomatic corps, bravely serving at 275 installations across the globe, must still contend.

The third and final Benghazi timeline is the one that has fostered charges of a coverup. It stretches eight days—from 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, when the consulate was first rocked by gunfire and explosions, through the morning of Sept. 19, when Matthew G. Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, publicly testified before the Senate that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

Mr. Olsen's testimony effectively ended all debate about whether the attacks had grown out of a protest over an anti-Islam video. Three days before Mr. Olsen put a stop to the blame-YouTube storyline, U.N. Amb. Susan Rice, echoing Mr. Carney, had gone on five Sunday TV chat shows and maintained that the YouTube video has spurred the violence.

Regarding the second thread, it turns out that there is a video of the entire, six-hour attack on the compound and related areas.

The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday... “They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops, Berntsen said.

...Fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships — which could have been used to help disperse the bloodthirsty mob — were also stationed at three nearby bases, sources told the network...

Since the final debate tomorrow night concentrates on foreign policy, perhaps we'll be able to get answers to some of these questions.

Unless, of course, Candy Crowley comes barreling out of the stands and tackles Mitt Romney when he asks the President about the cover-up.


Anonymous said...

The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed.

“They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

They Begged for help,and were left there to Die.!! .

Here's an idea....


As your AMBASSADOR. And yes - he was a pawn - and yes, he was not supposed to die - but rather be kidnapped.

Look - its simple - if you want to curry favor - rescue a lamb - be a hero.

And what would be more "touching" than rescuing a brave american patriot from the clutches of the evil jihadist forces of al-Qaeda just weeks before the election...and a gay american patriot to boot.

Women would swoon, the left would rejoice, the msm would wet all over themselves - hell - they'd have a ticker-tape parade in new york - think about it.

He would have been bullet-proof.

And in January - the blind sheik would be on a plane to Egypt - AND NOT ONE DAMN THING COULD HAPPEN TO STOP IT.

Now they are trying to cut a deal with iran prior to the election.

it never ends with these people...................

Thx JoesFakeTooth

Anonymous said...

White House Schedule - September 11, 2012

4:40 pm
The President departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House
Press Information
In-Town Travel Pool Coverage
4:50 pm
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press
(Final Gather 4:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
5:00 pm
The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense
Oval Office

Closed Press

White House Schedule - September 12, 2012

10:35 am
The President delivers a statement
Rose Garden

Open Press
(Pre-Set 9:30AM—Final Gather 10:15AM—North Doors of the Palm Room)
10:50 am
The President visits the State Department
DC, State Department, Washington
Closed Press
(In-Town Travel Pool Will Accompany)
2:05 pm
The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
Open Press
(Final Gather 1:45PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
2:20 pm
The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada
What was the dear leader doing between the hours of 5:00 pm Sep 11th and 10:35 am Sep 12th?