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Re: Re: [humanism-174] What If Trayvon Had Died In A Drone Strike? - YouTube

From: Glen
Sent on: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:41 AM
I know republicans are a minority here, but I was already voting for Romney mostly for economic reasons even before the Benghazi scandal. I for one am disgusted at the way the mainstream media has largely buried this story, and essentially is runing interference for team Obama on it. If there was a republican in office, I have no doubt it would be a lead story every day, with "specials" on "Benghazi-gate." Instead, there's hardly a word, and what is said glosses over or ignores some of the most troublesome issues and questions.  
    On several different levels what happened in Benghazi is disturbing to me, from the almost nonexistent security provided to a vulnerable consulate on the anniversary of 911, even after several requests for improvement, to the rejecting pleas to help over several hours from those being attacked, and telling those willing to help to "stand down" not once but multiple times, to the many conflicting statements from O and his staff on what happened and why. If the president knew as he implied during the debate that it was a terrorist attack the next day, then why did he and his team try to blame it on a spontaneous video protest for weeks atell an entirely different story for weeks afterward? Then there were comments about "fog of war" and lack of intelligence, or intelligence favoring the video story, when we now know that there was lots of intelligence within the first couple hours, including direct communication with those being attacked, and drone
 video, that it was a serious terrorist attack.  We also know that there were plenty of military resources nearby--within an hours reach even, and again, were told to "stand down" as those in control watched and hear Americans being slaughtered, without even ordering a fighter fly-over. If there are innocent explanations for most of this, where are they? Reconciling some of the directly conflicting stories does not even seem possible. I try to look at all sides of every issue, and on this one, the more one looks into it, the more disturbing it appears on several levels. The recent comments about not having enough intelligence to put soldiers in harms way is even more insulting, since 1. They had the intelligence, 2. Americans were already in harms way, 3. That's what our military DOES- put themselves in harms way to defend those in dire need.
    The last aspect of this that greatly disturbs me are remarks by Hillary to the grieving father of Tyrone Wood, the ex-seal who died trying to protect the consulate even after being refused help, that we will arrest and prosecute the video maker.  Say what?? What she should have said is that she is horribly sorry she and others in the admin failed to protect her son even after he begged for help for hours, and that the _terrorist attackers_ would be found and held accountable. Instead, the video maker was arrested on a trumped up charge of parole violation (using the internet without supervision). He is still being held without bail (essentially a political prisoner). Is this Russia? He had every right to make the video, just as every one of us have to criticize or even ridicule any religion. If this basic right is ever threatened, we as a country are in serious trouble. Aside from what you think of Obama or the mainstream media's glaring paucity of
 coverage on this serious story, if as Freethinkers others are not greatly troubled by freedom-of-speech aspects of the scandal alone, I'm surprised. 

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