The absolute best exegesis of the reports of the events in Washington during the hours immediately following the beginning of the assault on the Special Mission Compound in Benghazi last September can be found in this superb post by Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse.
He begins by positing that:
We know of only two certainties within the White House timeline during the night of 9/11/12: 1. That both Obama and Biden were on the phone with Benjamin Netanyahu between 6:30 and 7:28pm DC time. 2. That President Obama and Hillary Clinton talked around 10:00pm DC time about the event.
That’s it. The time between the call with Netanyahu ending at 7:30pm (1:30am Benghazi) and Hillary at 10:00pm (4am Benghazi), is a void. What happens after 10:00pm DC time is also a void.
He then presents the tweets of Sharyl Attkisson. whom he calls “the only journalist with any intellectual credibility on the issue,” in which she shows the despicable way she has been treated in her futile attempts to pry information about the events of that evening out of Team Obama.
I have wondered why we have had no reporting from Ms. Attkisson on the subject for some time, and now we know that it is because the FBI refused to give her information because doing so “could interfere with law enforcement proceedings.”
Glad to learn again that Team Obama is protecting the rights of Jihadis!
He then brings in the subject of a:
….photo taken in the oval office….[during] the Benghazi attack….[It is] worth a thousand words….[for] it provides more sunlight into the events surrounding the Benghazi, Libya events and who made the critical decisions in those moments of crisis.
That’s the official photo by White House photographer (and card-playing buddy of our president), Pete Souza, showing President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and others being briefed on events in Benghazi by Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor taken at:
…exactly 7:28:16pm DC time….and President Obama had just completed a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why is this important? Because we know the conversation lasted an hour.
And it was during that hour that:
In Libya…Woods and Doherty were setting up defensive positions on the roof of the CIA annex building and maintaining a defensive perimeter while calling for more support.
(Author note: Doherty had not yet made it yet to the annex at that time—“[7:30 p.m. D.C.]: A U.S. security team from Embassy Tripoli lands in Benghazi and learn that the ambassador is missing. They try to arrange for transportation into town, with the goal of locating Stevens.”)
Sundance then deconstructs the tick-tock of events as they occurred in Benghazi and Washington during that hour and asks the critical question (I paraphrase): Who was in charge during that hour and making the critical decisions about what to given that Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing, one person was dead, and the Americans in Benghazi were still under assault?
Sundance believes that it has to have been the light-weight and, apparently, quite nasty McDonough, and he makes the case that McDonough is also the culprit most likely to have been the one to have issued instructions that there be no military action taken in response to events in Benghazi.
We absolutely do not know if any such instructions were ever issued, and administration sources repeatedly deny that they were issued.
However, it is indisputable that no military actions were taken, something Col. (Ret.) Phil Handley believes to have been a violation of:
[t]he combat code of the US Military…that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield….[and that the]….disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty. Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility
Col. Handley then describes the military actions that could and should have been taken that evening and in the next early morning. Do read his article to understand just how foolish the counter-argument is.
Sundance then connects the Benghazi assault with the assault earlier that day in Cairo, and he identifies McDonough as the culprit who likely also set loose that evening the “Mohammed Film Squirrel” that was subsequently and repeatedly pointed to by White House minions and that was endlessly chased by the clueless MSM.
The setting-loose of that squirrel wreaked havoc on attempts to use the assault to harm Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign.
That squirrel prevented the Romney Campaign from portraying the assault for what it really was—the second-half of a two-part assault by al Qaeda on sovereign U. S. territories in celebration of the Twin Towers attack.
An AT article by James Lewis perfectly describes the assaults in Cairo and Benghazi as:
…simultaneous al-Qaeda terror attacks on American sovereign assets….[because] al-Qaeda always commits mass murders twice on the same day. That is its signature….[In] Cairo…Qaedists briefly flew their black flag over a burned-out part of the Embassy, long enough for their tame news photographers to send their message around the world.
Every Muslim in the world instantly understood the meaning of that double-terror attack, the war signature of al-Qaeda. But ordinary people in the West were blinded and deceived by our treacherous mass media, controlled by vast amounts of oil money.
The al-Qaeda message on September 11, 2012 was instantly understood in the White House, where Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama, and John Brennan are intimately familiar with the war theology of Islam.
Sundance and Mr. Lewis have forced me to re-think my position on the “Why” of that assault.
That is, contrary to my often-stated position that the assault in Benghazi was because of what had been going on in Benghazi before 9/11/12, maybe the assault in Benghazi, like the assault on the embassy in Cairo, was nothing more than an effort to wreak havoc in Benghazi, as was wreaked in Cairo, for the sole sake of wreaking havoc. Full stop!
Both posts give us much to think about as hearings resume next month.