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BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLIGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

The more we learn about what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi attack, the more unanswered questions remain. The Obama administration is withholding answers to those questions. Americans have the right to know the whole truth and whether the President simply is covering up incompetence, negligence and the failure of his Middle East policy or something more.   (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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15 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Department of Defense

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    According to British news papers there was a CIA ground operation to save the people but it failed.

    Posted by Roger N. Thomas

  2. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Defense Industry Network

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    All of the above mentioned !

    Posted by Paul Daly

  3. It’s classified what are they supposed to share, classified information because people want to make up stories without knowing what really happened? I would hope not.

  4. I, too, believe that the US had an ongoing covert CIA operation running when the Benghazi consulate was attacked. The current administration would not have told its Ambassador of the covert activities in country. Base upon all that has been written about the incident, it is very probably that Ambassador Stevens would have objected to the arming of any of the militias. He made numerous requests for additional security forces. These requests had to have been based upon his belief that American interests were being targeted by an armed group. The State Department repeatedly denied the requests, which should have been granted without any debate.. Ambassador Steven’s would not have wanted to arm the hunters who were hunting him. Apparently President Obama and Secretary Rice believe that they can befriend and control, to a certain degree, the radical elements of Arab Spring. It is almost like they believe that they have an affiliation with these people. President Obama’s populist views of government cannot be configured for use in an effective foreign policy strategy. After four years of sitting in the White House President Obama has not matured into the role of world leader.

  5. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Homeland Security (HLS) Intelligence

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Best case scenario this is nonfeasance of duty…his “moment” for action came and he “froze”. Worst case scenario is any one of the “conspiracy theories” are true (ex., plan to kidnap ambassador then trade for blind sheikh) in which case it’s malfeasance of duty (felony in most states-I don’t know about federally).

    Either way, to watch 4 Americans fight for their lives, call for help, then die-and be able to go to bed and campaign, play golf, and lie to the people is pretty brazen and cold.

    Posted by Michael E. Homer

  6. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    I suspect “something more,” and it could be far worse than what we already know. Too much anti-Americanism by this administration has already surfaced. Consider only the backgrounds of all the “czars.”

    Posted by Ronald Bouwman

  7. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Isn’t interesting that no one asks, What would George Bush have done? or Dick Cheney? or John McCain? I’m even surprised that Hillary Clinton didn’t step up. Bottom line, Ambassador Stevens” was their colleague and that is very telling.

    Posted by Edith Hook

  8. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Appearently you have forgotten how national security issues are suppose to be handled! You need to not encourage politicizing the effforts of men and women who work in anonymity for the benefit of our country. There are reasons why we have secrets and require people to keep them

    Posted by George Hargenrader

  9. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: POLITICAL WORLD

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Even if Benghazi demonstrates incompetence, negligence etc., why should one episode like that mean that our Middle East policy failed? Let us not exaggerate. And what was this policy supposed to be? Guarantee that everyone in the Middle East and North Africa should welcome us like the Europeans did at the end of World War 2? There are no guarantees and no iron clad results… The Pandora’s box of MENA was opened and we can only hope that it will turn out OK…. What the President or the Congress or “Washington” thinks or wants, carries no mandatory audience or obligation outside the USA borders… Possibly the biggest lesson to be learned is not to be so arrogant or naive or misguided to open in a hurry an embassy and consulate in an extremely unstable country with thousands of people heavily armed and owing no loyalty to the USA.

    Posted by Emilio Viano

  10. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Take a look at article below in Reuters.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-usa-libya-cia-idUSBRE8A102T20121102

    Posted by Chuck Gilmer

  11. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Defense Industries

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    I believe it is “Something more”! It is hard to explain why the ambssdor had cried many times for help while Obama’s Admin has given him deaf ears! Also, many questions that have no answers until now indicate that there is “Something more” the president tried to cover up for it!

    Posted by Florin Ehls

  12. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Defense Industry Network

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Ed, you have summarized the questions that thinking Americans are asking, Even further, why did Amb. Stevens choose 9/11 of all days to do his business in Benghazi?i

    Posted by John Kelsey

  13. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Strategic Plans and Policy Experts

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Lots of conjecture and few facts here.

    Posted by Christopher Courtney

  14. Reposted from LinkediIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: ICAF Alumni Network

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    There should have been a Congressional call for action weeks ago….

    Posted by Tim Hale

  15. Reposted from Linkedin says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: BENGHAZI: INCOMPETENCE AND NEGLEGENCE, OR SOMETHING MORE?

    Ed…spot on analysis. Political calculation in light of the US elections overruled a reality calculation to preserve the lives of American diplomats and security servants in Benghazi. Incompetence in analysis, foreign policy and American leadership enabled the failure. The roots of all of this is an embrace of foreign policy not based on a “realist” engagement strategy in international affairs. The international game board is well structured based on power calculations in diplomacy, military might and economic strength…all of which have been diminished in the last four years. Without the correct philosophy and understanding at the leadership level of how the international game board works, failure is a certainty, regardless of the interdependence forged via economic ties or mutual “areas of interest” that one would hope mitigate against conflict, armed or otherwise. It simply does not. And talking about in speech and media forums, or acting as if the power calculation is no longer relevant, is naive and damning to American citizens that put it on the line to serve overseas.

    Posted by Robert MacDonald

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