[Disclaimer: I have no proof for my hypothesis, just a supposition and suspicion. However, see the CBS video link at the end of this post.]
Now this thought, “Was Ambassador Stevens Assassinated?”, will be too horrible for most law-abiding Americans to contemplate. But in light of the timeline of events for the attack on our embassy in Benghazi; the lack of response from our government and the clear cover-up of the facts, the question begs to be asked by someone. It is clear that the mainstream media has failed miserably to the point of abject treason in the prevention of reporting of the truth to the American people and the repeated refusal by President Obama and his staff and cabinet to come clean with the truth, all for the sake of political survival.
It goes beyond curiosity to wonder why, about a month before the attack, was the 16-man Site Security Team led by Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, withdrawn from protecting the embassy in Benghazi? This was done despite warnings to the Whitehouse from those on the ground in Benghazi, that such a move would leave the embassy and its staff completely vulnerable to attack. This removal of security was ordered by the State Department despite the fact that there were 200 security incidents in Libya (48 in Benghazi) that had been reported to the Obama administration by Eric Nordstrom, former head of security for the U.S. mission in Libya. Nordstrom’s analysis and report of the threatening situation in Benghazi were repeatedly ignored by the Whitehouse, the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, and the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. This is shameful and inexcusable.
In June of this year the British pulled their ambassador and staff and closed their embassy in Benghazi because of an attack on the ambassador’s convoy on June 11. The International Red Cross also closed its mission in Benghazi because of repeated threats to their staff.
“We were the last flag flying [in Benghazi],” Lt. Col. Wood testified before a Congressional hearing. “It was a matter of time” [before we were attacked].
Despite the obvious increasing threat to our embassy and staff and despite repeated requests from the ambassador and embassy staff for increased security in the weeks prior to the attack, all requests were denied by the State Department. If nothing else, this type of dereliction of duty by the State Department (or anyone else involved) was nothing short of criminal.
September 11, 2012
First, common sense would dictate that in one of the most hostile embassy outposts in the world where September 11, 2001 still resonates revenge with Muslim terrorists, a beefed up security would be foremost on the minds of the President, Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense.
At 3:40 PM Washington, DC time the attack on the embassy in Benghazi commenced. At least one drone overhead provided the Whitehouse, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense “realtime” video of what was happening. At 4:05 PM DC time the State Department sent an e-mail to the Whitehouse and Pentagon confirming the embassy was under attack.
At 5:00 PM DC time President Obama, V.P. Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met. However, among other information, the subject of their meeting has not been revealed.
During the attack, staff at the besieged embassy requested aid three times and each time the State Department denied such assistance. This, despite the fact that military aid was nearby and air support was only two hours away. Not only was aid denied but military and security personnel near enough to help were told to “stand down”, that is, do not get involved. Panetta’s excuse some six weeks later was that he did not want to send troops into “harms way” without knowing the situation. Uh, Mr. Secretary of Defense, that’s what the military are there for, to intervene in harm’s way to save the lives of others.
Why? Why would our government withdraw ALL security forces from the embassy in Benghazi when it was abundantly clear to all who served there that it was becoming increasingly hostile and life-threatening?
Why? Why were repeated requests by embassy staff, including the ambassador, for security and military assistance before and during the attack not only ignored but denied?
Why? Why was the embassy left completely unprotected when there had been 200 incidents of terrorism in Libya in the last year?
Why? Why has there been a complete cover-up and denial, as well as outright lying to the American people by everyone connected to the Whitehouse and the departments of State and Defense?
There are only three plausible answers:
1. Gross incompetence which should lead to impeachment and criminal charges.
2. An Obama adminstration so desperate to demonstrate a successful Mideast policy and “normalcy” of relations among Mideast Muslims that it was willing to risk the lives of Americans serving in Libya. This too should warrant impeachment and a criminal investigation.
3. Or, an Obama re-election that was threatened by what Ambassador Stevens knew and/or was about to reveal. If so, this would be one of the most horrendous crimes ever committed by a Whitehouse administration.
UPDATE: October 27, 2013, CBS Sixty Minutes Benghazi investigation. A video that should outrage every American and require the removal of President Obama and his entire administration and arrest Obama of charges of treason and dereliction of duty.