BENGHAZI UPDATE

This Brietbart story reveals that retired General Jack Ham, the man who was in command in Libya on the day of the Benghazi massacre on September 11, 2012 will testify before a Congressional Committee on June 26th.

General Carter Ham, US Army (Retired)

Gen. Ham was the Commander of the Africom command that should have responded to the attack at the consulate in Benghazi. He was or was not relieved of his command that day, after making preparations for an immediate rescue mission and retired from the military almost immediately thereafter. Gen, Ham was one of two theater commanders who were disciplined or retired in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack. Rear Admiral   Gaouette is the other commander. He was relieved of his command and rumored to have been in “mutiny” against the President. Neither of these men has spoken since that day. With Gen. Ham’s scheduled testimony on the 26th that all may be changing, at last!

Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, US Navy

Admiral Gaouette has been the subject of numerous rumors and psuedo allegations about his conduct of his command. He was finally “reprimanded” for his alleged actions and speech after being summarily relieved of his command on that fateful day. The Russians have even run a story that he “mutinied”. We have reported in detail all known facts and events. Here is a complete list of what we have reported to date. Read for yourself the details known thus far about the actions of Gen. Ham and Adm. Gaouette.

The President, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America is our highest authority, with one exception: the American people for whom President Obama works and who elected him President. His authority is also limited by the rule of law. No one is above the law and all Americans, even the President, are subject to the law.

The truth about what did and did not happen at Benghazi; the truth about what President Obama did and did not do, say and order; the truth about the actions of those in the Obama Administration and the military both on September 11, 2012 and the ten months that have elapsed since; all are too little known and very little that is reliable and truthful has been revealed. Now, it is time for that to end. With the testimony of Gen. Ham, the American people can learn what took place that day. Hopefully, that will lead to a full inquiry into the actions of all those responsible, including our President.

The American people do not know the truth; the families of those slain do not know what happened or why their son’s died; the diplomatic and military communities do not know what their fate will be if they are ever put in harms way by our government. Let us all pray that this sad chapter in American military and diplomatic history will finally come to an end.

Those we elect; those we appoint and those to whom we delegate military and diplomatic authority are all subject to two ultimate authorities: the rule of law and the American people. The Commander in Chief is the highest authority in civil and military matters. Nevertheless, the President is subject to the rule of law and to the people of the United States who elected him. With the hearings on June 26th and any thereafter, those authorities will finally, for the first time, be in possession of facts and have the ability to judge the actions and inactions of those in charge that day and the days since then. It is about time!

Stay tuned. When there is more, we will bring it to you.

THE TIME HAS COME – APPOINT A JOINT HOUSE/SENATE INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE WITH SUBPOENA POWER!

As we promised our readers, despite our health issues that prevent us from daily posts, An Excellent Spirit has carefully followed the various scandals that are plaguing the Obama Administration:

Benghazi- What was Ambassador Stevens really doing and what really happened on September 11, 2012 in Libya. Was there a cover up of what was done or what was not done? Where was the President on that fateful day? Why were our troops told to “stand down” and let four Americans die? What happened to General Jack Ham and Admiral Gaouette on that day/night? Who made these decisions? WHY?

An Excellent Spirit has previously provided extensive coverage of Benghazi. We invite you to review that here.

PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon

The latest stories come from PJ Media and its head man, Roger L. Simon here and here: Then there is the IRS Investigation and actions against Conservative (Christian) groups applying for or having tax exempt status.  Here are a sample of the many stories coming out that indicate this was a conscious strategy of the Obama Administration. Here and here  This story reveals the extent to which the IRS went with its questions.  Who instituted or approved these actions? Clearly, with the “testimony” of Ms. Lerner, we can presume that the activities were criminal and were NOT the independent actions of a few low level employees of the IRS in Cincinnati, Ohio. Why has a total black out of this Cincinnati office occurred?  Moreover, it would seem a systematic attempt was made to insulate the President from these actions. Why? That brings us to that question: What did the President know and when did the President know it?

Perhaps the most glaring is The Associated Press/Fox News illegal investigation by US Justice Department subpoenas. The role of US Attorney General Eric Holder and others in all this is beginning to come out. Holder, we now know, signed the affidavit that was presented to a judge for these illegal subpoenas. This is huge!  Read about it here. But that is not all! This story in PJ Tatler is more than enough reason for the Attorney General to immediately resign and submit himself to the questions of the yet to be appointed Joint Congressional Committee.  Eric Holder, if the facts presented in the PJ Tatler story are true, has committed perjury, lied to Congress while under oath to tell the truth and that is only the beginning.

This is really funny! If we both keep our mouths shut, they will never know the truth! About anything!

Then there is the Fast & Furious Investigation, the intentionally withholding facts and truth due to an upcoming Election (remember Nixon and Watergate?) and the actions of Secretary Sibelius and others in ramming Obamacare down the throats of Americans. There are more issues/scandals that we do and do not know of, but the above recitation is surely enough to get all this off the front pages of the lamestream media that will go to absurd lengths to protect Obama and the “progressive” rule of a Middle/Right America, silent no longer majority and on to the agenda of a Special Congressional Committee!

LIARS are an affront to the American people and to GOD!

It is time for all Americans to become informed! It is time all Americans stood up and speak out on all these atrocities our government has committed against ALL Americans and the US Constitution that protects us from such criminal activities as illegal search and seizure of AP/Fox records, IRS intrusion into the tax exempt status of organizations and the resulting harm to ALL Americans and the rest of the growing litany of excesses of an out of control Obama Administration.

The last time this occurred in America it was during the Right reign of Richard Milhous Nixon. We had a Left/Progressive, anti-Nixon media. They did their job and, despite their obvious relish at Nixon’s fall, they did their job well. They saw to it that the truth came out and people who deserved it went to jail. Sadly, that is NOT the case today! We have a far Left President and a far Left, lamestream media. They have proven that they will not do the job of holding the Obama Administration to the fire and cause the whole truth to come out on even one of these scandals, much less five or more. We cannot trust them or anyone else. We must get the truth and the only way that can happen is if we demand that those who we have elected to represent us, the US Senators and US Representatives, the House and Senate convene a special investigative committee to protect our right to know the whole truth about everything done in our names.

Hillary Clinton at Watergate when she was fired for her actions and Hillary today when she should be fired and indicted for her actions and the cover up!

To everything there is a season. A time for understanding and a time for truth. This is such a time! The time is NOW!

FULL DISCLOSURE: In case it has escaped you, we are unabashed followers of PJ Media, PJ Tatler, Brietbart other sources of information and opinion that comes from a more Right and less Left perspective. That is our “bent” but it is also what we must do to get an even close to balanced viewpoint, with the massive and unsupportable Left, “Progressive” bias of the lamestream media. We have posted previously on these and other sources of information. We highly recommend our readers review that post here.

Stay tuned, America! An Excellent Spirit will keep you informed and up to date. God bless America!

Benghazi Hearings Preview

On September 14, 2012, An Excellent Spirit began our coverage of the events that took place in that Libyan diplomatic outpost with the murders of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Former US Navy Seals Glen Doherty and, Tyrone Woods and USAF Officer Sean Smith. Since that time we have filed fourteen stories covering facts and issues raised by the Obama Administration’s bungled handling of this attack on US soil in Libya, whether the deaths were necessary, the stories and cover up immediately begun by the Obama Administration, including the relieving of two line battle field commanders that were on duty that day and who were allegedly relieved to prevent them from coming to rescue the four dead Americans. Here is a complete round up of all our stories, chronologically.

Today, May 8, 2013, nearly nine months after that fateful day, Americans are no nearer to getting a truthful reckoning of what took place in Benghazi, what America was doing there and what was done to secure the persons before the attack and during the over 7 hours of fighting that led to the four deaths. There were approximately 30 survivors of the Benghazi attacks and most of these people have never been interviewed or reported on by our lamestream media. The almost total silence to date about any of these survivors leads one to conclude that they have been silenced by our government so the American people cannot know what they have to say took place.

Then there is the matter of the central actors in the American government, from President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mike Mullen and the literally hundreds of state department, CIA, Army and Navy personnel that were on duty, deployed or available for deployment on that day. We know too little about what, if anything, almost all of these high officials did on that day. There have been few reports and almost nothing, save the State Department’s review of the events, a whitewash of epic proportions, as are most such covers up.

Finally, there is the truth. The unvarnished facts and statements that some or all of these actors made; the actions that they took or did not take and the activities they and others acting upon their behalves took to cover up their failures and dereliction of duty on that fateful day when four Americans sent into harm’s way by the President and Secretary of State died at the hands of murderers in Libya.

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chaired by Representative Darrel Issa of California will hold hearings aimed at getting the truth out for the American people to see. Some are predicting a train wreck for the Obama Administration, for Hillary Clinton, even President Obama. Read more  At least three “whistleblowers”, people who were either in Libya or worked for the government agencies on that day and thereafter are expected to testify and the preliminary indications (witnesses are always questioned, under oath, prior to actual testimony, so a good deal of what they will say is known or expected) are that there will be much that contradicts the President’s statements, actions and handling of the issue as well as Sec. Clinton, Sec. Panetta and others. Hold onto your hats.

These hearings are never easy. There are always demands for a “smoking gun” and questions of motive, both of those investigated and those doing the investigation. Since the “I” word, Impeachment has already been variously written about, the matter of “high crimes and misdemeanors” will be bandied about, as that is the standard for any successful impeachment of any Federal Official. We will also most probably hear words like “gross negligence”, dereliction of duty, lying to the American people and it’s criminal counterpart, perjury. We already know that official statements given by one or more individuals, departments or agencies were “scrubbed” or cleansed by people to clean up the language and make it less newsworthy or more palatable for the press. We also know that September 11, 2012 was 56 days prior to the November 5th Presidential Election. What impact did that fact have on the decisions that were taken on September 11th? And, especially what impact did the Election have on those made between September 12th and November 5th and after Election Day?

There have been literally hundreds of reports, stories and accusations flying around for nine months. It is now time to land the squadrons of approbation and, hopefully, also land the air-wing of truth, so the American people can first know what happened to their four sons and what to expect of the hundreds of thousands of sons and daughters deployed around the world at this writing. Next, Americans are entitled to the truth: the whole truth and nothing but the truth, under oath, so help them God! That is the only reasonable standard of a Republic of truth telling men and women and the only way America can remain a free, brave nation!

There are two articles that An Excellent Spirit deems worthy of interest for those who want to prepare for the hearings, to have some context by which to understand better what will be said. The first is by Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard. It is a comprehensive timeline and review of what is known to date and will be most helpful to anyone interested in the truth. Here it is in three parts.  An Excellent Spirit highly recommends reading the article and paying close attention to the talking points memo that was scrubbed or changed materially to deny the American people even a modicum of truth about what happened.

The second article is by Brian Preston of PJ Tatler, a part of Roger L. Simon’s PJ Media group. This article is part speculation and part attempt to fit the results into a pattern of what is known about the actions taken by the key actors and come to some reasonable conclusion as to what actually took place on September 11th, 2012 and in the months following. It is quite good and less speculation than inference and deduction. Read the whole thing here.  For those who want more information, we recommend they go to Brietbart, PJ Media, PJTV, The Daily Caller, Drudge, The National Review Online and The Weekly Standard online. The lamestream media has, wonder of wonders, abdicated its duty to report the news to Americans if that news does Obama or his narrative harm. These organizations have proven themselves to be faithful and true information sources that are dependable.

Finally, we have a few questions that we are looking to have answered, based upon our research and previous coverage of the Benghazi Scandal and Cover Up. Two current stories assist us in formulating those questions. First by Roger L. Simon the boss man at the PJ Media group and this, by Michael Walsh. We recommend our readers go through each carefully. There are hundreds of stories that apply. Many from the blogs listed above.

For our part, An Excellent Spirit will be paying close attention to testimony dealing with what President Obama was doing that day and night. We know he was briefed at the White House that day by his National Security team and others. He was informed of the attack on Benghazi, real time. We also know that Panetta said he never spoke to the President again that day or night! Where was Obama? What was he doing after being told Americans in a foreign land were under attack and at risk? Who did he speak with and when? Echoes of Tennessee Senator Howard Baker “What did the President know and when did he know it” are beginning to reverberate in our heads.

Again, we know some irrefutable things. President Obama said, in a television interview, a few days after September 11th, “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.” Here is one of but a few videos of President Obama responding to questions about what he did following the Benghazi attack. These videos of the President clearly saying that he gave instructions (orders?) about the Benghazi attack upon learning of it are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s as President and Commander in Chief of US military forces, gave “very clear directives” to secure our people. “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.” Here is one of but a few videos of President Obama responding to questions about what he did following the Benghazi attack. These videos of the President clearly saying that he gave instructions (orders?) about the Benghazi attack upon learning of it are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s as President and Commander in Chief of US military forces, gave “very clear directives” to secure our people.”  In another post, we even have a video of Obama saying the same thing. He gave orders to secure our people! That same post, “Benghazi – Did It Ever Happen also deals with three other questions we pray will be answered at tomorrow’s hearings. First there is the question of Cross Border Authority. As former Seal, Matt Bracken clearly set forth, anytime US Forces are ordered by their Commander into another nation, they must get, in advance, Cross Border Authority from the President of the United States! We can be pretty sure that it was never given with respect to Benghazi on September 11-12, 2012. Why? How does that square with Obama’s quote that he “ordered” our men be secured? The more recent speculation about what could have been done and that it might or might not have saved those lives does not change the fact. When your troops are under fire, you go get them. Whether you get there in time or not, that is for after battle review. No man left behind is and must be our Rules of Engagement (ROI)!

Finally there are the cases of two line commanders, in theater that night, both of whom were apparently relieved of duty in the field, during the fight! Gen Jack Ham and Admiral John Gaouette were both relieved of duty that night. Gen Ham has been permitted to retire and we have no current information about the current status of Admiral Gaouette. An Excellent Spirit covered all this in this post 

That is a lot to ask for in one hearing. Let us hope this first one goes on long enough to unearth answers to these and other questions. Let us hope and pray that the Obama Administration has answers and facts that lead away from dereliction of duty and impeachment. That President Obama is one of the least prepared men in our history to be President is established. The whole world, our friends and our enemies know his failings. It would be tragic if there were more to it than plain negligence and lack of understanding. That said, America, in this dangerous world had better begin to get to the bottom of all this and fast! We have been terrorized and threatened with more and increased terror. And we have been threatened with nuclear attack by North Korea and others (IRAN).

It is time America knew the whole truth. How else can America remain the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?  Stay tuned.

Whole Lot of Shaking Going to Happen!

With God’s help, An Excellent Spirit will post on the Benghazi Hearings beginning tomorrow and the increasing prospects that, unless President Obama begins to come clean and tell America the truth about what he did and did not do and did or did not order on the night of September 11, 2012, he could be impeached! Stories like these are beginning to come out. Here An Excellent Spirit posted at length about Cross Border Authority and how, if Obama ordered “everything be immediately done to secure the lives of the Americans on the ground in Benghazi” on the fateful night when four Americans died, apparently from gross neglect of duty by the President himself and Sec. State Clinton, Sec. Def. Panetta and others, NOTHING WAS DONE AND FOUR BRAVE AMERICANS DIED! Here

The other subject on which we feel led to post is the issue of LIARS and the LIES they tell. What happens to these demonic individuals? What can Americans begin to expect a Holy God to do in support of HIS OWN WORD? His Word is forever settled in Heaven(Ps119:89); It is exalted, even above HIS NAME! (Ps 138:2) His Word does not return to God void(Isaiah 55:11a); it accomplished ALL that God sets it to do!(Isaiah 55:11b) God is NOT a man that HE should LIE, not is God the son of a man that HE should repent` take back His Word! (Numbers 23:19)  Finally, God says, “Have I not said it (MY WORD) and shall I not bring it (My Word) to pass”? (Ezekiel 12:25) What will become of those who are revealed to be LIARS against the TRUTH and God’s Holy admonishment that we are to be Holy because HE, GOD ALMIGHTY, our Creator and Heavenly Father, IS HOLY?  An Excellent Spirit will attempt to set forth a few options and see what our readers think. Stay tuned, Mishpucka! Baruch HaShem!

 

Benghazi Eruption Next Week

Wow! An Excellent Spirit has not posted in over three months due to our health issues. As promised, we have kept current on all topics and issues beleaguering America and our posts on Benghazi now seem to be coming true. Here is a round up of those previous posts. The last post we did was on our see no evil, hear no evil, know nothing about Benghazi President, the Appeaser in Chief. Today with this WAPO story by the indefatigable Jennifer Rubin, on her WAPO blog, The Right Turn, the bloom is off that rose! Here This one is a must read! Put simply, the blue ribbon panel headed by former Asst US Sec. State Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chief of Staff General Mike Mullen has come in for more than a little public criticism in how they did not do their job to investigate the US government’s role in the Benghazi murders, the resulting cover up and the roles of President Obama, Sec. State Hillary Clinton and others.

According to Rubin’s blog, “Fox News, which broke the story, reports: “The IG’s office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel.” The report observes, “This disclosure marks a significant turn in the ongoing Benghazi case, as it calls into question the reliability of the blue-ribbon panel that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened to review the entire matter. Until the report was concluded, she and all other senior Obama administration officials regularly refused to answer questions about what happened in Benghazi. Now the methodology and final product of the ARB are themselves coming under the scrutiny of the department’s own top auditor.”

As one observer, the veteran, credible John Bolton put it, “This is unprecedented. Or, as a former national security figure critical of the president put it, “Zowie!” Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton wrote in an email to me, “I’ve never heard of anything like it!” He emphasized, “I’ve never heard of an IG investigating an ARB. I don’t think there have been that many ARB’s which is what makes it unusual.”

There is more, “Some Republican lawmakers allege that the review board, led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, was rigged to protect Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential contender who wasn’t interviewed as part of the probe. Doug Welty, a spokesman for the IG’s office, said the office is responsive to lawmakers’ concerns; he said this is the first time the office will review an ARB process, although it has in the past reviewed how well the State Department has followed through on the recommendations of other review boards formed after security breaches.”

Rubin concludes her post “We will see if the mainstream media cover “the cover-up of the cover-up,” which is what the headlines would surely blast in a Republican administration. I doubt it. Jay Carney had the gall this week to brush off questions about Benghazi, saying it happened a long time ago. That’s akin to the man who kills his parents and throws himself upon the mercy of the court as an orphan. If the administration, including the White House, had come clean on precisely what happened, what Obama and Clinton were up to on the night of the attack, how they missed the threat of al-Qaeda in Libya (now we hear three al-Qaeda operatives ran the attack) and why a false narrative was perpetrated for so long, we wouldn’t, seven months later, still not have answers to basic questions. And if the press had done its job, we would have gotten to the root of this mess before the presidential election.

What difference does it make? Well, that’s a question that no reporter or pol would dare ask about a Republican national security failure and scandal of this magnitude. As with the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the mainstream media have tried to avert their eyes, label it non-news and blame it all on partisan politics; but, as with Gosnell, that trick won’t last forever. All Emphasis ours!

For your information, here are a few recent articles on Benghazi and the upcoming hearings next week.

A review of previous post on An Excellent Spirit will make us look good, but we are reminded of a time past in 1973, when we were at dinner in Jimmy’s Restaurant in Manhattan on 52nd St. For you really old timers, Jimmy’s was the successor to Toot’s Shore’s Restaurant and fabled watering hole in NYC. At that dinner were four nationally known reporters. Three are alive and cannot be named. One has passed, Jack Newfield, of the Village Voice, a man I was privileged to call friend. The other three were a national reporter for Newsweek, a New York Times political reporter/editor and a WAPO political reporter. We were having dinner and the subject was Watergate, which was just starting to heat up. It would be at least a year before it mushroomed into the nuclear devastation that ended Richard Nixon’s Presidency. At that dinner the Newsweek and WAPO reporters told us, “We have got him!” “We know enough to know that he is toast and we will drag this out, revelation by revelation until impeachment. If Nixon does not quit, he will go to jail. Whether he quits or makes a deal, we have Dean spilling his guts and Colson, H.R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Stans and Mitchell and many more are going to jail. It is a done deal!” This was months before any of this was known publically, before the Watergate impeachment hearings in Congress, Grand Juries and the like. The media knew then and the media knows now.

The media, now known as our “lamestream media for its obvious, tragic and treasonous desertion of its own guiding principles (which includes our national press) knows what they know and those who know the media are clued in variously. The times however have changed. Today, they do not uncover and unearth the scandalous, illegal behavior of the High and Mighty. Today they cover it up because the leftist, anti-American narrative they have totally bought into demands it. Their editors, unlike Ben Bradley and publishers, unlike Martha Graham, are more interested in their political bona fides than in their journalistic integrity.

And that is the whole truth, America as best as we can determine and bring it to our readers. Stay tuned, health permitting, An Excellent Spirit feels obligated to bring the truth to an America choking on the awful lies told by a gaggle of liars who are supposed to lead America and tell us only truth.

Benghazi Update – New Shocker: President Obama Knew Nothing!

The See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak Nothing About Evil Trio

Know Nothing About Any Evil President Obama

Say No Evil – “What Difference Does It Make” Clinton

Testify About No Evil Secretary of Defense Panetta today in Congress

For months, ever since the Benghazi murders on September 11th, 2012, the American people have been fed a steady diet of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” by the three highest officials of our government. Today, soon to be former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified before Congress and raised more questions than he answered. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin has this story today.  An Excellent Spirit will follow up at length, but for now, the shocking points (not talking points) are:

1. “Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified today that the president was absent during the Benghazi, Libya, attack(s) and neither he nor Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to anyone in the White House after briefly telling the president an attack was underway.” This is shocking because of the stories we have previously reported about the President’s orders given to his people upon learning of the attack. Here , Here  and here. It seems the new narrative, thanks to Panetta’s testimony today, will have to include some excuse or explanation of the President’s clear words, ““Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.” Here is one of but a few videos of President Obama responding to questions about what he did following the Benghazi attack. These videos of the President clearly saying that he gave instructions (orders?) about the Benghazi attack upon learning of it are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s as President and Commander in Chief of US military forces, gave “very clear directives” to secure our people.”  This excerpt, taken from from An Excellent Spirit’s comprehensive coverage (here) of what the lamestream media still refuses to cover, will be quite troublesome to the President.

4 Dead Americans in Benghazi. No story of what, if anything President Obama knew or said or did about their safety.

Either President Obama was told of the attack that threatened the lives of our Ambassador and his security detail immediately or not. That must be established by sworn testimony from his advisors and, ultimately, from his own Presidential lips. Whenever that happened is crucial because of his words above that he gave three orders as a result. The video we linked is also quite in need of clarification based on Panetta’s testimony. We will see.

2. Next, we see that the role of the lamestream media has been key in this cover up the largest scandal in our history. Rubin’s article makes that point well: “The last item is stunning, in part, because no reporter or debate moderator asked the very simple question many conservative critics were asking (Where was the president?) and because no senior official came forward before the election to say, “Ya know the president wasn’t around.” It is almost like the press and the administration together helped conceal gross irresponsibility by the president until after the election.

The President as Commander in Chief of American Forces

Ms. Rubin then asks the question most thinking people (not in the media- they don’t think, they help their man) ask: “Isn’t it time someone not under the thumb of the White House or the Justice Department investigate exactly what the president was up to, what knowledge he had before the incident of the deteriorating situation in Libya, whether he was receiving briefings leading up to Sept. 11, 2012, on Libya and security precautions and why he and his staff kept telling the American people a false narrative about the incident?” Rubin, really the only conservative voice on the nation’s second most far left newspaper, goes on to mention a few other pertinent questions and subjects that are apparently taboo: “And maybe outside eyes should look at the leaking of national security secrets. It is one thing to say that the president’s appointees missed cables or got their talking points mixed up. It is quite another to say the president was AWOL during the entire episode and then went to Las Vegas the next day for a campaign event. At some point — is it now? — events, negligence and plain old incompetence do have a way of catching up.” An Excellent Spirit could not agree more.

America has been inured to parsing, dissembling and even out right lying for years. It has come to the point that the boldness with which our leaders lie to the people is not even a little shocking, so frequent and constant that it is. Four Americans were murdered on September 11, 2012. The President, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Panetta, former CIA Director Patraeus all have made statements or testified under oath or both. We still do not know the truth, much less what the facts were. The worst thing is, that with each additional witness statement or revelation, we have more questions leading to more prevarication and dissembling, leading to less confidence in our government, our President, his Cabinet and our security. We have a President more at home on the golf course, on vacation on our dime or hob nobbing with Hollywood royalty. We deserve better. Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods deserved much better. As Obama’s favorite President, Abraham Lincoln said, those who are serving America deserve and are entitled to “our last full measure of devotion”. In the time that has passed since September 11th, 2012, about the only thing that is certain is that those four men received much less than that.

The President commanding his troops: Beyonce and Jay Z.

Wherever our President was that night, we know he went to Las Vegas early the following morning, September 13th for a campaign fund raiser with his adoring devotees. That is what he does best. Sadly, he does not lead nearly as well or respond to the needs of our patriotic men and women whose lives are at risk every day. Four dead is the toll this time. What will it be next time?

This circus of mis-information, prevarication and just plain lying and intentional confusion must end, but no one has any confidence that it will. An Excellent Spirit will not let it simply pass into the fog of memory. We will either get answers or keep asking questions. That is all we can do. That is all every American should do! Stay tuned.

More on Benghazi Gate

Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. Consulate’s burnt out buildings during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif, not shown, to the U.S. Consulate to express sympathy for the death of the American ambassador, Chris Stevens and his colleagues in the deadly attack on the Consulate, September 11, in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. The American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The Arabic on the building reads, “God is Great, and there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.” (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

An Excellent Spirit has followed the terrible events of September 11th 2012, the scandal and cover up of the actions (and inactions) of our President and his White House advisors), the promises of investigations by Congress and the sometimes wild and crazy theories about what happened in Benghazi. Here The only thing we can be sure of is that we do not know what happened and it is beginning to look like we may never find out. Recall the Warren Commission? It was supposed to be the most authoritative, complete investigating body ever assembled. It’s assignment was to investigate and report to the American people what actually took place in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22nd 1963. It is now almost 50 years later and no one in his or her right mind can say we know what happened. After several dozen Congressional Committees and investigations, hundreds of books and more have brought one theory, fact and speculation after another before the American people, all the intervening 50 years have produced is greater confusion and a growing certainty that we were never supposed to know in the first place.

Benghazi has almost 50 years to go before it catches up to JFK’s assassination, but it has made a good start. This Washington Examiner story is an example. A retired Four Star US Navy Admiral, James Lyons is suggesting that Benghazi was a bungled abduction by Islamic forces in connection with a plan to barter for the release of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdul Rahman, the convicted leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that left six dead and more that a thousand injured. Admiral Lyons is no mere right wing conspiratorist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lyons_(admiral) His 36 year career in the Navy was capped with command of the US Pacific Fleet and he is a well-regarded expert on military and security affairs. According to Lyons, the bungled kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens was only the first act of a macabre drama that would have led to the release of the Blind Sheik in a trade.  “(T)his kidnapping was planned to be the first stage of an international prisoner exchange. This transfer of prisoners would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheik” convicted of orchestrating the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.”

Admiral James A. Lyons, US Navy, Ret.

An Excellent Spirit has reported on the Blind Sheik. Here. We have also had much to say about Benghazi and what really happened that resulted in four American deaths, the almost complete inaction by the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State and the President’s national security staff at the White House. Here Whether a Congressional Investigation is ever begun; whether anyone is ever made to account for their actions or inactions as United States officials of whatever rank, Benghazi stinks. There is an old Italian proverb that, like many Italian proverbs, deals with the stench of evil: “Il pesce puzza dalla testa” – “the fish stinks from the head down”. It should be noted that the origin was probably Turkish, Arabic or perhaps Jewish. Nevertheless, Benghazi stinketh and only the Truth can make the stench go away. Lyons suggested that “the Obama administration intentionally lessened the levels of security at the consulate compound in Benghazi in the weeks leading up to the attack. This plan should have worked to reduce the possibility of resistance as the Ansar al-Sharia terrorist organization captured Chris Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya.” This would account for the silence of Secretary of State Clinton, even in the wake of the report that her State Department bungled the security leading to the massacre. Lyon’s theory is that the attack was encouraged by the White House as part of a convoluted plan to set up the ultimate release of the Blind Sheik. The lessened security encouraged the attack; the attack would not be defensible and the Ambassador taken hostage. The rest would be history.

Omar Abdul Rahman – The Blind Sheik

The 7-8 hour battle over the consulate (or whatever it truly was in Benghazi) threw all that into a tizzy. Despite being told by their “superiors” to stand down and let events take their course, “Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both former U.S. Navy Seals, ignored orders to “stand down” and fought vigorously for hours in their attempt to defend the compound from the impending attack. Ultimately, these armed assaults on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex claimed the life of four Americans–Ambassador Chris Stevens, former U.S. Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department information manager Sean Smith.”

The Cloud over the White House. Four Dead in Benghazi: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods (USN Seal Ret.), Glen Doherty (USN Seal Ret.) and Sean Smith US State Department (USAF Ret.)

That is starting to sound a little more like what really happened. Two heroic Americans who just happened to be US Navy Seals with a code that cannot be broken by duplicity and cowardice, gummed up the works and paid for it with their lives and the lives of Ambassador Stevens and his former USAF State Department “manager”. That is what happened. Everything else is later, part of the largest cover up and obfuscation exercise since 1963. Resignations of US Secretary of State Clinton, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, relief of two four star flag commanders in the field (Gen. Carter Ham and Adm. Gaouette as we reported here and here), lost drone tapes and much more are all the result of a mad, “wag the dog” operation gone sour.

The reactions of the two Seals led to the attacking mob being augmented and going out of control. This led to their deaths, the capture and killing of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith and the loss of untold numbers of weapons being stored at the “consulate” for distribution to those chosen by the Administration for this largesse. It also led to the utter failure of the Obama/Morsi attempt to set up the release of Rahman and that is where we are now. In the midst of the biggest damage control exercise in American History.

The American people have almost no information. First, CIA Director, retired General David Patreaus resigned in the midst of a scandal involving his conduct with a woman while he was director. His testimony before a closed Congressional Committee was delayed, but it is just about the only testimony we have of the major players. Hillary Clinton has never testified. Neither have General Ham or Admiral Gaouette. Leon Panetta has resigned after making all sorts of conflicting statements. No member of the President’s National Security team has come forward with information. The President, himself, has made several comments that do not inspire confidence, and perhaps indicate he should be asked questions under oath.

An Excellent Spirit has watched and read Michelle Malkin. She is a right wing commentator who at times fails to inspire confidence in her viewpoints. Malkin’s recent Townhall column on the Blind Sheik gives us more information about Omar Abdul Rahman. “Lest you need reminding, the wily blind sheik has used his visitation privileges to wreak more terror from behind bars. His radical left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted in 2005 of helping her client smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence from the imprisoned sheik to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her client’s court-ordered isolation. This “old man” is a virulent anti-American propagandist who condemned Americans as “descendants of apes and pigs who have been feeding from the dining tables of the Zionists, Communists and colonialists,” called on Muslims to “destroy” the West, “burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air or land,” and issued bloody fatwas against U.S. “infidels” that inspired the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1997 massacre of Western tourists in Luxor, Egypt, and the 9/11 attacks.” Clearly the kindly, sickly old man that we should release for “humanitarian” reasons. Malkin’s column is hereTownhall’s Bob Beauprez weighs in with yet more information. Here  “The Associated Press is reporting that Ali Harzi, a 26 year old Tunisian linked to the assassination attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, has been released “due to lack of evidence.”   After the attacks Obama said, “My biggest priority is bringing those folks (the terrorists) to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I’ll always keep.” In 2005, Ali Harzi and a brother were sentenced to 30 months in prison.  Another brother fought against U.S. led coalition forces in Iraq.  Their father acknowledged in an interview that he had encouraged his sons to take up “jihad in the cause of God.” Despite video showing faces of the attackers, “most suspects remained free” and witnesses have yet to be questioned, according to the AP. In a separate report, Reuters noted the same lack of progress in the investigation, citing “no real desire to dig too deep (by Libyan officials) for fear of setting off reprisals” from the Islamic militias.  Even the commander overseeing the security reaction on the night of the attacks had yet to even be questioned as of late last month.   FBI agents sent to Benghazi in October to investigate retreated to Tripoli “because of security concerns” according to Reuters, and simply “put out a poster asking for information.” Ahmed Abu Khattala, about whom “witnesses have said they saw him directing other fighters” during the Benghazi attack reportedly is walking the streets with impunity.  Abu Khattala is said to be the leader of a wing of Ansar al-Sharia, the al-Qaeda linked group said to be responsible for the 9/11/2012 assault. But, if he’s one of the most wanted men in the world right now, Abu Khattala doesn’t seem all that concerned. He sat down with the New York Times and “spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.” Abu Khattala told the NYT that, “no authority has even questioned him about the attack…and he has no plans to go into hiding.”

Back to The Washington Examiner. They reported on the US State Department’s recent Accountability Review Board Report. That internal State Department review has been hardly and haphazardly covered by the lamestream media. The Examiner said, in part “the Accountability Review Board convened by Clinton has issued a report. And this is what it found. “Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place … “Board members found a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing … “The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi, given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection. However, the Board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.” No specific “senior” officials were named by the Accountability Review Board, but the same day its report was issued, three State Department employees, including two who oversaw security decisions at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, resigned. Finally, it seemed as though somebody was going to be held accountable for the security failures in Benghazi. Except no one was. It turns out that none of the State Department officials who supposedly resigned after the Accountability Review Board report has actually left the agency. All of them are either still working for the State Department today, or are on administrative leave and expected back soon. So much for accountability.” You can read the whole thing here.

It is looking more and more like a cover up. There is one more fact to report at this time. Back in September 2012, less than two weeks after the Benghazi attack, Michael Mukasey, former United States Attorney General (under George W. Bush) and former U.S. District Court Judge penned an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal.

Judge Mukasey was the U.S, Federal Court trial judge at Omar Abdul Rahman’s trial upon the charges of which he is convicted and incarcerated. As such, Mukasey probably has more information on Rahman, what he did and what he thinks and would do if released than anyone but the Blind Sheik himself. Most interesting in the article is this tidbit of information. “(I)n June, when Hani Nour Eldin, a member of the terrorist group that carried out the Luxor slaughter and who had himself spent 11 years in Egyptian jail on terrorism charges, was granted a visa to come to the United States, where he visited the White House and urged that Abdel Rahman be transferred to Egypt. Members of Congress immediately raised questions about how such allowances were made for a member of a designated terrorist organization. The assistant secretary of homeland security for legislative affairs, Nelson Peacock, responded in a July letter. It suggested that no warning flags had been raised during the processing of the Eldin visa, but the letter acknowledged that, as a member of a designated terrorist organization, Hani Nour Eldin would have needed a waiver from someone in authority to get a visa.” An Excellent Spirit has reported on the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the US State Department. Here  With Huma Abedin in the inside of every issue at State, it is no wonder that a terrorist with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood got a visa to enter the US and meet to negotiate the release of the Blind Sheik. It is easier yet to understand how the Benghazi consulate attack fit right in with the preposterous scenario that resulted in four deaths on September 11th of last year. Still no one investigates.

There are so many questions that cry out for answers. Answers under oath. Answers that are subject to the penalties of perjury. Why were General Ham and Admiral Gaouette relieved of their commands summarily in the hours after Benghazi? What was the United States really doing in Benghazi? Were we engaged in some kind of gunrunning of Ghadafi’s weapons? Why were Woods and Doherty told to “stand down” in the face of rioters with weapons attacking them? How did Hani Nour Eldin get a visa to enter the United States and who arranged it and signed off on it? Why did General Patreaus resign and delay his testimony? Was there any connection to Benghazi? What was the President and his National Security team doing during the 7-8 hours that led to the death of the four Americans in Benghazi? As Matt Bracken reported, was Cross Border Authority ever given by the President? If not, why not? What did the President know and when did he know it? Where is the tickler of the President’s time that night and the next day? Did the President ever order that those under fire in Benghazi on September 11th 2012 be rescued or assisted in any specific way?

Let all Americans pray that we get answers to these and many other questions about Benghazi. John F. Kennedy was killed almost 50 years ago and we do not know who did it or why it was done. Four Americans died in Benghazi five months ago and we can get little or no information in this age of information. It is time that we stopped sticking our collective heads in the sand and stood up and demand answers. If we do not, no one will. If we do not, we will not remain free for much longer. Stay tuned. We will be back when we have more. God bless America.

Benghazi – Did It Ever Happen?

U. S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya under attack on September 11, 2012

An Excellent Spirit has followed the events that took place in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012 when a United States “Consulate” was bombed, fired upon and set ablaze and the U. S. Ambassador to Libya and three American soldiers assigned as security to the Ambassador were murdered. Go here and here for a complete round up of the stories that An Excellent Spirit has carried to date.

Now that the Election is over and the New Year has begun, Americans still do not know what happened in Libya on September 11th. The families of those murdered still have no explanation of why their loved ones died in the service of the United States of America. The President has promised to bring those who perpetrated the murders to justice and Congress has promised a full investigation to inform the American people. Little or nothing has been done to date.

General David Patraeus, CIA Director, resigned on November 9th 2012 after a scandal about his personal life was made public. He met with US Senators thereafter. Here  He testified before Congress on November 16th about Benghazi and his opinion that it was the result of terrorism, but the testimony was behind closed doors and sealed to keep secret the facts from our enemies and the American people from knowing what happened. That all was by Thanksgiving, last year.

4 Star General David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The Holidays are over and the New Year begun and still little has been revealed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suffered a concussion and other injuries that prevent her, all these months later, from giving testimony. Republicans in the US Senate quite correctly have signaled that they will not vote to confirm her successor, US Senator John Kerry, unless and until Clinton gives that testimony. Brietbart has this story that a report lays the blame squarely at the feet of the State Department Clinton heads. “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday. A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists. It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security. The committee’s assessment, “Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi,” follows a scathing report by an independent State Department accountability review board that resulted in a top security official resigning and three others at the department being relieved of their duties.” Read the whole Brietbart story and learn how little we know and how much the President and Congress are doing to assure that we never learn the truth. Oh. yes. Hillary Clinton has been released from the hospital in New York, but with a new Congress about to be sworn in, a re-elected President who cared little for reveling his part in the Benghazi attack and aftermath and the families of the dead 2 Americans that much further from their grief and agony, what do you think the chances are that the promised investigation will ever take place?

The facts remain. Four US State Department officials died. A US Consular compound in Libya was over run by Al Qaeda terrorists and weapons stolen from that compound. The President and his advisors were provided with “real time” video of the attack that lasted over 7 hours and watched in the White House and State Department and at the CIA and other locations while our people were murdered.

The President of the United States, running for re-election, told the media that he gave orders that everything be done to secure our people within minutes of finding out of the attack. This October 26, 2012 story, by White House correspondent Jake Tapper details the President’s “orders”. “President Obama Begs Off Answering Whether Americans in Benghazi Were Denied Requests for Help”  In an interview with a Denver TV reporter Friday, President Obama twice refused to answer questions as to whether the Americans under siege in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, were denied requests for help, saying he’s waiting for the results of investigations before making any conclusions about what went wrong. After being asked about possible denials of requests for aid, and whether it’s fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and won’t be released until after the election, the president said, “the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.” President Obama told KUSA-TV’s Kyle Clarke large that “we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.” Clark pressed again. “Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” he asked.

“Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.” Here is one of but a few videos of President Obama responding to questions about what he did following the Benghazi attack. These videos of the President clearly saying that he gave instructions (orders?) about the Benghazi attack upon learning of it are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s as President and Commander in Chief of US military forces, gave “very clear directives” to secure our people.

There is also much that calls those statements into question. An Excellent Spirit wrote about this story by Matt Bracken, a retired SEAL that appeared in PJ Media. In our story, we referenced Bracken’s authoritative piece and the stunning information it contained. It seems to contradict the President’s words about “orders”. “The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut. Once the alarm is sent  – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.”

Former SEAL and author Matthew J. Bracken

An Excellent Spirit has had some contact with the author, Matt Bracken, and believes this hero has it right. All the way. But there is more. Once the attack was known by the President and his team on the night of September 11th, a few even more curious events took place that have never been explained or investigated, to our knowledge. We refer to the relieving of commands of two senior U. S. flag rank commanders who were on active duty and were in the process of coming to the aid of our Libyan people early in the 7 hour massacre.  The Washington Times reported that General Jack Ham, the commander of AFRICOM, the US military command for the Libyan region, was summarily relieved of his command because he was in the process of going to the aid of those in Libya in time to do them some good. Here The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. 

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command. 

The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africom.  This version of events contradicts Mr. Panetta’s October 25 statement that General Ham advised against intervention. But so far there is nothing solid to back it up. Maybe Ham attempted to send a reaction force against orders, or maybe he simply said the wrong thing to the wrong people. Perhaps he gave whomever he was talking to up the chain a piece of his mind about leaving Americans to die when there was a chance of saving them. At the very least U.S. forces might have made those who killed our people pay while they were still on the scene. The Obama White House is famously vindictive against perceived disloyalty – the administration would not let Ham get away with scolding them for failing to show the leadership necessary to save American lives. The Army’s ethos is to leave no man behind, but that is not shared by a president accustomed to leading from that location. The question remains why the repeated requests – which is to say desperate pleas – to send a relief force were refused. Perhaps Mr. Obama and his national security brain trust thought the terrorist assault would be a minor skirmish and quickly blow over. When it became clear that the attack was something more serious, they may have had visions of the rescue team getting involved in a Mogadishu-like firefight, a “Blackhawk Down 2.” This would have been too much for the risk-averse Mr. Obama, particularly in a Muslim country, and less than two months before the election. Instead they simply watched the live video hoped for the best. If there were American fatalities, they felt they could shift blame for the circumstance to the supposed Youtube video which they had already blamed for the riot at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo hours earlier. In fact the Embassy had sent out its “apology” tweets even before the Cairo riot commenced.”

Four Star U.S. General Carter Ham, Ret. Deposed AFRICOM commander over Benghazi Murders Response

It gets even “curiouser”.  An Excellent Spirit covered this story of the relief of Admiral Gaouette of his command. This strange incident even had some vague hints suggesting this naval hero had been mutinous against the President. Here There have been few follow up articles on either of these two commanders being replaced, so we do not know what actually happened. It is just part of the intentional confusion and obfuscation being systematically conducted by our government and the lamestream media. Still the American people have no facts or information being provided. How are we to understand what happened if no one testifies, no one follows stories up and no one gives answers to the questions that already linger?

America is in trouble. Things are going boom in the night and no one is doing anything about it. Worse, what is being done is to sweep everything under the rug as quickly as possible. The two main actors are our own government (the “most transparent” in our history) and the lamestream media, the see nothing, print nothing, know nothing media that is losing readers and watchers by the millions as “we” get what news we can from the Internet. Stay tuned. Maybe someday Hillary Clinton will recover and testify. Maybe someone will explain how two flag commanders were relieved and why. Maybe someone will get a copy of President Obama’s order to secure our folks. Maybe. But maybe not. My Grandmother used to say, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”

America is beginning to look like a beggar nation. God forbid!

A people who are in the dark as “we” are cannot expect to know the truth, get understanding or operate as those who understand the times and know what to do. It is up to the Body of Christ in America to lead the way back from darkness and ignorance by praying and by doing what God intended for each of us to do. That certainly must include becoming informed, involved and speaking up and speaking out. Think about it, America. Think about it. Christian. Then do something! Before it is too late. Benghazi is a tragedy that explains more than we think. It shows how deceived we are, not knowing what our government is doing. How helpless we are, not deserving of the truth or anything approaching the truth, such as a few facts here and there about our concerns. It shows how corrupt we have become when senior flag commanders are relieved on duty and seemingly disappear from our radar, never to be heard from or about again. It shows how useless Congress is, demanding facts, threatening investigations, receiving who know what behind closed doors and telling the American people that there will be more, only to fall silent and clueless upon the New Year.

It is time for Americans who know God and are disciples of Jesus Christ to act like it. We must pray about all this. We must hear from God what He wants each of us individually and all of us collectively, filled as we are with His Spirit of Truth, to do. We must pray with one another and plan to take action right where we are, in our neighborhoods, cities, counties and states. Begin with small actions. God’s Word tells us we are not to despise the day of small beginnings because “it is not by might, nor power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6, NKJV) The Word of God is awesome and it is completely and utterly able to accomplish what God intends for it and for us, when we act upon His Word, to accomplish. God is telling all of us that what is ahead may be daunting and the forces behind evil may be strong, but are not to oppose them by “might” (our own strength, guile and knowledge), nor power (guns, weapons of war and armies of men) but by God’s Spirit (The Holy Spirit, our comforter, guide, revelator of God’s truth to His people). Zechariah 4:6-b says, “the Lord of Hosts”. This designation is throughout the Bible. It means God, the Lord of Armies and Battles vastly greater than anything man has ever created. God’s “army” is “us”! We are those upon whom the God of Hosts, Armies and Battles will confer His Great Strength, but only if we enlist in His Army by showing up, ready for war and prayed up and pressed in for the battle that God will win for us. God told Zerubbabel that the “great mountain” would become a plain and that the hands of men and women of God (you and me) had laid the foundation of God’s Temple on Earth and would finish that Temple of God’s Habitation on the Earth!

2013. The “day of small beginnings”. Benghazi and the scandal that is yet uncovered may offer one of the “small beginnings”, but only to those who know that the battle is the Lord’s. Stay tuned. Stay alert and stay connected to God and one another. God bless America.

Christian Martyrs in 2013? – The Past or Our Future?

Christian martyrs praying before their deaths by the lions in Rome.

An Excellent Spirit has been praying, reading and praying some more about God’s direction for America and for His Body, the Church in America and for us at An Excellent Spirit. We saw this article by Pastor Michael Youssef.

Pastor Michael Youssef

Pastor Youssef, the Pastor of an Atlanta church was born and lived his early life in Egypt. He begins his article innocuously enough: “The behavior of the western media can only be described as cowardly. That news is not going to surprise any honest, fair-minded person. Anyone can see the glaring spinelessness in their reporting (or lack thereof) on the beleaguered freedom-loving souls in Egypt today. When thousands of people demonstrated against President Mubarak in January 2011, all major western media outlets sent reporters to Egypt, where they reported day and night. It was mostly inaccurate and biased, but at least they were reporting. Now that an Islamist government—which was falsely installed by the military council—is in power, there is deafening silence. As even more young, educated democracy seekers are wounded and killed than in the Revolution of 2011, the media still cannot be lured from its hiding places. Even after the Islamist President Morsi declared his dictatorship, western media said nothing. Well, nothing except for the occasional comment to support him and his push for total control—all the poor guy needs is the power to cleanse Egypt of the vestiges of the Mubarak regime. The media ignores the fact that government employees make up a majority of the country and can be categorized as vestiges of the Mubarak regime. I get it: the western media is scared. Most, if not all, are intimidated and fearful of Islamists. But no one buys their claim that they only fear being accused of Islamophobia. They really fear for their lives, and for their profits. And that fear is the root of their cowardice.”

Egyptians protesting Mursi’s power grab by Muslim Brotherhood.

Strong words from a Christian. Even stronger from an American Christian pastor and leader. That is not to say that American Christians have not had leaders who have spoken plainly and strongly. We have and continue to have. Nevertheless, this is 2012 and Americans have just re-elected the most anti-Christian, anti-Israel, pro Islam President in our history. Whether “we” thought about it or not, that is who we just re-elected and there is nothing short of impeachment that “we” can do if it turns out that “we” are not happy with that choice in the coming four years. The fact is that fewer Christians voted in the 2012 Presidential Election than in 2008 and the number has been going down every four years for some time. (Sources: Barna and Heritage)

An Excellent Spirit has reported on the state of America’s lamestream media since we began publishing in July 2012. The list of our posts is long, but you can review any or all here. Pastor Youssef is clear in his blame of our media for what he sees happening in Egypt, the world and ultimately, America. He calls their behavior “cowardly” and accuses the media of acting out of fear of Islamists. We are not so sure we agree with Youssef’s conclusion, but his facts are absolutely accurate. As an Egyptian American, his concern is genuine for his people in Egypt. “When the Director General of the BBC was asked why they had tried so hard to not offend Muslims, especially when they had often treated Christians with scorn, his honest answer was: a Christian has “broad shoulders” and can take it, but an Islamist may complain by saying, “I am loading my AK47.” As the power of fear and intimidation grows worldwide, the slippery slope of appeasement will make the leftist western media obsolete as a news source. An uninformed public will remain blissfully ignorant until it is too late to stop the media from becoming a dangerous tool in the Islamist’s pocket. Already it feels like I’m living back in Egypt during the 1960s when most of the nation’s media got their cues from Nasser. They would attack whom they knew Nasser wanted attacked. And they would remain silent on certain deadly issues if they knew he wanted them to close their eyes.” Not your usual ranting against a lame, leftist, see no evil, report no evil American media that “we” all have come to detest and mistrust.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Enforcers of the Faith

What is also true is that his prophetic pronouncement at the end of his piece is true of America and of the Body of Christ in America. “Today’s protestors represent the best of Egypt. They are Muslim men and Christian men. They are veiled women and unveiled women. They are united in a love for their country and disdain for what their Islamist president is doing to it. Unlike western media, they have shown courage time after time. They protested last year at enormous risk to their lives. Now they protest again make sure their courage has not been for nothing. But Morsi is an Islamist, and the media fears the Islamists. And Morsi is President Obama’s ally, and the media loves the U.S. president. That leaves the protestors out in the cold with the TV cameras turned off. The people of the West need to learn from their beleaguered freedom-loving Egyptian compatriots who are shedding their blood for true democracy. The people of the West need to wake up from their slumber, follow the example of the Egyptian protestors, and rise up against the deliberate deception of the western media. It is time for the people of the West—for all truth-loving people—to boycott the cowards and support the courageous. Emphasis ours.

Peaceful Egyptians demonstrate for democracy in Cairo

As we said, Youssef is a pastor and Christian leader who has spent more of his life in the “west” than living in the land of his birth. Nevertheless, he is more than qualified, both as an Egyptian who has been back to the Middle East umpteen times and as a Christian leader, educator and spiritual disciple of Jesus Christ, to warn his people (“us” brothers and sisters in Christ) of the perils we now face in this dangerous world that our inattention has brought to America. We have been asleep. We have not voted. We have not been informed. We do not, as does Pastor Youssef, speak out about what we see, much less of what we are ignorant.

The Catholic Church in Egypt speaks out despite fear of reprisal.

Why? Of what are we, the Body of Christ, if anything, afraid? Why do our leaders, men and women who are unafraid to face death and dismemberment to spread the gospel, keep silent about what is going on in the world and in America?  Where have all the martyrs gone?

From the start of the Christian church, martyrs have been among those who have testified to the character, the divinity and the love of Jesus Christ and of God, the Father. Beginning with Stephen, perhaps the first martyr and continuing down the ages, Wikipedia tells us that the Body of Christ, as the church is called by God, has been led and established in the world by martyrs. From St. Stephen, Protomartyr, who was stoned in 34 AD., we know that those that followed him in martydom for Christ included the Apostles and Gospel writers.  St. James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded in 44 AD. St. Philip the Apostle was crucified in 54 AD. St. Matthew the Evangelist killed with a halberd (a combination of battle axe and spear) in 60 AD. St. James the Just, beaten to death with a club after being crucified and stoned. St. Matthias was stoned and beheaded. St. Andrew, St. Peter’s brother, was crucified. St. Mark the Evangelist, was dragged in the streets of Alexandria then beheaded. St. Peter, crucified upside-down. St. Paul, beheaded in Rome. St. Jude was martyred in Syria in AD 65. St. Bartholomew flayed alive and crucified in Armenia during the first century. St. Thomas the Apostle was killed by a spear in Mylapore, Madras, India in AD 72. St. Luke the Evangelist was hanged at age 84 in Boeotia, Greece.

The Apostles Peter and Paul – Early Christian Martyrs

From this beginning, the list of Christian martyrs is long and distinguished but almost devoid of Americans. Other than Mormon church founders Joseph Smith and Hyram Smith and Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa who were martyred in what is now Washington state, the only other listed martyrs who were Americans were five young Christian missionaries in Ecuador, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming 1956 and Roger Youderian who were killed while attempting to evangelize the Waodani people.

That is somewhat like our American good fortune and our heritage in living, since our inception in relative peace and prosperity. Americans are among the most fortunate and free people in the history of man in both a material and physical sense. We have reported before the estimate that of the billions of people that God has created since He created Adam, less than 5% of those have ever lived in comparable freedom and prosperity as have Americans. That is why untold hundreds of millions have come to our shores seeking and finding a better life.

English Romantic (and anti-Christian) poet John Keats said, “I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion – I have shudder’d at it. I shudder no more. I could be martyr’d for my religion Love is my religion And I could die for that. I could die for you.” – John Keats (1795-1821 An Excellent Spirit has found some who died for Christ and for His people in modern times. Chief among these is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and Nazi resister. Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender. If ever a Christian loved God more than his life, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

America’s martyrs are not the traditional kind of resisters of tyranny of man or devil. They are our dead soldiers and sailors, men and women, who have preserved American freedom with their lives. We celebrate them in places all over the world and principally at Arlington National Cemetery. That has been the American Way. Our country has been blessed to have hundreds of thousands of graves with names on them, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate those who are not known by name and few forgotten dead like the rest of the world. In 1864, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton officially designated Arlington Mansion and two hundred surrounding acres as a United States military cemetery. Today, more than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery. On Arlington’s 612 Acres there are approximately 6,900 burials a year and two American President’s are buried there. (President Kennedy and President Taft) These then are our martyrs to date in America.

Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

An Excellent Spirit has reported many times on what occurred in Benghazi Libya on September 11th of this year. Here  What we have not said, as yet, is that the four men who died there will most probably be listed in Wikipedia’s list of martyrs and, perhaps, soon. The reason we hesitate about the timing of the listing is that the same lamestream media that Dr. Youssef lambastes in his article has almost totally ignored the Benghazi murders and the cover up and now is engaged in a cover up of the original cover up. Confusing? That is exactly the point. “They” do not want “us” to know anything about Benghazi. In case any of “us” care, and the polls say we do not, “they” want us as completely ignorant as we can be. What of the hearings we were told would take place after the Election? What about all those sound bites that we would hear from Clinton, Patreaus, even the President? Where have they gone? As the song tells us prophetically,  “They are gone to graveyards, every one. When will we ever learn?”

Four men, Americans and in the service, not of some Christian missionary group or church, or like those Dr. Youssef describes in Egypt, freedom fighters, but diplomats and US soldiers tasked with protecting diplomats, died. They died brutally and at least one or two of them died unnecessarily according to the little we have been told. We do know that Ambassador Christopher Stevens detailed the danger right up to and including the day he died and nothing was done to prevent his death or support his mission. We know that the US Government apparently through the State Department that is riddled with Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers (Huma Abedin) was in charge of part of the security that failed to protect our men.The families of those who died in Benghazi on September 11th still have not been given what any soldier’s family gets, official notification by the US Government of the death, its cause and other details.

An Excellent Spirit has reported that what was actually happening in Benghazi may have had a lot more to do with the deaths of the four American martyrs- there! We said it! – than President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton or even the Congressional investigators want the American people to know. This is the latest we have seen in the disappearing stories on a scandal that was compared with Watergate a few short weeks ago.

That brings us back to where we started with Pastor Michael Youssef and his article. When Youssef says “The people of the West need to wake up from their slumber, follow the example of the Egyptian protestors, and rise up against the deliberate deception of the western media. It is time for the people of the West—for all truth-loving people—to boycott the cowards and support the courageous.” whom is he speaking about? Who are the “cowards” and who are the “courageous”?

Perhaps as important as those questions are, if America is to be saved from what is coming on every front (economic-Fiscal Cliff, Taxmageddon, collapse; social– class warfare, culture shock and sharia Americana; military & security– sequestration cuts, missile defense cuts, military cuts and more to name just a few), what is the Christian church in America to do? What are the leaders of the church in America to do? When will they do it, whatever it is?

Scene from American “Mega Church” Service

Dr .Michael Youssef may have just started something. There are many more just like him in America. Men and women of great conviction and mission who have been involved and care, but who have not spoken up as loudly as Youssef has. There are many who are involved and who are leading but there are few who even approach the question of what they are willing to put on the table, as did Bonhoeffer and the Apostles and those in between. It is beginning to look like times have not changed all that much and “we” the people who have conveniently forgotten about our past, will now be called upon to repeat it to a great degree. An Excellent Spirit prays it is not so, but our faith in those prayers is more challenged every day.

Lord God of Hosts! Be with America and the Body of Christ in America yet! Help us not to forget what You remember always: the lives of each one who has been martyred for You and why their martyrdom was and is necessary. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Dr. Michael Youssef is the author of 27 books including his most recent and timely Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com

Who Cares?

An Excellent Spirit is watching the debate and squabble in the lamestream media over the supposed naming as US Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton of US Un Envoy, Susan Rice, she of the misinformation campaign to the American people of the Benghazi murders and the cover up. We have not commented to date because we are of the opinion, Who Cares?

The President is Constitutionally entitled to name his own cabinet. Article 2. Section 2 clearly gives him that power. We reprint it here from an online text of the Constitution.

Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 2 – Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.  All Emphasis ours.

What is so interesting about this section is that it is controlling, the Supreme Law of the Land with respect to the President, his Cabinet and it clearly was intended by our Founders to proscribe that power of the President. The last sentence gives Congress the authority to “vest the appointment” by the President. “as they (Congress) think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”

There is no way to read or interpret that section but to understand that Congress has virtually unlimited power with respect to those the President appoints, should they decide to exercise that power. The appointment of any Cabinet head is, without the urgency and controversy of Benghazi Gate, foreign policy, the Middle East conflict and our relationship with Israel, heady enough stuff. The appointment of a clear lightweight as Ambassador Rice is and always will be is still not without precedent, especially in the Obama Administration.

There are, however, a few considerations that Americans should consider as this orchestrated dog and pony show is unveiled for “our” consumption. First, who “we” appoint as our Secretary of State tells the world a lot about who “we” are. If the United States appoints a neophyte, a talking head that knows only what she is told to say and no more; if “we” send our chief diplomat out into the world with that reputation to repair what it most certainly the weakest appeasement stance of a major nation in history, we will reap what we as a nation have sown. More aggression, more disrespect. We live in a violent world where aggressors respect one thing. Strength and demonstrated resolve to use that strength when challenged. The Pax Romana, “(Latin for “Roman peace“) was the long period of relative peace and minimal expansion by military force experienced by the Roman Empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. Its span was about 207 years (27 BC to 180 AD).” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Romana This longest period of relative peace in the history of the world came about because of Roman military might and Romans of that day said that a Roman citizen could walk the face of the earth without fear because the full might of Rome guaranteed the safety of each of its citizens.

The last time that An Excellent Spirit looked, there is no Pax Obama or Pax Barack. “We” are not safe, nor are “we” secure. An Excellent Spirit cannot begin to list the critical problems America faces as a nation, nor can we point to a single action or policy that America has adopted or professed in the last four years, with the sole exception of Kill bin Laden and drone strikes on a “kill list” of President Obama’s.

Whomever President Obama names as Secretary of State will have a hard time in the US Senate getting confirmed. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/11/25/obama-susan-rice-secretary-of-state-john-mccain/1725193/ and Democrats also cannot seem to stomach Rice. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2963520/posts The authoritative Foreign Policy seems to be saying that Rice is no more than a stalking horse for the eventual nominee, Massachusetts US Senator and 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry, as a Senator would easily get confirmed, as US Senators never vote against one of their own without clear and convincing evidence of incompetence or worse. Kerry has never given much indication that he is competent, but is Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair and wealthy. His choice, while not a strong indication of American strength, would at least enable “us” to feel more secure in a dangerous world, even if we are not.

 

Benghazi Gate: Just Getting Started

An Excellent Spirit has reported on the Benghazi Gate scandal to the best of our ability utilizing our considerable resources. Here We saw this great and cogent PJ Media story by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen. They ask some really good questions and provide some answers that An Excellent Spirit has speculated about. “Most of the questions related to the Benghazi debacle are about the mechanics, both offensive and defensive. What did the White House know and when? What assets were available to the military? Did someone order a stand down, and if so, who? Why was “the video” blamed long after the administration knew the truth — and didn’t the administration know the truth from the beginning? If it didn’t, why didn’t it? All reasonable questions, but a generally unasked one deserves attention: “Why did al-Qaeda want to kill Ambassador Chris Stevens?”  The ambassador had good relations with some of the most extreme Libyan militias, including those with al-Qaeda ties. Did he upset them with something he did, or didn’t do? Was the White House fully apprised of his connections and dealings with the militias? Was he killed because of something the administration told him to start doing or to stop doing? There are things we know and things upon which we must speculate, including the entry of surface-to-air missiles to the Levant. Emerging from the chaos is a dim understanding that the U.S. was operating a clandestine arms operation from the CIA post that was loosely — and incorrectly — described as a “consulate.” Before and during the revolution, Ambassador Stevens had helped arm the anti-Gaddafi militias, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIF), whose leader Abdulhakim Belhadj later became the head of the Tripoli Military Council.”

That something like this was going on in Benghazi and almost certainly led to the death of 4 Americans on September 11th, is now inescapable. What is now known is why the Obama Administration from top to bottom misled the American people. To be sure there was an Election less than two months away. There were also four people dead. There was enough there that President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, CIA Chief Patreaus and others could have slowly and steadily released the truth, in parts, to the American people. This would have taken all the time that was left before the Election, but they chose not to do that. Instead, it appears that, with the full complicity of the lamestream media, the Obama Administration intentionally lied, over and over again! An Excellent Spirit asks, “WHY??”

The PJ Media article may give us some indications. At least, it provides facts that heretofore were unknown. “In 2011, it was reported that the Libyan rebels had acquired surface-to-air missiles from Gaddafi’s arsenal, and smuggled them into their own. They were not used in the revolution because the skies were filled with allies of the militias, but American sources worried that as many as 15,000 MANPADs (man-portable air defense systems — or mobile surface-to-air missiles) might have “gone missing.” Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro told USA Today: The frank answer is we don’t know (how many are missing) and probably never will. He added that the Obama administration took “immediate steps” to secure the weapons, launching an effort to recover them even before collapse of the regime. Which is interesting, because the U.S. claimed to have no “boots on the ground.” So who was looking for them? And if they found them, what did they do with them?”

The article continues: “Some, at least, appear to have emerged in Syria — in August there was a report of a Syrian government plane downed by the rebels. In October, the Russians claimed the rebels had U.S.-origin Stinger missiles. (Stingers are designed to hit helicopters and low-flying planes — they wreaked havoc with Russian aircraft during the war in Afghanistan.) The BBC reported that the Syrians had old Soviet SA-7 missiles that can destroy an airplane flying at higher altitudes. Whether Russian or American, the introduction of MANPADS into the region would be cause for alarm. The Levant is not isolated to Afghanistan, and the multinational nature of the Syrian rebels puts a number of countries and their interests in harm’s way. A stray shot — or a deliberate diversion — could be used against Israeli commercial or military aviation. Or American aviation. Turkey would have to worry that the Kurdish part of the anti-Assad revolution might divert its energies to assist in the Kurdish guerrilla movement against Turkey; Turkey’s war against the PKK is largely conducted with helicopters. Jordan would have to worry that the Muslim Brotherhood part of the Syrian rebellion could divert its energies to assist the MB in Jordan against U.S. ally King Abdullah II. Russia would worry that missiles could be diverted to the anti-Russian Sunni jihadists of the Caucasus or Central Asia.”

Then, the Bryens throw in an informed speculation: “In October, the IDF confirmed that a surface-to-air missile, said to be an SA-7, was fired at a helicopter from Gaza. Iran had not provided such weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, perhaps understanding that such an escalation would produce Israeli retaliation. The fact that Israel struck the Sudanese Yarmouk rocket/missile factory at the end of October may have been a reminder of the consequences of escalation. So far, only the last bit is speculation. Emphasis ours.

Overhead of Benghazi “consulate” and Libyan cities.

“But what if Turkish, Jordanian, Russian, or Israeli concerns about the appearance of MANPADS close to their borders made the administration decide that it had to exercise more control over weapons shipments to the Syrian rebels? What if the State Department told Ambassador Stevens to clamp down on the shipments or to stop them all together? If Stevens had told his militia allies that he was cutting back or cutting off the CIA-organized shipments to Syria, could they have been angry enough to kill him?” Now, we are getting to some of the questions the American people have.

The end of the article is even more fascinating and ominous, if true, to the Obama Administration. “Al-Qaeda operatives knew of the ambassador’s presence in Benghazi — either because they had operatives in Tripoli or because they had them in Benghazi. They knew where he was and they attacked after the Turkish ambassador left the compound. This raises the question of why Stevens and the Turkish ambassador were meeting in Benghazi at all, when both are stationed in Tripoli. Another “what if” involves the administration response to the attack, both initially and when senior members — including the secretary of State, the president’s press secretary, and the U.S. ambassador to the UN — all insisted that the attack was the result of “the video.” Two full weeks later, President Obama pounded the lectern at the United Nations and denounced “the video.” What if they needed for Ambassador Stevens’ death to be part of a larger event, unrelated to the specifics of arms, militias, al-Qaeda, and Syria? Remember, we’re speculating here. But if the truth of an arms relationship came out, the administration would have been caught in a major falsehood right before the election — that’s not speculation. Mrs. Clinton had flatly told CBS News in February that the U.S. would not arm Syrian rebels, specifically because of the potential for arming radicals with which the U.S. would not be associated: What are we going to arm them with and against what? We’re not going to bring tanks over the borders of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. … We know [al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri] is supporting the opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al-Qaeda in Syria? It may still fall into the realm of speculation, but it seems we were, and if we were there would be a price to pay. In what appears to be a related event, in early November Secretary Clinton withdrew U.S. support from the Syrian National Council and proposed a differently comprised coalition that would reduce the SNC’s influence. She said it was needed in part because: We need an opposition that will be on record strongly resisting the efforts by extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution. There are disturbing reports of extremists going into Syria and attempting to take over what has been a legitimate revolution against a repressive regime for their own purposes. She didn’t mention their American interlocutors. That appears to be the final backing-away from an American relationship with al-Qaeda-related militias in Libya that ultimately resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Greg Doherty, and State Department computer specialist Sean Smith.

An Excellent Spirit has said that Benghazi Gate may be more lethal to the Obama Administration than Watergate was to the Nixon Presidency. Hearings are just beginning today and they are taking place behind closed doors due to the obvious security issues we have discussed. That will not last. With a scandal that is this big; with a President an active player in the underlying actions from the start (Nixon was passive and only became involved in the cover up) and the State Department at the very center of the failure in Libya, Benghazi Gate is certain to grow bigger until it, like a humongous infection, is lanced, the blood and gore coming out and a strong astringent and antibiotic applied. Difficult times are here and the pain and suffering is just beginning. Stay tuned America. We will bring it to you.

Dr. Stephen Bryen has served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and headed the Defense Technology Security Administration. Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center. They have years of experience as defense policy analysts.

Winners and Losers

An Excellent Spirit has been silent since November 6th with one exception. Here We are writing now not so much to end the silence, but to punctuate the reasons for it. There is too much being said about why the President won the Election and why Romney and the Republicans (sounds like a singing group from the 50’s) lost it. An Excellent Spirit did not predict the Election winner. We did analyze the contest, especially in the swing states and in several important demographics. Here  Our readers and everyone else can judge for themselves the accuracy of what we wrote a few days before the Election.

What is clear is that President Obama won the Election and it is over. In a few days, the world, nation and “we” will return to our former insanity (defined as doing the same thing and expecting different results) and get on with the Fiscal Cliff, our tsunami National Debt, our European like addiction to stuff without paying for it, Benghazi (still the greatest cover up in American history), and the hundreds of broken relics that comprise our neighborhoods, states and the nation. Until then, An Excellent Spirit will write only what we feel compelled to post and no more. We pray that our readers will bear with us and take the time to reflect, pray and hear from the God of Heaven and Earth.

Benghazi Update-New Veterans Group Opposes Obama

An Excellent Spirit is keeping a close eye on the Benghazi mess. We told our readers about Special Operations Speaks. Here In this shocking video, United States Navy SEALs reveal that the SEAL community is not voting for President Obama because of his conduct as Commander in Chief. Go here. The group of retired veterans also has posts on Benghazi. In this, they referenced a Las Vegas Review-Journal article: “U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now? The Obama administration sat by doing nothing for seven hours that night, ignoring calls to dispatch help from our bases in Italy, less than two hours away. It has spent the past seven weeks stretching the story out, engaging in misdirection and deception involving supposed indigenous outrage over an obscure anti-Muslim video, confident that with the aid of a docile press corps this infamous climax to four years of misguided foreign policy can be swept under the rug, at least until after Tuesday’s election.” 

The article details the lack of security and a clear response to the failures in Benghazi.  “The official explanation for why Obama administration officials watched the attack unfold for seven hours, refusing repeated requests to send the air support and relief forces that sat less than two hours away in Italy? Silence. An open discussion of these issues, of course, would lead to difficult questions about the wisdom of underwriting and celebrating the so-called Arab Spring revolts in the first place. While the removal of tyrants can be laudable, the results show a disturbing pattern of merely installing new tyrannies – theocracies of medieval mullahs who immediately start savaging the rights of women (including the basic right to education) and who are openly hostile to American interests.” Read the whole thing. Here The veterans group cites this National Review Online (NRO) piece that asks the key questions that the President has failed to answer.  “So, did the commander-in-chief direct the U.S. military to take action? If so, did the Pentagon refuse to do so because of a lack of information about the mob, as the secretary of defense has said? Or did the military lack any air or ground forces that could reach Benghazi within the seven-hour window of the attack? “You return everybody’s phone calls in 15 minutes; we figure out a way to say yes.” Why, then, was the answer “no” on 9/11 in Benghazi?” Emphasis ours. 

This scandal keeps unfolding. Tomorrow is Election Day. Everyone is focused on the Election and we understand that. We hope that everyone also understands that once November 6th is over and the Election decided, this scandal will occupy everyone’s attention. For a long time. An Excellent Spirit has seen scandals come and go. This one is here to stay for a long time. People will be fired. People may be indicted and go to jail. President Obama, Secretary Panetta, Secretary Clinton and numerous others could be impeached. Stay tuned.

The Obama Administration Middle East Policy – A Colossal Failure

US Middle East Policy in Flames

An Excellent Spirit has agonized over the Obama Administration’s horrible excuse for a Middle East policy and the gross mis-management of US interests in that region of the world by the President. We have been horrified over Benghazi and beyond anger at the inept and cover up.

The Election has taken all of the air in the past two weeks, or more and no one seems to be paying attention. Not so Barry Rubin of The Rubin Report. In this PJ Media story, Rubin unleashes a scathing and completely deserved attack on the President and his failed foreign policy. “At last, a perfect description of the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy which—unintentionally—shows why it is heading for disaster. Now what place would be so simultaneously uncomprehending and over-confident to give us that image? The New York Times, of course, in the person of Middle East correspondent and reliable apologist for revolutionary Islamist groups, Robert Worth. First, let me repeat what I’ve been saying for almost four years: The problem is that the Obama Administration and its numerous supporters in academia and the mass media keep saying the following: –Only al-Qaida is a real threat because only al-Qaida wants to attack the United States directly right now. –Al-Qaida has been defeated due to the great policies of the Obama Administration. –The remaining revolutionary Islamist groups are potential friends. After all, [sarcasm warning] they only want to seize state power, overthrow all existing relatively moderate regimes, create Sharia dictatorships, suppress women’s rights, persecute Christians, wipe Israel off the map, and drive U.S. influence out of the region. War over; we won. Who needs security in Benghazi? Who’s afraid of the big and not-so-bad Muslim Brotherhood?”

That question answers itself, tragically. Next, Rubin gets “us” to the central point of the Obama Administration’s utter sham of a policy. “Then why couldn’t the Obama administration have said that the consulate was attacked by evil al-Qaeda for no reason other than its lust to murder Americans, with the perfect symbolism of the attack having been staged on September 11? There was a dual problem. First, the group involved was one the U.S. government had worked with during the Libyan civil war so it could not admit they were close to al-Qaeda. Second, the official line was that al-Qaeda had been defeated so it could not still be a threat. Therefore, an alternative narrative and a cover-up were needed. Yet the cover-up of the Benghazi killings is only a small portion of a cover-up that incorporates the Obama Administration’s entire Middle East policy and all the lands from Morocco to the borders of India. The problem with all this is that respected institutions are spouting what can easily be deciphered as pure nonsense just by analyzing their own words. Such corruption of key American institutions is frightening and must be reversed. Any man who cannot or will not distinguish between his country’s worst enemies—groups that hate America, wage a real war on women and Christians, and are the world’s leading antisemites—and “potential allies” should not be president.

Now that is straight shooting and a clear reason for the potentially treasonous and criminal Benghazi cover up. Obama challenger Mitt Romney has cautiously but firmly criticized the failure of this Administration. If there is a change on November 6th, America will get a new policy. Stay tuned America. The Election is almost over and the tragic aftermath is just about to begin. God bless America!

Retired SEALs and Officers Want Benghazi Investigation. Now!

An Excellent Spirit in keeping with its promise to inform our readers about the Benghazi scandal, the murders of four heroes, the government complicity with the lamestream media to keep “us” in the dark, the high level military firings and the outright lies that the Obama Administration has been telling all of “us”, has seen this website of retired “special operations” officers that is calling for the immediate investigation of the President and his administration. The site, Special Operations Speaks, was first noticed back in June by Townhall’s Austin Bay in connection with the Obama Administration’s leaking of documents and details of the bin Laden raid that killed the terrorist in Pakistan. “Which brings us to SOS. A Vietnam vet friend tipped me to its unfinished website, Special Operations Speaks.com. The message: A cadre of retired U.S. special operations personnel is fed up with leaks that compromise covert U.S. operations and imprison pro-American sympathizers. Their mission: stop the leaks by firing the leaker-in-chief. A former SEAL and commandant of the SEAL training center, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Larry Bailey, organized the group. I asked him, over the phone, why he formed it. He replied: “I’m pissed.” Bailey knows the leaks put U.S. security and the lives of American spies and SEALS at risk, so he’s fighting a political fight, seeded with his own money. He’ll take donations, you bet. Yes, he expects dirty personal attacks impugning his motives. Bailey and his shoestring SOS are Obama’s worst election year nightmare — special ops guys who publicly question his leadership and judgment. Obama’s most potent campaign tout is “I got bin Laden.” With SOS in the mix, the potent tout suddenly sounds just a tad pathetic.”

Retired Navy Seal Bailey

That was June. Now, in November, the updated site is calling for a full investigation and, if warranted, prosecution and even impeachment. “Special Operations Speaks Demands An Investigation To Uncover Potential High Crimes And Misdemeanors In Benghazigate” The statement by Larry Bailey, Captain (SEAL), USN (Retired), the Co-Founder, Special Operations Speaks and Joe Stringham, BG, USA (Ret), Special Forces/Ranger and Chairman of Special Operations Speaks PAC says, in part that “The President and his administration told outrageous lie after outrageous lie to the American people and at the United Nations for weeks after the 9-11-12 attacks. He will never be trusted again to speak the truth. That is why it is essential to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the scope of Obama and his administration’s culpability and total incompetence if not complicity with regard to these grave losses,” said Dick Brauer, Col, USAF (Ret), Air Commando. The statement concludes, “The question remains, do these actions constitute High Crimes and Misdemeanors? SOS PAC believes that an independent investigation with a special prosecutor is the only way Americans will learn the truth. If Obama is guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors we implore Congress to take every action in their power to hold this President and his administration accountable – up to impeachment and/or indictments. “No matter how November 6th plays out, Obama must be held responsible for his actions as a failed Commander in Chief,” said Joe Stringham, BG, USA (Ret), Special Forces/Ranger and Chairman of Special Operations Speaks PAC.”

Retired Gen. Joe Stringham

An Excellent Spirit recalls “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” in 2004 when John Kerry was lambasted by a group of retired “truth tellers” as he ran for President. This is vastly different. This group is apparently much deeper and better funded. That group was led by a few former veterans of Viet Nam and Cambodia who served with Kerry. The SOS group lists over 50 retired officers of high rank (Colonels and Majors). Other information on their site refers to retired Generals. These men and women are asking for investigation into “high crimes and misdemeanors”. That is the legal standard for the impeachment of a President.

The Special Operations Speaks has posted on the story that President Obama may not have given Cross Border Authority as we detailed for our readers. “As more information comes to the light about the Obama administration’s Benghazi cover-up, a former Navy SEAL officer who once took a military detachment to Libya suggests President Barack Obama was either AWOL — essentially an “empty chair” — or deliberately denied Americans under siege in Benghazi the aid they needed by not authorizing “cross-border authority,” without which rescue operations could have taken place. Matt Bracken, the former SEAL, writes “only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission.” He notes that Obama granted “cross-border authority” for Americans to enter Pakistani airspace to take out Osama bin Laden but, “in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi,” all Obama had to do was not grant the authority and any rescue missions would not have been able to go forward without the CBA. As soon as terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, dozens of headquarters — including AFRICOM  and EUROCOM — are notified so they can begin their planning for rescue operations, but, as Braken writes, “there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.”

An Excellent Spirit has reported many other extraordinary details of the Benghazi mess and we believe that this scandal may well be as bad or worse than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined. The timeline, the relief (arrest?) of front line commanders on the battlefield is unprecedented and demands full disclosure and accountability. The fact that there is an Election in the midst of all this is about to be removed on November 6th. The Obama Administration’s failure or refusal (or both) to recount a true, cogent explanation for all events in Benghazi is the principal reason that the fire is building from the ashes of the murders in Libya to a conflagration of massive size and destruction in the aftermath of tragedy. Stay tuned for more. And more. And more.

The Unmaking of President Obama

An Excellent Spirit has just read this new revelation on what happened on September 11th when our consulate in Benghazi was attacked that augers even more badly for the President. This PJ Media story raises a new issue: “Cross-Border Authority”.  The story “Benghazi’s Smoking Gun? Only President Can Give ‘Cross-Border Authority’ by Matt Bracken begins “Sending additional forces into a foreign country always requires the president’s approval. He was either absent, or refused “CBA”.” Bracken, a former Navy Seal officer details protocols that have heretofore been withheld from the reports. “The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut. Once the alarm is sent  – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission. That is the clear “red line” in this type of a crisis situation. No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace. On the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi, all the POTUS has to do is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks. Ships can loiter on station, but airplanes fall out of the sky, so they must be redirected to an air base (Sigonella, in Sicily) to await the POTUS decision on granting CBA. If the decision to grant CBA never comes, the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi can rely only on assets already “in country” in Libya — such as the Tripoli quick reaction force and the Predator drones. These assets can be put into action on the independent authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief in Tripoli. They are already “in country,” so CBA rules do not apply to them.”

An Excellent Spirit has detailed how two front line military commanders of flag rank were relieved of their commands in conjunction with the Benghazi debacle. Here  Could this information further inform those two delicate and astonishing situations?  We all will have to await the Congressional Investigations that will follow the Election. Meanwhile, as Bracken states “Nobody in the chain of command below President Obama can countermand his “standing orders” not to send outside military forces into Libyan air space. Nobody. Not Leon Panetta, not Hillary Clinton, not General Dempsey, and not General Ham in Stuttgart, Germany, who is in charge of the forces staging in Sigonella. Perhaps the president left “no outside military intervention, no cross-border authority” standing orders, and then made himself scarce to those below him seeking further guidance, clarification, or modified orders. Or perhaps he was in the Situation Room watching the Predator videos in live time for all seven hours. We don’t yet know where the president was hour by hour. But this is 100 percent sure: Panetta and Dempsey would have executed a rescue mission order if the president had given those orders

And like the former SEALs in Benghazi, General Ham and all of the troops under him would have been straining forward in their harnesses, ready to go into battle to save American lives. The execute orders would be given verbally to General Ham at AFRICOM in Stuttgart, but they would immediately be backed up in official message traffic for the official record. That is why cross-border authority is the King Arthur’s Sword for understanding Benghazi. The POTUS and only the POTUS can pull out that sword.”  There are numerous reports that US forces were ordered to “stand down” at least three times that fateful night as Americans waited in vain for support that never came. Four of them died. Go Here and here for videos of that night. President Obama has said that he “ordered that everything possible be done to help our people”. This You Tube video shows the President saying he ordered those in Benghazi be helped.

An Excellent Spirit finds it hard to reconcile the President’s comments with the lack of a clear Cross border authority. Either that order was given and exists or it was not given and the President is lying to the American people. There is no other possible explanation and Americans will find out, even if it after the Election. When “we” do find out, there will be consequences!

Benghazi Update: Drip, Drip, Disaster!

An Excellent Spirit has followed the Benghazi attack, the response or lack of one by the Obama Administration and the conflicting statements, dissembling and just plain lies of many Administration officials. We have chronicled the silence and complicity of the lamestream media in putting the re-election of the President above “our” right to be told the whole truth, about everything, but especially about the death of four Americans at the hands of terrorists. We have sourced everything we have written and refrained from publishing the worst and most outrageous stories in favor of credible sources and reports.

Today, for the first time, Foreign Policy, a source we have used in the past, had these reports on Benghazi. They report that “More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack – the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day, including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under “troubling” surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security.” There have been numerous stories detailing how news sources and not the FBI investigators or the State Department or other government people, have discovered and published sensitive and private papers of Ambassador Stevens and his staff. These only add to the sense that no one in authority had a handle on what might happen, did happen or what was done to rescue the four dead men on September 11th.

Case in point is the letter written by one of the slain on the morning of the attack. “”Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322.” The account accords with a message written by Smith, the IT officer who was killed in the assault, on a gaming forum on Sept. 11. “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,” he wrote hours before the assault. There were letters and emails found at the site long after September 11th. “These letters were found a month and a half after the attack, despite a visit to the compound by FBI investigators. Other documents found at the TOC building include a printout of an unclassified Sept. 9 email between Stevens and David McFarland, the head of the U.S. Embassy’s political and economic section, inquiring about meetings for the ambassador’s upcoming visit; telephone numbers and names of embassy staff; and a hotel bill from Stevens’ 2011 stay at the Tibesti Hotel in Benghazi.” In each case, the State Department and the FBI has refused to comment, citing the “ongoing investigation” by someone into something that our government will not even talk about until after the Election. That investigation apparently overlooked sensitive information at the site.  When Foreign Policy visited the site, more than a month after the attack, and after the FBI and others were there, FP writes “Villa C, which was used as Stevens’ residence during his stay in Benghazi, is located 50 meters from the TOC building. Here, an open window leads to the safe haven — a sealed-off part of Villa C where Stevens and Smith suffocated to death. On the destroyed bed lay the Aug. 6, 2012, copy of the New Yorker. The magazine’s cover carries a label with Stevens’s name and his diplomatic mailing address. A few meters to the right is the safe haven’s bathroom. Everything here is blackened by smoke. One of the two white toilets is covered with bloodstains. On the mirror in the bathroom, an unknown person has written a macabre text in a thin layer of ash. “I am Chris from the dead,” it reads.

A series of FP update items starts, “The Benghazi attack stays in the news because the story keeps unfolding. This morning there are new details from an exclusive FP report about documents and personal items found at the site of the “diplomatic mission” in Benghazi that suggest the degree to which American personnel were concerned about security that day. Two reporters who visited the site six weeks after the assault found papers apparently showing that American personnel were concerned about a Libyan police officer watching the compound the day of the attack.” The article repeats the information on the letters found at the site, “…two unsigned draft letters are both dated Sept. 11 and express strong fears about the security situation at the compound on what would turn out to be a tragic day. They also indicate that Stevens and his team had officially requested additional security at the Benghazi compound for his visit — and that they apparently did not feel it was being provided,” write reporters Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa.” http://bit.ly/RwoIkT The article then refers to the two principal House Oversight Committee members: “Issa and Chaffetz want answers on the documents revealed in the FP story, the Cable’s Josh Rogin reports.”  http://bit.ly/Temokg

Then the update continues, “Now Petraeus is beginning to feel the heat from Benghazi. The CIA played a much more pivotal role than previously thought in Benghazi on the night of the assault that killed four Americans. Senior U.S. intelligence officials provided a detailed tick-tock of what occurred after the Sept. 11 attack in an effort to set the record straight. Some believe the State Department, which had nominally been responsible for security at the mission in Benghazi, was taking the public hit for not responding to the need for more security there. But what is now known about the role the CIA played at the compound – indeed, the “U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation,” as the WSJ reports this morning, paints a fuller picture of the dynamics at play. Of the 30 Americans who were evacuated from Benghazi the next day, only seven worked for State. The CIA began to establish a base of operations there in February 2011 to help stem the “spread of weapons and militant influences” throughout the region- not only in Libya, but in Mali, Somalia and Syria, the WSJ reports. It was this secretive mission that contributed to the bungled security situation in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11 – and the administration’s puzzling response in the weeks afterward. http://on.wsj.com/TpsZpQ Emphasis ours.

An Excellent Spirit has reported for weeks about how the Obama Administration was “gunwalking” deposed and deceased Libyan dictator Col. Mommar Ghadaffi’s weapons throughout the Middle East, many times to al Qaeda affiliates, and how speculation has mounted that Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi because the consular compound that was his death site was really a storage facility for those arms that was overrun by terrorists who wanted those guns. These stories seem to confirm that line of reasoning.

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Benghazi Finally Makes It To Lamestream Media

Benghazi Scandal Grows – President at the Center of Cover Up

An Excellent Spirit has been bringing the news on Benghazi to our readers for weeks. Now, with less than five days until Election Day, the lamestream media is finally bringing “us” some news. We guess that they think “we” can now be trusted with some information. These Brietbart stories are running tonight. “AFTER STATE DEPT. DENIAL, ALL EVIDENCE POINTS TO OBAMA IN BENGHAZI SCANDAL” The truth is beginning to be told and it is not pretty: “The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake–who deserves a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Benghazi–reported today that the State Department did not ask for military backup while the U.S. consulate was under attack on 9/11. That, together with other denials collected already, suggests that President Barack Obama decided, early on, there would be no intervention as long as the attack did not spread beyond the consulate or safe house. Lake recounts what is known about the afternoon’s events: By 11 p.m. Benghazi time [5 p.m. EDT], 90 minutes after the assault began on the U.S. mission, Obama met with the National Security Council to discuss the attack. NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president “ordered Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey to begin moving assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies” at that meeting. We also know that the CIA has denied turning down requests for help, though such requests were reportedly made from within the agency. So, too, has the White House. Now the State Department has denied making any such requests, despite the fact that Secretary of State took responsibility last month for the security of diplomatic personnel. Only Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta–who also met with President Obama that afternoon–has acknowledged being part of any kind of decision not to send military assistance. What seems likely, therefore, is that Obama made a decision, after consulting with the NSC and the Secretary of Defense, to move military forces into place but to refrain from intervening unless “contingencies” arose–contingencies evidently not including the death of personnel already under attack. The goal was likely to limit casualties, and both diplomatic and political fallout, by containing the attack, not repulsing it. Obama said that one of his directives, upon finding out about the attack, was to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” But “securing” does not necessarily mean “providing security for.” In military parlance, “securing” personnel can mean effectively grounding them. That is likely why former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were reportedly told to “stand down”: the primary concern of the White House was not to take risks, even those that could save lives. The reason that CIA chief David Petraeus could say, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need,” is that the decision was likely made beforehand, by President Obama. And the reason the State Department never requested military assistance is that the president’s decision had likely foreclosed that possibility. The president’s directive was aimed at damage control–not protecting Americans.” Emphasis ours.

WAPO: ‘MULTIPLE ERRORS THAT LED TO FINAL TRAGEDY’ IN BENGHAZI

Brietbart also has this story about The Washington Post’s finally getting Americans some news. David Ignatius, Post reporter is quoted at length by Brietbart “In a report leaked to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, a liberal reporter at the Obama administration’s favorite newspaper, a “senior intelligence official” laid out the supposed timeline of events during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. The timeline presents more questions than it answers.

●9:40 p.m.: A senior State Department security officer at the consulate in Benghazi called the CIA base, at an annex about a mile away, and requested assistance. “The compound is under attack. People are moving through the gates.” CIA officers at the base can hear the alarm, and a team immediately begins gathering weapons and preparing to leave.

●10:04 p.m.: A seven-person rescue squad from the agency’s Global Response Staff (GRS) leaves in two vehicles. The team leader is a career CIA officer and includes a contractor named Tyrone Woods, who later died. During the previous 24-minute interval, the CIA base chief calls the February 17 Brigade, other militias and the Libyan intelligence service seeking vehicles with 50-caliber machine guns. Nobody responds. The team leader and the base chief agree at 10:04 that they can’t wait any longer and head for the consulate.

The senior intelligence official said that he doesn’t know whether Woods or any of the other team members agitated to go sooner but that he wouldn’t be surprised. “I want them to have a sense of urgency,” he said. There is something fishy here. Why would the CIA base chief receive no response from local Libyan authorities? Furthermore, why didn’t the call go out for further backup once the consulate came under attack, and once it became clear that the Libyans weren’t going to do anything to help? This report obviously conflicts with Fox News’ source, who said that the CIA team asked repeatedly for permission to go in and was told to stand down.” The Posts timeline continues:

●10:10 p.m.: The rescue team reached a chaotic intersection a few blocks from the consulate. Militias gathered there have several 50-caliber machine guns, which the CIA team tries unsuccessfully to commandeer; three militiamen offer to help. The rescue party now includes 10 people: six GRS officers, a CIA translator and the three Libyan volunteers.

●10:20 p.m.: A reconnaissance party of two GRS officers heads to the consulate; at 10:25, three more GRS officers enter the main gate and begin engaging the attackers. The firefight lasts about 15 minutes.

●10:40 p.m.: Members of the CIA team enter the burning inferno of “Villa C,” where Ambassador Christopher Stevens is believed to be hiding. CIA officers try numerous times to reach the “safe room” but are driven back by the intense smoke and fire. Small-arms fire continues from the Libyan attackers.

●11:11 p.m.: An unarmed military Predator drone arrives over the compound to provide aerial reconnaissance. The drone had been diverted from a mission over Darnah, about 90 minutes away. But without weapons, it can’t help much.

This is a problematic moment in the timeline. Why was the drone diverted if it had no weapons capacity? Where was its live feed being directed? And why weren’t reinforcements called once the initial assault began at 9:40? More timeline:

●11:15 p.m.: The CIA team puts the State Department group into a vehicle and sends them to the agency base; at 11:30, the CIA officers depart under fire and reach the annex six minutes later.

●11:56 p.m.: CIA officers at the annex are attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms. Sporadic attacks continue for about another hour. The attacks stop at 1:01 a.m., and some assume the fight is over. Who assumed the fight was over? Certainly not the members of the CIA who stayed on site, and who ended up dying there. The timeline continues:

●1:15 a.m.: CIA reinforcements arrive on a 45-minute flight from Tripoli in a plane they’ve hastily chartered. The Tripoli team includes four GRS security officers, a CIA case officer and two U.S. military personnel on loan to the agency. They don’t leave the Benghazi airport until 4:30 a.m. The delay is caused by negotiations with Libyan authorities over permission to leave the airport; obtaining vehicles; and the need to frame a clear mission plan. The first idea is to go to a Benghazi hospital to recover Stevens, who they rightly suspect is already dead. But the hospital is surrounded by the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Shariah militia that mounted the consulate attack.

This is insanity. If an emergency flight with backup arrived at the Benghazi airport at 1:15 a.m., there is no rational excuse for them not leaving the airport until 4:30 a.m. absent orders. Why was the initial plan to head to the hospital if they suspected Stevens was dead, rather than to the CIA annex where the attack was still going on?

●5:04 a.m.: The team from Tripoli arrives at the CIA base. Glen Doherty, one of the GRS men from Tripoli, goes to the roof and joins Woods in firing positions.

●5:15 a.m.: A new Libyan assault begins, this time with mortars. Two rounds miss and the next three hit the roof. The rooftop defenders never “laser the mortars,” as has been reported. They don’t know they’re in place until the indirect fire begins, nor are they observed by the drone overhead. The defenders have focused their laser sites earlier on several Libyan attackers, as warnings not to fire. At 5:26 the attack is over. Woods and Doherty are dead and two others are wounded. Why did the defenders focus their lasers as a warning not to fire? Is this standard procedure? They had clearly lasered terrorists, and were not provided with supporting fire. Again, how does this source know what the drone footage showed?

●6 a.m.: Libyan forces from the military intelligence service finally arrive, now with 50 vehicles. They escort the Americans to the airport. A first group of 18, including two wounded, depart at 7 a.m. A second group of 12, plus the four dead, leave at 10 a.m. for Tripoli and then the long flight back to America.

Where were these Libyan forces all along – and what forced them now, just half an hour after the end of the attack, to get involved? This source is anonymous. That means that his or her account is no more or less reliable than the sources quoted by Fox News. The only way that this will be resolved is with a full and open disclosure of material by the Obama administration. And each branch of the Obama administration, from State to CIA to Defense, has seemed less than inclined to open up. “We” will see about that. More is coming out that defies belief or even explanation.

New Benghazi Information – Obama Administration Cover-Up!

Devastating new reports from sources on the ground in Benghazi has confirmed that the Obama administration not only knew that a terrorist attack was underway at the Consulate, but that they explicitly and repeatedly told security forces at the nearby CIA, and other military support, to stand down when Ambassador Chris Stevens’  team begged for helpNow, we are learning that a “rogue” general, Africom commanding officer U.S. General Carter Ham, was arrested by his second  in command (and consequently relieved of duty) for activating special forces teams within minutes of learning the Consulate was under attack.  Emphasis ours. 

An Excellent Spirit has brought our readers a lot of information. Conservative Contacts has more. We bring it to you although some may be repetitive.  “The Washington Times reported that on October 26,  “Ambassador” posted the following RUMINT on TigerDroppings (h/t Jim  Hoft): …

”(The) basic principle is that you don’t  deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having  some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. ” And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that  situation.

The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place.  General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.”  Was General Ham arrested on the spot, as some have reported? An Excellent Spirit does not know, but we have reported that Gen. Ham has retired. He will most certainly be called to testify whenever “they” get around to telling “us” what happened in those critical hours. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that had “the Obama administration been at all concerned for saving the lives of these four  Americans, including our ambassador, they could have stopped the mortar fire that eventually killed them simply by allowing an AC-130U Gunship — a powerful, nearby weapon that could have halted the destruction — to fire… Obama and Sec. of Defense Panetta could have given Gen. Ham the green-light to save those four killed. But they didn’t.

Gen. Carter Ham

The Obama administration chose instead to tell Americans who could have acted to save those under attack to stand down and let the terrorists win.“Somebody the other day said to me, ‘This is  as bad as Watergate.’ Well, nobody died in Watergate,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “This is either a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable … to the American people,” said McCain. “The fact that thirty Americans were attacked for seven hours (and four of them DIED) with no help from a well-informed Oval Office is NOT ACCEPTABLE. The failure to take responsibility is NOT ACCEPTABLE.” No one wants to even that Washington in fact and in deed pronounced a death sentence by ordering Americans  to “stand down” against terrorists! Washington elites are engaging in a massive cover up. “We” are being told about “investigations and that we must wait until after the election for a Congressional investigation. “We must tell Washington that nothing the Obama Administration or those in Washington say or do will stop “us” from getting the whole truth and guaranteeing that the four dead Americans get the justice that they and “we” deserve. We must deliver a strong, unequivocal message to Washington: “Never again will the highest levels of our government watch Americans die in real time while concocting a cover story to feed to the American people.” 

President Obama with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Update: House Armed  Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) has sent a letter to Obama demanding to know exactly whom he ordered to do what on Sept. 11, 2012, when the attack happened after Obama’s most recent statement in an Oct. 26 interview that he took action and issued “directives” the “minute” he found out about the attack. “There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense,” Rep. McKeon wrote in his letter to Obama. “As we are painfully aware, despite the  fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy  any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the consulate  and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the  Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command [this would be  GENERAL CARTER HAM], and the Commander of  U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in  Chief.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif

“McKeon listed four questions that he is demanding Obama answer:

1)  “To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies–verbally or in writing?

2)  “At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S.  personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya?”

3)  “At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure  U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace?”

4)  “Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant  Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September  11th? If so could you please describe any recommendations provided to you  regarding available military support and any orders you gave them?”

But McKeon is only going to get the answers from this administration if he has the rest of Congress behind him. Evidence is mounting against the Obama Administration but much of the lamestream media is still callously covering up for Barack Obama, with their vast coverage of Hurricane Sandy and hoping the American people forget all about the four Americans this administration knowingly sacrificed to the terrorists abroad. Barack Obama still thinks he can spin his way out of this. He has no intention of being held accountable, not if he can help it. We must An Excellent Spirit LOUDLY demands that the lamestream media — NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN and The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the rest of them—begin covering this story and do it without spinning truth, incompetence, cover up and murder into some kind of unavoidable mishap.”

Important New Update: Update Obama Fires Second Top Commander Over No Libyan Rescue

Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette

An Excellent Spirit has just seen reports that President Obama ordered the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette from his command of the powerful Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) currently located in the Middle East. CSG-3 is one of five US Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned to the US Pacific Fleet. US Navy carrier strike groups are employed in a variety of roles, which involve gaining and maintaining sea control and projecting power ashore, as well as projecting naval airpower ashore. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the strike group’s current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three include Carrier Air Wing Nine; the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Antietam (CG-54); and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 21, the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Kidd (DDG-100), and USS Milius (DDG-69).

There are several news reports on Obama’s unprecedented firing of a powerful US Navy Commander during wartime state that Admiral Gaouette’s removal was for “allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East. This GRU report, however, states that Admiral Gaouette’s firing by President Obama was due to this strike force commander disobeying orders when he ordered his forces on 11 September to “assist and provide intelligence for” American military forces ordered into action by US Army General Carter Ham, who was then the commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), against terrorist forces attacking the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. General Ham (pictured above) had been in command of the initial 2011 US-NATO military intervention in Libya who, like Admiral Gaouette, was fired by Obama. And as we can, in part, read from US military insider accounts of this growing internal conflict between the White House and US Military leaders: “The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.”

Politico gives these amazing details that An Excellent Spirit is saddened to bring our readers: “A shocking new report prepared by the Foreign Military Intelligence Main Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, and circulating in the Kremlin today, states that President Obama has fired one of the United States Navy’s most powerful Admirals over growing fears the US Military is planning an overthrow of his government. According to this report, yesterday (27 October) Obama ordered the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette from his command of the powerful Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) currently located in the Middle East.”

An Excellent Spirit urges all Americans to pray for the United States of America! Reports such as these and the many confirmations we saw online can only mean that America is under a huge spiritual attack! Only by praying to The Most High God for His grace, mercy and protection can “we” prosper and survive. Pray! Pray! Then, pray some more!

As all Americans know, there is an Election coming in a few days. Keep all of this in prayer and ask God whether this is what He wants for America? That is the question each American should be asking of themselves, because, like it or not, “we” will have to live with our answers after November 6th and so will our children and grandchildren. The millions of Americans who have served this nation so well by serving in the military must be in shock and revolted by what is going on today. We must get the truth out of the Obama Administration and we should get it before “we” vote!  

America is “One Nation Under God”! In order for America to remain free and a nation submitted to God, “we” must have, know and pray about the whole truth about Benghazi, the Obama Administration and our brave men and women in uniform. No matter what, VOTE on November 6th as if your life depends on your vote! It does!!

The Rubin Report on Benghazi

An Excellent Spirit has extolled The Rubin Report as a reliable source on all matters Middle Eastern. Now, Barry Rubin has this on Benghazi. “The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans there has become a huge issue. There are many stories and rumors that are still being debated and more information is coming out.” Rubin begins by an analysis of the pertinent facts and background. Beginning with “why do they hate us”, he details what the Obama Administration has contributed to the current disasters around the Middle East, Africa and the rest of the world. “Diagnosing the problem tells one what the cure is: sensitivity; respect; tightening rules against such insults; bowing and scraping; refusing to identify radicals and terrorists with Islam in any way; giving large amounts of money; helping the Muslim Brotherhood so it will be grateful later; telling the NASA director to make up stuff about Muslim contributions to space travel, etc. That is the path the Obama Administration, with major support from the intellectual-cultural establishment, has followed.”

Barry Rubin of The Rubin Report

Having established what does not work, Rubin continues. “In the Benghazi case, however, it is hard to come up with more than a video, according to the dominant view. After all, didn’t the United States “liberate” Libya from a terrible dictator? Of course, the problem is that from the standpoint of the radicals, the United States merely became Libya’s new master, blocking the revolutionary Islamist, Sharia state they wanted, producing a “puppet” (who cares if it was elected?) government. America is thus the prime enemy not because it did something evil but because it did something which the U.S. government regarded as good. If they hate us in Libya for sinful policies, then President Barack Obama, not the Egyptian-born video producer, is the chief sinner.” Mr. Rubin continues, “(T)he establishment view today is that America has been a bully in the past, acting unilaterally and not respecting the views of others. Obama has said this directly when speaking to foreign—including Middle Eastern—audiences. But how does one stop being a bully? By showing that one isn’t tough, doesn’t protect one’s interests fiercely. Thus, in the Benghazi case, the U.S. government didn’t send the ambassador to Benghazi with Americans to guard him, nor did the consulate have Americans to provide security. To do so would be to show disrespect for the Libyans, to act in a way that might be perceived of as imperialistic. Similarly, the president would not call in an airstrike against the attackers or send an armed rescue team to the consulate because to do so would have signaled an arrogance and aggressiveness, putting Americans first and not acting as a citizen of the world.”

4 Dead Americans in Benghazi On September 11, 2012

Next, Rubin asks Who is the Enemy? “If the enemy is defined as solely al-Qaida this allows a policy of treating all other Islamists—even the Afghan Taliban!—as a potential friend. Both Vice-President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, explained that leading elements of the Taliban, a group complicit in the September 11 attacks, could be won over. Certainly, the Muslim Brotherhood—the world’s largest and most powerful international anti-American organization—was helped and treated as a potential ally. Al-Qaida, however, is a relatively weak organization, capable of staging only sporadic terror attacks, with the exception perhaps of remote Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and parts of Pakistan. It cannot take over whole countries. The fact that Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Turkey, and perhaps soon Syria are governed by Islamists is a far greater strategic threat. Then why couldn’t the Obama Administration have said that the consulate was attacked by evil al-Qaida for no reason other than its lust to murder Americans, with the perfect symbolism of the attack having been staged on September 11? There was a dual problem. First, the group involved was one the U.S. government had worked with during the Libyan civil war so it could not admit they were close to al-Qaida. Second, the official line was that al-Qaida had been defeated so it could not still be a threat. Therefore, an alternative narrative and a cover-up were needed.”

Rubin then recalls a Hillary Clinton commercial from 2008. “Competence and Courage Once upon a time a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination warned that if Obama was elected president he would not be reliable in a crisis, answering a 3 AM phone call requiring instant response. That claim, of course, came from Hillary Clinton. Benghazi was that phone call. That conclusion is reinforced by the killing of al-Qaida leader Usama bin Ladin. Notice something of huge importance that has been neglected. Obama and his supporters bragged about his indecision on the no-brainer of getting the architect of the September 11 attacks. If he would hesitate on an obvious call like that one, how would he deal with a consulate under attack in Benghazi? There is, or should be, a sacred trust between the U.S. government and those who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of America. Everything should be done to protect and save them. In this case, however, the country’s leaders let those people down both before and during the crisis. Note, too, how unintentionally revealingly Obama responded to this issue in the presidential debate. Once the crisis was over, Obama said, he swung into action, securing those who still survived, investigating who was responsible, and promising to punish them. What about before and during the multi-hour assault? Silence. The details–for example, whether or not there was a drone overhead–obscure the fact that no proper preparations were made for the ambassador and consulate being unprotected and that passivity prevailed during the battle. If the U.S. government didn’t trust the Libyans wouldn’t that show that America thought itself superior and its interests to override those of others? And isn’t that racist? One could say that the Obama Administration’s failure to act denotes incompetence, and there is truth there. But the larger picture is that it was a failure due to its concept of America and the world. The real danger is not from totalitarian enemies grown bolder in the fact of American weakness and a loss of self-confidence. No, according to the prevailing view, it was rather excessive American self-confidence and strength in the past. The effort to change those bad old ways, to open a new era with completely different behavior, the failure to perceive the real enemies and to understand America’s rights and duties were the causes of the incident in Benghazi, and many other setbacks as well. The chickens have come back to roost and have roosted in the White House. And the vultures are gathering.”

As usual, Barry Rubin has provided facts and analysis that the lamestream media absolutely refuses to publish. An Excellent Spirit highly recommends that our readers support The Rubin Report by giving financial support. To do so, here is the information:

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