Filed Under: QuislingOrPatriot
Information on the Benghazi disaster has been dripping out. The CIA released a statement yesterday - which I assume was under the direction of CIA Director General Petraeus - which is far too cleverly worded.
We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.
Ponder this sentence: "no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need..." Which of course begs the question, who exactly did deny those three pleas for help, leading to the death of Ambassador Stevens?
A U.S. Ambassador is the equivalent of a four-star general. Our embassies are considered U.S. soil. This happened on 9-11. Who denied these requests? Everyone suspects that it was Obama. After all, Presidential permission would have been required to send a strike team into a sovereign nation.
I have had, on occasion, the opportunity to meet and work with generals in the U.S. Army. Some of them are patriots, some of them are slimy careerists and desk-jockeys who put their retirement and their wallets over the interests of country.
Allow me to address directly the current General in question.
Now is the moment for you, General Petraeus, to demonstrate whether or not you are a careerist or a patriot.
These men died under your watch. Responsibility lies ultimately with the Command in Chief, but you play a part.
Do you care about the deaths of our citizens at all? Are you outraged by the incompetence that resulted in their deaths, or does your career require cleverly worded statements that hint, but do not reveal?
The honorable thing to do, sir, is to release the information, and resign your position at the CIA in protest.
Needless to say, the days of Washington, Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and MacArthur are over, and your stature to date pales weakly in comparison. Still, I hold hope that you, sir, will do the right thing. Bring some honor back to the oath you took to protect the Constitution and your country.
You owe this much, and this little, to the corpses in Benghazi.
To do otherwise would stain and dishonor your name forever in the annals of American military history. If Obama is not punished in the court of public opinion for callously throwing away the lives of your men and our Ambassador, then your name will forever go down in history with the ignominious. You shall be known as a 21st century Ephialtes, Ames, Quisling, Lindh, and D'Aquino.
So far your actions have been cowardly. Consider and ponder deeply, sir. Time is short, and it is not too late to reverse course and do the right thing.
Which will it be, General?
Interesting Rumor Concerning General Carter Ham and Stand Down Order (Posted on 10/26/12 at 9:45 p.m.) I heard a story today from someone inside the military that I trust entirely. The story was in reference to General Ham that Panetta referenced in the quote below.
"(The) basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on; without having some real-time information about what's taking place," Panetta told Pentagon reporters. "And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation."
The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.
General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.
The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham's place as the head of Africon.
I found this story when I got home after hearing this story.
President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday.
As I was typing this I heard John Bolton on Greta say that there are conflicting reports of General Ham's comments on this tragedy and why a rapid response unit was not deployed. Bolton says someone needs to find out what Ham was saying on 9/11/12.
Interesting to say the least.
General Petraeus, you owe it to your country to prevent this travesty from being covered up any longer, no matter the cost to your career.
Update III: Linked from Conservative Commune, thanks!
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