A recent CIA “press briefing” has led to a new, but not unexpected, evolutionary narrative explaining the insufferable incompetence and obfuscation surrounding the Benghazi slaughter.
What better administrative “cover” for the falsehoods, lies and intentional administrative spin on the murders of four Americans than to hide behind the guise of the Central Intelligence Agency. Vis-a-vi: “we had to lie because it was all secret and stuff”… Seriously? So this is the strategy now to hide the incompetence?
You have to be semi-close to this story to understand what is at play here, and how the administration is now playing it. When we say “administration,” we mean all aspects of the 3-Dimensional administrative chess game of Washington DC “responsibility avoidance”.
First, in an effort to distract attention away from the failure of U.S. government in general, and the Obama Administration specifically, they must find a way to excuse the inexcusable. That is what is taking place. That is ONLY what is taking place.
Now the reason for the lies surrounding the allowed murders of four Americans, and the story that falsely identified the motivation of the attackers, will be placed upon the administration being unable -because of the Benghazi mission objective- to be honest with the American people through the media.
In essence ‘they had to lie about the ridiculous Muhammed movie because the Benghazi operation was a CIA cover plot to recover surface to air missiles’. That’s what they’re selling now. We knew this was coming…. it was brutally obvious they would take this approach.
Anyone within reach of Google knew there was no actual physical “Official” U.S. Embassy “Consulate” in Benghazi, Libya. It only takes a few clicks of a mouse to see the State Dept did not have such a listing. It is irrelevant. We knew from the outset the entirety of the operation in Benghazi was a CIA mission. It is insufferable now to see them use this as the cover for their failures; AND it should not make a hoot’s worth of difference.
Here is the first excerpt of the Wall Street Journal story outlining the CIA angle – which is now becoming the “cover” for the White House failure to secure and protect Americans.
(Via WSJ) When the bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base after the Sept. 11 attack, they were greeted by the president, the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense. Conspicuously absent was CIA Director David Petraeus.
Officials close to Mr. Petraeus say he stayed away in an effort to conceal the agency’s role in collecting intelligence and providing security in Benghazi. Two of the four men who died that day, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were former Navy SEAL commandos who were publicly identified as State Department… (more behind pay wall)
Patraeus was not “conspicuously absent.” It is silly to accept this aspect as some kind of conformational validity to this administrative story. What people should be paying attention to is WHO WAS PRESENT: as in General Colin Powell. Why? Why was he, the guy who just endorsed President Obama, there? He’s retired, no?
You see, this CIA covert “black op’s” angle is their cover. It’s the cover behind which they can excuse their insufferable incompetence and complacent allowance/acceptance of murder.
They could not tell the truth because it was all secret operations and they did not want to compromise our National Security. So they could not be honest about the who’s, what’s, where’s, and so forth….. that’s what they are now selling. Nothing more, and nothing less, it is merely an excuse.
An excuse the sheeple masses will willingly accept ad infinitum.
If our little blog could outline the surface to air missile issues in March 2011, the chemical Weapons issues in June 2011 and the Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Barack Obama, United Nations arming of the al-Qaeda *cough* Benghazi “rebels” in September 2011, surely the average U.S. journalist could outline the same. That is, if they wanted to. They didn’t.
Why Colin Powell? Because the machine, the entire Washington DC weaponized industrial complex/machine, is corrupt and complicit; And yes, that includes Mitt Romney who is supportive of the insufferably flawed and short-sighted approach at supporting the Syrian “resistance”, now known to be al-Qaeda majority, with those missiles from U.N. mandated weapons cache’s including Gaddafi’s store houses.
Heck, we even sent “advisors” into Libya in July/Aug/Sept, 2011, to teach al-Qaeda how to target and shoot them. This is not a secret.
We then shifted, and facilitated the shifting, of those same surface-to-air missiles into the hands of operatives to use throughout the region; AND, as we have meticulously outlined as an unintended consequence, into Afghanistan where they have been used by the Taliban to shoot down our own helicopters.
It was those very U.N./Gadaffi missiles that shot down the choppers transporting the majority of the SEAL team that killed Osama Bin Laden. Ironic, no?
It is those same missiles that have now caused a change in operational standard in Afghanistan eliminating the use of “close air support” to protect our troops. Irony or just brutal stupidity? – We vote the latter.
Our national approach toward Syria now in 2012 is as similarly short-minded as our approach to Iran in 2009, Iraq in 2010, or Egypt in 2011.
There was a time when Syria was actually rising up in demand of “Freedom,” true democratic western style freedom. But that time has passed. Just like the time passed for the “Green Party Movement” in Iran, and the “Facebook uprising of moderates” in Egypt.
There are small windows of opportunity for actions that can support “true freedom seekers” like the ones who eventually tore down the Berlin Wall, and you have to know when to demand it being “torn.” These clowns don’t.
If you want to know how specifically disheartening the current U.S. foreign policy is, we will share with you the voice of one true Libyan freedom fighter, an average person of no significance other than they yearn for freedom. Read the words of this person and see how frustrated they are now, given the reality of what has taken over their once just and righteous fight: (their name has been removed to protect them)
I just want to say that I was with the Syrian revolution at one time, but not anymore. It is quickly changing into sectarian violence and I fear that when it’s all over genocides or wide-scale oppression will occur against the Shiite Christian and Druzi populations of Syria.
Because a lot of the freedom fighters are extremists. We have sort of the same problem here in Libya after the attacks we’ve seen in the past few weeks against the Sufi graves. I’m not really an optimist now. We didn’t begin this revolution for this. This is not what all our martyrs sacrificed their lives for.
It’s really depressing to come to know that after 42 years of oppression I have to witness even more of it. We love our country to bits and we don’t want it to go down the bitter road of fundamental extremism.
Our U.S. Policy is not, I repeat NOT, supporting the thirst for freedom. They are short-sighted and working from the outside in, instead of from the inside OUT. Our approach to Syria’s Assad is symptomatic of this flawed policy. Gaddafi before him, and Mubarak before him still. But, I digress…. The topic was the CIA and avoiding responsibility…
But, you have to understand the bigger picture and the larger dynamic.
The CIA angle is just that, an angle. A convenient angle to avoid responsibility for:
- Ignoring the repeated warnings of danger within Benghazi.
- Failure to provide adequate security or comprehend the risk on the ground.
- And finally, worse yet, standing by and turning our back, while the administration left those very people who had cried out for help being butchered, sodomized, burned, and slaughtered. AS IT WAS HAPPENING.
By the administration now re-positioning the cover story narrative as a CIA operation it allows them to: a) explain their lies and obfuscations, b) insure the truth never reaches sunlight, c) insure you will never hear the radio transmissions of calls for help, and d) hide the video of the compound assault behind “National Security” vis-a-vi “Classified Intel.”
Regardless of whether they were CIA, or NSA, or State Dept, or Military, it just doesn’t matter. THEY WERE AMERICANS. And they were doing a job the administration sent them to do. And while they were doing that job they were attacked, they cried for help and they were IGNORED.
That is the brutal truth of it.
Whether the star is on the wall at Langley or the Pentagon really doesn’t matter does it?
But the administration wants to convince you it does.
So this is how it will play:
Q: Mr. President, why was there such a confused message about the impetus of the attack?
A: It is important to understand this was a covert operation with considerable assets on the ground before, during, and even post attack. Any public airing of the event details would have potentially been risky to those individuals, including our allied Libyans’ still remaining. Prudence and an abundance of caution dictated a measured public face.
Q: But Mr. President we have reports of numerous requests to the State Department concerning fears of pending attacks and the inability of our people to defend themselves?
A: While hindsight is 20/20, it is important to note the State Dept. was not in any official capacity for the ongoing covert operation. In matters of ongoing “intelligence operations” we rely on the trained and experienced operatives to measure and judge their risk. Covert operations by their very nature are sensitive, dangerous, and quite challenging to communicate effectively. Have mistakes been made? Obviously yes, and as distance provides breathing room we can now assess what measures we might have taken given the sensitivity and security of the operation only partially under the auspices of the State Dept.
Q: So this was not an official State Department venture?
A: I’m sure you will understand that much about our intelligence apparatus must remain undiscussed. That said, we are essentially able to answer all substantive *sensitive*, and potentially classified questions in that regard, just not in the public forum. I’m sure you can understand.
Q: Will we ever be able to hear the full account of what took place on the night of September 11th?
A: To the extent that any divulgences do not compromise our national security, or the friendly national assets still on the ground, we are confident the majority of the operational exposure and explanation will be afforded to intelligence qualified congressional inquiry. It may not however, for the sake of National Security, be fully discussed outside of a classified closed door session.
Q: What about the families of the Americans who died. Will they ever know the exact circumstance?
A: The families of our finest patriots will be the first to understand the sensitive nature of the work their Husbands, Sons, Fathers and Brothers were engaged in. They will always have the full measure of our nations appreciation for the bravery and devotion of those who are lost. They will always have the heartfelt thanks of a grateful nation, and our leadership will continue working diligently to be deserving of their sacrifice.
Q: So we’ll never know?
A: Never is a long time – and, as with all aspects of national security the circumstances may change. We cannot predict the future, but we can assure you and all Americans that we will continue to put the safety of our nation as the first principle of all action as we move forward.
Q: So, I guess that is it then?
A: Indeed it is. Thank you.