As the Congressional hearings on the fiasco in Benghazi gear back up, and as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to testify all manner of questions are floating around about who knew what and when.The seemingly poignant question that everyone wants to ask is, “Was the initial report that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration caused by outrage over an “offensive YouTube video” that was offensive to Allah.
This question attempts to drive to the root of the motivation behind putting out a seemingly implausible explanation in the face of so much evidence to the contrary. But frankly, this question falls short of getting to the crux of the issue. The answer here is, “Yes, of course they tried to cover up their actions surrounding Benghazi.”
But the assumption behind that question is that they did so to cover up a systematic failure to provide security for both an ambassador and a CIA facility. That falls short of answering the key question, which has critical national security and international security questions.
The other broad question that needs to be answered is, “Was this just a terrorist attack designed to humiliate the United States on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, or was there another motive behind it?”
Strong evidence exists, and has been reported here at Conservative Reports Online, that the tensions in Benghazi were fueled by the purpose of Special Mission Benghazi. It was not an embassy. It was not a consulate. It was the CIA facility that had been used to arm and coordinate the rebel forces who were attempting to overthrow Moammar Qadaffi.
Conservative Report also previously reported that the arming of the rebels was facilitated through the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and that a significant part of the arms sales were brokered by a US arms dealer named Marc Turi who has an office outside Phoenix.
Initially, he was brokering the sale of Russian Kalashnikov rifles and French arms to the Libyan rebels. Later, after being refuse permission to sell US made arms directly to the Libyans, he was granted a permit to sell those arms to the Qataris who would then forward them to the Libyans.
Had Marc Turi been given the permit to arm the Libyan rebels directly, the Special Forces personnel who were on TDY (temporary duty) to CIA and were working at the mission in Benghazi would have ensured they went to the proper hands in Libya.
Because the Obama administration chose to “go hands off”, a less stringent Qatar supplied these weapons to both the militias friendly to the United States, and to those allied with Al Qaeda.
What occurred was the arming of our most staunch adversaries on the planet by an inept Obama administration. And what occurred subsequently was that the TDY SF operators were sending back questions to Foggy Bottom and MacDill as to why Al Qaeda rebels were armed with US weapons like the M-4 rifle, and after the revolution was successful, the purpose of Special Mission Benghazi shifted from arming and organizing the rebel groups to disarming the Al Qaeda groups we had been armed. Anger over the disarming of these groups formed the motivation behind the attack.
Therefore, the question that is simply asked and objectively answered, without placing any of the SF or CIA operatives at mortal risk is a simple one. You see, the Kalashnikov rifle chambers a 7.62 mm round. The US M-4 rifle chambers a 5.56 mm round. What is widely reported and accepted is that at least two of the TDY Green Berets who were assigned by the CIA as ARSO’s (assistant regional safety officers) were badly wounded and were treated for multiple gunshot wounds after they rescued over 20 civilian CIA workers from the compound.
The single question that needs to be asked is: “Were the rounds taken out of the wounded ARSO’s 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm?” And when the answer comes back “5.56 mm”, it opens the door to the proof that the cover up was meant to hide the fact that the Obama administration had been caught once again arming offshore groups that did not have the interests of our country at heart. It would open the door to proof that Benghazi was “Fast and Furious on Steroids.”