Obama Finds His Benghazi Fall Guys

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


After an independent report found that mistakes were made in the Obama Administration’s handling of the Benghazi jihad massacre, Barack Obama immediately took action against those who apparently made them: Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security; Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security; and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state whose purview included Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, all resigned under pressure.

The report says that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus” led to a security arrangement “that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

Are we really to believe that it was Eric Boswell, Charlene Lamb, and Raymond Maxwell who were really responsible for the refusal of repeated requests from the Benghazi consulate for more security personnel, and the complete disregarding of warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens that al-Qaeda was operating in the area? There are numerous indications that all this came from higher up.

After all, the Obama Administration’s entire Middle East policy has since January 2011 been predicated on the unquestioned dogma that the “Arab Spring” uprisings were a glorious outpouring of democracy and pluralism. Speaking about the Libyan revolution in March 2011, Obama warmly praised the dawning in Libya of “the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny.” Thus after providing military aid to the anti-Gaddafi rebels despite evidence of their al-Qaeda links, the administration – whether the call really came from the White House or the State Department or both – had every reason to ignore the request from Benghazi for more security, and to pretend that the whole thing was just a spontaneous uprising over a video about Muhammad, not the carefully planned September 11 jihad attack that it proved to be.

Speaking about Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the New York Times said that “the report affirmed there were no protests of an anti-Islamic video before the attack, contrary to what Ms. Rice had said on several Sunday talk shows days after the attack.”

But Susan Rice was in an extremely difficult position. To have acknowledged what was really happening in Benghazi would have been to admit that the Allahu-akbaring mob besieging the consulate was nothing remotely close to a responsible citizenry enjoying their rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and self-determination. And that would have given the lie to Obama’s description of the uprising against Gaddafi. It would have been to admit that the jihad against the United States would not be turned away from its goal by hearts-and-minds gestures, even if those gestures included the removal of a brutal dictator. The people of Benghazi were no more inclined to welcome the Americans as liberators – and Ambassador Stevens had attempted to play exactly that role, sneaking into Libya during the most difficult days of the uprising and doing everything he could to aid the rebels – than were the people of Iraq when Saddam Hussein was toppled.

The reason in both cases was the same: the rebels against both Saddam and Gaddafi were largely Islamic supremacists who wanted a Sharia state, disdained democracy, and considered the United States to be their enemy not primarily because of various aspects of its foreign policy, but because it is the world’s foremost infidel polity, against whom the mujahedin believe they have a sacred duty to wage war. The Qur’an and Islamic law direct Muslims to wage war against and subjugate the “People of the Book” (cf. Qur’an 9:29) – that is, primarily Jews and Christians – not if they behave badly by supporting Israel or Middle Eastern dictators, but simply because they are not Muslims.

But the White House and State Department not only do not acknowledge this fact – they have done all they can to deny and obfuscate it. The one cardinal proposition that accepted analysts must repeat is that the present conflicts between Muslims and non-Muslims have absolutely nothing to do with Islam; indeed, Obama Administration officials are expressly forbidden to link Islam with terrorism, as if Islamic terrorists weren’t busy linking the two on a daily basis. The errors of analysis and wrong decisions that cost lives all follow from this initial false premise.

That false premise is reminiscent of what is said about State during the Iranian Revolution: that while the Ayatollah Khomeini was bringing about the toppling of the shah and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, only one of his books could be found anywhere in the State Department, and no one had read it. No one thought the rantings of an obscure fanatic who for years had been exiled to far-off France were important.

This was the willful blindness that killed Chris Stevens, and is the real scandal of Benghazi. The politically correct fantasies that characterize the Washington establishment’s views on Islam and jihad not only make for bad policy; they also kill. Clearly what happened in Benghazi was part of a coordinated, carefully planned series of jihad attacks.

From the beginning of the “Arab Spring,”  I said repeatedly that it was not a democracy movement as the Western press and the White House were claiming, but an Islamic supremacist takeover that would result in the creation of Sharia states far more hostile to the U.S. and Israel than the Arab nationalist regimes they were supplanting. This assessment was greeted with the usual scorn, but Benghazi shows who was right and who was wrong and how desperately the foreign policy establishment in Washington needs a very thorough housecleaning. The firing of Boswell, Lamb, and Maxwell are not that housecleaning; they are just fall guys. The only person responsible for the Benghazi massacre is sitting in the Oval Office.

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  • Mladen Andrijasevic

    Two years on – who was right on the Egyptian crisis? ( the original artice in the American Thinker compared the msm, not Robert Spencer) http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2012/12/two-y

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    No way in hell is Hillary going to testify, therefore, others had to take the fall. She will keep coming up with 'ailments'.This tactic of obfuscation worked for the Clinton's for yrs, and they never had to explain Vince Foster inexplicable 'suicide' either .
    Barack HUSSEIN Obama has a trail of dead bodies in his wake but the media pretends there is nothing to see…so they move right along – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/14/what-happens-

    And even though she ran before the cameras, to say that she took full responsibility, that doesn't mean squat when she stonewalls the investigation. But there is more at play than just her testimony. Much more – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/18/hillary-takes… catching Hillary in the web would reel in the biggest fish of all (aside from the POTUS), Huma Abedin.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • κατεργάζομαι

      We know what MS Clinton would testify, "I don't recall."

    • kasandra

      Janet Reno "took responsibility" for Waco but still managed to continue serving as Attorney General for another seven years. In D.C. saying "I take full responsibility" means absolutely nothing.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Hillary and obama have blood on their hands regardless of any side stepping.

      The question is what are the congressional oversite committees going to do about it?
      Boehner is a spineless coward, I had better hopes for Issa.

  • jakespoon

    Slithered away. Clean.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      That depends. The media can pretend they are, but we know better.
      The blood of those murdered knows better.

      Like lady McBeth, Obama and Hillary won't be able to wash it away.

    • Impeach Obama

      Obama might not known of the security concerns. These guys might deserve to get fired.

      However, obama sure as heII knew that our people needed help during a 7 hour firefight & he did not help. America lost face & prestige. It tells everyone who thinks ill of us that we are a soft target, come & hit us because our leaders lack the will top defend us for whatever reason (hate America, guilt, timidity).

      For that he should be impeached.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "“Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels…. "

    Fish rot from the head!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Rarely has America had so many excuse so much mendacity and malfeasance as during the Clinton years……that pales compared to America's "BO" problem……

  • Ruth

    She's still busy looking for those 1000 FBI documents.

    • mlcblog

      Ha ha ha!! good one.

  • brianrichardallen

    …. This was the willful blindness that killed Chris Stevens ….

    That and his own hubris.

    And the clinical Psychopathological-Hesperophobia that drives islam's votaries.

    And that is ignored by all who would consider islam to be other than a manifestation of evil and/or who would afford it the dignity of its having earned any standing whatsoever in the Judeo-Christian/Western/Human Civilized World.

    And who would thus have already set Mankind on a path into a New Dark Age — from which it is unlikely to ever again emerge!

  • pierce

    It took 3 and a1/2 months for heads to fall. That I would say is incompetence, complete and utter incompetence. I think you had better look deeper into your administration's competence levels. Only 3, how about a mirror shot. Harry Truman once said "The Buck Stops Here", you Mr. President, are also INCOMPETENT seeing as it took you so long. You have gotten a way with murdering 4 outstanding people, because you were too busy campaigning.

  • Gene W 1938

    It is not over until we know who ordered the assination of our ambassador Chris Stevens. It was an assination … He know who ordered the weapons into Libya to killed Gadafi [for refusing to comply with the One World dictates] and who then ordered those weapons [intercepted in Turkey and identified as American shipments] on the way to Syria [to eliminate another who refuses to bow to the One World dictators]. Consider that the Military support was ordered to stay away… marines who were killed had disobeyed orders and went in to protect our fellow American … State Department hired Brotherhood security who ran from the scene …
    I hope Poor Hillary concusion will heal immediately after she is no longer under orders to testify.

    • Capt_Z1

      Dont you have to have a brain to suffer a concussion?

      • brianrichardallen

        …. Dont you have to have a brain to suffer a concussion …?

        An astute observation.

        Missus Cli'ton is surely the dumbest woman to have failed the dumbed-down DC Bar.

        And those that tried to work with her when she was ostensibly running the Cli'ton era "health-care" effort commented to the effect her problem was never that she had no answer nor solution but that she never understood a single question — or that a solution was required!

        Typical of those of her political leaning, it would seem, missus Cli'ton has long mistaken her own pathological narcissism. to the point of megalomania, for talent!

  • alpha_1

    The jihadists policy has been very obvious right from the get-to. Topple the U.S. then the rest of the free world will be a piece 'a cake. They may be right. The U.S. is the most powerful nation on earth and it doesn't agree with them.

    Make no mistake this is all out war by these people and they won't bend over or go away any time soon.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    We will only know the truth when one of these fall guys comes forward and starts talking the truth about what happened and how their so called savior threw them under the bus. The political future for Rice is over, she has been humiliated, caught a lies, all for the saving of Obama. At some point, I would hope that she sees that the savior that they protected is nothing more then a thug, lie, and ruthless, he will destroy all that would in some way destroy him(Stalin).

    • Thomas Wells

      Rice's "political future" is assured. She will be the darling of the lecture circuit, sit at the head of the table at liberal fund raisers, be put on the board of NPR and other "non-political non-profits". She will be well paid.

    • gus

      The Democrats are terrified of the Benghazi incident which is why every Democrat politician and pundit keeps saying that here is no story so just drop it. Obama's press secretary said that some people are "obsessing" about it. Others like Sen Kerry today wanted to to talk about more funding for State Dept security because they know the awful truth: Barack Obama. or whatever his name is,with held vital information from the American people because he was afraid that it would cost him the election. His 2nd term rest on the guys who died at Benghazi.
      And we will never give up until we know the truth.
      We need a whistle-blower.

      • Nam Vet

        I think you need to look into George Soros's backing of Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Soros is a Snake with a Capital S.

  • steve chavez

    Those that RESIGNED, and are now unemployed, are bitter and there's nothing worse than a disgruntled ex-employee. Were they career employees or appointed? Appointed means they knew outright that their job was temporary. Even then, THEY WILL SQUEAL AND OTHERS WILL TOO.

    The death of J. CHRISTopher STEVENs will blow up on Obama as soon as these whistleblowers start whistling and that is a tune I will tap my foot too!

  • pinnie99

    Well …we need someone to talk to the survivors…I know….good luck with thet RIGHT!!…

    .THE LYING SACKS OF CRAP RUNNING U.S.INTO GROUND WITH SHARIAH ON THE SIDE, NEED TO BE ADDRESSED,AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

    CLINTON, BO AND HIS ADMIN ARE DESTROYING THIS NATION…BO IS A NATIONAL TRAGEDY…HE IS WHAT WE ALL FEAR. COMMUNISM .NO MATTER HOW ITS PRESENTED IS EVIL..ISLAM,IS WORSE,>BO IS BOTH !

    PRAY DEAR AMERICANS.

  • LindaRivera

    The Right to ‘penetrate nation-states’ borders’ This is utterly horrifying. The Responsibility to Protect doctrine endangers every innocent on earth. A decent, innocent people can and are, easily targeted by power-hungry ruthless elites. This is what occurred in Libya.

    US/NATO waged war for months for Al-Qaeda and other Muslim terrorists against Gaddafi and Libya. Gaddafi was fighting AGAINST Al Qaeda.

    The US/NATO war empowered and enabled anti-Gaddafi Muslims to perpetrate satanic, horrifying atrocities and genocide of blacks. Blacks were safe under Gaddafi. So much for Obama being a black "brother".

    US/NATO did not lift a finger to help or rescue the terrified blacks. This is what the The Responsibility to Protect doctrine is in reality. A terrifying doctrine that targets innocents.

    GOD HELP THE WORLD'S INNOCENTS!

  • LindaRivera

    I am afraid our anti-America/anti Israel leaders at a future time will use the The Right to ‘penetrate nation-states’ borders’… The Responsibility to Protect doctrine against Israel and attack Israel.

  • D-Boy

    No one is bringing up the elephant in the room. How is any of this support for Muslim terrorist not treason for aid and comfort to our enemy? We are at war with Muslim terrorists. How much money has obama given to known terrorist entities like the Muslim brotherhood and al-Qaeda?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Benghazi was tragic for those who lost their lives and considering it did not have to be it is
    all the more disturbing. Obama and Clinton were acting on the illusions they spin as to the
    state of our World in the Middle East, megalomania comes to mind but the real tragedy
    America faces is that our government is overtaken by liars, people of no personal charachter
    that would turn Americans into slaves of the state. Those who voted for these despicable
    people are the enemies of America and have nothing in common with me, they are traitors
    to our Republic which have brought about falsehood and contemptious disdain for our
    Constitution, culture and free heritage……………………………William

  • JacksonPearson

    Barack Hussein Obama II, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Barry Dunham, has gotten a pass on everything, from his forged past, to his dark, devious and murderous present. WHY???

    • John.in.Georgia

      Harrison J. Bounel, aka Barack Hussein Obama, has a lot of friends and co-conspirators in very high and influential postions. I still cannot fathom how someone who admits in his autobiography that his father was a foreign national studying in America and he is still considered a legal citizen. Something is just not correct about ALL OF THIS and I also believe that the courts know it and are conspiring to overturn all efforts to find out who this man really is because they know if he is ruled ineligible to be president and removed there will be out of control mass riots and murders all across the country.

      • JacksonPearson

        A total thumbs down by the courts on Barry is a poor excuse to not uphold the Constitution. IMO, the federal courts have been an accomplice to his conspiracy. Obama's book alone, and written admissions within should have been ample evidence to disqualify him from the presidency. He's not an Article II natural born citizen.

        I followed software experts instructions on de constructing the pdf file of his birth certificate posted on the white house web site, in Adobe Illustrator cs4, and Adobe Acrobat X, and it's a poorly done forgery. Numerous Adobe Software experts, and a type setting font expert have signed sworn affidavits to the affect, that it's a forgery.

        To add insult, ALL of Congress have been made fully aware of Barack Hussein Obama's Constitutional criminality+, and have chosen to see, hear, or say no evil.

        • brianrichardallen

          Getting a DC jury to convict even the overtly — nay! arrogantly — recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, mass-murdering, co-serial-rapist Missus and Mr Billy-Bubbah Blythe ("Cli'ton") — or a DC elitist even to indict either of them, come to that, would be about as likely as making strawberry jam from pig poop[!

          And there'd be three-fifths of five-eighths of eff-all percentage of THAT chance of getting the "Democratic" potty's — and therefore the world's — latest most dangerous dullard, Zero, impeached, indicted and/or convicted!

          But my money still says it's a New York City to a single brick lay-down-misère certainty The Tree Of Liberty will not be denied its natural manure!

          Brian Richard Allen

          • JacksonPearson

            Criminal evidence against Barack Hussein Obama II is overwhelmingly there. However, to get an honest judge[s] to hear the case, and allow discovery to a conclusion is the problem. Not one in scores of cases filed wants to be the first named judge[s] to expose, and/or allow a lawsuit against Obama to proceed. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three judge panel (all three were democrat appointees) heard oral arguments under an appeal, but instead of remanding it back to the district court based on the merits, they neatly and quietly dismissed it.

  • Barbar

    The SEALS saved thirty people. When are we going to hear from them?

  • Teresa

    Instead of acting like leaders, they are all pointing the finger at everyone else. It reminds me of what happens when I have my grandchildren and they are caught doing something they shouldn't have been doing. It is "It wasn't me… If this had happened during Colin Powell's tenure, he would have been the man and taken responsibility for the actions of his office.

  • Len_Powder

    If it is not the TRUTH that people want, then what is it they want? What could be more important than the truth?

  • texasron

    Hey Obama, you said we were going to get the guys who committed this crime. Where are you on this or am I interrupting a golf game?

  • Donald DaCosta

    All that's happened and is happening now in the Middle East makes perfect sense if you've been reading Mr. Spencer's "Jihad Watch" since 9/11. Islam is the major threat to western civilization, perhaps worse than that posed by Hitler and the USSR. Washington is not alone in its blind ignorance of this fact. They are joined by most of Europe which is currently further along the road to dhimmitude.

    Unfortunately for us and for the majority of westerners, we are blinded by our culture and its inherent belief in the sanctity of religion. Islam is not a religion in the western sense of a benign, harmless, peaceful, tolerant belief or disbelief in a single or multiple deities. The west allows all to believe as their conscience dictates so long as they do not attempt to inculcate their beliefs on others by force. Islam has no such restriction and, in fact, inculcating its beliefs in Allah and Mohammad, their God and his prophet, and their system of "justice," Sharia, is interpreted as a sacred duty to be carried out by violent Jihad when the time is right.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the dominant political force arising out of the so called "Arab Spring," is dedicated in its own words in America to "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

    "…destroying the Western civilization from within… by their hands…" Ring any alarm bells?

    • Ken Olson

      Got that right!

  • Agherva 938

    Our secretary of State will not testify, because she will be nailed, and that will make her election in 2016 impossible.

  • Gres

    BObama is on Hawaii,Clinton is sick(what she deserve) and killed Ambassador just got what he fights for-
    death/Arabic spring.