Something Wicked This Way Comes

And the President claims that he knew nothing…

I call bull.  The President was involved DIRECTLY in the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, conservative PACs, and Jewish PACs.

The President claims that he went to bed.  While that may in fact be true, it is a complete dereliction of duty regarding the Americans left to die in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  In this case, I call bull also.  The truth is far more damaging – either the President willfully elected to deny support to sovereign US territory and US citizens under an active military attack, or was incapable of making a decision in the face of a live crisis.  The question that will be answered eventually is why.  Was the US State Department running guns via Benghazi and Turkey to the Syrian Islamist rebels against international law, a handful of treaties, and without the consent of Congress?

And now the Attorney General, Eric Holder, has committed perjury.  He either lied to Congress about his involvement with the search warrants he signed regarding James Rosen of Fox News or he lied to a judge (or rather three).  The search warrants listed Rosen as a co-conspirator or co-participant in the leak of classified information, but Holder testified to Congress that there was never the intent to prosecute.  Then why argue for a search warrant?  Why waste your time if you don’t intend to prosecute?  I call bull.  This Rosen issue follows the warrantless wiretapping of hundreds of members of the media.

Which narratives are left?

Benghazi – gun-running coverup?  Presidential incompetence and dereliction of duty?  Both are impeachable.

IRS – “punishing enemies” of the President? Top-to-bottom corruption of the tax-collection arm of the Federal government?  If Obama is indeed complicit, and having the IRS commissioner visiting the White House more often than three of the most common visitors who hold Cabinet-level positions combined looks terribly suspicious, then that is 100% Nixonian and impeachable.

Wiretapping – Fourth Amendment violation folks?  Justice Department corruption?  Holder has already proven a liar (as I outlined above), so we can not trust him to properly investigate himself.

Rosen – Political targeting again?  Anti-Fox News vendetta in the Administration?

The problem with each scandal is that it requires more than a modicum of civics knowledge to understand the underlying issues, motives, and precedents that will be set if such scandals are not pursued.

If we do not start seeing the connections between each scandal and drawing out the political motivations of EACH and EVERY scandal, then we will never fully expose the absolute threat to liberty and freedom that this administration has been and will be going forward if they are not stopped here and now.

 

Delegitimized

First Fast and Furious.

Then Benghazi and the subsequent coverup by the Administration.

Then the admission by the IRS that they have been targeting Tea Party, Jewish, and patriot groups requesting tax-exempt status.

Then the DoJ AP warrantless wiretaps to catch a… wait for it… government whistleblower.

The President is awash in scandals now.

Fast and Furious has embroiled the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives and the entire Department of Justice all the way up the Attorney General Eric Holder.

Benghazi has embroiled:

  1. The State Department
  2. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  3. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
  4. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
  5. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
  6. Counselor of the Department of State, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills
  7. All of the members of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board.
  8. President Barack Obama

The IRS targeting scandal embroils not only the IRS, but also the entire Treasury Department.

And the Department of Justice is up a creek again on the warrantless wiretapping of reporter’s phones in order to “trace a leak.”  What’s worse for Attorney General Holder is that he must personally approve these maneuvers.

The President is encircled with controversy, lies, scandals and yet claims that he himself was not involved.

I don’t buy it.

National Command Authority

There were TWO stand down orders issued during the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

Ready-to-respond special forces on the ground in Tripoli and at American military bases in Southern Europe were prepared to depart to reinforce and evacuate the remaining American citizens in Benghazi.  They were not just delayed – they were told to STAND DOWN.

Quick review of the chain of command here, because that order must come from above.  Not knowing which special forces units were ready in Southern Europe, I will speculate that they were likely DELTA teams, but it is possible that Airborne, Ranger,  or Green Beret teams were the units within range and able to respond for a critical need.

DELTA teams are part of the US Army, but fall under US Army Special Operations Command as do the Airborne, Ranger, and Green Beret units mentioned above. USSOCOM, U.S. Special Operations Command, is the joint forces command of all Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special forces units.

USASOC Command Structure

Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, Commanding General

Brig. Gen. Darsie D. Rogers, Jr., Deputy Commanding General

Major Richard Holcomb, Deputy to the Commanding General

USSOCOM Command Structure

Admiral William H. McRaven, Commanding Officer

A parallel command may be involved as well.  USAFRICOM (U.S. Africa Command) would be the theater command for any actions occurring on the African continent.  General Carter Ham, Commanding General of USAFRICOM, was relieved of his command during the events of September 11, 2012.  The specifics of his relief have to-date been concealed.

Another option was a Department of State FEST (Foreign Emergency Support Team) program.  A FEST team can depart for anywhere in the world in four hours notice per the State Department’s website.

So where am I going with this?

The military, and all response forces that could have been summoned or dispatched answer to a chain of command.  The officers in charge of these units would have relayed requests for permission to deploy forces under their command up the chain of command.

Given the nature of the incident, an ongoing terrorist attack against sovereign US soil (the consulate grounds) and American citizens, and the Ambassador to a foreign nation, whose whereabouts were unknown early on in the timetable of the attack and aftermath.

In this respect, the bureaucracy is a finely tuned machine in that information would rapidly flow up the chain of command while the commanders would relay orders to prepare their units to deploy in support of the Benghazi mission, our people on the ground, and the Ambassador who clearly relayed “We are under attack” to his Deputy Chief of Mission in Tripoli.  The Secretary of Defense, Vice President and President would be notified of the attack very quickly.

The National Command Authority is the term used to identify the President as Commander-in-Chief and the Secretary of Defense as the final arbiters and decision-makers in terms of activating and releasing the military might of the United States.

An attack on the consulate is tantamount to an attack on Tampa Bay, Florida and the President alone is the only person who could authorize responsive forces.  He has said that he authorized all resources to come to the aid of our people in Benghazi on that day, but the truth is inconvenient to this flat out lie.  A stand down order, of which many were issued and testified to yesterday before the House Oversight Committee, could only have been issued by the National Command Authority.  Any other source of such an order would lack the authority since the attack in question was an act of war.

Who issued the stand down orders then, the President or the Secretary of Defense?

 

 

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