This past Wednesday The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had a hearing in regards to what occurred on September 11th, 2012. On the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center a group of Islamist extremist attacked the American Consulate and killed four of our Americans who served in the consulate. Now the timing of the attack to me played a significant role that may have affected the talking points that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stated in the Sunday morning talk shows.
Five days after the attack U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stated the following:
“They are not on the ground yet, but they have already begun looking at all sorts of evidence of– of various sorts already available to them and to us. And they will get on the ground and continue the investigation. So we’ll want to see the results of that investigation to draw any definitive conclusions. But based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that– in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.”
Now I myself believed that these attacks orchestrated by militant extremist resulted from an anti-muslim movie made by an American. However, as details of the attack began to service either through the Media or through congressional hearings it was evident that this attack was coordinated. Months prior to the attacks reports about weak secruity in the consulate were reported. On top of that as the protest in Cairo erupted that very same day little action was taken to secure the consulates who may be potential targets for protest and possible attacks.
After the attack occurred the President of Libya Mohamed Magariaf stated that the attack on the consulate was preplanned. The following statements comes from a NPR interview “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. consulate.” However, the adminstration went forward by declaring that these acts were spontenoues and from a anti-muslim video. Those statements do two things to the image of the President of Libya it either makes him look stupid and unable to control the newly liberated Arab nation.
Common sense would suggest that there could be no way that the militants who conducted these terrorist acts executed it last minute. Because after the initial consulate was attacked members of the diplomatic team were then evacuated to a safe house used for situations like this. Once those team members began to arrive to the safe house mortar fire began to fall on the safe house. Being a former mortar man in the Marine Corps, it takes a skilled three man team a minute to a minute and a half to assemble their mortar system and have their targets lined up. The first mortar missed however, the ones after that were spot on. If this attack was a last minuet idea how would these militants know where the safe house would be located and be equipped with the mortar system to execute the attacks?
Former Secratray of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stated the same talking points that Susan Rice mentioned days after the attack. The president of this nation the commander and chief of our Armed Forces reiteraited such talking points. President John F. Kennedy admitted to the nation of his failed attempt to remove Fidel Castro from Cuba in the invasion of the Bay of Pigs. Knowing that making such a move would have adverse effects on his presidency he felt as though he not only failed the people who took part of the attempted coupe he failed his American public by conducting such an operation behind closed doors. President Barrack Obama may have felt that his rhetoric about defeating Al Qaeda may be questioned with the recent attacks in Benghazi. So by attempting to say that the attacks were spontaneous gives some room for the administration from being labeled as being weak on foreign policy.
Now may congressional members are attempting to lay the blame on the former Secretary of State Clinton. However,what they tend to forget is that she had taken full responsibility for the lapse in the consulate. For those who use the argument that she authorized cuts to fund Embassy is misleading. I say this because it is a joint Congressional effort to past bills dealing with the countries economic responsibility and a lot of the advocates for cuts are coming from congressional leaders not just Mrs. Clinton.
The country and its administration handled the Benghazi attack in the worst possible way. We were led to believe that this resulted all in a video created by an American that resulted in the hostile attack and deaths of four Americans. Personnel in the administration took part I believe in steering this incident one way to not lose ground in the 2012 campaign. Obama should have been direct with the nation on the attacks. I say this because people from both sides of the aisle have boosted his foreign policy. The very same policies that the Bush administration created and the current president has enforced and expanded in one way or the other.
The American public and other world leaders knew that these attacks were coordinated and executed by militant extremist. The administration failed to lead its country and lied to the families of those who suffered a lost. This is not the first president to do it and will not be the last. I do support that congress is attempting to find out what truly happened and we must continue on this mission. The president will not step down nor will he be impeach. For the Bush administration did not face any impeachment or convictions for their misleading information that brought this country to war with a country who is now in political turmoil and secular violence. Politics is a dirty business and at times leaders of a nation fail to be true leaders just to win a seat that he may have won anyway. Without transparency how can a nation trust its leaders when they flat out lie. Obama will be plagued after his years with Benghazi as Bush will be plagued for Iraq. Maybe one day our leaders can be upfront as John F. Kennedy was.