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Blog: The 3 a.m. Phone Call Finally Came

A 'spontaneous demonstration' turns into a terrorist attack turns into a botched kidnapping turns into an exchange of an ambassador for a blind sheik.

The 3 AM phone call finally came! (and guess what...nobody answered).


We give a nod to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign slogan
 
"Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is on the run."

Oh yeah...Al Qaeda's got more franchises than McDonald's. but who's
counting?
Remember the iconic picture, the expressions of horror on the faces of our
leaders seated in the situation room at the White House
watching the capture and murder of bin Laden in real time?
On September 11, 2012 our consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.  The
siege lasted for more than seven hours.  Our Ambassador, Christopher
Stevens and three other brave souls were murdered (Ty Woods, Sean Smith and
Glen Doherty).  Stevens had returned from dinner that night (with his
counterpart from Turkey) Terrorists were already inside the building
pouring fuel and lighting fires everywhere.  The consulate was described as a
structure which did not meet the standards of a proper embassy or
consulate.  It had alreadybeen attacked once before on June 6 and had a gaping
hole  (which allowed a group of about 40 jihadists to enter without detection). 
The CIA were stationed about a mile away.


There were two drones overhead which captured the entire massacre in real
time.
Our Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told us that there had been a
'spontaneous demonstration' in reaction to a 'vile' Internet movie.
(Her husband is Ian Cameron a producer with ABC News).  At a White House
press conference Jay Carney echoed the same story about that 'vile'
Internet movie (coincidentally, he is married to Claire Shipman, a
correspondent, again from ABC News)).  President Obama took the story to the
UN.
The administration kept ranting about the movie for a full two weeks before
the truth leaked out.  Now the alphabet networks have dropped all
references to the story as if it were a piece of fiction.  The lack of
explanation only serves to add speculation and a mysterious edge to the
calamity. 
With all the secrecy and darkness surrounding the attack many assume it may
have been a hit.
That 'spontaneous demonstration' was in truth a full-blown terrorist attack with rocket launchers. Three calls for security backup were denied during the
seven-hour siege.  According to Leon Panetta, they 'didn't have enough
information' about the situation and the troops were told to stand down. 
Strange
how we send our fine military, who are well-armed and well-trained, to go
into battle every day without enough advance information, and they do very
well.
Then we have a secret letter written by President Obama to Iran?  Does he
want to negotiate with the Iran?  Was this to be the October surprise?
Did he think the American people are so gullible as to believe that we
could sit down with Ahmadinejad over a cuppa joe at Starbuck's and become
best buddies?  At one point, General Carter Ham ordered a rescue.  Did
someone higher up in authority override it?  Incidentally, General Ham was
relieved of his duty as commander of Africom.  We were told his departure
has nothing whatsoever to do with the massacre at Benghazi.  It's just
part of succession planning.  Uh huh...
Now comes word from an anonymous source that it was relly a BOTCHED
KIDNAPPING!  The sources claim that Chris Stevens was to be kidnapped and held in captivity until an offer would come to trade the infamous 'Blind Sheik'
for Ambassador Stevens just before election day.  The true October Surprise!
As luck would have it the Navy Seals answered the call to duty and went
against orders.  While they couldn't save Stevens, they did save lots of lives
during
that violent battle.  Enough people on the ground now know the whole truth
of this tragic situation and are spilling the beans.
Did the President watch the siege at Benghazi in real time in the situation
room at the White House?  Will the Blind Sheik win release without an
exchange?
Is our national security being compromised by backroom deals and shadowy
figures?  Yes, this is worse than Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair.
When Senator John McCain heard about this attack on Benghazi he said, "It's
either a massive coverup or incompetence".  I think the American people
need
to know the truth.  A true patriot, it is said, protects his country
against its government.

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Bob Blanchard November 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Irene, In addition to the lack of pursuit of the facts by the main stream media, the saddest thing for me is to sit by while Americans are in denial that this President could be covering this up or incompetent as McCain says. Oh no, people, try swallowing this. He is "anxious to get the facts out as soon as he gets them". You are buying that because you don't want to admit to yourselves that any President could act this way or have some other purpose. People, if you haven't absorbed the interplay this President has had with radical Muslims all over the world and in the White House, you haven't been paying attention. Sadly, black people in this country have been done a huge injustice because the first black president elected by blacks and whites alike have been let them down big time. We all deserved better than this. Peace loving Muslims are tarnished with the acts of those whose ultimate goal is to take over the world. You are also not watching if you don't know what Muslims are doing in Europe. As Dr. Thomas Sowell said in a recent column, we have been conned and the con man hopes we won't find out until AFTER the election. I Hope he is wrong.
William Bauer November 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Irene, once again you are ahead of the curve ball the "spin doctors" in the current administration are trying to put past us. President Bush was vilified for spending "several minutes" continuing reading to the children in the library when he got the news about 9-11. Compare this to the weeks of stonewalling and misinformation being put forward about Benghazi. People,if you buy this story and continue to believe the administration about this entire tragedy you are ready to be sole the "Brooklyn Bridge"
Irene DeBlasio November 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The Red Cross had left Benghazi. The British had left Beghazi. The State Department was notified by cable on August 16 that Benghazi could NOT withstand an attack. I think it was pure negligence that we didn't close the consulate and bring our people home immediately. Security had been reduced, but we had Marines available in nearby areas who could have protected the consulate (yes, WITH BAYONETS). There are so many facts coming out and still so many unanswered questions. Many thanks for taking the time to comment. This is a tragedy the mainstream media will simply not cover. It's also why lots of Americans rely on foreign press reports and why circulation of the old newspapers is tanking.
Irene DeBlasio November 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
William, We still have lots of questions about Fast & Furious, Operation Castaway and the fact that part of Ambassador Stevens' job was to help retrieve arms from Gaddafi's forces and send arms to anti-Assad forces in Syria funneling them through Turkish ports and Libya to Syria. This is dangerous work . Running a country is not a part-time job. You need coordination -- security briefings cannot be taken lightly either. The right hand must know what the left hand is doing. We can't have a Secretary of State jetting all over the world and a President using Air Force One like a campaign puddle-jumper making in-between stops on the View, Letterman, Leno and MTV. Someone dropped the ball on four patriots abroad who were working on our behalf on a dangerous mission. We're awaiting checks and balances to work now.
Bob Blanchard November 01, 2012 at 11:30 PM
For all of you who think the administration is being honest and forth coming, doesn't the above picture of our Ambassador Stevens being dragged through the streets absolutely INFURIATE you? If not, you need to move to your favorite middle eastern country where your opinions are shared.
Irene DeBlasio November 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
@BobB Ambassador Stevens was raped and dragged through the streets. Many Libyans admired him and tried to get him to the hospital. No word about this from the mainstream media. Do you recall when Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to attack a housekeeping maid in a Manhattan hotel? It produced banner headlines for weeks. Strange, isn't it? I'm now hearing from relatives in Texas and friends in Iowa who are trying to vote and have representatives from the UN 'supervising'. They thought they had the right to vote by secret ballot and want to know why this is happening. Do we now pledge allegiance to the United Nations? Some very weird things are going on in our country.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 12:59 AM
There is no conclusive proof that Ambassador Stevens was dragged through the streets or raped. This is pure speculation by people who would use a man's death to further their own political desires. Frankly, to act as if this report is true shows a complete lack of moral compass and the depravity to which many people will sink just to try and sway an election.
Irene DeBlasio November 02, 2012 at 01:45 AM
@CooperHall There are several cuts of the actual massacre of Benghazi on Youtube as well as eyewitness accounts of the violent attack our fellow Americans suffered during the seven-plus hour siege on Benghazi. Who do you think is making this up? This is not speculation, this is fact. The unanswered questions about this savage attack by our elected representatives whose job it is to protect us leaves the American people wondering why these people were pleading for help and our government didn't respond. The August cable to the State Department was ignored. The pleas for help were ignored. The Navy Seals were told to stand down and not aid Stevens and his aide. What do you think actually happened?
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 02:39 AM
It's not fact. The video has not been confirmed. There are other videos that show him being carried to the hospital. The fact remains that it is unclear what happened. Again, people are using this man's death to further their political agenda. Such people lack a moral compass and will stoop to anything to further their own political ideology. It's grotesque, unchristian, and disgusting.
Irene DeBlasio November 02, 2012 at 04:53 AM
@CooperHall OUR MILITARY - OUR TROOPS MUST know that the Commander-in-Chief has their backs! There were FOUR AMERICANS murdered in Benghazi. Our Ambassador, J Christopher Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and two NAVY SEALS, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. THAT is a FACT! The consulate at Benghazi had been attacked twice -- once in June, once in August. A cable was sent to the State Department on August 16 WARNING that the consulate could not be defended without more security. Security was then REDUCED! These men spent seven to eight hours in a battle for their lives. These brave men represented us on our soil. We should have sent the help they were begging for. We had two drones overhead capturing the entire violent massacre. Why can't we see the footage as we did for the assassination of bin Laden? It's my thinking that the grotesque, unchristian and disgusting part is that we allowed them to be killed and left them behind. NO military man would EVER do that to a fallen comrade. It's a disgrace! If you saw a dog get run over in the street, would you stop everything to help a wounded animal? Of course you would -- unless you're a selfish, mean jerk!
Bob Blanchard November 02, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Cooper Hall: I am a christian and a veteran and I take personal affront to your accusations about my being unchristian for wanting the truth. What do you think the pictures of the Ambassador being dragged down the street are...some Hollywood stunt? Where have you got your head? I don't care what your party affiliation is, anyone can tell he's not out walking his dog. As an American, doesn't his treatment make you in the least angry? As I said earlier, if any administration doesn't take the steps to protect American lives and property no matter where it is, they are either incompetent or uncaring but in any event not worthy of holding the office. What is wrong with insisting on hearing the facts immediately of the Big Three sitting in the Oval office knowing what is going on in REAL time and denying additional protection? Or are we concerned that someone needs time to complete his on the job training? He wants four more years to get it right and we can't afford it.
Bob Blanchard November 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Cooper Hall and all his friends. Tell me how the following news excites you. When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”. What will it take to wake you up to the antics of Big Brother?
Richard Camp November 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Please read this dispatch from Reuters which refutes every point that Fox News has made about the lack of response. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-usa-libya-cia-idUSBRE8A102T20121102
Richard Camp November 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Under Bush, 43 Americans were killed in Consulates and Embassies. And to quote from the Daily Kos: "So did those attacks (and the 9/11 ones, for that matter) happen because of "perceived American weakness"? Is that what Rumsfeld wants to argue—that our country's diplomatic missions were targeted because George Bush's America was perceived as weak? As for Obama, the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi are the first two attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in an ostensibly peaceful country during his entire presidency." Also: Did the President watch the entire Benghazi ordeal unfold at the White House? No, at the time he was visiting wounded veterans at Walter Reed. Is John McCain a hypocrite for his comments about the Benghazi attack when so many Consulate attacks occurred under Bush's administration? Yes.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Bob - Your comment has nothing to do with my point that people are using the death of a wonderful person to further their own political agenda. When you can formulate a comment relevant to my point let me know. I'm frankly not interested in the ramblings of someone who can't stay on topic.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If you don't want to be called unchristian don't behave in an unchristian manner and don't politicize the death of a wonderful young man. Otherwise, when you walk like a duck and quack like a duck, people will call you a duck. There also pictures of Stevens being pulled from the compound and rushed to the hospital. Photos and camera footage can be faked. There is still on definitive answer on what happened to him. Feel free to question why we were in that hideous part of the world and why we didn't have better military protection. But when you use a man's death to further your own political ideology you are being immoral and unchristian. So spare me your ridiculous and absurd wailing about taking personal affront. Grow up.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
@Irene - I don't disagree that people were murdered and we shouldn't have been there. However, as I've said (please try to stay on topic - if you have ADD there's medication for it) there is no conclusive proof what happened to Stevens. Speculating about what may have happened to him in his final moments and trying to use that to further a political agenda is immoral and unchristian and shows a complete lack of respect for his family. I hope nobody ever behaves like such a stupid jerk to your family in its time of sorrow.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
By the way, your capitalization techniques makes it seem like you're screaming like an unprofessional, weekend, sitting in the basement blogger. Just food for thought if you want to be taken seriously.
Cooper Hall November 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
By the way, if you're inability to stay on topic is due to a medical condition such as ADD, I encourage you to seek medication. The ability to stay on topic will make you seem more relevant and will bolster your argument rather than diminishing it. I'm all for rational debate but I never spoke or wrote about individual mandates so those voices in your head are the ones speaking to you about that topic, not me.
Irene DeBlasio November 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@CooperHall Yes, capitalization means the writer is screaming. We don't need to be treated to the old cliche stereotype about bloggers sitting in basements. Ha Ha. Most of us in Southern California don't have basements but it was so clever of you to bring back long-faded memories of 'Wayne's World'. You don't need to resort to acid-tongued insults or references about being unchristian either. Why do liberal progressives always have to toss insults at people who have a different opinion? By the way, if we all need to 'pay our fair share' and 'play by the same set of rules' please tell me: what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?
Irene DeBlasio November 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The old dictators of the middle east held a very tight grip on the citizens of their respective countries (making it a tiny bit easier for any POTUS helping to mold foreign policy). Since the dictators have 'left the building' and we don't have bin Laden, Gaddafi or Mubarak to control the folks anymore, the once-oppressed people of the middle east are 'free' so to speak In their quest for so-called democracy, they are free to elect Hamas, Hezbollah or the Muslim Brotherhood to run the show. (They're still stuck with their religion and Sharia Law. Other than that...)
Cooper Hall November 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
@Irene - Again, you seem unable to remain on topic. I never said I was a liberal or a progressive or both. Why is it conservatives like yourself refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and their speech? I thought personal responsibility was your schtick. I also never discussed "fair share" and have no idea what you're talking about. I made one comment & that was specific and limited to the assertion that Ambassador Stevens was raped and dragged through the streets. From that you morphed to some odd rambling about "fair share". Please try and remain on topic. If you want insults I suggest your look at your post in which you were screeching at me. And if the basement blogger shoe fits that's not my fault. Cheers.
Irene DeBlasio November 03, 2012 at 03:29 AM
@CooperHall The subject was and is Benghazi. I have word from someone on the ground during the siege. We have four dead Americans. Why?
Cooper Hall November 03, 2012 at 05:01 AM
That may have been the subject of your blog but if you can drop your hysterics long enough to do some rational thinking, you'll see that I commented in response to this: Irene DeBlasio 5:31 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2012 @BobB Ambassador Stevens was raped and dragged through the streets. I disagreed with that one statement and pointed out that it's speculative and not fact. There is evidence that contradicts your claim. It's still unclear exactly what happened. Repeating such a horrific claim - one that is quite to disturbing to his family and friends - to simply further your political ideology is vile. From my disagreement with your statement you and Bob decided I was a liberal and a progressive. Bob also went off on some tangent about Obamacare and you've gone off on some other tangent. Neither of you bothered to remain focused on my comment. Apparently, if one doesn't fully agree with every statement you make then they are to be cut-off and labeled as the opposition. Neither of you made any effort to determine what my ideology or politics were. Neither of you bothered to determine if I agreed with your other statements. History has proven time and again how dangerous the mentality that you have exhibited regarding my comment can be. If you want zombies who blindly follow and hang on every word you say and agree with every statement you make, then you really are no better than a weekend basement blogger.
Irene DeBlasio November 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
@CooperHall Sorry, I refuse to divulge my source. Hint: You can verify the information by researching foreign media sources based in the middle east. You might touch base with others who were on the ground at the time of the attack. I have nothing more to add. Many thanks for your comments.
Rich Addams November 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Why would the Patch allow such irresponsible blogging on the site? The reality is it is the Republicans who kept money from going to secure the embassies, and voted to slash their budgets. You dont' see any of that in this reporting. Also, they were on the scene within 24 minutes, that came out on Friday. What's next, are you going to report the stupid rumors that Obama is gay, like the other irresponsible bloggers are doing? Where are the real voices of Studio City? Why arent' they blogging?
Cooper Hall November 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Once again a refusal by you to take responsibility for your comments. Frankly, I'm not surprised.
Cooper Hall November 03, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Economics. When you're losing money & desperate for material, you will quite often print anything.
Irene DeBlasio November 03, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@RichAddams @CooperHall Why don't you guys team up and write a blog? Maybe you can explain why: when the Commander in Chief needs help to knock off bin Laden, he calls on Navy Seals. When the Navy Seals want to help protect Americans the request is denied. You might want to tell us too about two previous attacks on Benghazi and a cable sent to the State Department in the middle of August warning that the consulate would not be able to withstand another attack. Security was then reduced. On 9/11/12 when the attack on the consulate began we were told that it was a 'spontaneous demonstration' (we really didn't know that much about the situation but we did know what triggered it). Right. It was a reaction to a vile Internet movie (which had already been on Youtube for several months). Uh huh...those radicals sit around watching Youtube all day, don't they?). Oops, I'm getting off topic again -- excuse me. In Vegas on 9/12 our Commander-in-Chief was on a mission, He told the crowd that, 'We had a tough night, four Americans are dead..." to paraphrase. Sorr,y but the only people who had a rough night were the four dead Americans. Yup, those radicals on twitter...always planning flash mobs with rocket launchers. The military must know that the Commander-in-Chief has their backs! We have lots of local people who are dedicated to the Democratic Party, as well as Libertaians, Greens and Constitutional. You can send an email inquiry to any editor of Patch.
Irene DeBlasio November 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Valerie Jarrett is now in Iran negotiating for the White House. She doesn't represent us and I applaud any effort on the part of this administration to seek peace. At the same time I feel that delicate negotiations involving this great nation should go through diplomatic channels, not through White House personnel simply because they were born in Iran. We cannot afford to sneak around behind the backs of American citizens when so much is at stake. We must step back and stop all aid to countries who hate our guts. $5 BILLION to PAH-KEE-STAHN is $5 Billion that could be cut from our budget and used here at home.

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