February 14, 2013

A Green Beret’s In-Depth Analysis of ‘Benghazi: The Definitive Report’

Below are some key points, personal analysis, and further questions I gathered from reading The Benghazi Report. I hope this will generate some more detailed analysis, conjecture, deductions, and questions. Kudos to Brandon and Jack for putting this together. It was definitely a learning experience. [Quotes from the book are in bold.]

“The contract with February 17 was allowed to lapse prior to the 9/ 11/ 12 attack because the militia no longer wished to be seen protecting Americans in Benghazi.
-This should have been a major indicator. When did the contract lapse? How high on the priority list was correcting this situation?

“All told, the handful of Americans would kill just under a hundred enemy attackers.
-Didn’t hear much about these numbers in the news. Important note: the assaulters gave up the rough equivalent of a bunch of pawns to take out a rook, bishop, and two knights. Painful loss, simply put.

“Did Ansar Al-Sharia get inspired after seeing the Egyptians storming the US embassy in Cairo the day before? Did they get offended by an internet video? Did they choose 9/ 11 as the date for the attack because of the obvious symbolism? Maybe. But another contributing factor was JSOC operations in Libya, which kicked the hornets’ nest and pissed off the militia.
-Logical deduction. Makes sense to me.


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About the Author

is a former Army Special Forces soldier who spent time at 1st Special Forces Group and 20th Special Forces Group between 2004 and 2008. He is currently the Director of Communications and Social Media for the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit charity focused on supporting wounded and killed Special Forces soldiers and their families. Blake is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Marketing. Twitter: @bmiles84

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  • FrankJohnson

    Agreed, no one will be held accountable for what happened.  With both obama and Clinton AWOL during the crises time it is no wonder no attempts were made to rescue the doomed men.  Who would risk the wrath of either?

  • southpaw11

    After completing Benghazi: The Definitive Report... I realized my resentful political rants about the Administration, more or less murdering Ambassador Stevens, S. Smith, T. Woods, & G. Doherty were not only media stained... They were flat out incorrect. This operation rippled all the way to the top and stemmed far beyond Obama. The Editors at sofrep.com, B. Webb & J. Murphy, give the reader a timeline that begins years before the Benghazi massacre. Leaving the audience to ponder... Is the Benghazi massacre the tip of iceberg and what devastations will unfold in Our Nations future? The nobility and courage Our SEALs embody is what Our Nation is forged on. Brandon and Jack did a phenomenal job without exposing sacred military detail. While leaving the audience to ponder... “The lesson to Americans is clear in this case: take what you hear with a grain of salt and always question the narratives, and the backgrounds of the authors whose stories are being sold to you. Even if it is coming from your favorite source of trusted news. None of these outlets constitutes a paragon of truthfulness.” Excerpt From: Brandon Webb & Jack Murphy. “Benghazi.” HarperCollins, 2013-02-01. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright. Check out this book on the iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/benghazi/id596503720?mt=11

  • AUNITEDPEOPLE

    @RVN SF VET  @majrod  I understand all of those things and I realize that any opportunity for Islamic extremist to launch an attack on a fairly soft target, especially on 9/11, is always beneficial to the enemy. If this is really all there is to it, the the DOS should be ultimately responsible. However, the book points to the actions of Brennan being more of the reason, unless I am reading too much into it. I know that Brennan is in charge of the drone program, so there is that, but it just seemed to me that the book alluded to something underneath all of what we know involving Brennan. Am I wrong on this?

  • RVN SF VET

    @majrod @AUNITEDPEOPLE I had thought it was several things that we've talked about. First, our pursuit of AQIM and AQ HVTs by drone and bullet. Foreigners are not welcome in Benghazi. And it was 9/11 and Cairo set an example - the riot, not the cause of the riot.

  • RVN SF VET

    @majrod @AUNITEDPEOPLE