by Sandy Stringfellow
Al-Qaeda in Post-Gaddafi Libya
Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, reported in her article Congress to probe security flaws for Libya diplomats, on October 5, 2012, “that congressional investigators have issued a subpoena to a former top security official at the US mission in Libya. The official is Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces ‘Site Security Team’ in Libya…Lt. Col. Wood has told CBS News and congressional investigators that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that’s despite the fact that US officials in Libya wanted security increased, not decreased.”
It’s been repeated in mainstream media the Benghazi mission attacks required weeks or months to plan; a narrative intended to persuade us the attacks were inevitable as well as undetectable, even if it dispels the “Innocence of Muslims” video trailer theory. It also overlooks the capabilities of a battle-ready, adequately trained, sufficiently-equipped, street-wise mobile al-Qaeda platoon such as one would expect to find available in Benghazi.
May I respectfully submit an attack of this nature could be planned within a matter of some hours and executed possibly within further hours after finalizing the plan, and after completion of the post-planning mission brief, assuming all necessary equipment was checked and ready. This possibility is even more likely still with the intelligence breaches reported to have taken place from inside or outside the Benghazi mission walls. The critical piece of operational intelligence for al-Qaeda is in knowing the fragile state of security measures in place at the Benghazi mission. Al-Qaeda preferred the odds stacked in their favor as much as possible, having learned through experience our Special Operations Forces warriors deserve their reputation as talented shooters, among other skills acquired.
If Ambassador Stevens’ name was on an al-Qaeda hit list and his presence at the mission was revealed through a source – either known or anonymous – it may have provided enough impetus for someone in the al-Qaeda chain of command to clear the op and launch it, taking in stride whatever fallout ensued. It would be seen among Muslim faithful as a bold stroke against the “Great Satan”; a victory for al-Qaeda by avenging the executive drone attacks with a prestigious score of a high-level target, along with the al-Qaeda recruitment coup from publicity of delivering a black eye to America on one of the most celebrated days of the year for jihadis. All while managing to bring a grinding halt to our State Department/CIA recovery op relating to those pesky MANPADS.
Acclaimed defense and national security reporter Bill Gertz (author of exceptional books on this subject as well) wrote an article titled Al Qaeda Winter, published in The Washington Free Beacon on October 8, 2012, documenting how “Pakistan-based al Qaeda is secretly setting up sleeper cells and a clandestine network of jihadists to destabilize and take over Libya while hiding under a new cover name to prevent exposure…”
“The 54-page unclassified report describes al Qaeda…as ‘seeking to create…a clandestine network in Libya that could be activated in the future to destabilize the government and/or to offer logistical support to al Qaeda’s activities in North Africa and the Sahel’—the Sahara desert region stretching across northern Africa.”
“‘Post-revolutionary Libya is a militarized society where young self-proclaimed jihadists are on the loose, ready to follow anyone offering a meaningful purpose for their newly acquired combat skills,’ the report said. ‘Al Qaeda’s clandestine network is likely attempting to attract these self-proclaimed jihadists through a mix of ideology, intimidation, and financial incentive. Al Qaeda militants are using the countries that toppled their leaders in the “Arab Awakening” as bases to train radical Western youths for potential attacks,’ the report said, adding that a small number of British jihadists are moving to Arab countries to seek training.”
If this 54-page unclassified report produced jointly by the Library of Congress and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s Irregular Warfare Support Program is available to the public, is it not reasonable – with the intelligence resources available to P.O.T.U.S. – to conclude King Barry knows this and more?
The behavioral patterns of King Barry and his brain trust have been consistently successful for almost four years if gauged by what they sought to accomplish; they share common ideological beliefs, among them an animosity and malevolence towards our country as Founded, along with a visceral hatred of Israel. Any rational overview of their actions reveals decision-making threads that lend support to achieving specific objectives destructive to the United States; of which one may well have been a desire to “blow up” the Middle-East and North Africa, as it is near impossible to imagine a more efficient manner in which these precise results have occurred than what has been done thus far by the Progressive Marxists in charge since January 20, 2009.
Daniel Greenfield wrote an article titled The Afghanistanization of the Middle East, published in Front Page Magazine on October 3, 2012, in which he breaks down the real problem with a democratic Middle East; a history long established and well understood in knowledgeable Geo-political circles:
“The Muslim Middle East is facing a choice between two paths. One leads ahead to a Westernized society and the other back to the barren deserts of the 7th Century. The Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islamists claim that it is possible to have the best of both worlds, combining high tech and desert morals in a society where every woman is covered and every man is an engineer. But that illusion is under siege as Islamist militias begin fragmenting countries into tribal encampments. The Middle East that we have grown used to is a colonial legacy. Its corrupt regimes with the derivative structures of modern states are being torn down by the Arab Spring. The Islamists can have democratic elections where they are the majority, but what they cannot have are strong militaries, and that leaves them with few options but to rely on Islamist militias to fight Islamist militias; turning the region back to before the rise of the Ottoman Empire.”
Motives and Criminal Intent
Rahm Emanuel, current Mayor of Chicago, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal on November 19, 2008, provided an insight into the Progressive Marxist thought process matched in succinctness only by its honesty; right out of the Rules for Radicals playbook: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste…This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not before.”
King Barry is in a tight race to win his second four-year reign and finish the economic and cultural destruction of America. The weighted mainstream media polls are doing their level best to energize sentimental Democrats while discouraging fed-up Republicans by declaring King Barry the early winner. Things don’t seem to be going King Barry’s way, however, and his people are getting nervous; especially his investors in Chicago. There are people – very powerful people – in Chicago watching him closely and expecting a win; actually, demanding a win from The Great Destroyer. If King Barry loses in November, there will be some unhappy campers in Chicago; they have a size-able investment in King Barry and are demanding a commensurate return.
King Barry and his brain trust expected to be comfortably ahead by now. They have the opponent they wanted in Romney, a perfect foil for wealth envy and class warfare Marxist redistribution rhetoric – the rich, bourgeois, Republican establishment, out-of-touch white guy – but they misdiagnosed an important unknown: the number of Tea Party-types working doggedly behind the scenes instead of visibly protesting to spread the truth about his destructive successes. Everyone paying attention knows King Barry can’t win if the American electorate is focused on his record in office, and the best way to keep that from happening is to draw attention away from his unbridled carnage with a “serious crisis” that you wouldn’t want to “go to waste.”
Considerable attention is being paid to the inexplicably lax security measures at the Benghazi mission, and rightly so. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on October 2, 2012, asking why more protection for the mission was denied by Washington officials prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack:
“Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012. It was clearly never, as Administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, write. “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
The letter outlines 13 security threats over the six months prior to the attack.
“Put together, these events indicated a clear pattern of security threats that could only be reasonably interpreted to justify increased security for U.S. personnel and facilities in Benghazi,” the chairmen write.
One expects negligence to be the initial focus, if not simplistic considering the cast of characters involved. Let us suppose for a moment Ambassador Stevens learned that King Barry’s support of the Arab Spring was not at all about democracy, but instead part of a long range game plan to destabilize the entire region to bring about maximum tumult and confusion – and the ensuing power vacuum – resulting in the expansion of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Islamist regimes hostile to both Israel and to the United States; Islamist regimes dedicated to the Caliphate and compliance with Sharia Law.
This is exactly what has happened thus far. If you’re one of the “anointed” such as George Soros, Maurice Strong, King Barry, Hillary Clinton and the impeached President William J. “Slick Willy” Clinton, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Andy Stern, etc.; if you’re in-the-know and up-to-speed with these wacky Progressive Marxist NWO “Open Society” types, some with a record of collapsing foreign economies along with the aiding and abetting of foreign powers hostile to the United States, it would be a plan you’d find worthy of promoting, implementing and helping to facilitate one way or another, by hook or crook.
Consider, for example, what Mr. Stern – former president of Service Employees International Union or SEIU (slogan: “Workers of the World Unite”) – wrote on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal on December 1, 2011, under the title China’s Superior Economic Model: The free-market fundamentalist economic model is being thrown onto the trash heap of history. Keep in mind as you read Mr. Stern’s position he is referring to mainland China; the same Maoist China ruled by a cold-blooded military politburos: home of infanticide, involuntary human organ harvesting, slave labor, healthcare waiting lists with state allocations, starvation, mandatory abortions, forced sterilizations, religious persecution, imprisonment without trial, speech censorship, internet censorship, torture, murder, unaccountable corruption, state planning and quotas, etc.
“ I was part of a U.S.-China dialogue—a trip organized by the China-United States Exchange Foundation and the Center for American Progress [George Soros funded]—with high-ranking Chinese government officials, both past and present. For me, the tension resulting from the chorus of American criticism paled in significance compared to reading the emerging outline of China’s 12th five-year plan. The aims: a 7% annual economic growth rate; a $640 billion investment in renewable energy; construction of six million homes; and expanding next-generation IT, clean-energy vehicles, biotechnology, high-end manufacturing and environmental protection—all while promoting social equity and rural development.
As Andy Grove so presciently articulated in the July 1, 2010, issue of BusinessWeek, the economies of China, Singapore, Germany, Brazil and India have demonstrated ‘that a plan for job creation must be the number-one objective of state economic policy; and that the government must play a strategic role in setting the priorities and arraying the forces of organization necessary to achieve this goal.’
The conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model—so successful in the 20th century—is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century. In an era when countries need to become economic teams, Team USA’s results—a jobless decade, 30 years of flat median wages, a trade deficit, a shrinking middle class and phenomenal gains in wealth but only for the top 1%—are pathetic.
This should motivate leaders to rethink, rather than double down on an empirically failing free-market extremism. As painful and humbling as it may be, America needs to do what a once-dominant business or sports team would do when the tide turns: study the ingredients of its competitors’ success.”
Next: Part 5, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens
Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics.