Report: Team involved in tracking Benghazi suspects leaving Libya permanently

posted at 1:51 pm on August 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

A scoop with many angles — I had to read it twice to let it all sink in — but I don’t see how it squares with the DOJ’s decision to finally finally finally bring charges against the Benghazi attackers a few weeks ago. O himself mentioned the sealed indictment at his last presser. If the White House was prepared to give up its hunt for the Benghazi jihadis, I would think they’d want to do it as quietly as possible. That means no indictment, no high-profile reminders from the president that Americans want justice. Instead, if you believe Fox, they’re doing the opposite — a showy proclamation that justice will be served followed by a quiet withdrawal of the troops tasked with grabbing the culprits. Why would they do that? If you’re going to let it lie, as shameful as that would be, let it lie.

Even so, the scenario sketched here of Obama and his cabinet paralyzed by deteriorating security in Libya and the prospect of another “Black Hawk Down” if they sent American soldiers into the maelstrom to get the bad guys is completely believable. That’s always been my hunch as to why troops weren’t sent to the scene the night of the attack. The only way to make a massive security failure by State worse would be to put boots on the ground in an emergency and then have something go wildly wrong. Imagine how O’s Libyan intervention would have looked in hindsight, two months out from an election, with not only a U.S. ambassador dead but American soldiers dragged through the streets by our “allies” after a hastily planned rescue operation went south.

“We put American special operations in harm’s way to develop a picture of these suspects and to seek justice and instead of acting, we stalled. We just let it slip and pass us by and now it’s going to be much more difficult,” one source said, citing 1,200 prisoners escaping two weeks ago. “It’s already blowing up. Daily assassinations, bi-weekly prison escapes, we waited way too long.”…

Pentagon officials disputed what the operators in question are claiming, saying that group was not specifically tasked with finding the Libyan suspects responsible for the Benghazi attack. These officials said other forces out of Fort Bragg are tasked with that mission, and they are not leaving. Pentagon officials also say the trainers, which were authorized by Congress under part of the defense budget to facilitate training of Libyans for counterterrorism, were not there to track the Benghazi suspects. They insist congressional funding is very clear in its mission: for training locals in counterterrorism.

However, special operators in the region counter the claims and suggest the Pentagon and State Department are playing with words, saying those being pulled are in fact tasked with both training the Libyans and identifying Benghazi attack suspects. “The training is partly a cover and some of these guys … provided the information on suspects directly to U.S. military commanders and the U.S. State Department last November and again in January. They are there and trained to find, fix and finish,” one said…

To make matters worse, the U.S. trainers have been sitting in their Libyan “villa” now for a number of days after a Libyan military leader kicked the Americans out of the camp where they had been standing-up a Libyan special forces team for nearly a year, backed by U.S. taxpayer dollars. The maneuver by the Libyan chief of defense has “left our guys high and dry,” and this same chief has locked down Tripoli as well, Fox News is told. The sources say U.S. leaders have now let the Libyan government occupy the special forces camp — and in turn undermine the effort to train a legitimate force capable of countering Al Qaeda, which was the initial assignment before the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.

The “villa” is a stopover point for troops who are on their way out of the country. According to Fox, Gen. Carter Ham told Chris Stevens’s replacement that he could submit a plan to get the jihadis — but he never got approval from State, Defense, or the White House. Hillary was, allegedly, personally briefed. Supposedly one special ops commander told a former U.S. diplomat in Benghazi, “So you’re willing to let these guys get away with murder?” Evidently so, if it means risking another Mogadishu.

Assuming it’s all true, that the troops were held back for months while jihadis in Libya and in the wider region gathered strength, why did O wait? Maybe he figured that, coming off his reelection victory, it was too risky to spend political capital on a dangerous counterterrorism op stemming from an event that his base has always regarded as politicized and overblown. He had domestic priorities to tend to, like the big gun-control push. He didn’t need a new “Black Hawk Down” incident weakening him. But now the circumstances have changed; his approval rating’s suffered its annual summer swoon and politicos are whispering that he’s already essentially in lame-duck mode. That’s why I think maybe there are operations against the jihadis still to come — if they’re successful they’ll goose his popularity, especially after he’s taken a beating for being a ditherer on Egypt and Syria. Having the DOJ bring charges was his way, I think, of reminding a disaffected public that he’s still the guy who got Bin Laden. Imagine how much more time he’ll spend reminding them if he gets the Benghazi culprits too.

Or, could be that he thinks the U.S. has enough of a headache right now with Egypt, Syria, and potentially Iraq that he can’t afford to make any sudden moves in Libya too. There’s still a U.S.-backed central government there, kinda sorta. It may not have real power compared to the militias, but it’s something O can point to as “proof” that his big first-term intervention paid some kind of trivial dividend. If he does something splashy involving U.S. troops, though, the militias may retaliate by knocking out the government and then you’d have jihadis in formal control in a country that was supposed to be a showpiece of U.S. foreign policy after the Arab Spring. That’s one too many fiascos.


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So,Hopey is washing his blood-soaked hands of this,hmmmmm……….!

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

a showy proclamation that justice will be served followed by a quiet withdrawal of the troops tasked with grabbing the culprits. Why would they do that?

Because if you grab them, after an indictment, there would be a trial. And all sorts of interesting things come out in a trial. Things that Dear Liar does not want coming out.

rbj on August 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

the troops were held back for months while jihadis in Libya and in the wider region gathered strength, why did O wait?

Coverup

txhsmom on August 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Or, could be that he thinks the U.S. has enough of a headache right now with Egypt, Syria, and potentially Iraq that he can’t afford to make any sudden moves in Libya too.

So much for the idea that the President is always there when the phone rings at 3am. Also begs the question why such an entourage when going on vacation since he doesn’t do a damn thing but play 27 hours of golf, ride a bike with the brats, and sneak out for fried food when the shaved Yeti isn’t looking.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

huh? maybe he’s just a chickensh!t and doesn’t care

DanMan on August 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Because if you grab them, after an indictment, there would be a trial. And all sorts of interesting things come out in a trial. Things that Dear Liar does not want coming out.

rbj on August 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

You mean like the fact that the 400 missiles and not a YouTube video was the cause? Like the fact that it was not a spontaneous protest? Christopher Stevens and the three others are this administration’s Vince Foster.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Smart power!

peski on August 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

“What difference does it make?”

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

That’s one too many fiascos.

The entire foreign policy of this administration appears to many on our side of the isle to be abject failure. The question which seems more than just murky is whether or not the administration sees it as failure. They may not.

Bmore on August 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Coverup

txhsmom on August 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

IMO, we passed coverup months ago. We’re into criminal obstruction of justice at this point.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Obama must have provided sufficient arms in that region to the enemies of the united states.

Murphy9 on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Dear Leader cared for nothing other than his reelection…and he would have used the NSA, IRS, FBI, CIA to do so.

d1carter on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Hasan found guilty on all charges, major and minor.

May he meet his virgins soon, alas.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

May he meet his virgins soon, alas.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

http://www.theonion.com/articles/hijackers-surprised-to-find-selves-in-hell,1445/

beatcanvas on August 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

BREAKING:

San Diego mayor sexual harassment allegations 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, under fire for sexual harassment charges, signs a letter of resignation – @UTsandiego

10 mins ago from http://www.utsandiego.com by editor

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Benghazi? Oh, that happened such a long, long time ago.

GarandFan on August 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that the terrorist in the picture looks like a gay Ben Affleck?

cajunpatriot on August 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Hasan found guilty on all charges, major and minor.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

So, can you get the death penalty for workplace violence? My guess is that the judge isn’t going to try for execution. Too controversial for an organization whose chief lectured us not to jump to conclusions about the shooting and an administration that refuses to call this a domestic act of terrorism.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

BREAKING:

San Diego mayor sexual harassment allegations 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, under fire for sexual harassment charges, signs a letter of resignation – @UTsandiego

10 mins ago from http://www.utsandiego.com by editor

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Here’s the link.

Chris of Rights on August 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Probably will pin the whole thing on the few in the indictment, and leave it there. Don’t want to uncover too much of what we were really doing there.

paul1149 on August 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Trying to keep track of all this is like playing Three-card Monte with a whole deck

Flange on August 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

blink on August 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Yup, the story will be, the perps have moved on to other countries and we are on their trail…no worries.

d1carter on August 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

BREAKING:

US soldier Afghanistan shooting spree

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales sentenced to life in prison without release for 2012 massacre of 16 Afghan villagers – @AP

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, under fire for sexual harassment charges, signs a letter of resignation

At this point, what difference does it make?

A serial hugger was forced from office. That’s all nothing to see anymore.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

OT: Is HA being censored..?

d1carter on August 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales sentenced to life in prison without release for 2012 massacre of 16 Afghan villagers

My, all the squirrels are being released early today.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Here’s the link.

Chris of Rights on August 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Chris of Rights:Looks like that link I had,had a glitch,
thanks for the correct one:)

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I’m sure they will publish some names and pictures so America can focus on the individuals and ignore their ideology. Stay the course!

BL@KBIRD on August 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, under fire for sexual harassment charges, signs a letter of resignation

At this point, what difference does it make?

A serial hugger was forced from office. That’s all nothing to see anymore.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

It gets a disgraced Democrat out of the news.

cajunpatriot on August 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

This is a matter for the Libyan’s, after all, it was just another incident of Workplace Violence.

Another Drew on August 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I’m sure they will publish some names and pictures so America can focus on the individuals and ignore their ideology. Stay the course!

BL@KBIRD on August 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Might face the wrath of Jim McDermott who recently complained about the lack of diversity among the most wanted terrorists.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

My, all the squirrels are being released early today.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Happy Nomad:Lol,I just posted a Trifecta of Breaking News,haha
a new record!!—-:0

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

It gets a disgraced Democrat out of the news.

cajunpatriot on August 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Filner was a Democrat? Who knew????? /

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The Trial Panel will set the penalty, and it will be Death!
If this judge tries to set that aside, she will be committing career suicide.

Now, if we could only smear his dead body with pig-fat, and then burn him?
Black-Jack Pershing would smile.

Another Drew on August 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I just posted a Trifecta of Breaking News,haha
a new record!!—-:0

canopfor on August 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

The Dems must have really wanted to bury the Filner story.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Memo to evidence team: Your story is that there’s nothing to see so you’re moving on. Do not deviate. Do not embellish. Refer all inquiries to CIA FBI headquarters.

platypus on August 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

“…. we waited way too long.”

This is the progressive/neoCOM tactic…if people wait too long to do something about the economy crushing Obamacare, willful disregard for the Constitution, the hypocrite race baiters etc, the Republic know as the United States of America will be too fragmented to save.
They accomplish this by numerous distractions and crisis, diversions to the superficial or made up topics like AGW etc.
It actually may be too late for us.

Mimzey on August 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

And may those virgins all be billy goats.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

WARRIOR ETHOS

I Will Always Place The Mission First.
I Will Never Accept Defeat.
I Will Never Quit.
I Will Never Leave A Fallen Comrade.

Well, now that they have decidedly accepted defeat and quit, it looks like the two in the center have completely fallen by the wayside.

The last one — I Will Never Leave A Fallen Comrade. — was the very first one tossed into the ditch during that sorry episode in Benghazi, on September 11, 2012!

These “commitments” incidentally, are engraved word for word on the back of the dog-tag like medallions which are handed out to people by General Martin E. Dempsey.

Trochilus on August 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

he never got approval from State, Defense, or the White House

Fuck this shit! This is total bullshit! Jugears goes on air and talks about the Trayvon case day after day, calling for justice. Yet in this case, where he is culpable, fucking crickets! Obama never wanted to get the people responsible, it was all a show. I would have not even bothered getting approval. I would have just done it. What’s the president going to do after you do his job for him, call you back to the US? Yeah, that will look real good. Reprimanding someone who actually cares about those that die for America.

Assuming it’s all true, that the troops were held back for months while jihadis in and in the wider region gathered strength, why did O wait?

I’m assuming this is rhetorical, AP. I can’t see how Obama can point to Libya and call any portion of what has transpired there and say it is a success. He overthrew a dictator, and installed nothing! He made it worse! And no, a puppet government that controls nothing is not evidence of a ‘success’ there. That will just be his talking point.

he can’t afford to make any sudden moves in Libya too

WTF!? Sudden…nothing about his actions in that country since the overthrow have been ‘sudden’. It has been all reactionary. Was it sudden when it took them weeks/months to get into the burned out compound? Was it ‘sudden’ when the guys on the ground asked to support Benghazi and were denied? Was it ‘sudden’ when Obama/Hillary finally came clean about the reason for the attacks? None of what this administration has done in regards to this horrible act was sudden.

Patriot Vet on August 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Mission accomplished! Blame Booosh! !

AH_C on August 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

OT, but it seems awfully quiet in Egypt now that Friday prayer sessions must have let out. MoBro’s practising a little hudna while they bring in some of the Libyan weapons?

bofh on August 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Because if you grab them, after an indictment, there would be a trial. And all sorts of interesting things come out in a trial. Things that Dear Liar does not want coming out.

rbj on August 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Yep.

“We were after the cache of SAM’s that the CIA was providing to Syrian rebels.”

Bishop on August 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

And may those virgins all be billy goats.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I read one time that “virgins” was mistranslated. It really reads “figs”.

txhsmom on August 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

And may those virgins all be billy goats.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I read one time that “virgins” was mistranslated. It really reads “figs”.

txhsmom on August 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I thought it was ‘raisins’?

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

What a sad, pathetic joke this administration has turned our country into.

Thanks again, all you brain-dead idiots who voted for this pack of corrupt, incompetent fools.

AZCoyote on August 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Like the Australian victim in Oklahoma and the 89-year-old victim in Spokane (and unlike Trayvon Martin)-just four “boring” white guys killed at Benghazi–justice is a waste of time and money–don’t interrupt my golf swing.

MaiDee on August 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

he never got approval from State, Defense, or the White House
Fuck this shit! This is total bullshit! Jugears goes on air and talks about the Trayvon case day after day, calling for justice. Yet in this case, where he is culpable, fucking crickets! Obama never wanted to get the people responsible, it was all a show. I would have not even bothered getting approval. I would have just done it. What’s the president going to do after you do his job for him, call you back to the US? Yeah, that will look real good. Reprimanding someone who actually cares about those that die for America.
Assuming it’s all true, that the troops were held back for months while jihadis in and in the wider region gathered strength, why did O wait?
I’m assuming this is rhetorical, AP. I can’t see how Obama can point to Libya and call any portion of what has transpired there and say it is a success. He overthrew a dictator, and installed nothing! He made it worse! And no, a puppet government that controls nothing is not evidence of a ‘success’ there. That will just be his talking point.
he can’t afford to make any sudden moves in Libya too
WTF!? Sudden…nothing about his actions in that country since the overthrow have been ‘sudden’. It has been all reactionary. Was it sudden when it took them weeks/months to get into the burned out compound? Was it ‘sudden’ when the guys on the ground asked to support Benghazi and were denied? Was it ‘sudden’ when Obama/Hillary finally came clean about the reason for the attacks? None of what this administration has done in regards to this horrible act was sudden.
Patriot Vet on August 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Needs to be repeated. Often.

Cleombrotus on August 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The adults are in charge!

Midas on August 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I’m one of what I imagine are a minority of Americans who bases his votes in federal elections primarily on foreign policy (guns/taxation right behind), in large part because of disasters like this. When the CiC is more concerned with polling, or what *might* happen, then bumpy issues can turn schizophrenic very quickly. Elite operators don’t sign up for special forces, Delta, SEAL etc because they worry about dying or becoming another Black Hawk Down, and when these calculations are being made based on the missions that go wrong intead of recent similar missions of success and failure, then our military is misused and it’s an insult to those who have served and sacrified (and I have done neither, to be clear).

Of all the scandal, Benghazi is the worst, and my only solace is that before it’s all said and done with Hillary Clinton will be unelectable and her name utterly destoryed, except among the most fanatical of Clintonistas.

King B on August 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

When reached for comment President Obama exclaimed,”Fore!”

Mason on August 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

My personal opinion is that Obama’s lack of response has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the fact that he has no clue how to react to these situations.

Like an alcoholic curled up in the fetal position, whimpering under the coffee table in the living room, Obama has no idea what to do other than whimper.

BMF on August 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that the terrorist in the picture looks like a gay Ben Affleck?

cajunpatriot on August 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

are you saying that the real ben afleck is NOT gay? come on.

t8stlikchkn on August 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

My personal opinion is that Obama’s lack of response has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the fact that he has no clue how to react to these situations.

Like an alcoholic curled up in the fetal position, whimpering under the coffee table in the living room, Obama has no idea what to do other than whimper.

BMF on August 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Yep. Without Valerie Jarrett to drag him out of bed in the morning he’d be totally lost.

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

They couldn’t find the video tape that Obama said was the cause so they left.

albill on August 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Imagine how O’s Libyan intervention would have looked in hindsight

How cynical! EVERYTHING this excrement does is politically calculated. How about exercising a little character, integrity, and courage?

freedomfirst on August 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

They must have found Hillary’s buried willing suspension of disbelief.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Obama has no idea what to do other than whimper posture.

BMF on August 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

FIFY

He is an active malignancy, not a mere passive polyp.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2013 at 2:56 AM