Tragic indicators of Americans whose call to duty and willingness to risk it all to protect their countrymen led to violent death at the hands of a savage enemy, mute testimony of an ethos and a courage that stands in stark contrast to the tenor of pathetic post-attack excuses for inaction offered by our Secretary of Defense:
“…you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters.
What happened to moving to the sound of the guns? Panetta further invokes the names of General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Carter Ham, AFRICOM, in his justification for letting the Americans who were trapped in the terrorist attack be slaughtered by America’s enemies:
“…the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Right now, nobody can say about General Ham, though there is plenty of well-warranted speculation that such a characterization is knowingly false, which would be consistent with the Administration’s track record of lies, cover-ups, and deliberate deceit regarding the events of September 11th, 2012. We do have several glimpses into General Casey’s character and loyalty, and those are most unbecoming. He is not to be trusted, and is unworthy to lead the men and women of our Armed Forces. EagleOne calls it “un-courage”, a term which fits quite well.
And what of the “free press”, that independent news media that is the shining pillar of our First Amendment freedoms? Conspicuously, thunderously silent on the entire matter. They are beneath contempt.
In Al Anbar during the rather violent days of 2004, the Governance Support Team with First Marine Division was hardly a collection of elite warriors sworn by their ethos to die gloriously in a foreign land. However, the Marines and Sailors which constituted that force made many, many forays into injun country, and understood well that if any Marine or Marines went missing or fell into the hands of the enemy, we would do every last thing in our power to get them the hell out. It was not the stuff of brave oaths, but rather of grim understanding. We all knew, down to our most junior Marine, that such an occurrence was not a theoretical training scenario but was a real possibility.
It is disturbing, and maddening, that such an understanding is so foreign to those whose duty it is to lead us. And stomach-turning that our Commander in Chief cannot bring himself to tell the electorate the truth about his actions and those of his Administration. And, frightening when a monolithic mainstream media treats the entire tragic and despicable episode as if it never happened. XBRAD is indeed correct that protection of US diplomats and servants in overseas stations is imperfect. Duty in a foreign land always carries risk. But when an Administration is as callous, weak, cowardly, and deceitful as this one has been, it is a virtual guarantee of emboldened enemies, wary allies, demoralized and skeptical Armed Forces, and an electorate whose security is far less certain than it should be.
h/t to LLL