Mychal Massie is the former chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and talk-radio programmingMore ↓Less ↑
Obama took to the cameras for a quasi press conference to play president in an attempt to deflect the growing cacophony of condemnation and questioning pursuant to his handling (or lack thereof) of Benghazi.
We don’t need the president to tell people to stay indoors, stock up on bottled water, make sure we have plenty of batteries and canned food on hand, and to follow the instructions of emergency workers. That’s the job of the mayors and governors of the states in the path of Superstorm Sandy.
What we need from Obama we will never get. We need him to tell us why he allowed Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty to die.
In my Sept. 19, 2012, evening update, which is published daily, in my very first public comments referencing the Benghazi attacks I wrote: ” There is more here than meets the eye. I have my suspicions as to the answers to the questions I’m asking, and, if I’m right, Obama and [Hillary] Clinton are worse than anything we could have remotely suspected.”
In fairness, I must applaud the work being done by Fox News reporters Catherine Herridge and Jennifer Griffin who are doing career-defining jobs in their coverage and investigation of the murderous Islamic attack – but even they have yet to ask the two-part question I have been asking from the first moment I learned of the attack.
The question is not why did Obama, et al., move to cover up and obfuscate the circumstances surrounding the attack.
The question is why was Stevens allowed to be killed – and why were Smith, Woods and Doherty allowed to become collateral fatalities? That is the question we need answered. That is the question the media aren’t asking.
Obama and Hillary Clinton can do the “two of a kind” two-step, but the fact remains there isn’t a snowball’s chance in the desert that they didn’t know and sign off on Stevens being kept in mortal danger. I know that is something Obama sycophants and those unfamiliar with how political decisions are made will dispute, so be it – the fact still remains that no one runs the risk of this becoming a presidential embarrassment without the Oval Office and State Department being consulted first.
My suspicions are that Christopher Stevens, who had a long, personal history with Obama, either knew something he wasn’t supposed to and/or he was about to become an embarrassment/threat to Obama.
I didn’t make up the facts. Governments take better care of their ambassadors and consulate staffs than I do my handmade, ostrich-skin dress shoes. The British had removed their consulate people, and Stevens had been requesting help in the face of deteriorating conditions – but still Obama and Clinton chose to keep Stevens there in a worsening situation that was certain to (and in fact did) lead to death.
Woods, Smith and Doherty were told to stand down when they requested help. They were ordered no less than three times to stand down when they indicated their intentions pursuant to getting Stevens and themselves out alive. Why? Woods and Doherty were former SEALs; they weren’t shout-and-shoot weekend warriors.
The wrong questions are being asked by the small handful of reporters like Herridge and Griffin who are willing to dig for the truth. We don’t need politicians who are only interested in face-time on the evening news and sound bites attributed to them. We need action – we need the truth.
I contend that every investigation and search for truth must begin with the question, “Why was Stevens allowed to die, and why were Smith, Woods and Doherty set up to be collateral damage?”
If Stevens wasn’t placed in a situation to die, then why wasn’t he pulled out when the British pulled their people? Why did Obama and Clinton ignore warnings issued by Israel and the Libyan interim president? Why were the personal requests by Stevens, pleading for help, ignored? Since when does the official representative of the president of the United States drive around in a hot zone in what amounts to the same SUV you and I drive? Why wasn’t he in a secure vehicle and accompanied by Marines?
There was no question but that Smith, Woods and Doherty were going to be killed regardless of whether or not they stood down as ordered. There was no way any of the four were getting out alive.
Obama, Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta were huddled in Obama’s office approximately 90 minutes after the attack began. There were two predator drones sending real-time live feeds back to anyone with a computer and a mid-range security clearance. Are we really supposed to believe they weren’t watching those men die?
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I know government, and I know military. And seeing Obama sprint to the cameras and teleprompters to tell us that which our mayors and governors are in office to do is not presidential.
It is the exaggerated behavior of a man watching his presidency being flushed down the toilet of history.