The terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. For months prior to the attack, Stevens cited deteriorating stability within the region as a need for increased security. His requests were denied by the State Department.
Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, it seems that not only was Hillary Clinton’s State Department unwilling to grant the necessary security for the consulate, but also refused to authorize a rescue mission for the trapped Americans who waited for help that would never come.
Most outrageously, the rescue operation was being scrambled and could have reached the endangered Americans, but the Pentagon was forced to wait for State Department approval that would never come.
In a July 9th, 2012, cable, Stevens noted that,
“Overall security conditions continue to be unpredictable, with large numbers of armed groups and individuals not under control of the central government, and frequent clashes in Tripoli and other major population centers.” The cable claimed that an additional 13 security members would serve as a “minimum” to help bolster “transportation security and incident response capability.”
Stevens’ request makes sense. In the year prior to the terrorist attack, there were 234 security incidents in Libya, 50 of such incidents took place in Benghazi, including an assassination attempt on the British ambassador in June when an RPG struck the British ambassador’s vehicle.
Stevens’ July cable came after the attack on the British ambassador and after a June attack on the U.S. consulate where terrorist blew a hole in the wall of the compound with an IED.
In the aftermath of the attack, the Obama Administration worked to spin the terrorist attack as a protest gone awry and blamed it on a YouTube video. For over three years since, the Obama Administration has stonewalled congressional authorities investigating the attack and the regime’s total lack of response that led to the deaths of four Americans.
In an email exchange from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department authorities during the hours-long attack, Bash said, “We have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” The documents that were begrudgingly released were redacted to obscure the exact military preparations and personnel available.
The statement clearly contradicts the sworn statements by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February of 2013 who claimed that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”
Even if the military was unprepared to launch a “boots on the ground” assault on the terrorists, Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli at the time of the attack, stated in 2013 testimony that a show of force would likely have saved the lives of the trapped Americans.
“If we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.”
U.S. officials, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have blood on their hands. Not only did their unwillingness to provide the necessary security endanger the lives of Americans, but their shocking negligence ultimately sealed the fate of the Americans who were left to die while, no doubt, waiting for help to arrive.
To compound this shocking and criminal betrayal, those who were responsible for enabling the carnage spent months lying to the American people about a YouTube video and have spent years doing everything in their power to obscure their complicity in these deaths.
It is shameful and contemptible in the strongest possible terms.