Benghazi: Ten Years Later And Forgotten
Benghazi: Ten Years Later And Forgotten
While it is deeply important that we continue to mark and remember 9/11 and the nearly three thousand innocent souls who perished on that day, we should also remember the Benghazi attack that cost the lives of four Americans ten years ago today.
Unfortunately, thanks to a bootlicking media who bent over backward to make sure that Barack Obama would not have to answer any uncomfortable questions during the last weeks of the 2012 presidential election, the Benghazi attack that saw the body of a United States ambassador dragged through the streets in Libya has been largely forgotten. These days, the most people know or recall about Benghazi comes from the movie “13 Hours,” which came out in 2016.
Most people have forgotten that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was ultimately Ambassador Christopher Stevens’s boss. Most people have forgotten that the Obama administration, in the form of Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton, claimed that a random YouTube video was at fault for causing a “protest” that led to the deaths of four Americans, which was an outright lie. Most people have forgotten that when Congress held hearings on Benghazi and she was confronted with the lie that it was all a protest about a video, when it really was a planned attack, Hillary Clinton blurted out these immortal lines.
The difference that it makes is that the media was busy rushing to cover for the Obama administration, and the lie about a “protest over a YouTube video” could just be perpetrated long enough to re-elect Barack Obama, then it was worth it to the media. Most people have forgotten that when Mitt Romney brought up Benghazi during a presidential debate, the allegedly neutral moderator, Candy Crowley, actually broke into the conversation and repeated the video lie in order to provide cover to Obama.
Here is Crowley admitting Romney was “right in the main” just after the debate ended, despite injecting herself into it on Obama’s side. Good times, and a good reminder of how the Obama Admin misled about the Benghazi terror attack during an election year.https://t.co/GfS26o1Mtk
— Jerry Dunleavy IV (@JerryDunleavy) December 16, 2019
The media has only become more strident when it comes to slanting coverage in order to get the election result that they want ever since 2012.
Ten years after Benghazi, the Democrats and the media have gotten largely what they wanted, save a Hillary Clinton presidency. The lies and cover-up were good enough to get Obama re-elected. The voices of indignant and hurting families were largely ignored. The report that assigned fault was also ignored. Benghazi, and the names of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty are remembered by fewer and fewer, unless you pay attention to certain news outlets or have watched “13 Hours.”
And those who were there are trying to keep the story of what actually happened in Benghazi remembered for posterity.
The Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Department of State employee Sean Smith and CIA contractors and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Woods were killed in the assault.”
(Mark “Oz”) Geist and a CIA officer were at a dinner meeting when the attack started, but Woods soon called them back to the annex, warning them to not drive past the consulate, recalled Geist, who was serving as a CIA security contractor at the time.”
Flames and smoke billowed from the consulate as Geist climbed on top of the annex roof, tasked with protecting the 20 or so Americans inside the CIA outpost. He heard gunfire and saw the bright glow of tracer rounds and rocket-propelled grenades flashing through the night sky.”
He heard the State Department’s armored vehicle approach the annex before he saw it. The tires slapped against the pavement, drained of their air. Dozens of bullets had turned the windshield into a spiderweb of cracks. Geist’s teammates arrived next and set up a perimeter.”
The attackers soon targeted the annex and the American security operators fought them off for hours without reinforcements.”
“It was the right six there,” Geist, a Marine Corps veteran who started contracting after 9/11, said of his team. “We were all the right guys that should have been there.”
Doherty and his quick reaction force commandeered a plane in Tripoli and flew to Benghazi to aid the annex team. One of the many militias vying for control in Libya held the operators up at the airport, Geist said, resulting in an hours-long delay until they joined the fight.”
Shortly after Doherty met Geist and Woods on the rooftop, the assailants launched another attack using mortars and small arms fire.”
A mortar attack during this time ended up killing Woods and Doherty, and badly injuring Geist. Geist survived and now works with other wounded contractors through his nonprofit, Shadow Warriors Project.
Benghazi happened, and the Obama administration was anxious to cover it up because they didn’t want to have to explain how four Americans in a U.S. consulate had been killed in a terror attack on their watch. The media was more than happy to comply. Aside from books and the one movie, Benghazi has been shoved into a memory hole and expected to stay there. Barack Obama is never asked about it. Hillary Clinton simply walked away from it.
Ten years later, those four Americans deserve to be more than a forgotten footnote in the War on Terror. Their families deserve better. Remember their names, and remember how the media would like you to forget that it ever happened, and then they wonder why you don’t trust them, or their chosen politicians, any more.
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Featured image: Dignified transfer ceremony of remains from Benghazi at Joint Base Andrews on September 14, 2012 via the United States Air Force, cropped, public domain