Friday, August 2, 2013

A Return to Benghazi


"Time heals all wounds....or does it?"
I love my wife dearly, but I hate watching mysteries with her. She is always able to guess the plot and who the bad guy is when the show is less than half over. It is a real spoiler for me. I asked one time how she was able to do it. Her response - she looks for things that don't smell right.
And that brings me to today's topic. As we are approaching the one year anniversary of the Benghazi attack, some memories are growing dim and history is being rewritten. In fact, the attack has become part of the new narrative called "Phony Scandals". The only person who has been punished for this act of terror is someone who was not involved. The man who made the "video" which became the center of the Administration "talking points" still sits in the can. Meanwhile, the guilty and the accountable continue to roam free and untouched.

In the past few weeks, I have seen one or two pictures floating around on the internet showing the final hours of Ambassador Chris Stevens. Quite frankly, they made me sick. It seems the rumors we have heard since the attack were true. Ambassador Stevens was not just killed, he was tortured. He was sodomized, branded with a cattle prod and burned. For seven hours we abandoned our ambassador and other brave patriots. We left four of them to die in a far off land, all alone, waiting for help which never came.

The twists on this story continue. It seems the culprits which caused the attack have not been located nor captured by the FBI or our intelligence services. However, CNN was able to find Ahmed Abu Khattala, who many think was the ringleader of the attack. They found him "hiding in plain sight" in Libya, sitting at a coffee house. In the interview, Khattala told CNN he had not been contacted by either Libyan or American authorities. Huh?

The other thing which happened in July which was almost as bizarre, was the mysterious Marine Corps Col. George Bristol. It seems Col Bristol was stationed at AFRICOM (Africa Command) while the attack was taking place. Congress wanted to interview him to ascertain why calls for help went unanswered during this attack. The Pentagon said Col. Bristol had retired and therefore policy dictates he could not be questioned. And then, all of a sudden, Col Bristol appears! Not retired at all! Imagine that! However, since he is going to retire very soon, he did appear in a closed door session with Congress this week.

So where are we on Benghazi? If you get the feeling it is being "swept under the rug", I feel you. If we just ignore it, it will go away. The only problem is this - there are way too many people which feel Brian Terry never received justice from Fast and Furious. There are even more people who feel justice was denied to Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and former SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Some may forget the horror and injustice on that awful night last September. I will not, and I am sure others will not also.


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