Sunday, September 9, 2018

Benghazi - Revisited

The Benghazi Attack Was Designed to Succeed
By Eliminating US Military Protection

Click here for related story [Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece by former DCM Gregory Hicks]

Chances are you missed this opinion piece of Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy, Libya during the attack on the Benghazi Consulate.

Mr Hicks capsulizes his testimony in this opinion piece in order to set the record straight, vs the Spin version of the Jarrett White House and the Leftist Media.

According to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Chris Stevens twice turned down offers to beef up Embassy security with additional Military troops.

AfriCom Commander
GEN Carter Ham
-- Technically/officially, that's a correct statement.
In fact, though, General Carter Ham [Commander of the African Command], recognizing the threat to the US embassy "twice offered to 'sustain' the Special Forces security team in Tripoli, and the Ambassador 'declined'."

General Ham's offer followed a request by the Ambassador to increase the size of his security contingent to 13 from the inadequate eight assigned to cover both Tripoli and Benghazi.

The rationale for the "decline" was that control of the security team would then have transferred to the US Military [i.e. AfriCom] as opposed to the State Department; State Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy relayed to the Ambassador that the Military mission was to advise and train the Libyan Military, and thus, State would lose control over these personnel since authority would be under the Department of Defense.  The military not listed under Embassy status would not have "diplomatic immunity" -- critical to safeguarding these personnel.

The Diplomatic Immunity issue is critical to understanding the decision process.

If the Embassy or Consulate were attacked, and US Military personnel shot one of the attackers, the soldier could be liable for trial by the local government - i.e., the Libyan Government, in a Libyan Court.  Conversely, Military personnel ASSIGNED to the Embassy WOULD be covered as "diplomats" and have diplomatic immunity.


Undersecretary of State Patrick F Kennedy
thus denied the US Military offer to increase the size of the
Special Forces contingent to 13.

Pentagon insiders state categorically that the orders to STAND DOWN came from the White House, by Valerie Jarrett.

[EDITOR'S NOTE [and update] 09/2018 
Military personnel could have been assigned to the Defense Attache Office with Diplomatic Immunity; or, they could also have been attached in a MAAG [Military Advisory and Assistance Group] capacity, again with Diplomatic Immunity/Status of Forces Agreement; even so, the Military Personnel at the Embassy were ordered to Stand Down, and the AC-130 flying silently over the Consulate was ordered to NOT ENGAGE the Egyptian attackers (who shouted, 
"don't shoot, Morsi sent us" )]

General Ham was relieved of his command, by WH order [Jarrett?] when he ordered his units to respond to Ambassador Stevens' call for help when the attack began; his Command was then ordered to Stand Down, as were EUCOM  and the nearby 6th Fleet ].  Ham was recalled to the US and replaced by the FORSCOM Commander -- an unheard of command process.  We assume that Ham's family was threatened to keep him in line]

An Army Special Forces team was present with an AC-130U Spectre Gunship on the tarmac at the airport in Tripoli, Libya. 

The AC-130 is a technologically sophisticated, tactical aircraft, operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command. It operates under the overall Special Operations Command stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, which oversees all military special operations units, including: Army Special Forces, Navy SEALS, Rangers and certain Marine units, as well as the USAF AC-130Us, and stealth Blackhawks,” used in the Bin Laden raid.  

The AC-130U  is equipped with weapons that sync with laser-designators, like those that Woods, Doherty and Ubben had on that lonely rooftop above the CIA Annex. The laser-designator was used to “paint” the mortar targets during the attack, subsequently claiming the lives of Woods and Doherty, and leaving Ubben without a leg. 

The AC-130U was on station, over the CIA Annex in Benghazi, but was ordered to NOT ENGAGE, to not land and deploy a team of Special Forces soldiers.

The military-order, 
not to initiate action, 
saving our men in Benghazi, was issued by the 
President's Advisor, 
Valerie Jarrett.