Real Time Benghazi Puzzles

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Thu, 2012-11-01 02:29 -- John Batchelor
Thursday, November 1, 2012


Spoke with several sources who are in communication with voices who have pieces of the puzzle about what happened in Benghazi and Washington on September 11, 2012.  The facts do not suit a consistent or continual timeline.  The expectation is that once the election is done with, the critical congressional committees can join with the State Department inquiries to determine the choices and decisions made that day.  I will list puzzles within the puzzle that need specific answers before there is sufficient evidence to judge.  Who were the attackers?  Who led them?  Where did they go after the assault on the residence at approximately 930 pm Local Time.  Where did they go after the assault on the CIA annex at approximately 2-4 am (or 1-6 am) local time?  Who commanded the attackers?  What connection, if any, to the attackers is Ansar al Shariah?  What connection, if any, is the so-called "Libyan Brigade" of 1000 plus now serving in Syria for the Turkish Military Intelligence.  Who handled security for the residence; who handled security for the annex?  What does the video from the surveillance cameras at the residence compound and at the annex indicate of the attackers and the assault?  What of the report that there was a CIA UAV overhead that retired and was then replaced by a second CIA drone?  What of the report that neither drone was armed?  What of the report that there was an AC-130 gunship on another mission about an hour away that was available and was turned back or refused?  What to make of the report that Doherty and Woods were on the annex roof to "paint" a target for an intervention by air support? What of the report of an advance reaction team (am told it is called a counter-intelligence force or CIF) was available from outside of Libya?  

Situation Room

What of the report that POTUS and SecDef Panetta were together in the White House Situation Room around 5 pm ET (11 pm Benghazi team) and were able to watch the assault or its aftermath in real time?  What of the report that AFRICOM General Ham was at the Pentagon that day?  What of the report that General Dempsey told General Ham to stand down the CIF team?  What of the report that SecDef Panetta ordered a special operations unit to prepare to deploy from the US?   What decisions did POTUS make before he left for AF1?  What decisions did POTUS make enroute to Nevada?  What of the general observation of the chain of command that, when POTUS is present, no one makes any final determination without his approval?  What of the report that the Benghazi CIA station was directed out of the White House by Counterterror Czar John Brennan -- in the same fashion Admiral John Poindexter and Colonel Oliver North once ran the IranContra operation out of the White House?  Was there a presidential finding for the Benghazi operation?  Was Ambassador Chris Stevens part of the operation?  Why was the Turkish ambassador meeting with Ambassador Chris Stevens just prior to the attack?  What is the relationship between POTUS and President Recip Erdogan of Turkey that the two countries share knowledge and connection with Libyan mercenaries associated with Jihadist/Islamist elements in Cyrenaica?  What does Libya get for contributing mercenaries to the so-called Free Syrian Army?

Fog of Election.

The inquiry will go far in establishing what I am told is the Obama administration policy of making concessions to the strongmen of the Arab Spring.  If Mr. Obama is re-elected, the inquiry will trouble the second term in much the same way IranContra troubled Mr. Reagan's second term.  If Mr. Romney is elected, then the matter will fold neatly into the category, What Can Go Wrong and Why with Intervention in Libya?