America's Shame Continues, The Butcher of Benhgazi Don't Know Nothing

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Four Senators out of one hundred have asked the president to explain why we and our military have been humiliated by terrorists and why he let four American heroes be butchered.

October 31, 2012

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that resulted in the murder of four Americans—including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Unfortunately, you and your senior administration officials have not been forthcoming in providing answers to the many questions that have emerged.

On October 9, 2012, we sent a letter to the senior intelligence officials in your administration in an effort to obtain answers to these questions. More than three weeks have passed, and we still have not received a response. To make matters worse, since that original letter, we sent several subsequent letters to you or to your senior administration officials asking a number of questions, and we have failed to receive a single letter in response.

The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it. We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took—or failed to take—before, during, and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives.

In order to facilitate an immediate response to our important questions on behalf of the American people, below are the questions from the letters we have sent over the last three weeks.

In our October 9, 2012, letter that we wrote with Senator Saxby Chambliss, we asked the following questions of Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Jr.; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus; and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor, John Brennan:

• Within 48 hours of the attack, was there credible information and reporting to suggest that the assault on our Consulate and other U.S. facilities in Benghazi should be characterized as a terrorist attack?

• At what time did intelligence community agencies or elements first assess that the events in Benghazi were a terrorist attack?

• What information did the intelligence community provide to senior policymakers that led some of them to draw the conclusion as late as five days after the attack in Benghazi that it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration, not a terrorist act?
• Was there no credible evidence at that late date that was compelling enough for the intelligence community and the senior policymakers to draw a conclusion with at least moderate confidence that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist act?

On October 15, 2012, Senator Graham sent letters to Mr. Brennan, Director Clapper, Director Petraeus, as well as National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon. The letters highlighted the fact that on June 6, 2012, assailants placed an improvised explosive device (IED) on the north gate of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The IED detonated and ripped a hole in the security perimeter that was described by one individual as “big enough for forty men to go through.” This attack was preceded by an earlier IED attack against the Consulate in April 2012. Based on these facts, the letter included the following questions:

• Were you aware of these attacks?

• Did you inform the President of these attacks?

• If so, what action was taken to protect our Consulate?

• If you did not inform the President, why n

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On October 15, 2012, Senator Graham sent you a similar letter asking the following questions:

• Were you informed of these attacks on our Libyan Consulate?

• If not, why not?

• Did you consider these serious events?

• If you were informed, what action was taken to protect the Consulate?

On October 19, 2012, we sent a follow-up letter to the same three senior intelligence officials in your administration noting that ten days had elapsed since we sent the October 9 letter.

On October 24, 2012, we sent a letter to you asking the following questions:
• Why did your administration insist that a spontaneous demonstration was responsible for the attack on our Consulate, but as the State Department later divulged, no demonstration even occurred in Benghazi?

• Why were requests for greater security assistance by officers on the ground not fulfilled, especially in light of the fact that there had already been two attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi this year and an attempt to assassinate the British Ambassador-events about which you should have known?

• In light of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and the escalating series of attacks in the preceding months, why were there not rapid reaction forces or other military assets available in the region to deploy to Libya in the event of an emergency on September 11, 2012-a day that our intelligence agencies consistently cite far in advance as a moment of heightened security threat for the United States and our citizens and interests abroad?

On October 26, 2012, we sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus; and Attorney General, Eric H. Holder requesting the immediate declassification of the surveillance video in and around the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for the two days-September 11 and 12, 2012-that it and related U.S. facilities were under attack.

On October 27, 2012, Senators McCain and Portman sent a letter to Secretary Panetta asking the following questions:

• What military forces were available to provide support to U.S. personnel in Libya?

• What military forces were requested to provide support to U.S. personnel in Libya, by whom, and what forces were provided?

• What communication and coordination did you have with the President and other members of the National Security Council regarding possible Defense Department support in Libya?

Your failure to answer these important questions will only add to the growing perception among many of our constituents that your administration has undertaken a concerted effort to misrepresent the facts and stonewall Congress and the American people. We look forward to a prompt and thorough response to these questions. The American people deserve a full accounting of what happened in Benghazi where four brave Americans were murdered.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

John McCain United States Senator

Lindsey Graham United States Senator

Kelly Ayotte United States Senator

Ron Johnson United States Senator

Cc: The Honorable Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense; The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States; The Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence; The Honorable David H. Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

America's shame and humiliation is heightened by the lack of response from the CIA, the military, our legislature, and our president. Our government is hoping Americans like us will get caught up in the election and forget about America's shame and humiliation.

Not this time, those who refuse to pursue the matter will not be forgotten; their names will continue be brought up as one of those who participated in the cover-up, until they are defeated.

This anemic effort by our four senators is noted as a half-hearted effort to get at the truth, but we all know, they are capable of much more.

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13 Responses to “America's Shame Continues, The Butcher of Benhgazi Don't Know Nothing”

  1. 1

    James Raider

    There are different perspectives on this disaster from different corners of the world, for example here is one from The Hindu:

    Obsessed with the projection that a free and democratic Libya is emerging from 40 years of “tyranny” of the Qadhafi-era, it appears that no one in the U.S. establishment and NATO is inclined to speak the truth — that a green resistance movement of pro-Qadhafi loyalists, systematically targeting the former leader’s chief adversaries, has been mushrooming in Libya. The killing of the ambassador was only the latest act that capped an aggressive and effective campaign of the movement called “Tahloob” in local parlance. Not headlined by the mainstream media, the Tahloob has carried out a string of attacks including assassinations, chiefly of those who betrayed Qadhafi in his last days.

    Regardless the perspective from foreign eyes, the Obama strategy in the Middle East is even worse than it is here. Our MSM is doing too effective a job of preventing anything negative from coming out of this Administration.

    What a great way to grow mushrooms.

  2. 2

    James Raider

    Imagine the surprise finding a rare member of apologist intelligentsia making up the 4th. Estate questioning her own.

    Debra J. Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote Mainstream media ignoring truth of Benghazi attack poking her own employer and the MSM.

    Ms Saunders usually walks around Obama with fur covered slippers, but at least she has stuck her head out the MSM window.

  3. 3

    James Raider

    Ms Saunders ends the above noted article with:

    The Chronicle’s most recent story on Benghazi ran Oct. 25. It reported that on Sept. 11, the State Department emailed the White House that Ansar al-Shariah had claimed responsibility for the attack. That would be shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern time. What did Obama know that night? When did he know it? And what did he do about it? Ditto Langley and the Pentagon.

    Now ask yourself this: If George W. Bush were president and the press didn’t know what he did on the evening of the Benghazi attack, do you think there would be the same focus in the media? I think we know the answer.

  4. 4

    Skook

    editor

    The MSM is ignoring this story, perhaps the biggest story since 9/11, at their own peril. We will have the story if we keep hammering away and the SF Chronicle and all the others will look like amateurish buffoons, but to Hell with the lot of them. I’ve got a growing feeling in my gut and I want the answers to this tragedy, this murder of four brave americans that was allowed to happen as if they were bumps in the road.

    This is murder and possibly treason!

  5. 6

    Skook

    editor

    Pale Horse, it’s funny at first, and then you realize, it’s true.

    Good One! They say this story is going to break in 48 hours.

    Don’t give up guys, keep swinging those six pound hammers!

  6. 9

    Skook

    editor

    No Lib, we will ride this until we have the truth. I realize in Liberal land, you are supposed to accept the lies of your leader, and that is fine when the lies concern his life and his books, but when he is responsible for the deaths of other Americans, the lies become critical.

  7. 10

    joetote

    Four Senators. And where is the House? Seriously, this in my mind is treason of the highest order. Where are the articles of impeachment?! Where is the media outcry?

    The “President” says he is highly offended to be accused of dereliction of duty in this case?! give me a break! I am highly offended that the Commander in Chief either didn’t bother or was to stupid to know what was going on and in turn four Americans died!

    I want to be clear here! The President, Hillary, Panetta and so many others not only failed and in effect aided and abetted those who attacked our embassy, something that is Sovereign U.S. Territory, but then in fact acted together along with their propaganda industry comprised of the co-opted media along with the worse press secretary of all time (and let’s not forget Axelrod, Rahm, Gibbs and the other blind mice) to cover up an act that can only be seen as treason of the highest order. The openly blatant lies being put forward to their employers, the Legal Taxpaying citizens of the United States could very well be the lowest point in this nation’s great history.

    In the past, I’ve gone on about the “Chamberlain” slant of this bozo in the White house. Well, I was wrong. As it seems with almost every action this man has taken, it seems he is hell bent on delivering this country into the third world chaos or even worse the extreme suppression of basic freedoms and so on as practiced by the Soviet or Muslim style dictatorships and Socialist failures he so deeply admires! This man and apparently many in his administration do not give one DAMN about our country or our ideals!

    So I ask again! Where are you Senators and House members?! Why in the hell are you sitting with your heads up your asses with an election that is going to determine the fate of our country right around the corner! Why are you not doing your due diligence and demanding answers now! And for the sorry bastards that call themselves journalists, I can only express open scorn as to the fact that the “Watchdogs of Freedom”, the so called Free Press have chosen to participate in the cover up.

    Freedom does have a cost, but it sure as hell isn’t the murder of four Americans caused by an administration that doesn’t give a damn about anything other than their own power! Wake up people!!!!

  8. 11

    bikemike

    four out of 100? Just why do we hire these people. Problem is too may voters have a memory of an ant and this will be just water under the dam in a week or two. A total disgrace.

  9. 12

    MM

    Your lead, 4 Senators out of 100… and immediately I knew neither of my worthless senators, Udall and Benett, ESPECIALLY Bennet, were not on that short list.

    It’s sickening what out elected pols have descended to.

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