Now that the truth has finally surfaced by way of the January 15, 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report, we see that al Qaeda affiliated networks were indeed responsible for the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The finding stands in stark contrast to the yarns fed to us by President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the administration at large, suggesting a video, not al Qaeda, inspired those attacks.
The Obama administration should be held accountable, as Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in a January 15 press release, because "high-ranking administration officials, including the President himself, repeatedly cast doubt on the nature of the attack, at times attributing it to the reaction to an anti-Islamic video and to a spontaneous demonstration that escalated into violence."
So close to the 2012 elections, it is no surprise that Obama and Hillary would steer clear of any mention of the "approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ [al Qaeda} training camps within Benghazi" mentioned in the Senate report because it didn't fit into Democrat talking points. CNS News reports after the Benghazi attacks, Obama offered some variation of either al Qaeda was decimated or it was on the path to defeat at least 32 times. No wonder then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caught what former Rep. Allen West called the "Benghazi Flu," which caused her to faint prior to her scheduled testimony.
In truth, al Qaeda, which Obama claimed was "decimated," is more powerful today than "any time in its history," according to a recent CNN report. Experts now agree Obama's speedy withdrawal from Iraq contributed to al Qaeda's resurgence along with the Iraqi government's repression of Sunnis.
Democrats have long-hailed leaving Iraq as one of Obama's top foreign policy accomplishments. For them, ending the war "responsibly" equated to packing up war toys and going home. Quitting was foolish, heartless and terribly shortsighted, seeing that our absence seems to have inspired al Qaeda et al to spread like a kudzu vine, creeping across the region and choking out life along the way, including in Benghazi. Like kudzu or cancer, the only solution for al Qaeda is total eradication.
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