I have heard testimony, all that I can stand to listen to anyway, on the Benghazi attack of September 11, 2012 and find it more and more disgusting as each day of “testimony” comes and goes. No one on these “investigative panels” really wants the citizens to know what happened or why it happened. If they did they wouldn’t be asking Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and the rest of the regime “explainers” being “called before Congress”.
I did a search of the Benghazi attack and the first eleven entries I found involved Panetta and what he had to say about the situation. Now, I realize I am not a lofty Senator or Congressman but I would do things a bit differently. Clinton and Panetta would be the last ones I would call to testify. My “panel of experts” would entail a totally different group of people. The two brave Navy Seals who died trying to help can’t talk so I would do the next best thing. The first people I would call to testify would be those who were dismissed from their posts for refusing to “stand down” during the attack.
I would call Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, who was removed from command of the USS Stennis Carrier Group, designated Carrier Strike Group 3 (CSG-3). Gaouette was replaced over “allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment” after he refused to stand down when he ordered his forces to assist ground troops being sent on a rescue mission to Benghazi. According to several stories I have read it is extremely unusual for a commander to be removed from command while at sea. The usual action is to replace them when they return to port. Admiral Gouette is reported to be in the Obama dog house for refusing to “stand down” after hearing the call for help from Ambassador Stevens during the attack caused by “a video offensive to Islam”. I would ask Admiral Gaouette what he knew and when he knew it, what his actions were in regards to the attack, and finally, when he was told to stand down and who gave that order.
The second person I would call would be General Carter Ham, commander of AFRICOM, the top commander on the African continent. General Ham was reportedly relieved of his command and detained by his second-in-command, General David Rodriquez, when he refused to stand down in his moves to provide support to Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans at the Benghazi consulate. Rodriquez quickly received a promotion for his loyalty to the regime rather than to his fellow Americans who were under attack. After General Ham I would pull Gen. Rodriguez in for a “consultation”.
The song and dance we get from the regime is that there wasn’t time and that we didn’t have enough information to put armed forces into the situation. While I am certainly not as expert as Clinton and Panetta I do have a bit of knowledge about these kinds of situations. I was a member of the U S Army Special Forces from 1968 to 1971 so I do have the background to know how these kinds of problems are resolved. The two commanders replaced were doing what any decent commander would do, send help if possible.
The idea that we could not intervene in an attack that lasted for 7 hours is beyond preposterous. There is much that could have been done had the regime had the desire to save those who were killed. The two Navy Seals that died disobeyed orders to help. One had a laser designator “painting” a mortar crew firing on the compound. I know enough about special operations to know he would never “lase” a target if he knew there were no assets available.
I served long before laser designators were available but I know a little something about protective air strikes. Calling in air strikes in my day was a bit more precarious. The forward air controller, flying a propeller airplane, would come in low and slow (at low altitude and minimum speed) to find us. We would pop a smoke grenade to show him our position. He would then direct the “fast movers”, the jet strike aircraft, where to “lay their eggs”. The FAC would give our position and an attack azimuth parallel to our position, the safest for the ground troops, for him to make his bomb or gun run.
I can’t imagine popping a smoke grenade without any assets on station. We would never do that and neither would Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. These men were too highly trained to throw their lives away without any hope of air assets being available. For Panetta and Clinton to sit there and spout the excuses they spout is inexcusable, and in my mind, criminal actions.
The next people I would call in to testify would be those stationed at the embassy in Benghazi at the time of the attack. It is reported that thirty-two people were at the embassy when the attack took place. Where are they and why haven’t they been called to testify before Congress? I contend, and it is my firm belief, that neither political party wants to find the real answers to the questions that need answering. If the truth is known not only would Obama and his henchmen be found to be negligent but the chances are real high that members of Congress would also be found negligent. How many, and who, in Congress knew about the weapons being supplied to the Al Qaeda led “protestors”? The story being bandied about is that Ambassador Stevens was there trying to find sophisticated weapons, such as shoulder fired missiles, that had been given to the opponents of Muammar Gaddafi.
I doubt We the People will ever know the truth about Benghazi or the actions that led to the massacre that occurred there. Politicians are more interested in taking guns away from law abiding citizens in America than they are in finding out why four American citizens were slaughtered in Benghazi. I actually believe they know what happened and why, and therefore find it very easy to cover their butts and careers by whitewashing this as they do all other criminal actions of government.
The corruption in our federal government is so ingrained and so massive that if We the People were to ever find the truth it would lead to an uprising that would topple the tyrants running our nation. The dog and pony shows go on and nothing ever gets resolved. Just as in the Fast & Furious “investigation” no answers are ever given. The story eventually dies out and goes quietly into the night, never to be resolved, and those responsible for murders of countless innocents sliver back under their rocks without ever having to answer for their crimes. Congress can put Roger Clemmons in prison for lying about using performance enhancing drugs in sports but can’t find out anything about crimes committed by other politicians. Ain’t politics wonderful????
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
February 8, 2013