Your View: We deserve answers to Benghazi questions

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 09:38 PM

I have been amazed by mainstream media coverage of the Benghazi situation, focusing on an anti-Islamic video, Susan Rice’s talk show appearances and consular requests for security prior to the attack.  All are pro-Obama distractions to mislead the American public away from the only two important questions about Benghazi: Who was in the White House Situation Room the night of 9/11/12, and who gave the order for the military to “stand down”?
Remember the photos of Obama and a who’s who of administration officials high-fiving in the Situation Room the night Osama bin Laden was assassinated, and yet they won’t either show or tell us who was there watching live video of four American citizens being murdered.  Then, to make matters worse, with a “Rapid Response team” reportedly less than two hours away, someone gave a “stand down” order, effectively condemning to death two brave ex-Navy Seals who were “painting” bad guys with targeting lasers so C-130s could accurately fire on them.
If Obama was never awakened by his staff that night, whoever made that decision needs to be identified and immediately fired; if Obama was awakened and went back to sleep or delegated the decision to his staff, he should be, as commander-in-chief, court-martialed for dereliction of duty; if he was in the Situation Room, then as the highest ranking person in the room, only he could have given the “stand down” order and he should be tried in a military court for treason.
It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the morale of the world’s premier fighting force than by deserting your fellow soldiers and leaving them to be murdered when highly-trained rescuers could have been sent to save them. Enough foot-dragging and distracting; the American public has the right to know answers to the two important Benghazi questions, now!
PHIL SLOAN
Thomasville


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