According to Obama and his advisors al-Qaeda went from being “on the path to defeat” to having a standing army.
Via CNS News:
A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group.
“ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.”
ISIS continues to expand its hold on territory in Iraq, including overtaking the city of Mosul on June 10. Since then, the Sunni extremists have targeted Christians who are reportedly being told they have three choices: Convert to Islam, pay a fine or be killed. As a result, most, if not all, Christians have fled the city.
Family Security Matters
You couldn’t help but feel for Robert Lovell. The retired brigadier general is haunted by the failure of AFRICOM, the U.S. military’s Africa Command, to respond when Americans were under siege in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. His congressional testimony this week was somber – no faux “What difference, at this point, does it make?” indignation, no “Dude, this was two years ago” juvenilia for him.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the State Department’s Sean Smith were killed in the early stage of the jihadist attack. By then, the actions that would surely have saved their lives – e.g., an adult recognition that Benghazi was no place for an American diplomatic facility, or at least the responsible provision of adequate security – had already been callously forsaken. It seems unlikely AFRICOM could have gotten there in time for them on that fateful night, though that does not come close to excusing the failure to try.
Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are a different story. They fought valiantly for many hours after our military learned, very early on, that the battle was raging. Unlike AFRICOM, the SEALs did not stand pat. They ran to the sound of the guns. After saving over 30 of their countrymen, they paid with their lives. The armed forces, General Lovell recalled, knew that terrorists were attacking them. Yet no one came to their aid.
Lovell bears the burden of their abandonment with a heavy heart. His moving testimony made that clear. Still, his version of events is deeply unsatisfying. Why did AFRICOM fail to respond? “Basically,” he stammered, “there was a lot of looking to the State Department.” Unfortunately, we’re told Secretary Hillary Clinton and her minions were unclear “in terms of what they would like to have.” Come again? “They didn’t come forward with stronger requests for action.”
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by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had a vested interest in lying about Benghazi and permanently concealing the truth, Obama to ensure his reelection prospects in 2012 and Hillary to protect hers for 2016.
It is noteworthy, however, that Hillary Clinton was the first administration official to associate the video with the Benghazi attack, she was clearly its most aggressive and persistent advocate and, later, the most defensive (“what difference does it make”) when doubts were raised in Congressional hearings.
All of the following denote the time in Washington, DC.
What difference at this point does it make?
The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report.
The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds “could expose the department to substantial financial losses.”
Last week, the brutal incompetence of our president, and secretaries of state Clinton and Kerry revealed itself in a country we once controlled at the great cost of American lives. Obama and his inept band of state department flunkies, headed by the most inept of them all, Hillary Clinton, failed to secure a status of forces agreement in Iraq. As a result, men flying the flag of al Qaeda have taken over the streets of Fallujah.
Today, USA Today published an alarming article warning of the increasing spread of al-Qaeda…the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist group that just a few months ago Obama said was “on the way to defeat.” He was lying. We are now facing a rapidly growing and spreading “leaderless jihad.”
The Justice and State departments are now citing a year-old FBI investigation and a future criminal prosecution to block access to survivors of last year’s Benghazi terror attack.
In an Oct. 28 letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, refers to “significant risks” and “serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews.”
Graham has been asking since last year for the FBI’s transcripts of interviews with State Department and CIA survivors who were evacuated to Germany after the Sep.11 attack on the U.S. consulate.
He and other Republicans believe the transcripts will show the survivors told the FBI it was a terrorist attack and made no mention of a video or anti-U.S. demonstration at the consulate.
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Twelve years ago the bloodiest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil occurred. But, last year, the American people received another mournful September 11th tragedy.
One year ago today, the victims of the Benghazi, Libya attacks-Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods-lost their lives at the Special Mission Compound and CIA Annex in Benghazi. Others were seriously injured. Since then, no one has been held accountable for the inadequate security at the Mission, which ignored the so-called Inman standards, or for the failure to fully anticipate the attacks given Libya’s deteriorating security environment. This in spite of numerous requests for increased security, which were ignored by top officials in Washington, D.C. Danger pay was increased for those in Benghazi, but the security was not upgraded. “The takeaway from that, for me and my staff, it was abundantly clear, we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of an incident,” said Eric Nordstrom, former Regional Security Officer in Tripoli, at a November 2012 hearing. “And the question that we would ask is, again, how thin does the ice have to get before someone falls through?”
Last month, the American people were treated to the news that Secretary of State John Kerry had cleared the State Department officials that former Secretary of State Clinton had placed on administrative leave for their failure to take appropriate action in the lead-up to the Benghazi attack. In December, 2012, The Accountability Review Board “found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns…given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection.” “However, the Board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.” It was this lack of “breached” duty that compelled Secretary Kerry to end the administrative leave for these officials and return them to State, albeit into different positions.
Who, then, will be held accountable for the Administration’s failures in Benghazi?
While Congress debates and eventually votes on the possible military action against Syria, it must also continue to deal with the unsolved and unresolved terrorist attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya. It has been previously reported that as many as 21 Americans were working in the CIA annex near the outpost, and Congress has been pushing to interview those survivors. Previous reports also indicated that the CIA was routinely polygraphing its operatives in an effort to keep secret any information surrounding the incidents on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi.
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry, informed Congress he “will not honor the request to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning,” according to CBS news reporter Sheryl Attkisson and reported by The Blaze.
From the Makes-No-Sense Department
Huffington Post reports:
In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing over proposed U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war, Kerry pointed to the possibility that a cache of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of a terrorist group to make the case for military action.
But as the New York Times, (and here), Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, McClatchy (and here), AP, Time, BBC, the Independent, the Telegraph, Agence France-Presse, Asia Times, and the Star (and here) confirm, supporting the rebels means supporting Al Qaeda and two other terrorist groups. Indeed, the the New York Times has reported that virtually all of the rebel fighters are Al Qaeda terrorists.
These terrorists – who we’ve been supporting supporting for many years – already have access to chemical weapons.
And the United Nations, Haaretz, and Turkish state newspaper Zaman - say that they’ve grabbed them and used them.
The American case for war makes absolutely no sense.
Marine Col. George Bristol is a key witness in the Benghazi attack investigation by Congress. On Friday, the Defense Department has now stated they will allow members of Congress to speak with Col Bristol, who was in command of the U.S. Special Forces in Northern Africa (AFRICOMM) on September 11, 2012. Officials had previously told Congress that he was retired and couldn’t be found and so could not be made available. Now they are claiming that was an “administrative error.” U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were among those who have never accepted that excuse.