May 23, 2013

Why The White House is Dragging Their Feet Re: Benghazi Suspects

Some frustrated voices are starting to come out with information about how the FBI has positively identified a number of suspects who are thought to be behind the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th of last year.  Fox News cites an anonymous Special Operations soldier voicing his frustration, in many ways the frustration of much of America, about the Obama administration’s inaction.  The problem is, we don’t know what we don’t know.

Meanwhile in Libya, many associated with the late Gaddafi regime have been dropping like flies.  The media have been chalking it up to tribal violence, even as non-Gaddafi regime Libyans are targeted, most of them seeming to be killed while inside their vehicles.  Even Ben Qumu, the former Gitmo inmate in charge of Ansar Al-Sharia, the militia primarily behind the Benghazi attack, has a bull’s eye painted on the back of his head as he dodged an assassination attempt about a month ago.  His right hand man, Yahya Abdel Sayed ate it in Sitre just prior to that.

The leaking of the FBI’s five Benghazi suspects is problematic for the Obama administration in a number of ways.  For one thing, it puts the suspects within the frame of reference of law enforcement, making it essentially impossible to vector in on the suspects for “targeted killings,” or even a low-visibility snatch and grab operation, which would deliver them to Gitmo.  With the spotlight on them, the only recourse left may be to have them arrested.

But there is another good reason why the Obama administration would prefer to kill those behind Benghazi with a drone strike or by sending in JSOC shooters.  As I’ve written previously, the United States had to kill Osama Bin Laden.  Bringing him to trial was out of the question because of the things he would begin to talk about when put on the stand.  There is no need for conspiracy theory here, just talking about any US support he may have received while fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980′s would have been a massive embarrassment for America and American foreign policy.  This is why the Benghazi suspects need to be eliminated, from the administration’s perspective, one suspect in particular.

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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • JoseGarcia1

    What was said in Mafia circles? If there is no body, that means there is no crime.

  • Txazz

    Why is the Benghazi military story still classified? June 1, 2013  Some military experts have suggested the amount of classification is excessive, but the lid remains on. So, why is so much about Benghazi classified? A few days ago I ran a theory past a well-informed Capitol Hill source. The email I sent:

  • markslugocki

  • Txazz

    StormR Txazz RVN SF VET Many more on the hook, I agree Stormy

  • majrod

    Interesting FP article. Link to DOS report about terror attacks worldwide but also chronicles the lead up to 911 in Benghazi