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Why Benghazi Matters – Four Americans Are Dead and Al Qaeda is Alive and Well

by Mark A. Cohen

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President Nixon said, “I am not a crook.” Well, maybe not, but whiz-kid reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, due to their relentless search for the truth, caused the president to ultimately resign. Their secret source, a person known only as “Deep Throat,” became legend. The media and the public fell in love with the reporters and their story, and Robert Redford made a movie about it called, All the Presidents Men. Everyone celebrated John Dean, Nixon’s presidential counsel, who became known as the prime whistleblower. The break-in of the Democratic Party headquarters was bad enough, but the ensuing stonewalling and cover-up (known as Watergate), proved the undoing of the Nixon Administration. Dozens of members served jail time (43 people in all). The president himself, had he not stepped down, likely would have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office by Congress. I don’t minimize the horrific depth to the lying and the mountain of evidence gathered. But, it’s also important to realize how the media never gave up on the story, and, although crimes were committed, no one died as a result. Isn’t it remarkable how some people will say and do anything in order to save their butts and hold onto power? We all cheer on the whistleblowers when it comes to taking down the powerful!

Did you believe that this signaled the end of terrorism?
Did you believe that this signaled the end of terrorism?

Let’s fast forward to the election of 2012. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in the late stages of the election, began using the slogan, “GM is alive, and Bin Laden is dead.” They also said, “Al Qaeda is on the run.” This implied that terrorism was dead, too. It reminded me of the fuss made over President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” banner, but no one questioned this statement. No one made fun of President Obama, and most of us applauded the death of Bin Laden, although many believed that Al Qaeda wasn’t destroyed.

On September 11, 2012, just two months short of the presidential election, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. Four Americans died. Obviously a terrorist attack, the president appeared in the White House rose garden on Sep. 12, and condemned the action, calling it “shocking.” He vowed to bring to justice those who killed our people. It is now 9 months later, and no one is in custody. Why not?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on Sep. 14, and apologized (to whom?) for “an awful Internet video,” which she said caused the attack. President Obama’s U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, appeared on five Sunday talk shows on Sep. 16, pushing the same, unlikely scenario that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous demonstration, caused by a video. One must ask, “Who brings a rocket-propelled grenade launcher to a demonstration?” This began to smell like a coordinated cover-up to me.

Al Qaeda on the run?
Is Al Qaeda really on the run?

The mainstream media (MSM), didn’t cover Benghazi much before the election. They didn’t pay attention until Hillary Clinton finally testified on Jan. 23, 2013, and said, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” This stunned many, and it does matter. The president and Mrs. Clinton were not on top of developments as the attack ensued, and someone ordered our troops to stand-down instead of assisting Ambassador Chris Stevens that night. Who gave the order? As with Watergate, dare we ask, “Did this go as far as the president?” President Obama seemed indifferent to the fact that American diplomats were killed in their place of business, seemed to dismiss it, and campaigned on Sep. 12. What could have been done to prevent the success of the terrorist attack? Could the life of Sean Smith and the others have been saved? Why were steps not taken to protect our people? Who was in charge? We still don’t know the answers to these questions, but why not ask? They got to the bottom of it all in 1973, so why not now?

Greg Hicks, Diplomat.  Everyone loves a whistleblower, right?
Greg Hicks, Diplomat. Everyone loves a whistleblower, right?

Hearings on the Benghazi terrorist attack were held last week. Greg Hicks, the whistleblower, said he was intimidated, demoted, and asked to not testify. By whom? The White House said that the intelligence community assembled Susan Rice’s talking points, but Congressional review of documents revealed something else. The talking points had been edited at least 12 times before Rice received them. The originals detailed prior security warnings and blamed the terrorist attack on Al Qaeda affiliate, Ansar Al Sharia. The final edition offered no reference to any terror groups nor anything about any warnings. It is interesting to note how the media is not nearly as enamored with Greg Hicks as they were with John Dean… Why?

Jay Carney, Obama Administration Spokesman

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the edits made by both the CIA and the White House were “stylistic.” However, ABC’s Jonathan Karl (not a conservative), reported that significant edits were made only after a White House meeting on Sep. 15, the day before Rice appeared on the Sunday shows. Why?

This looks like a cover-up to me. The Obama campaign’s talking points that “Al Qaeda was on the run,” contradicted reality. They did everything, said anything they could to suggest this was a spontaneous attack caused by a video, and not a terrorist attack. It is worth noting that some people will say and do anything in order to save their butts and hold onto power. Where are Woodward and Bernstein when we need them?


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