Multiple Islamist groups participated in Libya attack, official says
CAIRO — The attackers who killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last September in Benghazi, Libya, represented a variety of Islamist groups and were motivated by a myriad of factors, the top Libyan official investigating the case has told McClatchy Newspapers.
They almost certainly included members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North Africa affiliate of al Qaeda, which the French now are confronting in northern Mali, Army Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, said in a separate interview.
The two descriptions of what took place underscore the complexity of the threat posed by restive Islamist groups that suddenly found space to grow and expand after the collapse of the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whom Libyan rebels killed in October 2011 after a months-long NATO-led bombing campaign.
“I believe there are individuals who participated in the attacks in Benghazi who had at least some affiliation with AQIM,” Ham told McClatchy. “I don’t interpret from that that this was AQIM-directed or even an AQIM-inspired or -supported effort. But the connection is there. And I think that what I am wrestling with is: What is the connection with all these various individuals or groups?” SOURCE
Ahhhh, Benghazi, that little *hell hole* in Libya that Barack Obama wishes would just go away.
Well, it’s NOT going away, it HAS been on my *back burner* for several days but you can’t just ignore Benghazi. Obama wants us to, that little *gun* issue concerning the Second Amendment may have been a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from Benghazi, but it just didn’t work.
Some are saying that Obama was AWOL when Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, the President has said he was there in operations but if stories are to be believed he *may* have been notified of the attack in progress and then went back to sleep.
According to some stories Obama had only one conversation with Leon Panetta. Panetta recalls just 1 conversation with Obama during Benghazi, Sen. Graham vows accountability. I have to tell you, Lindsey Graham vowing accountability doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence for some reason.
Somehow, every time Benghazi comes back to the forefront there is almost immediately another issue that pops up to take the spotlight off of what could possibly be the worst thing to happen to Obama, including the Fast and Furious scandal.
A lot of people thought that Hillary Clinton would *spill the beans* on her way out as Secretary of State, they hoped she would tell it ALL and implicate Obama in an attempt to hide information as he covered his own ass for what many, myself included, saw a failure to do his duty as the leader of the United States.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
Many have speculated that the Benghazi operation was an Asian version OF Fast and Furious, an outlet for smuggling Libyan arms from the destroyed Gadhafi regime to the Syrian rebels in order to help overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
Some have whispered that it was a CIA operations house and that they, they being the Agency, were in the gun running business, supplying Syrian rebels in an effort to overthrow Assad. I don’t know how anyone could imagine that one, the CIA running guns and using an embassy or consulate as an operations center and all…
Regardless, Barack Obama and his minions have much to answer for, it is OUR job to make sure that it happens.