Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Military Leaders Need to Prove That They Didn’t Leave Fallen Comrades

The Obama administration continues evading important questions about the Islamist assault on the Benghazi mission and its response to it. This in turn has contributed to the erosion of the Obama administration’s credibility and raises further concerns that it denied military assistance to Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other Americans who eventually died in Libya. However, one of the most important questions remaining unanswered is if military leaders refused to help the Americans when they could have done so. If they did fail to assist when they could have done so, then they will have dishonored themselves and shown that they are unfit to command Troops.

Open source reporting offers conflicting information about what occurred at the Benghazi mission on September 11, 2012.

A Fox News article from October 26 reports that some sources say that the CIA officers who died along with Ambassador Stevens at the U.S. mission in Benghazi disregarded repeated orders from their superiors not to render assistance to the ambassador.

The same article states that some level of the Obama administration denied assistance to them even after they requested it while fighting the Islamist terrorists. This reporting is disturbing and if true raises further questions as to who ordered the refusal of assistance.

Yet the same Fox News article cites a CIA spokeswoman who denied that the CIA refused support to the Americans at the Benghazi mission.

Syria: More Evidence of Terrorist Involvement with Rebels

Open source reporting has shown that Islamists comprise a part of the so-called rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government. However, new evidence raises the likelihood that many of these Islamists have also fought and killed U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other parts of the world. And while this should cause politicians and pundits to pause in considering continued and increased support of the rebels, it likely will not.

The Daily Mail (UK) published an article on October 23 about the Syrian rebels. The article is sympathetic to the rebels and gushed over their creation and use of improvised weapon systems.

The Daily Mail article includes photographs of these improvised weapon systems, including improvised rocket launchers.