This is the fourth of a series of topical columns titled “The Right Stuff” to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.
It is clear that President Barack Obama and his “lock-step liberal” yes men are willing to lie about anything. It is proven that the administration knew immediately that the attack in Benghazi was not a street protest (spontaneous protesters do not carry rocket-propelled grenades), but the game was successful in hiding the truth past Election Day. Contrary to Hillary Clinton’s question, it does matter and answers to several questions will possibly prove criminal negligence.
As a former air rescue controller for a year in Southwest Asia, I present the following questions and facts.
Question 1. Who denied the ambassador’s early request for additional security and why?
Question 2. Why were not additional security measures provided based on the anniversary day of 9/11 – a normal procedure worldwide for politically significant dates? Fact: Other American and foreign embassies in the theater took precautionary security measures for that time.
Question 3. Why were not U.S. Air Force C-130 gunships on alert that day at Sigonella Naval Station, Italy? Fact. These gunships are very effective for this situation because of their extreme accuracy and would have been on scene within two hours of call.
Question 4. Why were not U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters launched from Aviano Air Base, Italy? Fact: F-16s, if alerted when the initial reports came, could have been fully loaded with armament and over the consulate by midnight during the attack.
Question 5: Who ordered the military to stand down from providing assistance? Fact: The military has a long history of never leaving behind someone under attack or in danger. We sometimes put rescue crews in extreme danger for a rescue, but we never ceased operations until the endangered member was saved or recovered. Some saves were complete in an hour, one took 11 days, one required 23 days.
Question 6: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated that rescue could not be effected because we do not put rescue crews in danger if we do not have good intelligence on the battle scene. Does anyone believe that? Fact: You hope to have an aircraft in the area for the pilot to serve as on-scene commander to make visual observations, but that was unnecessary for this scenario. Sometimes you have nothing except radio contact with the survivor. Never did I have a real-time video of the entire scene.
Question 7: Two flag officers (Navy and Army) were allegedly fired because of this operation. What are the official reasons provided?
Question 8. Is it true that the president, the only person authorized to make certain political decision for this rescue operation, departed the command center while the outcome was unknown and went to bed?
Question 9. If the answer to Question 8 is affirmative, please explain how the president could go to sleep with the battle underway. To be answered only be a psychologist.
Question 10: Where does Rep. John Garamendi stand in this dust-up? Is he in lock-step with Obama and Clinton? Most importantly, where does he stand on the various cuts to our military?
To voters: Demand the truth. Watergate was nothing to this – that was a two-bit burglary. Four men died in Benghazi or no reason except incompetence at a minimum and possible criminal dereliction of duty.
Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at email@example.com.