DoJ Files Sealed Charges Against Benghazi Attackers

Or something.

Benghazi FuneralsThe jackassery of the Obama administration never ceases to amaze me. But then, I rack that up to the fact that I’m old and my short term memory is zip.

Let’s drift back in time to October 26, 2012 when President Obama uttered the following, which I’m sure made the Benghazi attackers quake in their boots:

“What happened in Benghazi is a tragedy. We’re investigating exactly what happened. I take full responsibility for that fact. I send these folks in harm’s way, I want to make sure they’re always safe and when that doesn’t happen, that we figure out what happened and make sure that doesn’t happen again. But my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I’ll always keep.”

As Guy Benson notes in the article this statement was made seven weeks after the attack. It’s also noteworthy that the only tangible evidence of “investigation” and “justice” at that time – and still true today – is that the maker of the famous film that caused the “demonstration” that got out of hand was arrested and rotting in jail when the President made that statement.

The attack on the compound in Benghazi happened on September 11, 2012 so let’s see where we’re at today.

In terms of investigation, one of those other alphabet organizations, CNN, beat the FBI to the punch.

In May, CNN reporter Arwa Damon managed to locate [Ahmed Abdu] Khattala in Libya and secured an interview with him. Khattala confirmed that he was not in hiding and had not been contacted by either Libyan or American investigators.

That would be roughly two and half months ago.

Hillary - What DifferenceWell, today we’re making progress. First of all, President Obama will be on Jay Leno’s show tonight to try to resurrect his polling numbers. Since he’ll need something to talk about, the FBI has filed a sealed indictment of Khattala in advance of the President’s appearance.

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department has filed sealed criminal charges against a number of suspects in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others, according to people familiar with the matter.

The exact nature of the charges wasn’t clear, nor was the number of suspects named in the case. A Justice Department spokesman, Andrew Ames, said the investigation is ongoing.

Ongoing. And going and going and going.

So I guess maybe Khattala got indicted. We don’t know since the indictment is sealed. Hmmm. Obviously, maybe, Obama is keeping his commitment. Whatever that is. But we do know what we’ll be reading about in the DNC Times tomorrow. “al Qaeda is reeling” blah blah blah.

Now, for me at least, the plot thickens. Here’s why I don’t have a White House press card.

SANAA | Tue Aug 6, 2013 6:48am EDT

(Reuters) – At least four suspected al Qaeda members were killed in a drone strike in central Yemen, local tribal leaders said on Tuesday, following a U.S. warning of a possible major militant attack in the region. …

The Yemeni tribal leaders said five missiles struck a vehicle travelling in Maarib Province in Tuesday’s strike, killing all of its occupants.

State news agency Saba also said initial reports indicated that four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in the air strike in Maarib, but gave no further details.

We take out four suspected al Qaeda dudes with Hellfires earlier today. These guys are suspected of maybe being part of the “plot” that the administration uncovered that resulted in the US shutting down all of our Middle East embassies. Suspected. Plotters. The turnaround on those guys was about a week. Maybe two.

On the other hand, we have a guy who’s bragging about being part of Benghazi where four Americans were killed while the President had dinner and reviewed his notes for the fund raiser he attended the following day in Las Vegas, and the best we can do, over two months after CNN films an interview with him, is issue a sealed indictment?

This is just sick.

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  • I’ve gotta admit, I’m trying to figure out this administration’s policies. Like you point out, they’ll pop some suspected terrorists, but not go after others. Talks about jobs, then puts policies in place that discourage them.

    I’m used to politicians saying one thing and doing another, but this is starting to feel like the plan is that there is no plan – and that the lack of a plan is deliberate.

    Maybe he’s tossing a coin whenever he’s making any sort of decision, and his ‘speechwriter’ for the teleprompter is a random phrase generator.

    Seems like it’s just getting downright weird inside the Beltway any more…

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Give credit where credit is due. Obama’s war on domestic producers and users of coal is going great.

      • For certain values of ‘great’, which are rather subjective.

        Sarah Hoyt posted something rather appropriate –

        If you’re seeing our ruling class, you are right. They too live in a world that has very little to do with the everyday world of men for most of history. They weave their web – of theories, of regulations, of the involutedly just so stories that are Marxist analysis – and then they see the world only in it, reflected in it. This is what I refer to as “drinking their own ink.”

        They have been schooled to such an extent that instead of testing theory in the world, they view the world through the theory. The stimulus didn’t work? More stimulus is needed. There are more unemployed? Well, we need more assistance. Health care is too expensive? Making it government controlled will make it cheap. People want to kill us? We need to stop being racist, because little brown people.

        Any one of those circumstances can kill us and destroy society, because stimulus only destroys the value of money; unemployed don’t want perpetual assistance and to the extent it works it encourages dependence and lack of initiative; as far as it’s observable from history, since the pyramids, no government project was completed on time or under budget; thinking that people with a tan are inherently oppressed and unable to have just as crazy and non-legitimate grievances as your next door neighbors is not just a form of racism, but one that can kill you when the other culture interprets appeasement as weakness. (Oh, and for the record, I am a person of tannitude, and I can have just as crazy ideas as the my pale-skinned husband. Crazier, arguably, given what I write.)”

        Reality isn’t important – only the right ideas.

        • jim_m

          Reality isn’t important – only the right ideas.

          And what is really funny is how they exempt themselves from having to live under the very rules they claim are for our own good. They don’t have to live with obamacare, they get to keep their own existing system. They do not have to live with the ADA or with EEOC rules and countless other laws they have inflicted on the public.

          Insulated from the destructiveness of their own policies they are able to delude themselves that these policies work. Never experiencing the failure of their policies and surrounding themselves with yes men and toadies they live in a fantasy world where complaints about their failures only ever come from people with evil intent.

          • Reality wins out in the long run. The trouble comes when the folks with their hands on the switches don’t realize the difference between ‘real’ and theory can be a fatal one.

            Jumping off a building singing “I believe I can fly – I believe I can touch the sky” rapidly turns to “Oh, shit.” and (Splat.)

    • Commander_Chico

      The US has a different relationship with Libya than with Yemen. Yemen is a borderline failed state. Libya is a petrostate which we want to cultivate for economic and political reasons. A guy in the middle of Benghazi is different from some guys out in the desert – collateral damage. These things seem obvious.

      Drones are just fueling the fire, in my opinion, but if you wanted to drone a guy in Libya, where would you base it out of? I can 100% guarantee you — not in Sigonella. Italian government would never allow it.

      • Knew a guy back around 1980 or so who, after about 20 years in the AF as a C-130 flight engineer was retiring and going to take a job in Yemen… as a C-130 flight engineer.

        Lost track of him after that. Hope he did okay…

        • Commander_Chico

          Might be able to find him on Facebook or LinkedIn.

          In 1980, Yemen was two countries – the US-backed North and the Soviet backed south. He must have gone to the North. I once spent several days at sea in 1984 outside Aden harbor waiting for an Echo class submarine. Me and about 300 other guys.

          Socotra was a big Soviet base, too. Weren’t things more orderly during the Cold War? Only downside was the constant risk of total nuclear annihilation.

          • The risk was there – but in retrospect there wasn’t that much of a risk. Both countries wanted to survive, after all.

            But there’s some folks now who’d see burning the whole world as a ‘win’ for their side. That’s problematic.

          • Commander_Chico

            The risk of mistake with nuclear forces on hair-trigger alert was more than the risk of intentional war. Like Able Archer in 1983 and the false launch alert the Soviets nearly acted on.

            But the Cold War was still a world of nation-states and competing ideologies. NATO and the Warsaw Pact were trying to sell their ways of life to the rest of the world.

            Today, it’s all about oligarchies and their competition to extract resources from, exploit, watch, and control everyone else. In that regard, American elites are not much different from Russian oligarchs, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, or the Eurocrats.

            The Islamists are quaint in believing in some transcendental, non-materialist ideas. For the rest of the world, Marx’s materialism has won. Ayn Rand’s vision is just another form of it.

  • Vagabond661

    Hey Hilary….I guess it makes a diff after all. Now about 2016….

  • Hank_M

    I think this “sealed indictment” is nothing more than to give them cover. Now when any reporters ask about the Benghazi debacle (I know, very unlikely) Obama and his people can refuse to discuss an on-going investigation.

    Side note…some are speculating that Jarrett was the one giving orders that night and where Obama was – that remains a mystery.

  • jim_m

    If obama had been President in 1941 he would have filed suit against the Japanese after Pearl Harbor but never have gone to war.

    • Brucehenry

      And if you were 18 in 1941 you’d have been 4-F on account of your being so skinny or whatever.

      • jim_m

        Maybe. My father was underweight when he turned 18 and enlisted in 1944 but the recruiter gave him a pass because he figured that my dad would gain weight during basic.

        • Brucehenry

          Well actually on reflection my snark was uncalled for. I apologize and would withdraw it if I could.

          • jim_m

            But you did not feel so bad that you were moved to edit it to remove it. I understand.

          • Retired military

            He apologized for what he said. Yes he could have edited it but that could be construed as trying to hide the fact that he made the comment, especially given yours and his history I would halfway bet that you would accuse him of posting something and then deleting it to hide the fact that he said it in the first place.
            Instead he kept it in place and apologized. Try taking that apology with the spirit with which it was intended.

          • jim_m

            I’m fine. And I was went I made my earlier response. I never took especial offense to his original remark, though I thought it in poor taste. Perhaps it was just an impish impulse on my part to dig back a little.

        • You should not have dignified that with a response.

        • Brucehenry

          My own dad was color blind, and deaf in his left ear, but was still accepted into the Army in 1942. He served stateside, did something with the A bomb tests and was exposed to what were called “safe” levels of radiation. My Uncle Dick, his brother and a doctor, always suspected that exposure during the war might have had something to do with his death from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1958 when I was not quite four years old.

  • The_Weege_99

    There might as well be a bench warrant out for them in Sedge Garden, N.C. for improper discharge of a firearm.

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  • What a phony that is. Sealed charges????????????? Hello, and Obummer expects us to believe that. He’s not only a Jerk he’s a Joke and so is Hitlary.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    There still are sentient adults running CIA and the drone program, despite the unmitigated disaster of Obama & Co. On the other hand, DOJ over the past four-plus years quickly and noticeably has descended into an abject farce of a milquetoast and effeminate hyperbureacracy. There are differences between buzzed and falling down drunk and along those lines, notwithstanding their respective foibles, Panetta and then Petraeus were far better leaders than Eric Holder. Hence the dichotomy between Hellfire missiles being shot up Jihadi arses (CIA) and the dog & pony show of sealed indictments (DOJ). It’s that simple. Also keep in mind that Obama himself is nothing but a figurehead. The decisions are made by other people. Obama merely rubber stamps them in between tee times and fundraisers.