According to an April 29 column by political commentator Katie Kieffer, “Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus were likely behind [this] gun-trafficking program.”
To launch this new version of Iran-contra weapons smuggling, in August 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed the plan to CIA Director David Petraeus, who assigned U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens to handle the logistics for the clandestine operation.
From the beginning, Stevens played a crucial role in the scheme.
Earlier, in March 2011, military experts cited Stevens as the man in charge of deposing Libyan strongman Muammar Qadaffi. Following this mission, Stevens relocated to Benghazi, where he began amassing an arsenal of at least 20,000 shoulder-launched missiles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and infrared-honing surface-to-air missile launchers.
To facilitate arms shipments to Syria, Stevens worked with a man named Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. By November 2011, Belhadj was meeting with Free Syrian Army leaders to arrange the deals.
To secure a crucial 40,000-ton shipment of armaments, on September 2, 2012, Petraeus met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in order for his country to act as a conduit into Syria. Four days later a Libyan vessel named Al Entisar arrived in Iskenderun, Turkey carrying the weapons cache.
On May 9, Liberty News—a grassroots TV station—revealed details about the point-man for these transactions.
“Stevens had dealt with applications coming from U.S. weapon dealers requesting licenses to sell arms to Libyan insurgents,” reported Liberty News. Finally, on September 11, 2012, Stevens negotiated in Benghazi with two CIA cutout organizations before his final meeting with Turkish Consular General Ali Sait Akin.
On August 1, award-winning journalist Jim Hoft of the conservative website Gateway Pundit summarized what transpired: “Turkey was the staging ground through which Syrian-bound guns and rebels were smuggled. . . . Mr. Akin and company made a substantial financial contribution [to Stevens] and left.”
Why No Rescue Operation?• Why Obama ordered the U.S. military to stand down in Benghazi
On the 11-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, rebel groups in Libya launched an assault on the U.S. consulate there. Eight hours later, four U.S. personnel were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and at least seven were wounded. It has been reported that the U.S. military had ships in the Mediterranean Sea and in Africa. So why weren’t U.S. forces dispatched to the Benghazi consulate and annex to stop the bloodshed?
On August 5 and 8, this reporter spoke with David Smith, co-founder of an independent non-profit blog named Barracuda Brigade.
Smith said, “According to our military sources, I can say with 98% certainty that the Benghazi attacks were uplinked by overhead drones to networks that included the White House Situation Room, State Department, and CIA headquarters so they could monitor the attacks in real-time. Yet almost immediately, Barack Obama issued a stand-down order before watching people die on camera. He then got up the next morning for a campaign rally in Las Vegas.”
When questioned about the possibility of a full-scale rescue, Smith answered: “We’ve categorically confirmed that the U.S. military had ships in Libyan waters 20 minutes away. It would have taken 10 minutes prep time and 10 minutes flight time, but Obama issued a stand-down order.”
Expanding on this notion, Smith continued: “There’s only one office with the authority to prevent a military response, and that’s the president. Commanders in the field were prepared to respond, and later, as a result, two of them were court-martialed while another was removed from duty.”
Providing more details, Smith explained: “A diplomatic security agent named David Ubben, along with two former Navy SEALs, rejected the stand-down orders so they could defend our men. During a rooftop firefight, Ubben––profusely bleeding––fired laser markers with GPS coordinates so that any ships or jet fighters within range could intervene. These guys on the ground fully expected help to arrive, but none ever came. Ubben still lies in Walter Reed hospital today.”
As to the motivation behind this executive decision to allow these American men to die, Smith offered a theory. “Being seven weeks before the 2012 election, Obama had no intention of retaliating against the responsible parties at Benghazi,” said Smith. “The reason why is that since weapons were being delivered to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, it’s an act of treason to aid, arm and abet a known enemy. . . . Obama wasn’t going to respond against the attackers, so he tried to let details about his administration’s arms-trafficking die there.”
Smith provided a closing thought: “Both entrenched political parties have their hands dirtied in this affair. As for Obama, since U.S. personnel were attacked, why is no one with information allowed to talk? It’s like telling a rape victim she can’t testify against her assailant. How is it constitutionally acceptable for a president to remove an individual’s right to speak by silencing them?”