Obama Administration officials have stated that the White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa in advance of a an attempt to strike back at the al-Qaeda connected terrorists who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three Americans assigned to his detail in Benghazi, Libya last month. Strangely, reports indicate that Administration officials stipulate that the retaliatory attack will occur only if US investigators can find the al-Qaeda-linked group responsible for the Benghazi terrorist attack on our Libyan consulate.
The odd stipulation seems to indicate that the Obama Administration is acting more on the intelligence coming from the Obama reelection campaign than it is on any actionable intelligence from Homeland Security, the CIA, FBI or NSA.
Under normal circumstances, no responsible Administration would warn their military target that they are about to be blown up by drones or slaughtered by members of the Special Forces by transmitting to the public that such attacks are be prepared for. Furthermore; no responsible Administration would see any logic in claiming they were about to launch an attack and then essentially state but they don’t who the attack is against or will it take place. But such is what the Obama Administration communicated to the world when they admitted that US investigators have not yet found out who our target is or where they are.
This advanced warning from the Administration about the use of military muscle regarding the terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya is nothing more than an attempt by the Obama reelection campaign to change the current narrative surrounding the Benghazi attacks. That narrative is one which continues to point to an Administration which was incompetent and irresponsible in the days leading up to the Benghazi terrorist attack and in the days following the attack.
Since the attacks took place on September 11, 2012, the Administration has been offering what are at best misleading statements surrounding the attacks and in the days after the attack, the Administration has acted in a way which has signaled an attempted coverup of the facts. Some of the biggest questions still going unanswered includes, why the Administration failed to heighten security at our consulate on September 11th, a day which traditionally does bring the need for additional security? Another question is why pleas for additional security from Ambassador Chris Stevens were not fulfilled?
Now as this tragic incident slowly boils up in to a political scandal, the Administration suddenly makes it clear that they are preparing for a retaliatory attack on the people behind the act of terrorism on Americans in Libya but at the same time admit they have no knowledge of who they retaliate against.
Furthermore; according to the Associated Press officials say the Administration also is weighing whether the short-term payoff of being able to claim retribution against al-Qaeda is worth the risk that such strikes would be ineffective and rile up other governments in the region.
So the question becomes why did members of the Obama Administration leak this information about a pending retaliatory attack? If there is no target and no action for it, obviously it is not about to happen?
The conclusion is this. The Obama Administration which is trying to deny it had intelligence information regarding the threats on our consulate or regarding what was behind the attack, is now allowing the the Obama campaign to drive their foreign policy and national security agenda. Only this time, the Administration is openly admitting that they have no intelligence regarding the actions they are saying they are preparing for. Makes sense right? Not really.
This recent leak was a clear political campaign decision to look tough in the face of a successful terrorist attack that the Administration ignored the potential for. It is also evidence of just closely the President’s political campaign staff is tied to his administrative staff that is responsible for carrying national policy decisions. The two by law are suppose to be detached, but as indicated by this leak, in the case of Barack Obama they are one in the same. Stephanie Cutter and David Axelrod are as much in control of what we do in Benghazi as Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta. And that is dangerous. But it is why last year the Administration leaked sensitive national security information which seemingly helped the President’s image in early polls. It is why the Administration gave sensitive information regarding the mission that killed Osama bin Laden to Hollywood so that they could make a movie that would also put the President in a positive light right before the election.
For President Obama, this is all a game. Unfortunately though, the game is over for four Americans who were serving our nation in Benghazi last month. Hopefully the game will be over for President Obama when voters show up at the polls on November 6th and say enough is enough and give him the boot.
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