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Panetta on Benghazi

“I should have had a V-8!” – What Mr. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, should have limited is opening remarks to during this mornings Benghazi Hearings.

Listening to Leon Panetta one might think the deployment of Diplomats throughout the world occurred for the very first time under his watch, and none of the dangers associated with such an endeavor had ever been experienced before. In other words, we just could never have foreseen the potential threats to Ambassador Stevens and the Benghazi Embassy staff.

Mr. Panetta has also stated that it cannot be the Department of Defense’s responsibility to defend our Diplomats abroad.
Mr. Panetta has stated that even if it was DoD’s responsibility… “there was no actionable intelligence available” in order for defense forces to come to the aid of our diplomats.  Along with that, he told the hearing committee that there was not the available “armed” aircraft to respond… “it would have taken too long to arm the aircraft needed… and we didn’t have the resources to fuel those craft for the trip”.

Mr. Panetta is asking us to suspend reason and burn our maps, in order for all of this to make sense.

To see reason here requires those who nod approvingly at such a statement to forget that we had a man on the ground actively “lazing” the enemy mortar site sending rounds into the compound in addition to a Drone watching the events transpiring below plus later interviews with those at Aviano Air Base stating that they could have been there had they been called.  Finally it requires one to believe that while we have armed Drones crawling all over the Middle East, with ranges allowing them to travel all over the region, that none were available to be temporarily diverted to the area under attack.  (According to Mr. Panetta, the only Drone available was an unarmed one… which apparently was strangely unable to supply the intelligence needed to discern whether aid for those under attack was needed.  I would offer that if a Drone’s “intelligence” is enough for those driving it to decide whether or not a U.S. Citizen can be executed without due process that the “intelligence” being gleaned from the Benghazi site should have been enough to figure those on the ground  needed help.  And… what kind of surveillance equipment did this drone have?  Camera’s to see the firefight… and the active lazing of targets?  Listening devices to pick up the frantic radio chatter?  Radio equipment capable of communicating this information to those who could make the decisions to send help?  Or was this Drone void of these capabilities?  Yes or No?
Mr. Panetta made the assertion that forces could not be deployed because of other “possible threats” to our other consulates in the region, while mere moments earlier stating that there were no imminent threats to our personnel.  But wait a minute… I thought there were no discernible threats in the region on our Embassies.

My question is; Which is it Mr. Panetta? There seem to be three stories here.

Either there were threats detected on our Embassies “across the region” as you said out loud this morning, or there were not… as you also stated out loud this morning.
Either you did have the ability to send forces to aid those under attack and chose not to, or you did not.
Either it is your responsibility to defend our diplomats, or it is not… (nor ever has it been.)

You said there were… and there were not… in the same opening remarks.

If, Sir, it is not the Dept. of Defense’s responsibility, then whose is it?  State?  CIA? New York’s Finest? Who!

You stated that perimeter security was the responsibility “of the Host country”… so you, and the Department of Defense in Cooperation with the Department of State are incapable of evaluating the ability of the Host country to provide such security?  Seriously?  Do you need to take a minute and read back what just escaped your mouth?  To say such a statement is “unbelievable” is charitable.

Even if none of this was “your problem”, why didn’t you help?  “The U.S. Armed Forces are not a 911 service standing by to come to the rescue of our citizens all over the world.”  Really?  I would think the U.S. citizenry, and many of our soldiers, would be surprised to hear such a statement.  If that is not within their “job description”, then what exactly IS their job description Mr. Secretary?

I am stunned that this country has survived to be 250 years old and rising to the position of world hyper-power while, according to Mr. Panetta, never having learned all of these “unforeseen lessons” this tragedy has suddenly taught us.  May be in another 250 years we’ll get a handle on this whole Diplomacy thing.  This entire Administration acts as if none of this Major League Governing Stuff has ever been done before and we are learning as we go.

Absolutely Amazing.

I’m not sure I have enough liquor to get through this hearing…


All For a Better Country…

Or… The Why behind the Lie.

Now that we know the President knew the Benghazi Attack was occurring in real-time… counter to all of his public statements, it’s clear to me the Administration had the Prophet hating d-movie excuse in their pocket.  The only reason I have not written this post sooner is I have waited for todays leak.

This gets me closer to the “Why”.

A While back I feigned disbelief that the Obama camp could be so ham-fisted as to attack the 2nd Amendment by up-arming Mexican Drug Cartels.

Well, I’m convinced they are.

Not only are they capable of creating a scenario with the intent of “controlling” the 2nd Amendment which results in the death of hundreds of Mexicans as well as our Agents, but they have now floated the film as a way to “control” the 1st Amendment in the United States.

I continue to believe they were caught off guard by the attack and subsequent murder of our Libyan Ambassador.

Because of this surprise, in their panic they reached in and pulled out the ridiculous “Film”.  I also believe they had watched this “Film” being created with the intent to use it at some other future moment.  I will not, yet, go as far as to say they were connected somehow to the creation of it… but it’s plausible given everything else they have lied about.

Let me be clear, just in case there is anyone out there who can’t fathom I might say such things…

The Socialists Utopians have achieved their goal of Nationalizing Health Care and wresting control of the last part of the U.S. economy they didn’t have.

The Socialist Utopians have Nationalized Manufacturing via GM and Chrysler… and they have convinced people it was a good idea… and should always be an option!

The Socialist Utopians Bailed out the Unions keeping the money flowing to their candidates for years to come.

The Socialist Utopians have created hundreds of thousands of new Government Workers who belong to Public Unions which has expanded the amount of money flowing to their candidates for years to come.

The Socialist Utopians have attempted to attack the U.S. Citizens Right to Bear Arms through an incredibly misguided and ultimately deadly scheme to give guns to Mexican Drug Dealers known as Fast and Furious.

On the heals of a Dead Ambassador, in my opinion, the Socialist Utopians have been caught trying to get a grip on all that free speech goin’ on out there.  Taking Rahm Emanuel at his words; “You should never let a Tragedy go to Waste.”

Had they been able to convince the American public that Guns and Speech needed to be controlled completely by Government, for “the best of intentions”… it Would be a Better World, as far as they’re concerned.  As Stalin stated so clearly; If you’re going to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs.  (For those Leftists slow to keep up… yes, he meant human lives.)  These are the people running our country right now… and we put them there…. Democratically.

While I like Vodka, I prefer to cling to my Speech, my Guns and my Bourbon.

I am not interested in the country Socialist Utopians think would be Better… The Socialists have the rest of the world, and how is that working for them?

Note: The above are only a few of the Left’s latest achievements… I’ve not touched on Echelon, Carnivore, The Patriot Act, The TSA etc.