The deaths of four Americans, two of them ex-Navy SEALs, may just force Obama’s hand. Into mounting a coup, if it appears he cannot delay or fraud the election. Benghazi is just the tip of the nightmare that is the Obama Administration, but it is clear that Republicans (fed inside info by the CIA and Defense Department and the Military) will not back down, even if Obama wins the election. And if he loses, not only himself but likely Hillary Clinton will be going to jail. If he wins, impeachment (though not conviction in the Senate) looms and a showdown via appropriations will ensue. Benghazi did not seem to be the place where Obama’s Administration would go to die. But often times insignificant places can loom large: Waterloo, Hastings, and well, this place. The site of four changes of possession in WWII, the disaster in Benghazi may lead Obama into a coup. Already, one person at NRO has noted that the President is floating a trial balloon on postponing the elections and Mark Steyn there noted this how coups often start.
Why is Obama so worried about Benghazi when he’s skated (so far) on Solyndra, on Fast and Furious (which killed at least two Border Patrolmen), on the foreigners donating to his campaign illegally, and a host of other scandals? Because Libya and Benghazi are his Iran-Contra scandal. Obama has been running weapons to anti-Assad rebels in Syria, most of them Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda affiliated. And he’s terrified that this will come out and he will be impeached, convicted, and jailed. Along with his cronies. This is why Obama has acted so strangely over Benghazi, and why the Bus has not rolled over some disposable flunky, and why the military, the Defense Department, and CIA are leaking like a sieve, not wanting to be the fall guy for something truly poisonous — arming bin Laden’s successor with the latest American weaponry that WILL be used against us. Soon.
No one has had any explanation (and the media has made a point NOT to ask) just what it was that the US Ambassador, Stevens, was doing in Benghazi, meeting (of all people) the Turkish Ambassador. Benghazi is about 400 miles away from the capital of Tripoli. Benghazi is a tribal, Salafist area filled with militias. US Ambassadors don’t conduct business in places like that for any reason. Sweeping up the arms and military hardware given to the rebels against Khadaffi is the work of ex-Navy SEALs, and other military men (who know what they’re buying for instance) and the work of months if not years of simply out-bidding people for the most dangerous of arms (AK-47s are not worth buying, Africa is filled with them, and most people who have them keep them as insurance).
The last official act of the Ambassador was to escort the Turkish Ambassador out and bid him good-bye (there were no crowds or people milling around at this time, about 8:30 pm Libya time). Why were the two Ambassadors in an out of the way, remote place, in Libya? Simple. They were there to discuss moving arms and money and supplies to the rebels in Syria, in a place where Western Journalists AND Russian, Syrian, and Iranian intelligence agencies would not spot them. That was the reason for Chris Steven’s presence in Benghazi. Not (as some have touted) to be taken hostage and released by Obama trading the Blind Sheikh (not even Obama is that stupid). Though the Blind Sheikh will be released to Egypt no doubt after the election, one way or another. THAT has been in the works for some time, according to the man who convicted him as a US Attorney (NRO’s Andrew McCarthy).
No, an out of the way meeting place was needed, to stage logistically, a transfer of arms, weapons, and supplies to the Syrian Jihadis through Turkey (hence the Turkish Ambassador). This explains the curious reduction of security in Benghazi, after months of attacks. The bright guys in the White House, no doubt including Obama himself, thought they had it covered. Hey, the removed Khaddafi. Hugged the Muslim Brotherhood tight. And were sending arms and weapons (likely including anti-aircraft missiles to take down Assad’s jets) and supplies to the jihadis. The word was sent. And they figured, no problems. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything. Local talent, angry and run by Al Qaeda, saw a way to kill some Americans, seize the Consulate (and the safe house of the CIA, more on that later). This may have been a double-cross courtesy of Al Qaeda. It seems at least plausible that Hillary and Obama would not allow the Consulate to get security because they wanted a lid on sending arms to Jihadis in Syria, and figured that AQ getting some arms at least would put a lid on any possible attack. This is the stupid kind of thing Obama and his people would think. Al Qaeda itself is decentralized, and has been practically since Osama bin Laden went into hiding. Ayman Al-Zawahari runs some of it, but other parts are run independently. Each branch and local operation does pretty much as it pleases. If they wish to do something, any “order” given by other AQ organizations are pretty much ignored if they contradict their wishes. Worse, Al Qaeda is known to have been penetrated by … the Iranians who neither like or trust AQ though they may cooperate on short term interests, and have a direct fight over Syria being an Iranian ally and run by Shias in all but name as a butchery place, or a Sunni/Arab controlled Salafist charnel house. It is at least plausible that the attack on the Consulate first, and then the CIA safe house (which was kept ultra-secret) was controlled and conceived by professionals from Hezbollah and the IRGC. It was certainly conducted that way, entirely professional.
The attack began around 9 pm Libyan time, which was around 2 pm Washington DC time. The initial attack on the Consulate took about an hour and a half, after which the survivors including SEALs from the CIA safe house who violated direct orders to come and rescue the Consulate staff, fled and fought off rolling ambushes to get to the Safe House. The President was notified and briefed (with live video from a drone overhead — more on that later) at around 5 pm Washington time, around 3 hours into the attack. The drone, which may have been armed, was on station … wait for it … BEFORE the attack. It had been tasked to that spot for reasons unexplained. [Likely to look for anyone trying to spy on the meeting between the Turkish Ambassador and Ambassador Stevens. The drone had of course limited vision, operating them has been called looking through a drinking straw as far as what can be seen. At any rate, it fed live video of the attack to the White House and State Department.] No crowds of demonstrators were ever observed, rather a professionally led military attack.
At the CIA safe house, the survivors soon came under fire. The attack lasted another five and half hours or so. This is where the bulk of the jihadi casualties came, as the SEALs were not expected and with small arms alone, killed about 60-70 men. The two SEALs who were killed were on the roof, lasing targets for (as CIA and Military sources assert) a circling C-130 gunship and an armed drone. They were killed by mortar fire, expertly placed on the roof by experienced troops. [In the book, "Band of Brothers," the late Major Dick Winters explained just how hard it was to place mortar rounds accurately, and how hard one had to practice. It is not something that a tribal militia can do -- it requires extensive professional training. It took Major Winters and his men, considered the best of the US Army at the time, some considerable time in training to get it right. The same equipment is in use today, pretty much.]
Still unexplained: just how convenient it was that the Turkish Ambassador was not caught up in that fight and torching of the US Consulate that killed Ambassador Stevens and another diplomat. Also unexplained, how the jihadis found the CIA safe house, which was kept secret from even the Libyans accompanying the rescue convoy sent out from Tripoli, which was the same distance (about 400 miles) from the Sicilian US airbases containing fighter assets that could have easily wiped out the attacking jihadis.
My best guess, and this is only a guess, is that Obama, Hillary, and Valerie Jarrett (the person who is ACTUALLY President and makes all the decisions) panicked. Got scared. Ordered no rescue attempt, and did so repeatedly, interfering with any number of efforts to save the SEALs and others at the CIA safe house. In a desperate, doomed attempt to “recover” their grand effort at “heading off jihad” against the US by buying it off with guns and weapons aimed at Iran’s ally, Syria. And above all, to not reveal the ongoing effort to arm Al Qaeda and its allies against Syria.
This is why we got the “Captain Bullshit” stuff about some obscure YouTube video, and the jailing of its maker (shameful). Its why we have all these smoke grenades launched by the administration to cover what happened. And its why the Administration is scared. In throwing the CIA, and the military, under the bus, Obama made enemies enraged by the death of their friends.
The Special Operator community is small. Everyone knows everyone. The military accepts being in harm’s way. And that aid may not come at all, for a variety of technical reasons. Being left to die without any aid at all that was easy and decisive, and would have saved the lives of the SEALs, for transparent political reasons, that amount to … well TREASON in arming Al Qaeda and keeping it quiet, that’s another story. The SEALs had friends, comrades, commanders, and military that outside the brass in the Pentagon, loathes Obama not the least of which is that he is firing many of them. The same goes true for the CIA, which hires (which is why they were there in the first place) lots and lots and lots of ex-Special Forces people to do things for them. Like sweep up weapons (which is why the SEALs were there, they had stayed on for a couple days from the end of their weapons buy-back program reportedly at the request of Stevens who was nervous).
At this point, probably everyone in the Special Operations community, the CIA at large, and most senior military leaders know Obama was running guns and heavy weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria. They’ve doubtless told this to leading Republicans, including McCain and Romney. Even Carly Fiorina brought up Libya and with-holding the military aid/rescue on the Sunday news show, as did McCain.
Remember, its not just that rescue, that aid, that air assets were with-held from the SEALs fighting on the roof of a besieged CIA safe house. It is that the safe house was discovered (how? who?) and that the aid was with-held to protect an arms deal with Al Qaeda. Involving the Turks and the alphabet soup of jihadis.
As for who betrayed the safe house location, the suspects are numerous. Valerie Jarret, the “real” President, was born and raised in Iran, speaks fluent Farsi, and has long-standing sympathies and ties to the Iranian regime. Huma Abedin, Hillary’s right hand woman at the State Dept, and married to disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner (no you can’t make this up) has a founding Muslim brotherhood family, that is extremely Salafist. Yet she is on cordial terms with them, not a hint of an honor killing. One wonders why, when say, the Muslim founder of Bridges TV, designed to foster US-Muslim understanding well, beheaded his wife over a pending divorce. That’s what Muslims do, mostly. Behead women or honor kill them for say, dating a non-Muslim boy (examples of this are too numerous to count). Particularly, say, families that play a founding and continuing role in the Muslim Brotherhood. There are doubtless others. Perhaps Iran has a spy or series of spies in the CIA. The Soviet Union had several. Aldrich Ames comes to mind.
At any rate, that is the stakes for Obama. Not a long, drawn out, deniable (“it was my underlings who stupidly ran guns to the Mexican cartels”) scandal. Or one filled with arcane financial dealings like Solyndra. Nope. Its running guns to Al Qaeda. It has been suggested that the extraordinary purchase of ammunition and guns by the Social Security Administration and Education Department, including .40 and .357 SIG hollow points, were really destined for Syrian rebels. That might be true. It would certainly fit the well-known parts of Obama’s strategy for stopping jihad against the US:
- Apologize for the United States over and over again.
- Hug the Muslim Brotherhood and install them in power wherever possible.
- Get rid of old-line dictators by “leading from behind” with no ground forces.
- Create “daylight” with Israel and bad mouth Israel at every opportunity.
Step Five might be, run guns and heavy weaponry to Al Qaeda in Syria. That’s certainly consistent with “leading from behind” and Obama’s strategy of being Mr. Sugar Daddy to jihadis, the “Chicago Way” of buying off threats with ample corruption. It works until it doesn’t.
Obama has found it doesn’t. He must know by now, that the Republicans are in no mood to forgive or forget, much less the military, and CIA, incensed at being both scapegoats and their pals left to die when they could have easily been saved. After running roughshod over Republicans and their interests, Obama has only guaranteed a war of annihilation, politically. He and his cronies and his party “have to be destroyed” politically or they will destroy Republicans, with ObamaCare and mass amnesty and everything else on the table. Four years of acting like a Chicago Democrat nationally, has enraged not just ordinary Republicans but their voters and backers. The Tea Party is totally a creation of Obama, acting like Mayor Daley made President.
Obama has made clear his desire to shrink the military dramatically. That makes men mad over the death of their buddies also fearful they will be tossed out into a civilian life they are unprepared for and do not want. Military contractors are also angry, and donate lots of money to lots of politicians. The CIA does not like being made a scapegoat and can see their heads on sticks if/when Al Qaeda takes weapons they’ve supplied and hits the US with a major terrorist attack. Say using the anti-aircraft, man-portable weapons Obama sent them to use against Assad to bring down a couple of airliners at JFK. You could do it from a boat. Or LAX, flights take off right over Dockweiler State Beach. I’ve driven past there numerous times.
Obama is a fairly stupid man. He thinks everything operates like Chicago. He thought he could control and ride AQ. By being the magical Black man (he actually believes this) out of movies, in the way that his elite White cronies fawn all over him. He and his people thought that buying AQ off would work, that like the Chicago mob there is a central command, one boss of bosses. Not getting that in the Third World, there many bosses. Most hate each other. And there is no one to make something happen. No Capone, no Lansky, not even a Gotti. And they fatally underestimated the Iranians (and perhaps Putin and the Russians) who would not let their ally Assad go down without a fight. Because he beat McCain he thought he could do anything.
So now he is at a decision point. If he wins re-election, he can use Holder to stall, deny, obfuscate, and even rule by Executive Order. Relying on the Senate to refuse to consider any impeachment bill, but even then being up against the military and defense contractors and CIA determined to leak, drip by drip. Already CBS has shown some willingness to break the Media Embargo against Libya/Benghazi, likely as their sources in the Military and CIA have made that a requirement for continued access. The God-King will not be President forever, meanwhile reporters need access to break stories. Otherwise they’re a stringer for Entertainment Tonight. If that.
If Obama has a good possibility according to internal polls to win or fraud his way to victory, he can move decisions down the road. Which a lifetime of voting present inclines him to do. But if he sees defeat, he knows that he will end up as an Ex-President before the House, and maybe even the Republican Senate, about dealing arms and weapons to Al Qaeda to overthrow Assad. Let alone explaining why he let two brave SEALs die. Realistically he’s looking at a ten year prison sentence minimum. That’s the problem of being a God King. It only works until you start bleeding. Ask Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan.
Hurricane Sandy is a double edged sword. It reduces his ability to get his fraudsters out to vote (they don’t do well in disasters, preferring to venture out only when there is plenty of power, food, and so on). Obama’s ability to have half the Ghetto and illegal alien population vote twice or three times is reduced when all of them on the East Coast are scrounging for food and water.
On the other hand, he could simply delay the election. Say until February. Or even, March. Give him enough time to “recover” and figure out how to stay in power. Avoid being just an average guy against an angry people and politicians. He’s spent enough time in Chicago to know what happens to guys like Blago. He doesn’t want to be Blago. Obama has no power to delay the election, but that hasn’t stopped him from abrogating contracts by fiat (the Auto bailout), or any number of things that are illegal (like running guns to the Mexican Drug Cartels). My guess, is that the trial balloons are there for a reason. With reportedly, Minnesota in play, Obama faces a disaster of epic proportions, electorally speaking. He could even conceivably lose the Senate, and the protection Democrats there give him. He doesn’t want to answer what he knew and when he knew it. Under oath. With plenty of enemies ready to leak the truth.
My guess, Obama delays the election. By at least a month, maybe more. Says “for the good of the nation” or some such BS. And dares the Republicans to do anything about it.