EXTRACT: Another report today from Canada Free Presstell us it is likely Russians ordered Iranians to attack our consulate in Benghazi in order to stop the arming of Syrian rebels. … Speculation, buttressed by certain developments, indicates Stevens was being used by Obama to coordinate weapons shipments to the Syrian rebels via the Turks with the use of Libyan shipping. Read full article.
The nature of the Benghazi disaster is now clear. Ambassador Stevens was engaged in smuggling sizable quantities of Libyan arms from the destroyed Gaddafi regime to the Syrian rebels, to help overthrow the Assad regime in Syria. Smuggling arms to the so-called “Free Syrian Army” is itself a huge gamble, but Obama has been a gambler with human lives over the last four years, as shown by the tens of thousands of Arabs who have died in the so-called Arab Spring — which has brought nothing but disaster to the Arab world. Read full article.
As of now, the White House has disclosed that President Obama was informed about the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi at roughly 5pm by his National Security Adviser Tom Donilon as he was in a pre-scheduled meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. At that meeting, senior administration officials say, the President ordered that the U.S. begin moving military assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies. Read full article.
Phi Beta Iota: As Chuck Spinney likes to say, amateur hour among the politicals. The worst case is that Panetta was doubling down on false flag and he and Petraeus cooked up a mini-event, an arranged kidnapping or hostage scenario that would be resolved on Monday to great acclaim. That would explain freezing. We tend to doubt this. Best case is that CIA did a repeat of Khost Kathy, this time at the leadership level, and hung a base out on a limb at the same time that it was pissing off the Russians and the French with half-assed arms smuggling not at all covert, from Libya to Syria. CIA has always lived immunity rather than cover — the CIA clandestine service is incompetent and ineffective, sadly nothing DIA or SOCOM (“push-ups done silently”) has to offer is worth much either. This appears to be a complete failure at the political and political appointee levels, not at the military leadership level but we must be acutely conscious of how incoherent US strategy, operations, and tactics are in this area. We continue to believe that a naitonal inter-agency intelligence-operations center is needed, ideally co-located with the Multinational Decision-Support Centre, both hosted by the Virginia-based Open Source Agency.