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One More Question About Benghazi?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 7, 2012 @ 4:15 pm In The Point | 8 Comments


Bret Baier at FOX News points out [2], once again, that Obama was about as enthusiastic about calling Benghazi a terrorist attack as he was about debating Mitt Romney. And he points out that CBS carefully censored the part of the clip in which Obama backed away from the terror label.

In that same piece is something from the official timeline that caught my eye.

“1:15 a.m.: CIA reinforcements arrive on a 45-minute flight from Tripoli in a plane they’ve hastily chartered. The Tripoli team includes four GRS security officers, a CIA case officer and two U.S. military personnel who are on loan to the agency. They don’t leave Benghazi airport until 4:30. The delay is caused by negotiations with Libyan authorities over permission to leave the airport, obtaining vehicles, and the need to frame a clear mission plan. The first idea is to go to a Benghazi hospital to recover Stevens, who they correctly suspect is already dead. But the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Shariah militia that mounted the consulate attack.”

So the U.S. Ambassador to Libya is at the Benghazi hospital and suspected dead. The CIA contractors know that, but they can’t get there because the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked group Ansar al Shariah, the “militia that mounted the consulate attack.”

This goes up the chain communication at 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 12. The White House, the Situation Room, and all of those paying attention to intel channels know that the guys on the ground have determined the group that’s behind this. It’s the Al Qaeda-linked militia that are still fighting and have the hospital surrounded.

The CIA contractors could not get inside the hospital because Ansar Al-Sharia was outside. So how did Ambassador Stevens and his supposed rescuers get inside?

The official story is that Stevens was rescued by a mob of helpful citizens, who kept stopping to snap cell phone photos of his corpse, but that’s just what good samaritans do in the region.

So now the “rescuers” take Stevens to a hospital, access to which is controlled by Ansar Al Sharia, the very militia that tried to kill him, something that the locals are likely to know. Ansar Al Sharia then lets Stevens in, without harming him further, even after trying to kill him.

Something doesn’t add up here. Either the “rescuers” were taking in his body for a reward. Or it wasn’t the presence of Ansar Al Sharia that slowed down the CIA response.

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