Gingrich on Benghazi Rumor: "This is not a terrorist action. Stand down."

Because the President of the United States refuses to explain why he apparently lied to the American people about the events on 9/11 in Benghazi, Libya – falsely claiming that there was a protest over a little seen YouTube video trailers, we have all manner of rumor and supposition. Among the top-ranked theories are:

The President is trying to cover-up the fact that the Administration misjudged the impact of the anniversary of 9/11 and left an American Consulate understaffed and unprotected.

This is a plausible scenario because it has been known for more than a decade that the State Department was all about appearances, style over substance. Preferring to demonstrate to the host government that we trusted their protective services and did not consider their country to be an abnormal threat. Comments by Richard Marcinko, the Navy Seal who formed the original Seal Team Six and went on to do security assessments at diplomatic and military installations openly speaks about those policies.

The President is trying to cover-up the fact that the death of bin Laden did not really have a significant impact on the organization and that al Qaeda is growing in the region.

This is a plausible scenario if one believes that the bin Laden raid was the centerpiece of Obama’s foreign policy. Given the events in the region, it was merely the one part of the story that focused media attention on Obama as he spiked the ball on bin Laden. Considering that Obama’s political actions may have been the proximate cause for an al Qaeda attack – using the President’s own logic about what riles up terrorists – might have significant political consequences.

The President is trying to cover-up the fact that the White House was micro-managing events and got the situation wrong – believing that it was simply a mirror of an earlier Egyptian protest and that unleashing the full might of the American military might give rise to the unfortunate optics of dead civilian protesters and seen as an overreaction by the White House. This is given credence by a rumor reported by Newt Gingrich on Fox’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren …

“There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” Gingrich said. “But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action. If that is true, and I’ve been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president’s role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser’s role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don’t go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel.” <Source: Gingrich: Senator told me networks may have White House emails commanding counterterrorism group to stand down on Benghazi rescue | The Daily Caller>

The President is trying to cover-up the fact that the administration was gun-running to the contras …

This is a credible scenario because it is alleged that the Americans were arming Syrian rebels through arms deals with Turkey and that this terrorist action would reveal details of arms deals. Since Operation Fast and Furious, providing weapons to the Mexican Drug Cartels – ostensibly for political purposes – and the loss of American lives created such a stink in the media and in Congress, the last thing the Obama Administration is another gun-running event leading to the loss of American lives. Primarily by arming the very same Islamic extremists who were killing Americans elsewhere.

Knowing President Obama’s apparent sympathies with Muslims, this could become a significant factor should anyone in the media accuse him of aiding and abetting enemies of the United States during wartime – thus setting the stage for a Congressional charge of treason.

Obama was being Obama – overthinking and over-lawyering the situation …

It is possible that Obama was considering the legal ramifications of penetrating another country, technically an act of war, to assist Americans. There is some chatter that the CIA facility may not have been accorded diplomatic protection and may have been relatively secret – and now it appears that the Administration is referring to the Consulate as another “facility” rather than a consulate.

Bottom line …

No matter what the operative theory, it was all an Obama cover-up. Obama bald-facedly lied to the American public and ordered his surrogates to lie to the American public. The buck stops at his desk and he should be held accountable for his actions. Remember this when you vote. We can no longer trust Obama to keep America and Americans safe and secure. His domestic and foreign policies are abject failures. He is both corrupt and incompetent – and his fellow travelers are anti-America. Enough said. – steve

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