The media has been doing its best to help President Obama deflect attention away from the Benghazi story. Walter Williams explained why he believes Obama wants this story to be put on the back burner before the election. When the truth comes out, he’s hoping by then it will be old news and everybody will have lost interest. That’s why he’s avoiding questions like the one posed in another IBD editorial.
ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that a CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA Director David Petraeus, has put out a statement saying, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”
Someone did, and the question is who?
We know that the mortars firing at the roof of the CIA annex, where former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were still fighting six hours into the attack, were “painted” with a laser targeting device as the two repeatedly requested backup support from an AC-130 Specter gunship. AC-130s are commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to support Special Operations teams involved in intense firefights. They are deadly accurate, with little risk of harm to civilians.
The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours, more than enough time for any planes based at Sigonella Air Base in Italy, just 480 miles away, to arrive. According to Fox News, two separate Tier One Special Ops forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators. So who told them to wait?
Curiously, Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, has been relieved of his post after only a year and a half on the job. According to James S. Robbins in the Washington Times, Ham got the same emails regarding the terrorist attack by the al-Qaida linked Ansar al-Sharia and immediately began organizing a rescue attempt.
Gen. Ham is said to have told the Pentagon he had a rapid response team ready and was told to stand down. Ham then reportedly said screw it, he was going to send help and was promptly told he was being relieved of his command.
Read the whole thing. President Obama obviously has something to hide, yet the media is doing everything to help him cover up the truth. It’s despicable.
Update: In related news, there’s a push to have the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to former SEAL’s Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty who bravely put themselves in harm’s way and lost their lives defending their consulate. I think we’ll have to wait until we have a new president, but it’s a fine idea.
Update: Now we have facebook censoring Navy SEALs to keep them quiet on Benghazi.