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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Precise Timeline of Obama's Failure to Protect U.S. Embassy Personnel

The credit for marshaling  much of the information below goes to the Heritage Foundation. We verified, and expanded it.
When our sons and daughters risk their lives in service of the United States, we fully expect the Commander-in-Chief and senior US officials to be true to their duty to provide for our children's security. Instead  it appears  they sacrificed the lives of some of our finest citizens for the sake of creating an appearance of a "winning foreign policy" under president Obama, who replaced the term "Islamic terrorist" with "workplace violence." To add insult to injury, their "apology tour" in the UN and on the international television channels, encourage further acts of terrorism against the U.S.

The latest incriminating information on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya indicates that the State Department turned down a request for additional security from concerned U.S. embassy staff, the White House ignored advanced warnings of the impending attack, then engaged in a protracted effort to cover up its failures.

Evidence clearly shows there were security threats in Libya in the months prior to the deadly September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Despite these threats, the State Department left its personnel there to fend for themselves.

There is undeniable evidence the senior Libyan officials warned the U.S. officials of an impending attack three days before 9/11/12, but neither the State Department, nor the White House ultimately responsible for the ambassadors' security, took heed.

And when the terrorist attack did take place, the Obama Administration peddled the ridiculous story that an offensive, amateurish, anti-Islam YouTube video was to blame. The administration's effort to avoid characterizing the murders of four Americans as terrorism was all too apparent, especially as evidenced by the president's own speech in the U.N., his many TV appearances and those by the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. 

On October 2, a letter [1] was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R–CA) and Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), Chairman of the National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. The letter detailed 13 known security threats against U.S. facilities in Libya in the six months prior to September 11.

On October 10, the committee held a hearing on events in Libya, seeking answers from the State Department.  Rather than admitting at least the terrorist nature of the attack, Obama continued to blame the "offensive" video-clip titled Innocence of MuslimsIt appears that the blood of Ambassador Stevens, his aide, and the two private citizens who rushed to Ambassador's rescue, is on the hands of Obama, not the producer of Innocence of Muslims.  The Egyptian copt who directed the video is a scapegoat. 

To help our readers follow the path to tragedy on September 11 and its aftermath, below is a chronology of key events:

Events Leading On to the Fatal Attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

April 6: IED thrown over the fence of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
April 11: Gun battle erupts between armed groups two-and-a-half miles from the U.S. Consulate, including rocket-propelled grenades.
April 27: Two South African contractors are kidnapped by armed men, released unharmed.
May 1: Deputy Commander of U.S. Embassy Tripoli’s Local Guard Force is carjacked, beaten, and detained by armed youth.
May 1: British Embassy in Tripoli is attacked by a violent mob and set on fire. Other NATO embassies attacked as well.
May 3: The State Department declines a request [3] from personnel concerned about security at the U.S. Embassy in Libya for a DC-3 plane to take them around the country.
May 22: Two rocket-propelled grenades are fired at the Benghazi office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, less than 1 mile from the U.S. Consulate.
June 6: A large IED destroys part of the security perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Creates hole “big enough for 40 men to go through.”
June 10: A car carrying the British ambassador is attacked in Tripoli. Two bodyguards injured.
Late June: The building of the International Red Cross attacked again and closed down, leaving the U.S. flag as the only international one still flying in Benghazi, an obvious target.
August 6: Armed assailants carjack a vehicle with diplomatic plates operated by U.S. personnel.
September 8: A local security officer in Benghazi warns American officials [4] about deteriorating security. (LIBYAN SECURITY OFFICIALS: WE WARNED U.S. THREE DAYS BEFORE BENGHAZI ATTACK) [4a].

September 11, 2012 Attacks and their Aftermath

September 11: Protesters attack the U.S. Cairo embassy [5]. U.S. Embassy releases statement and tweets sympathizing with Muslim protesters/attackers.

September 11: U.S. Consulate in BenghaziLibya is attacked [6], Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans are killed, eight Americans are wounded (the fact still concealed by the U.S. media to this day.) 

September 11: Despite the reports of massive attacks on the U.S. Embassies in the Middle east, President Barack Hussein Obama skips his morning security briefing to chat with the "Pimp With a Limp" Florida's radio station's DJ. [5a]
September 12: Secretary Clinton and President Obama issue statements [5] condemning both the video and the attacks.
September 12: U.S. intelligence agencies have enough evidence to conclude a terrorist attack [7] was involved.
September 13: Press Secretary Jay Carney condemns video and violence [5] at a news conference.
September 14: Carney denies [8] Administration had “actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”
September 14: The bodies of slain Americans return to Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama again blames [9] the YouTube video.
September 16: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appears on Sunday talk shows and says authoritatively the attacks were provoked by the video, exclusively [5] that the attacks were “spontaneous — not premeditated” and “in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.” The White House sticks to this "narration" of events, despite mounting overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

September 16: Libyan President Mohamed Magarief says [5], “no doubt that this [attack] was preplanned, predetermined.”
September 17: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland refuses to call attacks an act of terror [10].
September 19: CNN reports having found Ambassador Stevens’s diary [11], which indicates concern about security threats in Benghazi. For many more weeks the U.S. does not secure the compound under various excuses, so many top secret and confidential documents strewn on the floor go missing in the aftermath of the attack. 
September 19: Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen tells Congress [12] the attack in Libya was “terrorism.”
September 20: Carney, the White House spokesman, tries to back up [13] Olsen, says it was “self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” He still dug in his heels, saying the Benghazi tragedy was “an opportunistic attack” that grew from alleged video-based unrest.
September 20: Obama refuses to call attack terrorism [14], citing insufficient information.
September 21: Secretary of State Clinton, at meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister, says, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack [15].”
September 25: On ABC’s “The View,” Obama says [16], “we don’t have all of the information yet so we are still gathering.”

September 25: In his speech at the U.N. , Obama blames [17] “A crude and disgusting video [which] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.” Mr. Barack Hussein Obama referred to the "offensive" video six times but not once did he describe the events as terrorism.  The now famous quotation by Mr. Obama in his speech at the U.N. was his denouncement of the Freedom of Speech: "The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam." [17a] , [17b]  The events in the Middle East did not fit the White House’s rosy election-year story of Obama's "achievements."  Instead, Obama and his officials tried to make the tragedy into a "teachable moment", lecturing Americans on tolerance for Islam and laying a foundation for further encroachment on the Freedom of Speech.

September 26: Libya’s Magarief on the “Today” show says [16], “It was a preplanned act of terrorism directed against American citizens.”
September 26: Published reports show [7] U.S. Intel agencies and the Obama Administration knew within 24 hours that al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist were involved.
September 27: Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youseff (aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) is arrested and denied bail [18] on the charges of “probation violation.”
September 28: Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., issues a statement backing [19] the Obama Administration’s changing story about the Libyan attack. Says facts are evolving.
September 28: Administration's Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion of $450 million to Egypt's Government, dominated  by the Muslim Brotherhood. Practically all of the $2 billion / year of the U.S. "aide" goes to the Egyptian military.
October 2: Carney declines to comment [20] on reported requests from diplomats in Libya for additional security, citing the State Department’s internal investigation.

Article printed from The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org
URLs in this post:
[2] Intelligence and Security Failure: Attacks in Benghazi and Across the Middle East Reveal Ongoing 
Threat of Terrorism: http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/10/benghazi
[5a] Obama Chat with ‘Pimp with the Limp’ DJ Laz Airs on 9/11 Morning : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/obama-chats-with-pimp-the-limp-dj-laz-on-911-morn/
[10] refuses to call attacks an act of terror: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/09/197821.htm
[11] reports having found Ambassador Stevens’s diary: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/22/world/africa/libya-ambassador-journal/index.html

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