faustaBook review by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz

Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter, is a gripping read in many ways:
It tells the story of a group of men who will give their all to protect our country, from the point of view of several of the men themselves.
It is the history of the most-feared anti-terrorist force in the world.
And, as the book jacket aptly describes, it

is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn’t, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book could be divided in three sections: The history of the SEALs, and how they evolved ‘from pirates to professionals’; the missions in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Benghazi (which actually was not a mission); and the Appendix and notes, which includes The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi.

Not to be missed is chapter eleven, “Why the Unique Culture of the SEALs matters,” where McEwen and Miniter make the case for why

We must, as a society, keep a group of warriors free of politics and bureaucracy, free of the distractions that keep them from doing their vital work.

While the Obama administration and its apologists continue to refer to the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi as a fake, phony scandal (a Google search yields 553,000 results on benghazi fake scandal), the details of the attack, as itemized on chapter ten, belie this “fake, phony scandal” narrative.

Authors Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter thoroughly researched the official timelines of the Defense Department, the State Department, congressional reports, Arabic-language newspapers and American media to construct the most detailed timeline of the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. They go back to April 5, 2011 and start with Ambassador Chris Stevens’s arrival in Benghazi, ending with the September 12 arrival of the Marine FAST platoon in Tripoli at 8:56PM, a full twenty-four hours after the attack began.

Eyes On Target is a gripping, well-researched, moving account of a group of heroic men, a book both for history lovers and especially for the general reader who wants to know the facts on Benghazi.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on US and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

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Chip Jones has asked the $64,000 question concerning Benghazi:

Therefore, the question that is simply asked and objectively answered, without placing any of the SF or CIA operatives at mortal risk is a simple one. You see, the Kalashnikov rifle chambers a 7.62 mm round. The US M-4 rifle chambers a 5.56 mm round. What is widely reported and accepted is that at least two of the TDY Green Berets who were assigned by the CIA as ARSO’s (assistant regional safety officers) were badly wounded and were treated for multiple gunshot wounds after they rescued over 20 civilian CIA workers from the compound.

The single question that needs to be asked is: “Were the rounds taken out of the wounded ARSO’s 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm?” And when the answer comes back “5.56 mm”, it opens the door to the proof that the cover up was meant to hide the fact that the Obama administration had been caught once again arming offshore groups that did not have the interests of our country at heart. It would open the door to proof that Benghazi was “Fast and Furious on Steroids.”

Rest assured if it turns out that Benghazi was “fast and furious on steroids” we can be sure that the MSM be all over it sometime around the end of the 2nd Biden Term.

There has been a lot of back and forth about “Will Barack Obama Throw Hillary under the Bus over Benghazi?” or vice-versa this week .

It was quite a situation, If Obama threw Hillary under the bus would the Clintons work subrosa against him? (I maintain they already have been.)  If Hillary threw Obama under the bus  would the African-American community make her pay in 2016, it’s one thing for them to be pissed off at Obama, it’s quite another for some white lady to beat up on him.

What do you do? Well Hillary has threaded the needle in a way that accomplishes everything she needed to thus.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm around the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she is responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.

“I take responsibility” for the protection of U.S. diplomats, Clinton said during a visit to Peru. But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened in the attack that left four Americans dead.

The moment I heard this I had one thought: This is the move of a political master. Consider what this accomplishes:

Seemingly:

It is a statesman like move, going forward and not ducking responsibility in a way nobody has been willing to do.

In Reality:

It covers her, by taking responsibility it heads off all kinds of stories that might come up with a theme of finding fault. Why should congress investigate to pin blame when it’s already been accepted?

Seemingly:

It supports the president, by taking the blame she shields the first Black president both showing herself a good soldier to the party and most importantly to the black community.

In Reality:

It undermines Obama by making her look strong, and him look weak. He is now forced to make some kind of statement second as a response. It’s the 3 AM phone call with her answering while he goes to Vegas.

Seemingly:

It ends press coverage on what the Obama Administration should do next, blame assigned move on.

In Reality:

It doesn’t end coverage it changes it.  What will the president do about this?  It puts Obama in a box.  Blame is assigned so what is the punishment?   If Hillary is responsible does he ask for her resignation, does he fire her? With his electoral prospects already sinking he dare not do either, and God help him if she resigns on her own. It would be another example of her acting while he is paralyzed.  It is the final act of Carterization of the president.

Seemingly:

It makes her vulnerable as every commentator on the right calls for her head in the hope of embarrassing Obama and taking her down a peg.

In Reality:

It gets her in good with the base of her party.  I can see the fundraising e-mails now.  “She’s taken responsibility and those nasty right wingers are piling on”  This will coin money for her.  That doesn’t even take into account how the press will react.

Seemingly:

It hurts  her 2016 election prospects after all she is responsible for an attack on the US on the Anniversary of 9/11 no less.

In Reality:

Not only does this make her look presidential (Expect comparisons to JFK’s Bay of Pigs speech from the MSM)  but it neutralizes her primary opponents on the subject, in fact for the second time in twelve years she will be able to paint herself as the victim of the irresponsibility of a man who should have known better.

Seemingly:

It hands President Romney a ready-made issue in 2016 to use.

In Reality:

It puts Romney in a box.  Every president has foreign policy failures and Mitt will have his share.  Imagine the debate  answer: “President Romney is right.  I was secretary of state during the Benghazi debacle and I took full responsibility for it.  What I would like to know is when the president will take responsibility for (insert relevant issue here)”.  It  will put and keep Mitt on the defensive.

The Bottom line is forgetting all the national security and moral issues involved. Hillary has done the thing that most helps her in the long run while all the time managing to undermine her foes on both the left and the right in one fell swoop.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right thing to do, it IS but as usual the right thing is generally the smart thing and this was the smartest thing anyone in this administration has done in a while.

This story may continue, but in terms of its negative impact there will be little if any on Hillary Clinton from this point on.

Simply amazing.

Update: Stacy Smithy gets it:

Why am I not a Presidential candidate? Because if I was Mitt, I’d be all: “I’d like to congratulate the President on his choice of Secretary of State. After the better part of four years, somebody in the Administration finally took responsibility the way leaders do, on one of those hopefully rare occasions when it involves confessing a shortcoming. In this case, one that involved the butchery of four Americans. Hopefully this President isn’t too old to learn something from all this. Better leaders plan so as to minimize these sorts of tragedies. Lesser men play the Casablanca card and locate a usual suspects for a round-up. How is Nakoula doing these days, Mr. President?”

Update 2: On Morning Joe Hillary Clinton compared to JFK. Think about it, in under 12 hours Hillary goes from: “The person responsible for a disaster” to JFK saying “defeat is an orphan”.

Today is day one of campaign 2016.

Update 3: Captain Ed Morrissey (he will always be Captain Ed to me) NAILS it:

It’s a jaw-dropping display of a leadership vacuum, which Hillary ended up having to fill herself. This is exactly what Hillary warned voters about in 2008. The contrast between her moment of leadership in this crisis and Obama’s lack of leadership since the very beginning of it will not help Obama make the case for another four years of buck-passing at the top, not even when Obama showed leadership on the Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey feud.

And Stacy McCain spots an oversight on my part:

Corrected and noted.

There has been a lot in the news media, a lot of wringing of hands and pointing of fingers at everybody from Mitt Romney to the makers of a film that Ed Wood would have been embarrassed to make.

But there s single fact that no matter how much the media and the left would like to ignore or disguise it, is the overriding truth concerning this weeks attacks.

The Day Started with the media discussing if the George Bush Administration should have anticipated the 9/11 attack 8 months in office in an environment where nobody saw this coming.

The day and in fact the week has ended with the media NOT discussing if Barack Obama should have anticipated the attacks on 9/11/12 after 11 years of war and 44 months in office.

Nobody in the media dare bring this up, such a statement not only implicates The One™ but also reflects on Hilary Clinton the chosen successor to the one in 2016.

So the media will duck dodge and hide behind film makers, Romney Statements and whatever else they can, but it does not change the bottom line:

With a decades worth of history and 44 months in office behind him, Barack Obama failed to prevent an attack that resulted in the killing of an US Ambassador, the burning of our flag and the raising of the Al-Qaeda on the one day when security should have been the highest.

And all this happened on a day when American were most likely to notice.

No amount of spin, media cover, or blaming filmmakers will change this fact.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio in our first hour we will be welcoming Film Director and Blogger Ladd Ehlinger we wil talk about the new 9/11 attacks in Egypt & Libya and the sudden disdain for the first Amendment that the president & the Hollywood left suddenly hold (at least if you offend Islam).

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It’s now been several days since the events of Sept 11th (remember when we knew what events referred to before) and we’ve seen a change in the president.

Oh not in reality, we still have the same old Obama and the same audiences, but we are seeing a different portrayal on TV.

Ever since Mitt Romney gave “The speech that must NOT be shown“™ the press seems to be displaying Barack Obama differently.

No matter where he stops, the clips shown on television are all about the bringing justice to our enemies it sounds familiar:

Strangely enough if you read foreign papers the press is showing a different narrative the independent:

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

The Jerusalem Post

Egypt’s General Intelligence Service warned that a jihadi group is planning to launch terrorist attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Cairo, according to a report Tuesday by Egypt Independent, citing a secret letter obtained by Al-Masry Al-Youm.

What do we conclude from this.

To the foreign media that doesn’t have a dog in this hunt, Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter (or would be if Carter was worse)

But to the American Media he is being portrayed as George W Bush? Why? Because they don’t DARE portray him as Barack Obama.

How things change, not too long ago the media strained to link the GOP to George W Bush, now that same media in the wake of the NEW 9/11 attacks are doing their best to make that link to Barack Obama.

That should tell you all you need to know about the media & Election 2012.

How would the media be acting…

Would not the media be challenging President Bush instead of candidate Obama?

Would not the lead story of every network be the attacks and not the statements of candidate Barack Obama?

Would not the media be discussing a Bush failure to defend US Embassies in two countries?

Would not the media be asking why national security briefings were skipped?

Would not the media be pressing the White House and the State Department for answers?

Would not the media be outraged if President Bush in the same situation had gone to Vegas?

Would not the media be condemning the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for attacking free speech?

They would.

But the president is not George Bush the year is not 2008 and the mainstream media is doing what it always does for Barack Obama, grade him on a curve and defend him from critique.

I suspect the American people seeing our men dead, our embassies stormed and our flag burned will not be so protective of the man in charge who failed to stop embassy attacks on Sept 11th.

One of the things I’ve noticed about the current crisis are the parallels between the actions of this administration here and the actions of the Democrats during the DNC. Lets looks at the sequence of events:

Step 1: Democrat National Convention Party approves platform without word “God” and pulls Jerusalem language

Step 1: Middle East: US Embassy in Egypt issues statement condemning those who would hurt Muslim’s feelings

Step 2: DNC: Uproar over statements begins

Step 2: ME: Attacks on Embassy in Egypt/Libya

Step 3: DNC: After statement noticed Dick Durbin and Debbie Wasserman Schultz double down on new platform.

Step 3: ME: Embassy Doubles Down repeats the statement

Step 4: DNC: New media address issue DNC gets worried

Step 4: ME: Mitt Romney issues embargoed statement on attacks & Embassy statement

Step 5: DNC: By an odd coincidence after a bad web cycle platform changed (with comical results)

Step 5: ME: By an odd coincidence around the same time as the Romney Statement hits reporters e-mails the White House suddenly disavow the Embassy statements (based on MSNBC timeline)

Step 6: DNC MSM makes light of platform change, but Insists it was Obama’s Idea

Step 6: ME MSM make like of embassy statement attacks hitting Romney instead but insists Statement wasn’t from White House

Step 7: DNC Over 500K+ views of Booing God video, Congressman Allen West uses video in ad in Florida

Step 7: ME Mitt Romney makes statement condemning attacks, admin reaction and defends 1st Amendment

Step 8: DNC Media ignores the video and surrogates call talk of it “Trolling”

Step 8: ME: MSM plays down Mitt’s live press statements coordinates attack on Timing during Q & A.

Step 9: DNC MSM pretends God stuff didn’t happen and goes with the narrative of the success of Clinton/Obama speeches

Step 9: ME: MSM plays down embassy statement goes with the narrative of Mitt Romney’s timing

Bottom line the plan is path is the same, make a bad move, support it, when it starts to backfire deny it and then decide on a new narrative and stick with it.

This is not a coincidence this is what they do.

Ok let me get this straight:

Obama Administration pushes the Arab Spring

Islamists gain power.

Coptic Christians have their Churches Burned, their women assaulted their people killed.

The world ignores it and the authorities in Egypt don’t prevent it

The Copts response to this violence strongly with ….a youtube video.

An indeterminate time said video comes out on 9/11 the anniversary of the greatest attack on the US since Pearl Harbor Egypt & Libya Islamic mobs attack our embassies, tear down our flag, raise the Al-Qaeda one, kill our ambassador to Libya and other Americans

The first response of the US embassy & the Obama Administration is to try to mollify the religious sensibilities of the attackers of the embassies & the killers of Americans

Mitt Romney puts seeing this puts out the following statement:

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the statement read. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

and Morning Joe’s Round table (Sans Joe & Mika) with not conservative at the table, spends their time attacking….Mitt Romney for his statement!

This is the left, this is MSNBC. No defense of the 1st Amendment, No comment on the Obama Administration initial statement and it’s withdrawal the villains here is Mitt Romney. I didn’t hear a person say it was wrong to attack over a film until 9 min after the 8 O’clock hour and they spent the rest of the segment hitting Benjaman Netanyahu as “trying to pick sides in the election”

The villians here are not the Islamists who have slaughtered Christians, not the Egyptian security forces that allowed it, not the embassy attackers, those who killed Americans & tore down the flag on 9/11, not the security forces that permitted it, not even the administration that tried to defend the attackers of their own embassy.

The villains are Mitt Romney and Benjaman Netanyahu and the Jews.

I’d ask which side they were on, but they have made it perfectly clear.

Final thought just under 24 hours ago MSNBC was replaying the 9/11 attacks. This is an absolute disgrace.