Predictably, Democrats and the White House are crying foul while Republicans celebrate. However, it remains to be seen whether the real issues and questions surrounding the killing of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans will actually be addressed this time. For example, was Obama deliberately arming Islamist terrorists in Libya and Syria?
The e-mails that sparked the latest avalanche of criticism exposed top administration officials conspiring to lie to the public about the 2012 attacks. In one of the documents, top White House national security aide Ben Rhodes tells disgraced United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to claim, falsely, that the attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration. In the e-mail, obtained via a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act but originally withheld from Congress, Rhodes told her to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy.”
In reality, of course, as Americans would discover later, the assault on the U.S. government compound was a terrorist attack that had nothing to do with an “Internet video.” Even more troubling, the killings were conducted by Islamists — the very same forces that the U.S. government had previously battled in the terror war — who were armed and trained by the Obama administration to overthrow the Libyan government. Contrary to the administration’s false claims and deception, the attack was the very essence of a “broader failure of policy” — unless the attack was a goal of policy.
In fact, the reality was that what happened was a mere symptom of developments that were far more serious than a mere policy “failure.” As The New American magazine and countless other sources have documented extensively, Obama, acting under a dictatorship-approved UN “resolution,” had actually handed an entire country to al-Qaeda and other allied Islamic extremists waging jihad on Moammar Gadhafi, a former U.S. ally. Analysts even described the shocking developments that unfolded in Libya as Obama literally “switching sides” in the terror war.
Beyond the now-discredited lies, questions that remain unanswered could prove even more troubling for the administration. While it is obviously inappropriate to conspire to deceive lawmakers and the American people and then cover it up, it is far more serious to arm jihadists on the official U.S. terror list to wage an unconstitutional war on a foreign government for the UN. Whether the facility in Benghazi was being used to unlawfully funnel more arms and support to jihadists — the al-Qaeda-linked groups operating in Syria this time — is perhaps the most important issue. Growing amounts of evidence suggest that is the case.
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