by Ed Mattson
Could it have been “the October Surprise” that didn’t work? Crazy as it might sound at this late date in December, could there have really been an October Surprise planned to insure the re-election of Obama to the Presidency? In this day of purportedly fudged Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) regarding the unemployment figures, nothing from this Administration should surprise any of us.
NOTE: Following BLS September jobs report numbers, Reuters wrote in October the revised figure was about one-half the number reported for September. August was also lowered to 76,400 from 189,000. Though BLS claims the mistakes had no political intentions, it sounds fishy to me.
Marketplace* reported specifically, well-respected former GE CEO Jack Welch tweeted this “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers” referring to the September unemployment numbers.
*[As an aside…Marketplace is a radio program that focuses on business, the economy, and events that influence them. Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, the show is produced and distributed by American Public Media, in association with the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Business (hardly a bastion of conservative thought). With a weekly audience of more than eight million, Marketplace is the most popular business program in America–more popular than those of CNBC, Bloomberg or Nightly Business Report. Marketplace began in 1989, created by Jim Russell. Marketplace is produced in Los Angeles with bureaus in New York; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Baltimore, Maryland; London; and Shanghai.]
With this dubious track record of the bureaucrats that rule over us, what can we believe and what is so far-fetched that it can’t possibly be true, but more than likely probably might just be TRUE? What bearing does the fudging of the unemployment figures have on the October Surprise we are going to be discussing? I think the public needs to be aware that often what we hear and read from the media simply is spun so the exact opposite is the truth, and in a country like the United States, that cannot be allowed to happen.
A great anonymous quote:
“No government should be allowed to lie to its citizens. A government exists to serve the people, and only at their pleasure. In order to do this, we already empower them to have greater capabilities than us. Adding the ability to know more than us to the ability to do more than us, is an open invitation to abuse.”
Now, to the far-out, (and impeachable) conspiracy theory in the Ron Paul Forum, which would have indeed, been a perfect October Surprise had it worked. For those who have been living under a rock, Ron Paul, Texas US Representative was a former candidate for the Presidency. It seems so implausible to rational thinking, but upon close examination could well have been concocted by those on Capitol Hill. We’ll take a closer look and let the readers decide. As the only news media investigating the Benghazi issue is FOX, it is doubtful all the pieces will ever be put together.
The Conspiracy Theory
According to sources in the State Department and the CIA, and intercepted communications from the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama “staged” the attack in Benghazi in order to create a monumental “October Surprise” that would guarantee him re-election.
Yes, you read that right, and no, I’m not making this up. Obama, we now know, is and has been working with the Muslim Brotherhood secretly to engineer the release of the “Blind Sheik,” Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
In Obama’s October Surprise, he intentionally set-up the consulate to have no security so that Chris Stevens could be kidnapped, and held for ransom by Al-Qaeda (and the Muslim Brotherhood). Then, several days before the election, the plan was to trade Chris Stevens for the Blind Sheik, making himself look like a hero, and all but guaranteeing re-election.
This was one of the top reasons why Obama was so insistent on the Muslim Brotherhood getting $1.2 Billion in U.S. Aid. They were to have a primary role in getting Obama re-elected. That is why, even though they knew days before the attack that it was going to occur, no effort was made to bolster security. It was intended to be non-existent. The Libyan security forces were intended to quietly slip into the night when the attack began. And they did, just as planned.
That is why, even though 2 C-130U gunships, which were built SPECIFICALLY for this kind of attack, and which could have saved the lives of our people there and were a mere 45 minutes away, were never scrambled at any time during the attack. There was to be no resistance whatsoever. That is why there were not one, but TWO unarmed drones flying over the consulate during the conflagration.
Our CIA operatives on the ground were painting targets because they knew air cover was available. That is why, even though requesting support and backup three times, their requests were NOT ignored, but were intentionally, specifically DENIED three times, and they were told to “stand down,” which basically means to “surrender.” That was part of Obama’s plan.
They were not to fight back. That would potentially undermine the kidnapping effort and cause unnecessary “complications.” That is why, even though the CIA operatives and ex-Navy Seals were on the ground, providing real-time reports, and even though they were “lighting up” the source of the mortars attacking the compound with lasers, no gunships or support ever came. They weren’t supposed to resist.
Resistance wasn’t “part of the plan.” It also wasn’t part of the plan for one of the CIA operatives to intentionally defy Obama’s orders, and who rescued the body of Sean Smith and then stood up against orders, and engaged the enemy that was attacking American soil. It was supposed to be “clean.” …Quick; Efficient; Kidnap the Ambassador and get out.
They didn’t factor in a tiny group of highly trained ex-Navy Seals/CIA operatives… American patriots and heroes, like all trained US military not willing to stand by while attacks against our country are happening right in front of them. Even though they eventually lost their lives in the firefight, they managed to employ the full measure of their skills, and took out over 80 attackers in the process… which enraged the attackers, who were led to believe that they would encounter no resistance.
That is why Ambassador Stevens was raped (sodomized), murdered, and dragged through the streets. In their warped minds, they believed that they had been betrayed by the U.S. yet again. They believed that Obama was their friend. They believed that they were going to get their beloved Blind Sheik back. And yet, here were 80 of their own… dead by American hands.
Obama was asked directly in an interview if he denied the request for military assistance by those on the ground; he refused to answer, and instead droned on with a canned response promising to “bring those responsible to justice”. Yet here we are three months further down the road and the Congressional committee is being stonewalled by Administration version of the events which seem to change daily, and I haven’t heard a single mention of the word PERJURY.
Former CIA and State Department personnel are coming out now with damning evidence that indicts President Obama, and reveals the truth about what was going on. Hillary Clinton, who is now openly laying the blame at the feet of the President, with her eye on running for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination.
So just how plausible is the Ron Paul Theory?
Going back to the House committee we have gotten far enough into the investigation to determine the staff at the U.S. Consulate in Libya had their request for additional security denied by Washington officials going back five months. Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the Ambassador Steven’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012. The committee noted 13 “security threats” in Benghazi, including an attempt to assassinate the British ambassador to Libya. Those 13 threats weren’t just chatter; the US consulate was targeted by two actual bombing attempts leading up to the 9/11 raid. I guess we can say so much for the trumped-up “spontaneous attack lies” about the infamous anti-Muslim video which nobody saw.
A week after the attack, Obama claimed whoever was responsible would be brought to justice…right! CNN was in Benghazi while the FBI was trying to get their act together (I guess they never heard about securing the crime scene and preserving evidence) and turned-up Ambassador Steven’s diary which outlined his repeated requests for security and for barbed wire to be placed along the parameter of the make-shift consulate compound. This was 11 days after the attack!
Meanwhile all the mouthpieces of the administration, the State Department, and the heads of the CIA, knowing full-well the Benghazi attack was a planned terrorist attack reminiscent of the 9-11 attack in New York, tried to promote the attack was a spontaneous attack based on the ridiculous postulation that a demonstration about an obscure anti-Muslim video was to blame. Why? Because Obama wanted the voting public to believe the “War of Terror” was over because Osama Bin Laden was dead. Additionally, the gullible and naïve public actually thought the Obama Middle East policy and foreign policy in general, had restored respect for America in the region.
Even more contentious of the public was parading out UN Ambassador Susan Rice, to outright lie about the video on all the Sunday morning talk-shows. This word track went on for eleven days.
“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what began as a spontaneous demonstration, simply got out of hand… not a premeditated attack”. The event was witnessed live in real time by drones, and if my contact is to believed at the FBI (this is an inside agent who has 30+ years with the FBI and very familiar with the protocols of information handling at the top levels of government); he tells me the President is never more than 2-3 minutes behind events…that means “he’s never in the shower”, “never out of town and unreachable”, and never NOT MADE AWARE OF SUCH EVENTS.
Rice claims she received information on the video from the National Intelligence Agency but Director, James Clapper initially denied giving Rice her talking points. The left says the Republicans are simply on a witch hunt, but this is not a Watergate instance. Four Americans, including a US Ambassador, were killed, and the whole thing stinks to high heaven. Additionally, one must ask why Rice was the chosen mouthpiece, and in being so selected, is she not bound to speak the truth by the pretense of honesty being a government spokesperson?
To excuse such misleading behavior would be to excuse the Nazi officers accused of genocide because “they were only following orders”.
Rice’s account was directly contradicted almost immediately by Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, who said he had “no doubt” the attack was pre-planned by individuals from outside Libya. Rice also said there was a “substantial security presence” at the consulate in Benghazi, noting that two of the four Americans killed there were providing security. Two! Unbelievable! DOES THE DATE 9/11 NOT RING A BELL WITH THE ADMINISTRATION?
The four Americans killed were part of the diplomatic mission, but not in the manner originally stated by Administration officials… Sean Smith was in fact a U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer, but Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were not U.S. embassy security personnel. The former Navy SEAL commandos Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were actually CIA contractors killed defending the mission, not State Department contract security officers, as originally publicly identified.
Then to rub salt in the wounds of the families of those slain, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talked about “Monday morning quarterbacking” and why the U.S. military didn’t act sooner. He said military assets had been moved, but that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over before there was enough good information about what was actually happening. Not knowing exactly what was going on, “we could not put forces at risk in that situation”. More BS from an Administration caught with its pants down. With a live feed from the drones, they could see what was going on, and with live phone calls from those on the ground, there should have been no question, unless one considers the entire fiasco was being managed as a cover-up run by the Keystone Cops.
In addition to the Marine Security Guards deployed at U.S. facilities including Embassies and Consulates, today’s Marines maintain FAST units – Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams and RRTs – Rapid Response Teams – to protect American officials, citizens, and interests abroad. There are such a units strategically situated around the globe. They are trained for instances like Benghazi and are ready to be deployed on very short notice. With Signolla, Italy just 1 hr and 30 minutes away, they could have made a big difference regardless of what Panetta’s talking points are. The same is true for the 2 C-130U gunships which could have been on site in less than 1-1/2 hours from Italy.
If one were to believe Panetta that help wasn’t on the way to Benghazi, or that those on the ground were not lead to believe help was on the way, why would Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods be on the roof of the Consulate lighting up targets of opportunity for the drones or gunships. Any trained soldier would not deliberately expose themselves to certain death by doing so.
It is obvious for anyone following this story that there is more information in support of the Ron Paul Theory than against.
Consider all the events leading up to 9/11/12:
- Two attacks (April and June) on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to 9/11/12.
- Multiple requests for help from the Ambassador prior to his assassination.
- We removed 34 special forces site security team over a 6-month period ending in August leading up to the attack, the final 16 were pulled in August.
- An August 16 cable sent by the consulate to the state department warned that the consulate could not be protected, warned that terrorist groups, including Anaer al-Sharia and Al Qaeda, were operating in the area.
- Britain assessed the situation and pulled their ambassador out of Libya.
- The Red Cross also decided they needed to pull out of Libya.
So, the big question really boils down to why were ANY of our people still there?
Following his service in the Marine Corps Ed Mattson built a diverse career in business in both sales/marketing and management. He is a medical research specialist and published author. His latest book is Down on Main Street: Searching for American Exceptionalism
Ed is currently Development Director of the National Guard Bureau of International Affairs-State Partnership Program, Fundraising Coordinator for the Warrior2Citizen Project, and Managing Partner of Center-Point Consultants in North Carolina.
Mr. Mattson is a noted speaker and has addressed more than 3000 audiences in 42 states and 5 foreign countries. He has been awarded the Order of the Sword by American Cancer Society, is a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow and appeared on more than 15 radio and television talk-shows.