By Karin McQuillan
The Obama White House, the Clinton State Department, and Panetta's Department of Defense have guiding principles in Afghanistan that, if applied to Benghazi, explain the administration's decision to deny air support to the Americans fighting for their lives on 9/11/12.
The denial of air support to our troops in battle is normal operating procedure for this commander in chief. He doesn't have to give special orders to do it. It is the Obama Doctrine on the War on Terror: do not kill Muslim civilians. Let American soldiers die instead. That is how Obama thinks he will win the hearts and minds of the Islamic world.
In Afghanistan, the military is required to deny air support, even in the midst of battle, if it could possibly result in civilian casualties. Under Obama, it is required that the military sacrifice the lives of our soldiers when jihadis are firing from population areas. The Benghazi safe house where Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and the others were defending themselves against al-Qaeda was in a neighborhood. Therefore, if the Afghanistan rules of engagement were applied, no air support and no reinforcements would be sent.
Following the same mindset, the Clinton State Department's main diplomatic principle is to show how much we respect Muslim sensibilities. Ambassador Stevens' repeated requests to not withdraw his U.S. Marine security detail were denied by the State Department on those grounds. Just a few weeks before 9/11, Stevens was reduced to relying on local Libyan militia for his safety and the safety of his staff. He was scared for his life, and on 9/11, he gave his life. He was sacrificed to the Obama administration's diplomatic doctrine.
Testimony from Eric Allan Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer, Tripoli, at Congressman Issa's hearings into Benghazi:
Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit. However, because of Libyan political sensitivities, armed private security companies were not allowed to operate in Libya. Therefore, our existing, uniformed static local guard force, both in Tripoli and Benghazi were unarmed ... armed security in Libya was still a new and sensitive concept to the Libyan Government. Abuses of Qaddafi foreign mercenaries were still fresh in the minds of the Libya people.
Under the Obama administration, the lives and safety of American diplomats and military personnel come third after respecting Muslim lives and sensibilities. This is the Obama idea of how to win what his predecessor called the War on Terror.
Benghazi, September 11, 2012: The White House is alerted at 1:00 in the afternoon that the consulate is under hostile surveillance, and at 4:00 p.m. that the consulate is under attack. According to FBI and National Counterterrorism Center briefings to Congress, our intelligence services intercept real-time e-mails from Al Qaeda fighters celebrating their attack.
Our military is instructed to send an unarmed drone to monitor the battle raging in Benghazi.
From all reports, it seems that President Obama chose not to go to the Situation Room in the White House to monitor the battle as it was streamed on live video from two sources: the consulate building and the drone. He didn't follow the radioed messages for help as they arrived in real time.
This is how Obama described his actions on 9/11, during the second presidential debate:
I know these folks, and I know their families. So nobody's more concerned about their safety and security than I am. So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team, and I gave them three instructions. Number one, beef up our security and - and - and procedures not just in Libya but every embassy and consulate in the region.
Obama here says he immediately made a phone call to "beef up our security and procedures [at] every embassy in the [Middle East]." The president does not say he gave orders to send reinforcements during the battle in Benghazi.
At 5:00 p.m., reports say the president held a previously scheduled meeting in the Oval Office with his political hack and "national security advisor" Tom Donilon, Secretary of Defense Panetta, and Vice President Biden.
That is all we hear of Obama's involvement. Obama had to be up in the morning for a Las Vegas fundraiser. He tells us he was not involved at 4:00 a.m., when Tyrone Woods last radioed for help that never came, and was killed by mortar fire.
Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit explains the import of Woods painting the jihadi target with a laser:
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 Spectre 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. Then there's this bombshell at BlackFive from a former Delta operator:
... That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not "paint" a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.
Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.
President Obama tells us he did not deny requests for help. General Carter F. Ham, the Combatant Commander of Africa Command (AFRICOM), says he was never asked to send help. He has since resigned.
Obama made a different claim to a Denver reporter on October 26, when for the first time he was asked a tough question on Benghazi by the media:
... the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.... I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe.
If President Obama issued such orders, the CIA and Department of Defense and U.S. Military defied them, since nothing was done to make sure our people were safe. Our last two warriors died calling for air support that our military withheld.
We did immediately send an unarmed drone. No air cover. No special forces. Military assets were pre-positioned in Sicily, which is one hour away for gunships, two hours for special forces -- the same distance as Tripoli to Benghazi. No assets were sent to be pre-positioned in Benghazi in case of immediate need.
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