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October 26, 2015 : Why Not Just Tell the Truth?

By Rob Tenery, MD on October 26, 2015

Integrity is easily given away, but it can’t be taken from us.              The author

The attack on the U.S. Consulate and the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, that left the American ambassador and three other Americans dead, began at 9:40 p.m.

At 10:08 p.m., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reported: “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet… “

When was it first apparent that this was an orchestrated attack, instead of a response to the anti-Muslim video? A chronology of the facts seems to differ from the Administration’s and the Secretary of State’s position. After an American surveillance drone arrived in Benghazi, at shortly after 11 p.m., Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey met with the President. At 12:07 am of September 12, the State department sends an email to the White House, as well as the Pentagon and the FBI, indicating that the Islamist terror group Ansar al-Shari had already claimed credit for the attack.

In an email to the Egyptian Prime Minister on September 12, Secretary of State Clinton stated, “We know this attack had nothing to do with the film. We know it was a planned attack and not a protest.” She sent a similar email to her daughter.

On September 14, the President’s Press Secretary, Jay Carney told the White House press corps, “We have no information to suggest it was a planned attack.”

Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor for President Obama, appeared on several Sunday morning talk shows, on September 16, stating, “Based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is, what began spontaneously in Bengasi, 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 … We do not have information, at present, that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”

In President Obama’s address to the United Nations on September 24, he stated, “In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening. That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks--- a crude and disgusting video that sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”

Three years later…

If the October 22, 2015 Congressional hearing on Benghazi has revealed anything from questioning Hillary Clinton so far, it was that the real cause of the incident and the narrative put forward by President Obama and his representatives was different. And they knew it!

Although in the early hours after the attack had begun, there could have been some confusion as to the exact events that were transpiring. Quickly, the data from an American surveillance drone and reports on the ground revealed that the attack was a planned operation.

The question is why did Obama, Clinton and the spokespeople for his administration put out what they knew was erroneous information. Other than lack of forethought and incompetence, the only other plausible answer was to protect the President. Not from any physical harm, but from the humiliation that his foreign policy in Libya had failed. “A year ago Kaddafi was one of the longest serving dictators. Today he is gone. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years,” Mr. Obama said, in an earlier statement.

The other consideration was to try to prevent any criticism of the President’s foreign policy that could have a negative impact on the outcome of his upcoming election for a second term, which was just 56 days away.

Although the Benghazi hearing reflects on Obama and his administration, it really is about Hillary Clinton and her ability to govern if is elected President. It’s also about her veracity. If her handling of the Benghazi attack and telling the American public one thing, while knowing it was not true, she doesn’t deserve to hold that high office.

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.          George Orwell 

References: http://www.foxnews/politics/2015/06/29/benghazi-night-call-between-clinton-and-obama-withheld-documents-show/

 




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