“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell
In 1964 I was 4 years old and went with my parents to a party at their friend’s home. The guests of honor were former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess. I recall my mother teaching me how to curtsy, because that was the way polite little girls showed respect to the former leader of the free world and his wife. I was happy that I didn’t fall over. My middle name is not Grace.
It is now 2013 and it saddens me that I do not have the same respect for the Anointed One. Until 2009, I would never have referred to a President as anything other than “President _______”. Obama does not deserve such veneration.
“So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America” (Obama following the death of Moammar Khadafi). Funny how Barry jumped at the chance to “lead from behind” when the Libyan people were fighting to oust Moammar Khadafi. Why did he fail to act before, during and after September 11, 2012 when our fellow countrymen needed him? I guess it’s every American for himself. For a guy who would not use the words “act of terrorism”, he is embracing this idea now because the REAL fuck up must be far more appalling than that.
If the slaughter of Ambassador Stephens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty was truly terror-related, where was the claim from the terrorists themselves? They always take “credit” for their work. From the little that I do know, terrorists do not normally engage in long, drawn out battles. They wire themselves up and pull a kamikaze, fire grenade launchers into a building or plant IEDs and run. It seems to me that whomever ordered the attack on the compound instructed those who carried out the orders to make sure that Ambassador Stephens and the other Americans were dead. It seems they did not expect anyone would come to the Americans’ aid. It’s almost as though the murderers were briefed in advance. Doherty and Woods, along with the others who chose to disobey the order to stand down, probably screwed up the whole plan. Unfortunately, they paid with their lives.
With such a huge exchange of fire, didn’t any of the attackers get hit? If so, where are they? Where are their bodies if they were killed? I’m sure the Seals killed one or ten or twenty. Oh, that’s right, the case was handed over to the FBI and it took them twenty-something days to get access to the compound. (What fucknut ordered the FBI to investigate a military-style attack against Americans in a foreign country?) Allow me a moment to put on my tin foil hat. Okay, I’m back. We have been told that members of the media and local looters had been through the compound before the FBI. Is it possible that there were people sent to the compound to remove evidence, bodies, weapons, etc. immediately following the murders and the delay experienced by the FBI was just a distraction? Could someone have been stalling for time to allow the surviving murderers time to escape?
What other countries, if any, were complicit in the need for Ambassador Stephens to be in Benghazi at a dangerous time of year for Americans abroad? Was he, as some have supposed, assisting in a government-backed program to transport weapons to the rebels in Syria? Did Russia or Iran have a hand in this? Could the infamous “open mic” moment between Medvedev and Obama have had anything to do with arming the rebels? That could be what Obama meant when he alluded to having more flexibility once he was re-elected.
I know this asks more questions than it answers. However, maybe they are questions that the Main Stream Media and the American people should be asking Obama every time that “insert appropriate descriptive expletive here” gets near a podium. I am just an average American, but I know there was no reason for what happened in Benghazi that justifies the murder of four of our citizens. If four is all we lost that day. We can’t even get a straight answer about that.
It is not in the DNA of a member (retired or otherwise) of our Military to leave others behind to die, to stand down when they can run towards the gun fire or to sit in a hangar in Italy while fellow Americans are under attack. Something is very wrong here, people. We cannot let the murders in Benghazi become lost in the shuffle of scandals or mid-term re-election campaigns. Hold this potus’ feet to the fire until the families of those who were killed get the answers they need to go on.