John McCain Sets CBS Up for “Cover Up” Story
Mainstream Media Failure
Starting with “the film made them do it” to admitting “it was a terrorist act” to a proverbial catch-all excuse in the final week run-up to the election of, “we don’t know but we will get to the bottom of it,” the incurious mainstream press has not pushed a reticent Obama Administration to account for false narratives now considered lies by many.
What adds to the urgency to get all facts out in the open is this: the gatekeepers of democracy have succumbed almost entirely to partisanship, refusing to cover one of the hottest stories since 9/11/01. Taking sides instead of doing unbiased investigative journalism portends the end of freedom as we have known it.
And if a Commander in Chief doesn’t have his people’s back, then morale and belief by the military in their CINC suffers. I must posit one additional fact concerning national security by asking a rhetorical question:
Facing Iranian nuclear ambitions, can you imagine what the Israelis are thinking when the US President won’t even send rescue forces, on stand-by one hour away in Sicily, when their own people are under attack?
What we know is that in every “cover up” there is a hidden issue that is the ignition switch to set “spin” in motion resulting in the scandal. In this post I consider a two part query. One, the 10/28/12 Face the Nation exchange between Senator John McCain and Bob Schieffer as McCain hammers the Obama Administration.
The second part of the investigation starts to answer McCain’s question, “What did the President know?”
The brilliant analysis is offered by former CIA officer Clare Lopez, something just starting to gather steam, and what has the possibility for a Hollywood style film scenario of guns, lies, death and scandal far beyond any Nixonian Watergate burglar bungling.
What may be, which no one wants to believe, is a cold, calculated turning the back on Americans knowing they would be killed, or a “dead men don’t talk” in a new Middle East Fast and Furious. The only other possibility is a deficit of leadership and an incompetence on a massive scale. It’s one or the other. You decide…
This Sunday on Face the Nation
Schieffer: What about — what about what you just said about Libya? Are you saying now that this was a deliberate cover-up coming out of the Libya, that in fact this was not what the administration said it was, but something else entirely. And that, I guess, if it was a cover-up, are you saying they did it for political reasons?
McCain: “I don’t know if it’s either cover-up or gross — the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t allow — doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief.
“You’ve got to — the buildup to it. We knew of two attacks on our consulate. The British ambassador assassination attempt. Repeated warnings. Repeated warnings. The last message our beloved ambassador sent to us concerns about security in Benghazi. He had even voiced them to me when I was in Tripoli. Nothing was done.
“I may not expect the president to know about movement of a few people back and forth, but he certainly should have known about the deteriorating situation. And nothing was done.
“On the day of, obviously, there was no military either capability or orders to intervene in a seven-hour fight. And probably the worst of all of this, of course, is the gross, gross, outrageous statements that he made and his– I was on your program when Susan Rice came on.
“And I was slack-jawed when she went through that routine of the– that this was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a video. We now know there was no demonstration. There was no mob. So how could intelligence community ever reach a conclusion that there was a spontaneous demonstration when there wasn’t?
“You know, this administration is very good at touting and giving all the details like when they got Bin Laden. But now, we know that there were tapes, recordings inside the consulate during this fight, and they’ve gotten– they came– the FBI finally got in and took those, and now they’re classified as “Top Secret.” Why would they be top secret?
“So the president went on various shows, despite what he said he said in the Rose Garden, about terrorist acts, he went on several programs, including The View including Letterman, including before the UN where he continued to refer, days later, many days later, to this as a spontaneous demonstration because of a hateful video. We know that is patently false.
“What did the president know? When did he know it? And what did he do about it?” Face the Nation Transcripts Page 2
WEAPONS BEHIND THE COVER UP?
If a Senator McCain can’t move the needle with mainstream media like CBS News, and if the mainstream press does or does not do its job, congress, dedicated journalists and writers out of the mainstream will continue to seek answers.
From a dedicated public servant and former CIA officer comes a compelling argument for what really may be behind the Obama Administration spin now etched in electronic stone on Internet search engines.
Tue, October 30, 2012 by: Clare Lopez
Data points continue to accumulate about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The picture that is beginning to emerge from connecting those dots is deeply concerning on multiple levels. Two related issues dominate this analysis: The systematic stripping of security protection from the Benghazi mission prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack and the cold-blooded refusal to send or even permit local help the night of the attack.
As Fox News Bureau Chief of Intelligence Catherine Herridge suggested on the “Mike Huckabee” show on Oct. 27, both of these critical subjects may have been driven by a perceived need to cover up the likely purpose for the existence of that mission in the first place, i.e., to serve as a U.S. command hub for the movement of weapons out of Libya to Syrian rebels fighting to bring down the Bashar Al-Assad regime.
It has now been established through the persistent work of Congressional leadership figures and such investigative journalists, media and talk show hosts including Fox News, Michael Coren at Canada’s Sun News, Aaron Klein at World Net Daily andDiana West that the Benghazi mission played a central role in a U.S. government policy of “engaging, legitimating, enriching and emboldening Islamists who have taken over or are ascendant in much of the Middle East,” as Center for Security Policy president, Frank Gaffney, put it.
Benghazi Staffed by CIA Operatives: What Was Their Role?
According to media reporting, Benghazi was staffed by CIA operatives whose job may have been not just to secure and destroy dangerous weapons (like RPGs and SAMs) looted from former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpiles during and after the 2011 revolution, but also perhaps to facilitate their onward shipment to the Al-Qaeda- and Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition.
President Barack Obama signed an intelligence finding sometime in early 2012 that authorized U.S. support for the Syrian rebels and by mid-June 2012, CIA operatives reportedly were on the Turkish-Syrian border helping to steer weapons deliveries to selected Syrian rebel groups. According to an Oct. 14, 2012 New York Times article, most of those arms were going to “hard-line Islamic jihadists.”
Read More: http://www.radicalislam.org/analysis/benghazi-set-and-cover
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