By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Writer
Barack Obama stepped before the TV cameras, glanced at his teleprompters, and said, resolutely, “No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”
Obama’s reaction to the terrorist bombing in Boston? No, those were Obama’s words at a political fundraiser in Las Vegas Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi, and less than 24 hours after he claims to have given the order to “secure our people” in Benghazi.
The next day, as he was massaging his radical base at the University of Colorado, and by which time he still had not checked with his Secretary of State or his Secretary of Defense to see what progress they’d made in rescuing our people in Benghazi, he said, “I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.”
Yeah, right. In the hours after the terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Boston, Obama’s principal concern was that we exercise caution in assigning blame. He certainly wouldn’t want to anger his friends in Cairo or Riyadh. Clearly avoiding the use of the words “terrorism” or “attack,” he said, “We still do not know who did this, or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake: we will get to the bottom of this, we will find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
Reading between the lines, what he was saying was that he still had not heard from Morris Dees at the Southern Poverty Law Center, instructing him to blame the attack on either right wing militias or Tea Party activists… as was the case with Bill Clinton and Janet Reno in the hours after the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Not only do we not know who carried out the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, we still have not heard from the survivors who’ve been held incognito and who’ve been made to sign non-disclosure forms to prevent them from telling the Congress what they know.
So, Mr. Obama, please allow me to administer a brief multiple-choice test. There is one group of people on the face of the Earth who regularly explode bombs in public places, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent men, women, and children as possible. Would you say that group is composed of: a) Boy Scouts, b) Girl Scouts, c) Rotarians, d) Kiwanians, e) Daughters of the American Revolution, f) Carmelite Nuns, or g) Muslims?
You say you’re not sure? Well, neither were Bill Clinton and Janet Reno, your Democratic predecessors.
On Feb. 7, 1995, ten weeks before the Oklahoma City Bombing, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack was arrested in Pakistan and turned over to U.S. authorities. Yet, it still didn’t occur to Bill Clinton and Janet Reno that they were dealing with something far more sinister and far more deadly than an “isolated criminal event,” which is how they characterized the first attack on the World Trade Center.
If they’d learned anything at all from the World Trade Center Bombing and the Islamic terrorists they’d convicted, one would think that they would have been acutely attuned to the possibility that the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City just might be part of a pattern… especially in light of the fact that numerous eye witnesses and security cameras showed at least five individuals, Timothy McVeigh and three or four “Middle Eastern types,” speeding away from the Murrah Building just moments before a massive explosion took it down.
Police investigator Craig Roberts, the Tulsa police investigator assigned to the Oklahoma City investigation, author of The Medusa File, speculates that the FBI dropped the notion of Islamic terrorist involvement when the Southern Poverty Law Center, with an anti-right wing agenda, began spreading the word that right wing militia groups were among the most likely suspects.
Not surprisingly, the FBI investigators made an almost instantaneous 90-degree left turn, totally ignoring mountains of evidence of Middle Eastern involvement developed by local law enforcement and local news organizations.
In fact, when irrefutable evidence of Arab involvement was presented to FBI agents on the scene, they put their hands behind their backs and refused to even touch the documents. Did they have orders from Clinton and Reno to abandon the solid leads they were following and concentrate on chasing right ring militia groups and a couple of disgruntled white guys… McVeigh and Nichols?
Dr. Frederick Whitehurst, the FBI “whistle-blower” who charged the FBI laboratories with falsifying evidence to benefit prosecutions, said, “We (the FBI) find ourselves aligned against an administration that has demonstrated that its first allegiance is to determining guilt, and to hell with truth.”
If the Clinton Justice Department had followed the evidence in Oklahoma City, the trail of evidence would have led them directly to Abu Sayyef, and al-Qaeda in the Philippines. Their leader, Ramzi Youssef, was already aware that the federal building in Oklahoma City would be bombed, months before it happened.
If al-Qaeda had been interrupted at that point in time we might reasonably expect that the attacks on the Khobar Towers (1996), the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (1998), the USS Cole (2000), and the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (2001) might never have happened. Unfortunately, they didn’t do that. Once they had Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in custody they simply stopped looking. They were more interested in “determining guilt” than in finding truth.
Less than eight months after President George W. Bush moved into the White House, Islamic terrorists flew four jet airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania, killing some 3,000 people. Bush recognized the massive attack for what it was… another attack in a war that had been ongoing for many years… and he finally took steps to fight back.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the FBI was committed to working with Libyan authorities to track down those who attacked and killed four Americans at Benghazi on September 11. Yet, a month later, the FBI still had not sent an evidence team to the American consulate in Benghazi. American newsmen found the floor littered with State Department documents, some of them of a classified nature.
Just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Associated Press reported that “Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.” Are those the same “full resources of the Justice Department” that were assigned to track down the guilty parties in Libya?
A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. The official said Ortiz’s office was coordinating the department’s response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.
Now, just four days later, the American people have been shown just what can be accomplished if the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and state and local police organizations are really determined to solve a heinous crime. So why are we still awaiting answers on what happened in Benghazi? When are the guilty parties going to be punished, as Obama promised? Could it be because he and Holder are just not that interested in having the American people learn the truth about Benghazi?
Obama and Holder may think they’re off the hook on Benghazi, but they’re not. Some 700 retired Special Operations officers and non-commissioned officers have signed an open letter to Congress, demanding that the Congress convene a Special Select Committee to get answers to the Benghazi debacle, and they will not relent. The Congress will ultimately get to the bottom of it.
And, oh yes, Mr. Obama, as you should know by now, the answer to the multiple choice question is… g) Muslims. They are the only people on the face of the Earth who regularly explode bombs in public places, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent men, women, and children as possible. And don’t let Morris Dees and his left wing radicals at the Southern Poverty Law Center convince you otherwise.
Paul R. Hollrah is a contributing editor for the National Writers Syndicate and the New Media Journal. His blog is found at OrderOfEphors.com. He resides in the lakes region of northeast Oklahoma. Click here to read more of Paul’s columns.
Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. It chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.