The operation had not been disclosed at the time it was set up to the congressional intelligence committees and the congressional leadership, as required by law since the 1970s. The involvement of MI6 enabled the CIA to evade the law by classifying the mission as a liaison operation.
Early reports, from Oct. 2012, provided ample evidence that there were heavy weapons transfers from Libya to Syria with American and Turkish assistance.
Other sources report the likelihood that Obama’s Rat Line used illegal means to transfer weapons from Libya to Syria to give to Jihadists fighting Assad.
Now, this more recent report by Seymour Hersh reveals that the Senate Intelligence Committee also knows what actually happened in Benghazi.
The background on the Rat Line adds to the international intrigue.
According to this article in the Washington Times, Syria’s Assad worked hard to defeat the U.S. in Iraq from 2003 through 2011. He encouraged Al Qaeda forces and other terrorists to use Syria to funnel weapons and fighters into Iraq to kill Americans, his own Rat Line. In those years, Al Qaeda and others became entrenched in Syria; and now they have turned on Assad using Libyan weapons supplied by Obama and the Turks, an example of ‘what goes around, comes around.’
One might be tempted to applaud U.S./Turkish efforts to defeat Assad if those efforts were legal, honorable, up front, and effective.
As it is, we have humiliation in Benghazi: four dead Americans left to be murdered, by a President who invaded Libya illegally in the first place. We have illegal arms shipments arranged by the CIA with the help of MI6 thanks to the supervision of David Petraeus. And we have American aid going to Al Qaeda, for whatever reason; and that is treasonous.
The murderer Assad remains in power in Syria, while Al Qaeda operations expand worldwide–and Libya falls deeper into chaos.
All this leaves us no closer to understanding the motivations for the attacks on the consulate and the annex, and no closer to capturing the perpetrators, all of whom remain at large 18 months after killing our people. All we can do is speculate that elements from terrorist groups coordinating with Libyans hired to protect our people launched an assault for some unknown reason, likely having to do with the arms trade to Syria. The fact Ambassador Chris Stevens met with a Turkish official just an hour before the attacks would indicate he was involved, at the behest of Hillary Clinton.
So, Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it make? Apparently, it makes a huge difference, especially in view of the fact you pushed the establishment of the consulate in Benghazi, ignored our ambassador’s pleas for beefed up security, and, with Obama, left him there to die–even as he was doing your bidding.
And it makes a difference, Mrs. Clinton, because had you been honest, it is quite likely Barack Obama would have lost re-election. And by now, the country might have been on the road to recovery.
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