Special Operations Speaks: Leaks, Lies, Libya…Lack of Leadership (Video)

Via Special Operations Speaks:

We, as veterans, legatees, and supporters of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces, have noted with dismay and deep alarm the recent stream of highly damaging leaks of information about various aspects of America’s shadow war in the overall War on Terror.  Our principles are the same as when we were in active service — Duty, Honor, Country.

These warriors still have some fight in them.

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I’m still trying to get all this straight on Benghazi…

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta  claimed that the refusal to use force had come from him, General  Ham, and General Dempsey.

In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there’s “a basic principle here, and 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.”

But General Ham told Congressman Jason Chaffetz that the forces were available, but that no order to use them was given. He is taking no responsibility for the decision to leave the consulate and Navy Seals in the lurch.

So either, Ham or Panetta are lying.

Ham has since been relived of his post, and one rumor has it he was fired for refusing orders to stand down.

Obama told Kyle Clark of KUSA Denver, Friday,  “The minute I found out what was going on, I gave three very clear directives — Number 1, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”

That would mean that Panetta defied a direct order from the President to secure the personnel, because Ty Wood’s calls for help were denied three times.

So either Panetta gave the order to stand down against Obama’s wishes, or Obama is lying.

My conclusion: Both Panetta and Obama are lying. Obama, Panetta and Biden decided against an intervention at their 5:00 pm meeting at the White House. And for purely political reasons…

UPDATE:

On Monday October 29 General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, released the following statement:

“The speculation that General Carter Ham is departing Africa Command (AFRICOM) due to events in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012 is absolutely false. General Ham’s departure is part of routine succession planning that has been on going since July. He continues to serve in AFRICOM with my complete confidence.”

On Monday October 29 General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, released the following statement:

“The speculation that General Carter Ham is departing Africa Command (AFRICOM) due to events in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012 is absolutely false. General Ham’s departure is part of routine succession planning that has been on going since July. He continues to serve in AFRICOM with my complete confidence.”

See ALSO:

Gateway Pundit: Father of Slain Benghazi SEAL to Obama: “It’s Better to Die a Hero Than Live a Coward” (Video):

Last night on Geraldo at Large, Charles Woods, the father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods, sent this message to Barack Obama:
“It’s better to die a hero than live a coward.”

Gateway Pundit: Obama Very Offended By Suggestion He Misled Public on Benghazi …(Obama Did Nothing as US Officials Died):

Barack Obama said he was very offended that critics have accused him of a coverup.
This is despite the fact that the administration blamed the terrorist attack on a YouTube video for weeks… Even though they watched 150 jihadists attack our consulate and murder our ambassador.

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMagazine notes:

We are done with the narrative that no forces were available or could have reached the site in time. Generals Demspey and Ham are now both on record as saying that the forces were available, but did not get used. The fallback story is that there was a lack of intel, but there was actually plenty of intel from the consulate that had been there and even in declassified documents provided assessments of the Islamist militias, from the two SEALS in the fight and other consulate personnel. And during a rescue operation, intel is always going to be limited.

The issue was almost certainly a refusal to come in, guns blazing, into Benghazi, a Muslim city, for fear of destabilizing Eastern Libya and upsetting Muslims with an American show of force. The decision was made to rely on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Feb 17 Brigade to help evacuate the area, even though Ansar Al-Sharia, the militia leading the attack, was a splinter group of Feb 17 and serious questions remain about the complicity of Feb 17 personnel in the attack.

Lee Stranahan, Big Journalism: The Left Blogosphere Ignores A Father’s Grief Over Senseless Death Of Hero Son In Benghazi:

For the faithful readers of two of America’s leading left-wing websites, The Huffington Post and Daily Kos, the story that Charles Woods is telling about his son’s betrayal in Benghazi simply doesn’t exist. A search of both sites early Sunday morning revealed literally not a single story about Charles Woods’s claim about his son being told to “stand down.”

The eerie silence reminds me of my coverage of the John Edwards affair story years ago, before I met Andrew Breitbart and when I wrote for both Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. I noticed that even though Edwards had been caught leaving the hotel room of his mistress, the left blogosphere was completely silent about the story. I wrote about it and I was promptly banned from Daily Kos. This was my first experience of the power of lockstep liberalism; they try to control the narrative by simply ignoring a story for as long as they can.

Nonie Darwish, American Thinker: Obama’s Taqqiya Unravels:

Having been a journalist in Egypt for six years in the seventies, I have witnessed socialism with an Islamic twist to be a popular political ideology, especially amongst Arab journalists and intellectuals. Socialism, and even communism, have managed to survive in the ruthless Islamic political system as an alternative to full-fledged Sharia. The two ideologies have blended together in cases including the Baath Party in Syria and Iraq and socialist regimes in Egypt and Yemen. One major difference between the two ideologies is that Islam uses Allah, while socialism uses atheism, to fight the God of Christianity. Free democracies, such as the United States, are alien to Islam and socialism both because they regard government as a servant of the people and hold that human rights are granted by God and not by government or the code of Sharia.

Both Sharia and socialism are united in their envy of Western society and need to change it. That is why Obama has become the savior of both Islam and socialism. He embodies both ideologies. The claim that Obama is a Christian was a silly joke, but a necessary lie for the greater cause of changing America to fit the goals of both creeds.

Whatever happened to Barack the world’s smartest leader and incomparable statesman? Those days are gone forever. Instead, it would be impossible to catalog the staggering list of ill-advised, mistaken, foolish, naive and utterly inane decisions by Obama and his administration. So, instead—let us use a single Obama catastrophe, the events of Libya—to critique and symbolize his failed tenure. This is reasonable because every bad Barack habit and evil instinct is represented in this new American disaster.

In the November 2012 presidential election, America is given an opportunity almost no other country suffering under tyranny is offered—the chance to wake-up and toss out a despot before he fatally damages our noble Republic. Let us pray Americans will cast aside sentimentality and act as true patriots and save America from a crafty and utterly immoral, power-mad demagogue. For if Libya is not a wake up call for the average American, we may not be able to stop the implosion. But we must believe we can halt the rot if we act now.

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3 Responses to “Special Operations Speaks: Leaks, Lies, Libya…Lack of Leadership (Video)”

  1. John Says:

    http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=5139

    Deb – the link shows the transcript of Panetta’s remarks on Oct 18th: “DOD News Briefing on Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the Force”

    Second sentence: Today I am very pleased to announce that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command.

    And so, what does this mean? Panetta misspoke? Five paragraphs worth of praise for Ham follows the second sentence. Then, he goes on to praise Rodriguez.

    I think it more likely that someone realized that to maintain the facade erected around Obama they would need back-pedal on this one.

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  2. John Says:

    http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=5139

    Deb, the link is to Panetta’s Oct 18th statement at “DOD News Briefing on Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the Force”. Note second sentence by Panetta: “Today I am very pleased to announce that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command”.

    While they say this is routine – that does not make it so. Ham is near but not at retirement. He is almost 2-years into what would normally be a 3-year assignment. Routine? Coincidence? And Obama is the most transparent president eva’.

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