Another Benghazi lie exposed
By quietly awarding medals to two special operations commandos, the Obama administration has further undermined the credibility shredded by its false initial account of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, al-Qaida terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
The Washington Times reports exclusively that though the administration maintains no special operations forces were in range to be dispatched from outside Libya to aid the Americans under attack, two members of an eight-man special ops unit that was in Tripoli that night volunteered for a hasty rescue flight with private security contractors. They took part in the final Benghazi firefight and have been decorated for bravery.
Sources “directly familiar with the attack” tell The Times that the administration didn't acknowledge these two commandos' heroism publicly because they were in Tripoli on a sensitive anti-terror mission without an agreement in place to authorize their presence there. Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mentioned “a Tripoli-based security team” that deployed to Benghazi in congressional testimony, but didn't say why they were in Tripoli or who went with them to Benghazi.
It's all part of the haze of obfuscation and misdirection in which the Obama administration, not wanting to rock its re-election boat, shrouded the truth about Benghazi and its failings there. And the truth about these two commandos makes its lack of readiness to defend U.S. diplomatic personnel there no less appalling.
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