Saturday, August 24, 2013



White House Unserious About Getting Benghazi Suspects

Benghazi-Gate: The president is pulling out the U.S. team in Libya charged with tracking down the terrorists responsible for killing four Americans. Why not? Benghazi is just a "phony scandal."

Why would the U.S. — knowing since last November who the terrorists are that murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11, its own Justice Dept. having just charged them this month — not take out these jihadists before they kill more Americans?

Special operators in the region told Fox News last week that U.S. special forces personnel have spent many months "sitting in de facto standby," waiting for the order to capture or kill the suspect Benghazi terrorists, while also training Libyans to fight al-Qaida.
But the order never came, and now they're being extracted from the country permanently.
The Justice Department early this month filed sealed criminal charges against the Benghazi suspects, among them militia leader Ahmed Khattalah, who has been giving TV interviews. So he can't be that hard to find.

One special ops source told Fox, "We put American special operations in harm's way to develop a picture of these suspects and to seek justice, and instead of acting, we stalled."
Noting that 1,200 prisoners escaped two weeks ago, he added, "It's already blowing up. Daily assassinations, biweekly prison escapes, we waited way too long."

Former U.S. Africa Command commander Gen. Carter Ham reportedly told former Libya Chief of Mission Laurence Pope that "politics and fallout kept us from acting" against the now-charged suspects. The State Department is also apparently worried about a repeat of Blackhawk Down, in which 18 U.S. forces were killed in a humiliating 1993 episode in Somalia.
Let's place this in the context of Hillary Clinton's ill-tempered Senate testimony in January. "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they would go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?" she asked.
"It is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it, than to find them and bring them to justice."

Well, the families of the Americans murdered in Benghazi are still waiting for the order to "bring them to justice." That is yet another reminder that there is nothing "phony" about this scandal.

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