Those chilling words were spoken by Lt. Col. Andy Wood yesterday Afternoon as an answer to a question concerning the disastrous results of Barack Obama's dangerously naive foreign policy. He was asked why he believed a terrorist attack against our embassy in Benghazi was not only a possibility but indeed imminent. This was the revelation near the end of a long day in which the folly of the Obama Administration's foreign policy failure was laid bare, for a shocked nation to glimpse for the first time. Imagine the depth of a situation where there would be a last flag flying. That situation, as of mid September, 2012, was the reality in Benghazi. Unfortunately for four American citizens, that last flag flying happened to be ours.
So why was ours the last flag flying in Libya? What events on the ground created a world where there were no other flags, when only a few months before, the country was relatively stable and safe to walk around in? In the fervor to accurately get to the bottom of why the Obama Administration flat out lied to the American People to cover its tracks, these one questions remain unasked. What chain of events occurred that insured that Libya had devolved to a point where mayhem became the only law of the land? What genius foreign policy was put into place that turned, what only four years previously had been a relatively cowed and quieted nation into a situation where an attack on our embassy was not only a possibility, but imminent? At least two dozen times a year I hear someone repeat the phrase, it's not the crime, but the cover up that got so and so in trouble. They say this as if the politician in question just randomly decided to perpetrate a cover up one day simply because they had nothing else better to do with their time. Granted, given the distinguished list of dumb asses that we have sent to Washington D.C. over the years, that very well might often be the case. The Obama Administration's cover up of the attacks on our embassies currently on going however do not fit into that category. (Watching the news this morning, I see that we get to add Yemen to the growing list of embassy trouble spots. What took them so long?) What they are covering up bears some serious scrutiny, even more than the idiotic attempts to cover it up. In a nut shell, Barack Obama was attempting to cover up the fact that ours, was the last flag flying, and that his electoral chances would be better served if nobody back home caught wind of that.
As much as my implied promise not to discuss the cover up in this article, there was one speech delivered by our President in particular during that part of our story that is pertinent to the disaster itself. While addressing the U.N., Barack Obama bemoaned the fact that someone in the United States had insulted Mohamed, and further went on to state that our nation, even with our First Amendment Rights, could not be left to the evil devices of those who would allow such an outrage. This was after a passage in the same speech where he claimed that our nation was founded on the concept that no religion would ever be denigrated or disparaged in any way.
In fact, our President, Constitutional Scholar that he is portrayed to be, has it exactly backwards. Our nation was founded on the principal that no religion would be safe from ridicule and or derision, provided there was ever a citizen who felt like doing so, Islam included. While I can almost believe that you may feel that this is an unrelated and irrelevant point, bear in mind that appeasement of the Muslim street is the defining cornerstone of the Obama Administration's foreign policy. When you boil it all down, that really is the guiding principle behind everything our State Department has done from January of 2009 until now. From his Cairo speech to his grand apology tour, traveling the globe and telling the world that we Americans were arrogant and selfish, but that times had changed with his election, we now realize that the world is better off with out any one claiming the mantle of super power, blah, blah, blah. President Obama promised loudly and proudly that instead of projecting American strength, weakness and appeasement would now be the main exports from the Yanks.
So, we left some allies out to twist in the wind, or land under the admittedly crowded undercarriage of the Obama bus so to speak. Egypt, Tunisia, Bharain, Libya, Pakistan, and gosh knows who else, hard cheese for the leaders of those countries. While they weren't all friends in the truest or even the figurative sense of the word, they were at least stable, better than the alternatives that replaced them, and not actively engaged in waging a jihad against us. Even Libya, who was once one of the worst offenders had taken notice of the events in Iraq in 2003 and stopped funding and participating in terrorism. While the leaders of these nation states were brutish dictators who had deserved reputations for dealing cruelly with subversive elements of their citizenry, what many of us from the West failed to realize was that brutishness was in fact the only possible way in which to effectively deal with Muslim Extremists hell bent on inflicting their own world domination. After all, these brutish rulers had the advantage of harsh experience on their side, an understanding of the situation that we completely lacked. Today of course, that has all evaporated. As it turns out, the Arab Spring, just like many of us predicted in 2010, would turn out to be a disaster that paralleled Iran of 1978, but would be a hundred times as terrible in scope. Today, that prediction is a reality. What's worse, at least two of those nations mentioned above have nuclear weapons. So Iran, while we all agree should never be allowed to have nukes, is suddenly late to the party. Believe me, it makes no difference in the long run if either the Wahhabists, Sunnis, Sufists, Mahdavists, Kharijists, Ibadis, or Salafists, get their hands on a nuclear device before those insane Shiites, the end results will be every bit as devastating.
The Obama world view told us that we were the cause of all the evil that happened around the globe, rather than what some of us knew to be the truth, which is that we were the solution to those evils. We, here in America were not arrogant, but the beacon of freedom that protected the weak from the tyranny of the tin pot dictators who fancied themselves to be above the natural rights that all people are born with. In short, we were the reason that this type of violence has not been even more prevalent in that part of the world for at least the last 60 years. The beliefs of the anti-colonialists have once again been proven wrong, and once again in dramatic while simultaneously disastrous fashion. How many times must Neville Chamberlain return to England and announce, "peace in our time," before we stop listening to that idiot. Apparently, even though we have all heard the phrase about refusal to learn from history etc., we still feel the need to elect a Neville Chamberlain think-a-like President once every generation. Not even Bill Clinton was this neglectful of our national security interests while President, and he used the office almost exclusively as a ploy to pick up chicks.
As awful as all of that was, and it does not even delve into the darker side of things, such as leaking information to our enemies as to who should be shot down in a helicopter so as to avenge the Bin Laden raid, we still aren't to the real crime yet. So how about we get there now? In the Obama world view, he believed that we could best get along with our host nations by not showing any form of force which might be construed as offensive to the indigenous population. Therefore, we had no embassy security, at least not American security. Instead, we hired the locals to provide our protection. When our people on the ground there could see that this was about to end in disaster, they requested help from the State Department, and were denied. In short, the crime was that Barack Obama bet the lives of our foreign diplomats on his oft provably false premise that appeasement would eventually work. While appeasement may work out well for Patrick Stewart on Star Trek, it does not do so well in the world of reality. When the bet came up snake eyes, the decision was made to just allow those people to be murdered, rather than to risk anyone finding out our President was indeed not perfect, but wrong, only 8 weeks before an election. When it became evident that our embassies were about to fall, seeing as how the Obama foreign policy had fomented a world where ours was the only flag left flying, Barack Obama did some political calculus. "Darn the luck he probably told himself, it figures that the world would catch fire due exclusively to my negligent leadership just as I have this annoying election coming up. We can't have Americans realizing that my genius has had some bumps in the road, like for example every bit of my belief system being proven laughably false, the failure in total of the Arab world to follow our lead and put down their own arms, or the failure of our enemies to suddenly respect us simply because we admitted that we have been maliciously pushing them around by not buckling under to their undeniably insane demands. We have to appear as though everything is peaceful at last, not a worry in the world any longer now that Barack Obama is in charge and has led us to the path of peaceful coexistence with our misunderstood Muslim neighbors."
I wonder what the last thoughts of Ambassador Stevens were. Was he thinking about how President Obama simply sacrificed his, and three other American lives as a part of that political calculus? Was he waxing philosophical about the denied requests for any type of security to protect him during the imminent terrorist attacks that he had repeatedly warned his superiors were coming, and coming soon? Did he realize that his life was nothing more than a political, "speed bump," to our Commander in Chief, (Obama's words, not mine,) someone to be sacrificed for the purpose of hiding the effects of a moronic foreign policy? Life is cheap to our President. There is no price too steep for the infliction of his ideology upon the rest of us, and that is the real crime. The Congressional hearings, while necessary, are only a side show, a distraction from the real tragedy. The fact that ours was the only flag left flying, and our President made certain that there would be no one to defend her.