Benghazi Revisited

June 30, 2013 - 10:39 PM

The guilty parties involved in the fiasco in Benghazi are depending on the passage of time and the short attention span of the American people to dull down the memory of the day when four Americans were under attack for at least seven hours, maybe more, and their Commander in Chief disengaged and flew off to Las Vegas the next day, allowing an outright lie about some obscure piece of film being responsible for a spontaneous uprising and the bloody attack on our Consulate in Libya.

To some extent, the stonewalling is working, at least to all those who defend Obama's action come what may and that contingency unfortunately includes the major media outlets, who bury the issue and echo Obama's claim that no help could be sent from anywhere in the world in time to save them, although there was no way for him to know how long the attack would last.

But, I can tell you that there are thousands, if not millions, of people across this nation who don't buy Obama's half-baked excuses and desperately want to see justice done.

Let's just take a look. It takes around an hour for jet aircraft to go from Aviano Air Base in Italy to Wheelus Air Base in Libya without refueling. Why were they not dispatched?

There was a small group of battle-ready personnel in Tripoli loading up in vehicles to head for Benghazi when they were pulled back and told to stand down.

There is calculated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 survivors from Benghazi, people who were there during the attack and know a lot about what happened, but not one of them has been brought forth by the administration to give a first-hand account.

The extra security urgently requested by ambassador Stevens was denied by Hillary Clinton's State Department, even though they realized Benghazi was the belly of the beast, a powder keg with a short fuse needing nothing but some flimsy excuse to ignite it.

Something is badly wrong and smacks of a power-drunk and arrogant administration that bristles with incompetence, carelessness and disregard for the lives of the people they dispatch to dangerous places.

Is it right to let the president and the members of his administration who let four Americans be slaughtered at the hands of Islamic terrorists without even attempting to rescue them just walk away without so much as a valid explanation of why no help was sent, or why a silly, unbelievable lie was told, extra security was not sent and the eye witnesses have not been brought forth?

Would America not have felt better if the president had gone to the situation room and managed the crisis while it was happening? Would the families of the four dead Americans not have had more closure if the president had even attempted to send help, even if it had been too late getting there?

Should Obama not have dispatched military when the news about the attack first came across his desk?

Should he have just walked off the scene, leaving the fate of four American citizens under attack in Libya in the hands of people who did not have the power to send help?

Is this the new norm for our embassy corps and those serving in the military in dangerous locations? If the logistics are difficult, will we just say, "Sorry we can't get there in time"?

Somehow, even in this apathetic, low-information, self-consumed society, this message has got to get through.

America, your privacy has been violated, the IRS has been used to suppress Americans, the justice department thinks it has the right to spy, unimpeded on whoever they wish and if we let the government slide on Benghazi, we are only encouraging the arrogance, the incompetence, the disregard for human life, the deceit, the lies and the danger we will all face if this administration is not brought to heel.

These are volatile times when our friends no longer trust us, our enemies no longer fear us, and the balance of power can change overnight.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels