It is now about 46 days since the terrorist attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed our Ambassador, his aide, and two Navy Seals. And, still our President refuses to tell us what happened and why. Senator Rand Paul has lost patience with President Obama.
Too many important questions remain unanswered concerning Mr. Obama’s entire mishandling of the recent siege of Benghazi.
The first and most pressing question for Mr. Obama remains: Where the hell were the Marines? (Bold added)
Senator Paul goes on to explain the two of the most dangerous embassy assignments we have are Iraq and Libya. In Iraq we have 17,000 people, including several hundred Marines, guarding our ambassador. In Libya there was not one uniformed Marine. Until six weeks prior to the Benghazi attacks, we had a sixteen man security detail guarding Ambassador Stevens, which was led by Col. Andrew Wood. They were removed in spite of requests by Col. Wood to stay and requests by the Ambassador that they stay. Senator Paul wants some answers.
Why was the security team that both Stevens and Col. Woods requested sent home? Who made this decision? (Bold added)
Note that it was plural requests by both men.
The Senator asks another question:
What happened to the plane, Mr. President? There was supposed to be a DC-3 available to help people get out of Libya or to travel around the country as needed. But that plane was taken away on May 4. On May 8, just four days later, the State Department spent $108,000 on a new electrical charging station to “green up” our embassy in Vienna.
So, the State Department can’t claim a lack of funds, can they? And, again the obvious question is who gave the order to remove the plane. We can’t know if the plane would have been useful in saving the lives of our diplomatic people in Benghazi because IT WASN’T THERE! Senator Paul is concerned that this lack of accountability is becoming a habit. He talks about how after the 2001 terrorist attacks it became known that we did have intelligence information that we didn’t act on and have prevent the deaths of 3000 people. Yet no one was held accountable then either. No one was fired. The Senator is not going to let that happen this time. He is going to open a Senate investigation.
Good for Senator Rand Paul. But, isn’t it sad that Congressional investigation are necessary to get our leaders to tell the truth? Why is it so hard to admit that someone made a serious error in judgement and that they have been removed from their duties? Why shouldn’t that be standard procedure?
It will not come as a surprise to you, dear readers, that this humble observer has more questions for President Obama. That your administration is guilty of a gross error in judgement on security for our embassy personnel in Libya is a given. That much is obnious. But, I have questions about our response to the attacks. Why was no help sent to Benghazi? We know that the President had real time visual and audio information of everything that was happening in Benghazi; very similar to the real time video that he had of the Navy Seals taking out bin Laden . So, why weren’t reinforcements sent to Benghazi? Yes, we know that a Special Forces unit was mobilized to southern Italy some 450 miles away, but they got there too late. But, Mu. president, don’t we have a naval presence in the Mediterrean Sea that could have sent jets or attack helicopters? If not, why not? Also, doesn’t America have allies in the area that we could have called on for help? You know, like Israel, Italy, France. Surely there was someone who could have helped. Did your administration even think to ask for help, Mr. President? I don’t know, considering the security SNAFU, if our people could have reacted fast enough to save the lives of our Ambassador and his aide, but it was about six hours later that our brave navy Seals were killed by a direct mortar hit. Surely, Mr. President, you could have gotten help there in time to have possibly saved those Seals. Here is another question, President Obama. We now know that you had a drone over Benghazi during the entire attack filming and sending back visuals to your Situation Room at the White House. Why was that drone not armed, Mr. President?
My friend at the Spellchek blog has even better and more disturbing questions.
Let’s find out why we had fighter jets and AC-130 gunships stationed nearby and never scrambled them. The AC-130′s would have put a quick end to the opposition. You can read about their capabilities here – http://usmilitary.about.com/od/afweapons/a/ac130.htm. We also had quick response teams that could have had boots on the ground via Blackhawk choppers within an hour. Yet the entire drama unfolded over 7 to 8 hours with the last deaths in the last couple of hours.
Let’s find out why the U.S. was gunrunning and supplied the Libyan rebels. Could it be that we supplied the arms used to kill our own people?
Let’s find out why there were in excess of 200 security incidents in Libya in the prior year with 48 at Benghazi and an apparent dry-run attack on June 6th, yet additional security requests were denied. The claim of budgetary restraints has already been debunked.
Let’s find out why the SST members as well as the Libyan February 17th Brigade were over at the CIA compound instead of protecting the consulate. Could it be they were purposely out of the area at the time of the attack?
The story that the United States has been running arms from Libya to Syria via Turkey has been growing legs for a couple of weeks now. This Fox News article is just the latest. The article asks the question: Did this have something to do with the attacks?
Dear friends, the stench coming out of Benghazi is unbearable. Our president and his administration are involved in a cover up of something that cost the lives of four brave Americans. When our government is not straight with us, we who demand answers may begin to connect dots that shouldn’t be connected. The fault is not ours. The fault lays with those hiding the truth. There is much our president could tell us without divulging national security secrets. Why isn’t he? It is up to us to demand answers!
Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?