Admiral James Lyons hammers the Benghazi scandal in a column today.
There is an urgent need for full disclosure of what has become the “Benghazi Betrayal and Cover-up.” The Obama national security team, including CIA, DNI and the Pentagon, apparently watched and listened to the assault on the U.S. consulate and cries for help but did nothing. If someone had described a fictional situation with a similar scenario and described our leadership ignoring the pleas for help, I would have said it was not realistic—not in my America – but I would have been proven wrong.
Lyons lays out a much debated rumor about WHY Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi to begin with.
We now know why Ambassador Christopher Stevens had to be in Benghazi the night of 9/11 to meet a Turkish representative, even though he feared for his safety. According to various reports, one of Stevens’ main missions in Libya was to facilitate the transfer of much of Gadhafi’s military equipment, including the deadly SA-7 – portable SAMs – to Islamists and other al Qaeda-affiliated groups fighting the Assad Regime in Syria. In an excellent article, Aaron Klein states that Stevens routinely used our Benghazi consulate (mission) to coordinate the Turkish, Saudi Arabian and Qatari governments’ support for insurgencies throughout the Middle East. Further, according to Egyptian security sources, Stevens played a “central role in recruiting Islamic jihadists to fight the Assad Regime in Syria.”
I had seen these reports for weeks, but Adm. Lyons discussing it gives it credence and suggests that other current senior US military officials are pissed off.
Let’s be clear what Adm. Lyons and others in the US military are suggesting: There was a covert mission to arm Islamists and other al Qaeda groups that was approved at the highest levels of the Obama Administration.
Somebody high up in the administration made the decision that no assistance (outside our Tripoli embassy) would be provided, and let our people be killed. The person who made that callous decision needs to be brought to light and held accountable. According to a CIA spokesperson, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need.” We also need to know whether the director of CIA and the director of National Intelligence were facilitators in the fabricated video lie and the overall cover-up.
This column from Adm. Lyons is further proof to reports I received over the weekend that senior US military leaders are furious at the Obama civilian command and there is a lot of tension right now. Lyons lays out no new information — for those of us actually paying attention — but coming from a former CIC of the Pacific Command, this is a very important and very notable development.
I have every reason to believe from my military blogger sources that more information will be coming this week. This is about to blow wide open, folks.