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How many people remember when then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, acting as President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s chief  Benghazi cover-up agent following the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, went on all five Sunday news shows (CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday and ABC’s This Week.) to parrot misleading talking points?


"Based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent." ~ Susan Rice

The CIA's talking points read as follows:

  • "The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
  • This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently, available information continues to be evaluated.
  • The investigation is on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens."

And here comes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, who told Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin, “what you saw unfold with this noncombatant evacuation operation was one of the contingency plans.”


Griffin: “Now, 77 percent of Americans say that they are in favor of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the end of the war. But 74 percent say that they are not happy with how the withdrawal went. Could the withdrawal been done better? Was it military planning that caused the people to not feel that the withdrawal was as it should have been?”

Milley:  “I think a couple of things. One, is the collapse of the Afghan Army happened at a much faster rate and very unexpected, by pretty much everybody, and then with that is the collapse of the Afghan government. So, that was definitely a surprise.

[OCS: This is a lie. Numerous parties in the military, the Afghan government, the State Department, and the CIA knew for a fact that the Afghan Army had no loyalty to an artificial construct of a unified nation known as Afghanistan and that most members of the volunteer force were ill-motivated and likely to desert back to their tribal regions when the United States pre-announced its total withdrawal and ceased providing the backbone, logistical support, and intelligence needed to successfully engage the enemy.]

But I will say that there was an awful lot of planning done, ROC drills, rehearsals, etc. And what you saw unfold with this noncombatant evacuation operation was one of the contingency plans.

[OCS: No amount of planning could have overcome the troop restrictions and micromanagement coming from the White House and the State Department. If General Milley and his senior command staff did not believe they had the human resources and operational superiority to accomplish the mission fully, they should have resigned. In what plan do you give up a secure, defensible transfer point to operate in a permissive environment in which your enemy has control over all ingress and egress options?]

And the speed at which it was executed, the flow of the aircraft, we had planes taking off every 30 to 45 minutes or so. We had — we brought in 7,000 — or 6,000 U.S. troops, and then there [were] about a thousand or more or so Afghan troops that secured HKIA. The first day, it was clearly chaotic, no question about it. You saw that on video, etc. But within about 24 hours, that settled down and it became a much more orderly process. The security of HKIA was challenging to say the least, and we saw the bombing. But that would have happened no matter where it was. People talk about Bagram, wherever there’s a perimeter, if there’s no outside force, if there’s no Afghan force securing it, and there wasn’t any, then there’s going to be U.S. forces on the perimeter, on the edge. And they were doing what they were asked to do, which is go out and screen and process people.”

[OCS: Bagram Air Force Base was abandoned early on with Milley testifying before Congress that "Bagram is not necessary, tactically or operationally for what we are going to try to do here with Afghanistan.”

It also appears that the Taliban offered Milley operational control over the entirety of Kabul and Milley delegated control and security to the Taliban to focus on the Kabul (HKIA) Airport.

Nobody held Milley to account for the numerical quotas provided to the military screeners nor the denial of sufficient protective forces and ammunition to protect the mission.]

“So, were there … there’s a lot of lessons learned. And I think we’re going to go through that in a very systematic way. I know we are on the Joint Staff. I know Central Command will. And I’m sure the other departmental agencies will. From a military standing point though … military planning standpoint … those plans were done in detail. There was an extensive amount of planning in this.”

[OCS: The planning did not appear to take into account a broken chain of command, cowardly and politicized senior officers like Mark Milley, and of course, the unthinkable action of leaving American citizens behind enemy lines to check the boxes on an artificial deadline. This truly was Barack Obama leading from behind.]

Bottom line…

There is no doubt in my mind that General Mark Milley should be court-martialed for dereliction of duty and UCMJ Article 133 for conduct unbecoming … specifically acts of dishonesty, unfair dealing, indecency, indecorum, lawlessness, injustice, and the cruelty of abandoning American citizens in extremis behind enemy lines where they face captivity, torture, and death,

The final charge in Milley's specifications should be the military's focus on domestic issues involving racial politics and de-radicalization while actual combat operations were failing.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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