The Good News: Valerie Jarrett made it back from Martha’s Vineyard alive, thanks in large part to her security detail of highly trained professionals. The Bad News: Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed by Islamic Fundamentalists in Benghazi, primarily because the Obama State Department denied their requests for security.
These are some of the most important facts to emerge from the Vice Presidential Debate, Joe Biden is like a weird relative; a relative you don’t want to leave alone with children, and that he and President Obama received no requests for security from the diplomatic delegation in Libya, despite the sworn testimony of two former security professionals who requested the security.
Some of us who know the president only attended less than half of his intel-briefings wonder if someone might have mentioned the multiple attacks on the diplomatic teams in Benghazi during one of the no show briefings.
During the debate, Biden assured the country and the world, he only speaks for himself and the president, and that they received no such requests.
“We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there.”
Unfortunately, the State Department has acknowledged the receipt of multiple requests for increased security. The State Department officials who have testified before the House Oversight Committee’s panel have not said they relayed the requests to the president; however, Eric Nordstrom top regional security officer in Libya last summer said,
“In those conversations, I was specifically told [by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb] ‘You cannot request an SST [Site Security Team] extension.’ I determined I was told that because there would be too much political cost. We went ahead and requested it anyway.”
“Too much political cost”, but the death of an ambassador and three employees are only “bumps in the road.” Do you think Charlene Lamb and the Obama Administration wanted to use the Libya War, Obama’s War, as an icon or poster subject for the success of the Obama Foreign Policy and that having armed security would be offensive to Libyans, al-Qaeda, and Leftists in general.
“All of us at post were in sync that we wanted these resources,”
Apparently the need for security was well known among those with their necks on the chopping block. Nordstrom reveals his gut instinct.
“For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building.”
Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Utah National Guardsman who was leading a security team in Libya until August, testified:
“We felt great frustration that those requests were ignored or just never met,”
Darrel Issa has released the unclassified portions of those requests.
Nordstrom provided more testimony:
“because of Libyan political sensitivities, armed private security companies were not allowed to operate in Libya.”
Using a British company with unarmed guards and a local militia patrolling outside the consulate seemed a more viable option to the Obama Administration. It didn’t work that well when security was needed.
Obama has used Biden as his “Seen No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil” point man and unless Hillary can get some dummy like Lamb to put on the suicide vest, she will be taking the fall.
Is it worth it Hillary? Is it worth it to be known as an incompetent fool for the rest of history; a fool who was either a clueless dolt or the ultimate ninny who took a fall to protect the worst president in the history of the United States.
It will be interesting to watch the reaction of the “Most Intelligent Woman In The Country.”