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Benghazi and 9/11

Four people died in Benghazi under Obama’s watch with Clinton in charge of the State Department. It was a tragedy.

3,000 people died under Bush’s watch. It was also a tragedy. Just much larger in size.

So why are we still, after all these years, hounding Clinton about Benghazi, and we’re acting like 9/11 didn’t really happen?

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Over the past year I have complained many times about the endless slamming of the Administration by the conservative pundits because of what happened in Benghazi. Frankly, I thought it was getting trite. Then 60 Minutes did a story on Benghazi last night and it was damning.

Our staff in Benghazi knew they were targets, the military and security experts warned about them being targets, yet no help was provided, after they asked for it, repeatedly, from different directions, many times.

So what was going on?

Our country loves sending Marines or SEALs overseas and show their brawn. We love invading other countries. Getting a credible threat from our favorite villain, Al Qaeda, would normally make us salivate and send in the heavy guns, just for good measure, circle a few drones above, and make a nice show of it.

So why didn’t we send help?

I cannot believe there was any person in the U.S. government that said the following: “Oh, this is not a credible threat. Let’s just leave our guys in Libya exposed. If they have to defend themselves against a few ragheads with guns, they can do that themselves. Send in help? Come on! They don’t need any help!

I cannot believe that anyone in the CIA, the Pentagon or the Administration said that. I cannot believe that Hillary Clinton made such a decision. I cannot believe that Obama made such a decision. It makes no sense. Why would we NOT send help?

The only thing left that could explain it is incompetence. Our government was not enlightened enough to listen to its own people, to assess what was really going on, and to respond with an appropriate measure. Our government was not communicating effectively enough to allow the fateful message to get to a person that was in a position to give the order to send help. Our government, no matter how competent the individual people may be, was not organized enough to act.

That is a scary thought. Our government has nuclear weapons! Think of what it might be capable of doing with those, given faulty information that does not reach the right people and help them come to measured conclusions about a threat.

My only explanation is that our government is incompetent.

And then, it sure looks like it tried to cover it up. The Internet video story makes no sense in the context of what was reported in the 60 Minutes piece yesterday.

I trust the reporting of 60 Minutes much more than I trust the information divulged by our government.

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The Republicans argue that the Obama administration should have anticipated the Benghazi attack not only because it happened on September 11, but also because officials already knew “this particular consulate was a potential threat.

Dick Cheney, in a recent interview, agreed with that premise. He admitted that the Benghazi facility had never come under attack before, but Libya was a ”hotbed of terrorist training.”

I agree that the Benghazi attack was a very unfortunate event, and nobody is happy about it. But I do not agree that we’re still, more than six months after, getting this old news regurgitated by our government on almost a daily basis.

Let’s just recall another “hotbed of terrorist training” – Pakistan.

Muslim extremists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002. Twelve people died then. There was another attack in 2003 when two more people died. Then there was an attempt of a car bomb in 2004 that fortunately did not succeed. Finally, in 2006, the same terrorist group attacked that same facility again in 2006.

Where was the Bush administration then, when they should have been, as Cheney blames Obama, “locked and loaded, ready to go?”

Oh my, how quickly we forget history. Of course, according to Republicans now, there were no terrorist attacks during the Bush administration, since they were already “locked and loaded.”

Only 9/11, and about four attacks on Karachi.

But that’s so long ago, who would remember?

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