In a closed door meeting today on Capitol Hill, former CIA Director David Petraeus testified
his agency came to the conclusion almost instantly that the September 11 attack in Benghazi was linked to Al Qaeda, but the line was taken completely out of the final assessment that circulated to administration officials.
It is acts like this that has GOP lawmakers calling for investigations. The Sunday morning after the attacks, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice appeared on five talk shows
, claiming the attack was spontaneous. Now, after Petraeus' testimony, officials are wondering why her account of the attack was completely different. In Rice's defense, she claims she relayed intelligence that was available at the time, but now we know that wasn't the case.
Looking back, we now know that a top State Department official, Charlene Lamb, declined multiple request
for more security by the team in Benghazi. Eric Nordstrom, a U.S. security officer based in Libya, claims that Lamb stated to him by phone not to make any more request. Despite her warning, and the dire situation there, he made the request anyway although they were ignored.
The State Department also instituted a policy to put Libya into a normalized country
status as directed by the Obama Administration. Their goal was to convey the impression that Libya was getting better, not worse. Confirmed by reports from U.S. personnel stationed there, we now know Libya was in fact getting worse.
Taking in account the events leading up to the attack, why did our government turn their backs on our own in Libya? Were there too much political cost? Why institute such a policy?
I suspect their aim was to bolster Obama's foreign policy effectiveness. That's the only logical reason one could assume. And if that's correct, the 2012 presidential campaign of Barack Obama could directly be attributed to the deaths of the four Americans who died violently on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. That may be a farce, but given the facts, plus previous shady acts by this administration (we haven't got to the bottom of Fast and Furious yet) only suggests something is far more wrong than right.