Consequences of Benghazi siege have far reaching effects
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 22:09
Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens. The ensuing chaos became such a maelstrom of confusion, accusations and lies that most American citizens chose to acquiesce to the president’s greatest desire and just move on. While it is true that most scandals in Washington are merely show trials meant to shame the few corrupted individuals that get caught, similar to how Barack Obama is only the latest in a line of presidents stretching back to Lyndon Johnson who used the IRS as a political weapon, the siege of the U.S. Consulate is far from the ordinary and of grave consequence.
The initial response by the Obama Administration was to try and cover-up the actual events that precipitated the attack; there is really no debating at this point that the “Innocence of Muslims” film was not in anyway involved beyond the administration’s efforts to implicate its creator, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, in an act of terrorism. It’s worth noting that Nakoula is still serving a one-year prison sentence for expressing his First Amendment rights due to a conviction on trumped-up probation violations. In fact, the administration’s efforts to blame the attack on Nakoula and protests in Cairo were contradictory to what Libyan President Mohamad Magariaf stated on September 16th, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous,” Magariaf We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”
The radical jihadists responsible for the attack still remain at large, but evidence has come to light implicating three agents of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as well as Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a senior commander for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
The direct assault on the consulate was not the first attack; the stark reality, according to an investigation by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, is that some 234 security instances occurred in Libya between June 2011 and July 2012, 50 of which took place in Benghazi. Despite an attempt by local security personnel to acquire a bolstering of manpower, Ambassador Stevens chose not to make any special requests for additional forces, and the steady reassignment of operatives to other regions continued to siphon away vital resources. Most crucial of all in the success of the siege was the lack of military response by the U.S. Libyan revolutionaries, which includes the jihadists responsible for the attack, are all well aware that NATO air superiority was what won them the civil war; Greg Hicks, diplomat in charge during the assault, was told it would take 2-3 hours for reinforcements to arrive, but as Hicks said, the mere presence of U.S. warplanes would have sufficiently intimidated the jihadists into fleeing. MSNBC was enthusiastically complicit in the effort to mislead people into believing U.S. warplanes in Tripoli would have taken nine hours to reach Benghazi, even though the actual preparation and flight time would have required less than 55 minutes.
While most of the furor has subsided in the last year, some consequences of the siege have far reaching effects. Susan Rice, then lead US representative to the UN and Obama’s choice for next Secretary of State, was all too eager to prove her loyalty to the administration by volunteering to lie to the American public on numerous “news stations,” but inadvertently wound up throwing herself on the sword meant for Hillary Clinton. The resulting power vacuum was filled by Hillary’s preferred successor, John Kerry, who has been trying to involve us in Syria’s civil war ever since. Additionally, Hillary Clinton’s seemingly inevitable ascension to POTUS in 2016 has been severely hampered by the fact that when asked by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson why the administration mislead the public about the attacks she responded, “What difference does it make?” Most importantly of all, four Americans needlessly lost their lives in an assault that was completely mishandled and ultimately avoidable; and in the greater picture, those responsible still remain at large to carry out more attacks like the car bomb detonated outside the ruins of the consulate yesterday.