Bengazi, and September 11.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, and “Pundit” Charles Krauthammer want a few questions answered about Bengazi. Me too. I’d like to know if Congress turned down requests from the State Department for additional resources to secure and defend the Embassy.
Four Americans were killed in the rioting in Bengazi. 4,000 Americans were killed in the attacks of September 11, tens of thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands were injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’d also like a few questions answered about September 11 and the Bush Administration’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why did President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary Rice ignore the intelligence memo of August 6, 2001? The memo that said “bin Laden prepared to strike in the US.” Why, in January of 2001, did incoming President Bush ignore outgoing President Clinton’s warnings regarding the threat posed by bin Laden and Al Queda?
I understand why we pursued bin Laden in Afghanistan – we thought he was there. And I understand why we went to war in Iraq – Alan Greenspan said, “It was a war for oil.” But I have a few more questions.
- Why did Bush, Cheney, Rice & Rumsfeld gave up the hunt for bin Laden?
- Why when they did so, didn’t we pull all troops from Afghanistan? And
- Why did the Bush Administration allow Saudis, including bin Laden’s family, leave the US on September 12, 2001?
All other flights were grounded on September 12, 2001. And it seems to me that by questioning various Saudis and various members of bin Laden’s family, in September, 2001, our intelligence community might have learned of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in 2001 or 2002 – before the wars.
Given that intelligence work found that bin Laden was in Pakistan, and that President Obama gave the orders to send a small, well organized commando unit to “bring him to justice,” which they did, and in so doing retrieved computers with gigabytes of actionable intelligence regarding Al Queda, I understand why Krauthammer wants to focus on Bengazi: It’s a distraction from questions about September 11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the utter catastrophe that was the Presidency of George W. Bush.