It matters because “leading from behind” really means that there is always someone in front of you to take the bullet.
If we compare the Benghazi disaster to a washing machine, the mainstream media is in one of two modes on this situation – a 1400 rpm spin cycle or immobilized in a pre-soak. They either are covering by blaming every agency they can other than the President or they just don’t cover it at all. As we have pointed out, this serves a dual purpose, the former bolsters the blindly loyal Obama supporters and the latter keeps it away from low/no information voters who only intake “news” if it comes from inside the liberal media “bubble”.
But Benghazi matters.
It matters, not if it was started by some idiotic and insignificant movie or by a planned attack by al Qaeda or one of its affiliates, it matters because what transpired after the attack started. It matters because far more than illustrating the failure of a foreign policy based on appeasement and apology, which it surely is, it illustrates how unprepared our government is to deal with imminent threats to our personnel and the lengths that they will go to cover up this fact.
In the six weeks following the death of four of our people in Libya, we have been witness to an evolving story that has changed almost daily to fit the current narrative and due to a largely incurious media (except for Fox News and Sharyl Attkisson at CBS), this Administration has been free to run just about every story they wanted up the flagpole to see if it got saluted…and they have taken full advantage of that opportunity. In something that they might have hoped to happen, we have seemingly reached such a degree of confusion and contradictory stories from the constant leakage of information that they can deny the truth and make any legitimate investigation look like a partisan witch hunt. In that, the temporal proximity to election day is working in their favor.
But four of our people died and it is beginning to look like our government did nothing to prevent it – as the Houston Chronicle reports today:
Every day brings new information about what the administration knew, and when they knew it. Jake Tapper at ABC News reports:
On Friday, Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin reported that sources on the ground in Benghazi told her “that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to ‘stand down’ rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday addressed the “Monday morning quarterbacking” about why the U.S. military didn’t act sooner. He said military assets had been moved, but that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over before there was enough good information about what had actually happened. Not knowing exactly what was going on had he and other military leaders feel that “we could not put forces at risk in that situation”
Fox News reports:
Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire….The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.
At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
What seems now to be indisputable is that senior officials in our government we aware of the security concerns prior to the attack, that there were known credible threats in the area, the Administration was made aware of the attack itself at the highest levels and watched it develop for at least seven hours until Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both former Navy SEAL commandos working as diplomatic security officers and Sean Smith, an IT specialist for the State Department and former Air Force staff sergeant, were all dead.
This is why Benghazi matters.
It matters more than the fact that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Can the President be directly tied to this failure? I’m not sure that he ever can. In a practice borrowed from the Chicago political machine, he is a master in staying a half a step behind any decision and that allows him to side-step when things go bad. He does tend to maintain a peripheral association with difficult situations in order to have someone to toss under the bus – I guess that is the true benefit of “leading from behind” – there is always someone in front of you to take the bullet. If the liberals want to continue build a fantasy image of him as a warrior poet, as they are trying to do with the movie Seal Team Six, it would seem that he has to take the bullet for the failures as well.
While there has been a developing meme that the American liberal contingent wants to make into real history, that being that “Obama got bin Laden” somehow makes him somehow a decisive “warrior” president, the Benghazi disaster paints a dramatically different picture. It shows how unprepared he is as a national leader (abandoning his post to go to a Las Vegas campaign event), how incompetent the administration is that he has built, how partisan and full of hackery is the establishment media and how little both the Administration and the media should be trusted.
It is a travesty that it cost four American lives to prove it.