The Fix is In: Benghazi Dispute Likely to be Resolved in the Democrats’ Favor
Nov 15, 2012
RUSH: I got a note from a friend of mine.
Dear Rush, Obama says that he sent Susan Rice to the Sunday shows with the video story. He said that in his press conference yesterday. He’s the one that sent Susan Rice up there, all those five Sunday morning shows, to explain that it was the video that led to all the military incursions in Benghazi.
Rush, why would he do that when he says he still hasn’t completed the investigation as to what happened? And why did he have Candy Crowley read the transcript about Obama calling it a terrorist event at the debate if he was telling Susan Rice something different?
It’s a good question, because you remember when Candy Crowley teamed up with Obama in the second debate and allowed this misconception to be believed? Obama had called it a terror attack the day after Benghazi. It was five days later Susan Rice is up there saying it wasn’t a terror attack; it was a video. So my friend here wants to know, why was Obama telling two different stories?
He says, “We know why and the media knows why, so let the testimony under oath begin.”
The reason I’m reading this note to you here is don’t get your hopes up for testimony under oath here. I know that Senators McCain and Grahamnesty are hell-bent on having a select committee, but I don’t think there’s a whole lot of energy for that anywhere else. And, by the way, the Drive-Bys have totally turned on Grahamnesty and McCain now, and they are angry white guys. The two leading Republican advocates for immigration reform are now angry white guys.
F. Chuck Todd is livid that Lindsey Graham and McCain hijacked Obama’s press conference yesterday. Obama was gonna go out there and he was gonna talk about his plans for bipartisanship and he was gonna go out there and talk about his plans for bridging the divide and working with the Republicans and getting things done, and then these two yokels had to go out and call a press conference before our beloved president’s press conference, and they totally turned him into an angry guy, and it’s their fault. It’s their fault, and that’s why Obama got mad, and F. Chuck at NBC is very, very upset.
RUSH: I don’t know outside of Grahamnesty and McCain, I don’t see any energy for a select committee.
I must tell you, I got a note last night from the head honcho for a member of Congress. Chief of staff member of Congress, apparently the leadership of the House has told the — folks, now, don’t throw anything at me. According to the note that I got from chief of staff to a member of House last night, the leadership of the House has said to the Republican caucus, “We’re just gonna let Obama take the reins. We’re just going to let Obama lead for a while and see where it ends up before we decide what we need to do.” If that’s accurate, I can tell you the House doesn’t sound like they want to play ball on a select committee on Benghazi. I don’t know about Senator McConnell who runs the Republicans in the Senate. I don’t know where he is on that idea. I don’t know if he’s pro or con. But for all of you who think — for example, folks, get ready here, get ready.
Eli Lake, he has been doing great work, Daily Beast, uncovering what went on in Benghazi and who was saying what. For those of you who think there’s gonna be bombshells with Petraeus testifying and all this, for all of you saying, “Let the testimony under oath begin,” I want you to remember, for a while here it is gonna be the following is operative: No dispute will be resolved in anything other than the Democrats’ favor. It’s just where we are. It’s where we’ve been for I don’t know how long. It’s certainly what happens now.
Eli Lake says that the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, will testify today before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and he’s going to say that the CIA never requested any help during Benghazi. He’s going to say that the CIA never requested Europe-based special operation teams, specialized Marine platoons, or armed drones on the night of September 11th in Benghazi. He’s gonna say not only did we not tell anybody to “stand down,” we didn’t ask for any help. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute, we heard just the opposite. You did. We’ll get there in just a second. I’m not through with the details here.
“According to a Pentagon timeline made public last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta prepared multiple military responses from the region at around midnight Benghazi time, more than two hours after the initial assault began.” Prepared multiple military responses to choose from. “Those orders included mobilizing two special Marine platoons known as Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) from Rota, Spain, to deploy to Tripoli and Benghazi. Panetta also ordered a special operations force, training in central Europe, to deploy at the Sigonella Airbase in Italy. Another special operations team based in the United States also prepared to deploy to Libya. The CIA, however, requested none of that assistance.”
That’s what’s gonna be testified to today. “Oh, yeah. We had all kinds of assets ready to go. We didn’t ask for anything.” Now, here’s what you’re remembering that seems at variance with that. This is a Jennifer Griffin story from Fox News, and it’s October 26th. Let me read to you from Jennifer Griffin’s report. “Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the US consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to ‘stand down.'”
So your memory is right. You heard it on Fox and you heard it here on October 26th that there were three urgent requests, Fox News has learned from sources on the ground in Benghazi, there were three urgent requests from the CIA annex — this is not the consulate, but it’s just down road, maybe a mile away — from the CIA annex, they wanted military backup. Three urgent requests during the attack on the consulate. And they were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command who also told the CIA operators to “stand down” rather than help. You heard all that, you heard right, your memory is right. There were requests for assistance. Fox reported this on October 26th citing sources there. The requests were not only denied, everybody was told to “stand down,” and that’s when Tyrone and the boys went over anyway and violated orders to assist.
Your memory is right. You remember what you heard. You remember what’s been reported. “Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile away. … When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing.” They were told to “stand down.” Woods, Doherty, at least two others, ignored those orders, made their way to the consulate anyway. They requested help three times. They were ordered to “stand down,” CIA acting director testimony today, “We didn’t ask for help during Benghazi.”
So let the testimony begin under oath, and it’s gonna contradict everything you think you’ve heard. Everything you think you know, it’s gonna contradict. Jake Tapper, I think he was on Hannity or somewhere last night, he’s got a book out, ABC reporter. He said, (paraphrasing) “Well, the reason we didn’t report on Benghazi before the election is the Republicans were lying about it. So there was nothing to report. I mean, they were telling stuff that wasn’t true, what they were saying was lies, so there wasn’t anything to report there.” I’m paraphrasing what Jacob said.
RUSH: By the way, folks, if the acting CIA director is going to testify today that the CIA was not asked for any assistance, and that’s what the story said, that they didn’t ask. Eli Lake, who’s been on this story from the beginning at The Daily Beast, the CIA director, if he’s gonna say under oath we didn’t ask for help during Benghazi, he is totally contradicting the Fox News report on October 26th.
But I just want to put something in your hopper. If the acting CIA director is going to say we didn’t ask for help during the Benghazi attack, what are the odds that Petraeus is going to say, “You know what? I was wrong about that video. This thing was due to Al-Qaeda and it was a terror attack, and we knew that at the moment it was happening.” What are the odds he’s gonna say that? If the acting CIA director, “Whoa, we didn’t ask for any help.” I mean, that kind of falls right in line with the fact that it wasn’t a terror attack. It was a video. It was spontaneous combustion related to a protest.
Folks, look, I know. It seems like every high-value, vaunted institution and tradition in this country has just been corrupted, that, as Americans, we can’t count on anything anymore. You can’t count on the honesty of people, you can’t count on the honor, the integrity, and therefore the institutions that they serve and populate. We don’t know who to believe anymore, on anything. It seems like the bad guys get away with everything. The good guys are considered the bad guys. The good guys, the heroes, are considered the problem, the trouble. The good guys, the heroes, are the people that we gotta mock and make fun of and do something about.
Conrad Black, who, full disclosure, is a friend of mine. He served jail time for a corporate scandal involving his company, Hollinger, long, drawn-out trial and case, and apparently he was accused of defrauding. He’s written a book about the experience. He’s got a column at National Review today called “Rendezvous With Disaster.” It’s about where the country’s headed and where we’ve been and how we got here. It’s quite depressing, but if you read it, or if you listen to me read it, which I’m gonna try to do today, you’re gonna agree with a lot of it.
So October 26th, Jennifer Griffin at Fox — and, by the way, subsequent reports have only added to this, it’s not just Jennifer Griffin. It’s Eli Lake as well. October 26th, this nation was told only by Fox, that there were requests for help, that they were denied, and then there were orders to “stand down.” There were actual orders from the CIA or from the White House, “Do not offer assistance.” But our Navy SEALs went over there and defied orders anyway. By the way, lending credence to the Fox report, the SEAL who died in the mortar attack, he had a laser device, and he was lighting up the mortar location that the terrorists were using to fire on the consulate.
The only reason he did that was he assumed that there was gonna be a laser guided bomb fired at the target he was illuminating. He thought for some reason that there was air support up there. All he ended up doing was illuminating himself, and the mortar installation fired on him and killed him. So these guys, according to what we heard, violated orders anyway, three separate orders to “stand down.” They went over and helped, it’s in their nature, they’re SEALs. They got there, for some reason they thought — why would Tyrone light up the target with a laser? There’s nothing he can do by myself. All he can do is point it out.
He lasers the target, the mortar installation, somewhere up above is a laser guided bomb that’s gonna hit that target as long as he keeps it painted. But the bomb wasn’t fired. Instead the mortar installation fired on him. This is such a convoluted thing. And now, despite all of that, the CIA acting director testifies today, “No, we never asked for any help.” So I just want to point out, if the CIA director is gonna testify under oath they never asked for any help, don’t get your hopes up for Petraeus going in and changing his original testimony, that it was about the video. I don’t know. And, by the way, saying this yesterday resulted in a call from an angry fan of this show, a guy from Crofton, Maryland.
He was just livid at me. “This a 40-year American hero that you are accusing of going to sell out. I mean, he’s got forty more years of service than you do.” He’s a big fan of mine, he was livid, he was livid at me because I had such little faith in people of honor and integrity. We’ll see. We will see.