In testimony at a House of Representatives hearing today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a particularly bizarre assessment of the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate, suggesting it was the consequences of the US withdrawing its military after the Libya War.
Yet while the US illegally participated in the NATO war against Libya in 2011, they never actually had a ground presence in the country in the first place, and security was simply at the embassy level, as it is in most non-occupied countries.
While Clinton presented the situation as a “power vacuum” that was fueling extremism and led to the death of Stevens, the 2012 situation was much different, and the centerpiece of the US operations in the country at the time was a CIA weapons smuggling operation inside Benghazi.
Given that, far from the wages of an insufficiently gargantuan US military presence, the Benghazi incident can be seen as fairly straightforward blowback, a common enough occurrence in US interventions abroad, if not usually in such dramatic fashion as in Benghazi.
What happened, however, is that everyone has spent the past several years trying to spin the situation there as not only unique, but somehow politically advantageous for them. Indeed, the only reason there are still Benghazi hearings going on three years after the fact is that House Republicans hope to politically undermine Clinton in her 2016 run, and Clinton’s testimony today paints the solution as even more aggressive meddling abroad.
The reality is that when dozens of CIA agents are smuggling arms into a city, the American Consulate in that city is inevitably house that operation, and necessarily become a high-value target. This is true not just in Benghazi, but across the region, wherever CIA intervention is ongoing.
Far from a lesson learned, Clinton’s testimony likely reflects the beltway’s conventional wisdom on the matter, and that years later Benghazi could easily happen again in any number of places, with the attack only strengthening official resolve to meddle.
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Look: Hillary Clinton as Medellin Albright was the planner for dividing Yugoslavia, Hillary Clinton is the planner in dividing Libya hand in hand with Qatari, Saudis-Wahhabism, Sarkozi, Swedish King and then Swedish government, the Italian mafia and in general NATO countries. In the other hand she was one of those who organized the the Islamic meetings in France where the idea about expending the Sunni Islamic, Saudi like or Kosovo like, were discussed and implemented, Syria is given to Saudis and Wahhabism to grab where their terrorists operating, Libya was given to Qatari where Swedish would be in charge of Libya economic as they are in Balkan countries. Hillary Clinton have a personal relation with the monarch party, (Moderaterna) just look at her traveling time before Sweden becoming involved in Libya and during NATO bombardment of Libya. Libya, Syria, Iraq regime change was a business deal-agreement with a political understanding that USG would be helping it's allies by expending their religious influences in these country's where the social political and economic movement-unification-United by Libya, Iraq, Syria and Iran would be divided by those who bombed Libya and supporting Isis in Syria.
What a picture! Psycho hag in action.
One could almost picture that hag caressing the big red button. Too bad ISIS doesn't have a targeted killing program.
Used to be can't-quit-now-else-it-will-all-have-been-in-vein —something a longtime heroine user could surely identify with… Now leaving-was-what-went-wrong. Rather than, say, being there to begin with…
…and, oddly, you don't even have to have been just to say so… Must be such a holy writ you don't even need it to apply just to apply it?
Blowback? To a pol like Clinton hasn't that got more to do with spots on a dress?
"The reality is that when dozens of CIA agents are smuggling arms into a city, the American Consulate in that city is inevitably house that operation, and necessarily become a high-value target. This is true not just in Benghazi, but across the region, wherever CIA intervention is ongoing."
There never was a "American Consulate" in Benghazi per: http://www.usembassy.gov/mena.html
Blowback vengeance — Empire USA immune to any other form of justice.
The CIA supplying weapons to the militants most anti-Muslim, surely this caused all the pro-Muslim groups to consider it past time for the CIA headquarters, namely US Embassy, be put out of commission.
Does anyone read books anymore? (Jan.1998) US history – "How Jimmy Carter I Started the Mujahideen" – Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor 1977-1981
"Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs *["From the Shadows"]*, that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention.
Jun 22, 2014 Hillary Clinton ADMITS The CIA Started Funded Al Qaeda
People seem to believe newsreaders more so than a friend or loved one even if the information is identical. Here you will hear some startling admissions from Hillary Clinton herself, telling it clear as crystal that the CIA (American Government) founded and funded the very terrorist organizations that continuously go to battle against and use to instill fear in much of the world.
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"Power vacuum" is such a nonsense term. There is a vacuum? Great! Let's fill it with peace and love.
The real problem is the mistaken belief that extremists (Wahabis, Mujahadeen, Zionist settlers, Ukrainian Nazis) can be used and controlled to achieve some desired outcome.
Fascists and Nazis were useful tools encouraged by the state to control the communists but Italy and Germany discovered that extremists are, by definition, beyond control.
In all cases extremists end up being the larger problem. A simple lesson, repeated throughout history, but still not understood by the "this time it will be different" crowd.
That one side of an argument is wrong does not mean the other side is right.
That one side acts like foolish children does not make the other side responsible adults.
There is nothing good to be said of the clown show the Republicans put on. But Hillary is a Democratic neocon who brought us nothing but wars and bad trade deals.
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