Fox News Channel: Military Timeline from Night of Benghazi Attack Begs More Questions
Three separate areas of the United States government have now each produced a separate timeline for the attack in Benghazi, and more questions than answers are popping up. David Petraeus’ resignation and subsequent absence from congressional hearings this coming week won’t help matters much, leaving the following tidbits wide open for scrutiny.:
• 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time; 3:42 p.m., Washington, D.C., time: start of “incident” (Central Intelligence Agency timeline starts two minutes earlier)
• 3:57 p.m., D.C. time: unarmed, unmanned drone directed to Benghazi on orders from General Carter Ham of United States Africa Command
• 4:32 p.m., D.C. time: notification of Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey
• 5:00 p.m., D.C. time: scheduled meeting with Pres. Obama at White House
• Midnight, Benghazi time; 6:00 p.m., D.C. time: radio calls for help and air support from CIA team and personnel still inside facility (British sources report “almost continuous fire on the annex after the team fled from the consulate”)
• 6:00-8:00 p.m., D.C. time; midnight-2:00 a.m., Benghazi time: discussion between Panetta, Dempsey, and Ham of additional response options
• 2:53 a.m., Benghazi time: orders to deploy to Benghazi to support American operatives formalized
Among the would-be rescue teams was a group from the Charlie 110 Company, which was undertaking counterterrorism exercises in Croatia, and they appear to have not received permission to enter Libyan airspace. The timetable involving that team has yet to be disclosed, assuming that there are any viable leads there, but by the morning of September 12, Ambassador Chris Stevens’ body was accounted for, and David Petraeus’ resignation only adds to the fog surrounding Libya, at least, as we might perceive. Elsewhere in that country, the situation seems to be even more lawless.:
Washington Post: U.S.-backed force in Libya faces challenges
I could call Al-Qaeda a group of vultures, but caution would tell me that such a comparison might insult vultures by this point in time. While the Libyans’ military and police units stay embryonic, two of their most powerful militias, the Libyan Shield and the Supreme Security Committee, were instigating some of the trouble plaguing Libya’s efforts to reestablish security, with the LS blocking residents displaced from Misrata, but also engaging in daily clashes with the SSC. Libyan lawmakers are split over any solutions, but I’d venture a guess that they’ll be no less nervous about similar efforts by America, its allies, and other Arab countries against… Bashar Al-Assad.:
British Broadcasting Corporation: Gulf states recognize Syria opposition
Ahram: Will Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood take power after Assad?
While the Muslim Brotherhood attempts to patch any sympathetic elements together, the Free Syrian Army looks set to play a bigger role in coordinating with this new coalition. This new cleric fled Syria after repeated criticisms of Assad, and this time around, he’s leading the calls for “freedom for every Sunni, Alawite, Ismaili, Christian, Druze, Assyrian…” and any other Syrian seeking Assad’s downfall. The Arab League has called on other anti-Assad groups to sign up with this coalition, and as a pleasant surprise for yours truly, even if that doesn’t say much, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Syria branch may very well be sidelined as a direct consequence of the overall group’s prominence in Egypt. Muslim Brotherhood operatives there have begun to encounter stiff resistance from global observers pointing out Syria’s broader religious and ethnic diversity, but even at best, I’m opining that a steady stalemate would keep both Assad and those Sunni supremacists bogged down, which will leave one last puzzle piece to ponder.:
New York Times: Tunisia Battles over Pulpits and a Revolution’s Legacy
It looks like the Salafis have come out in force throughout Tunisia’s mosques, maintaining control of about 70 after fighting the new government there. Khatib Al-Idrissi is one of the clerics looking to denounce democratic principles as entirely incompatible with Sharia, and even though there’ve been no active attempts to actively bring their activities together with other Islamic supremacists scattered across North Africa, they are reinforcing each other’s separate agendas. As an example, some jihadists were caught smuggling weapons “from Libya to Mali or Algeria across Tunisia”, and clerics from Saudi Arabia have made their way to that country to call for more strident confrontations against the United States. As a matter of logical conclusions, they could coalesce to form something like an Islamic Federation of North Africa, and one of my first instincts would be to wonder just what took them so long. If they wanted decisive action against Westerners, then they could call for the return of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, but if they wanted continuity against any non-Islamic minorities in their own backyard, then they could put Muhammad Morsi in charge. Either way, we in the United States and across the planet would know that these Islamists were that much closer to completely locking religious liberty out of their society, subsuming themselves and as many of their enemies as they could under a maelstrom of destruction. Back inside the United States, one imagines how many fortunes of a different kind could be extinguished as President Barack Obama’s main legislative achievement steadily unfolds.:
Fox News Channel: Group Turns to Social Media to Rally Support for Papa John’s amid Liberal Backlash
Washington Post Wonkblog: Sarah Kliff: Is ObamaCare too much work for the Obama administration?
The contrast in speed between the opposing sides is quite striking to behold, and my stomach’s starting to get an idea about this trend. Daniel Wetter, who volunteered to support Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, is calling for a Papa John’s Appreciation Day this upcoming Friday because its founder, one John Schnatter, is worried about cutting hours to meet insurance claims for its employees. Incredibly, some officials in the Obama administration are increasingly uncertain about the workload necessary to implement the thing, and some states could opt out of any attempts to cooperate entirely, which would tell me that the businesses looking to fit into the web of regulations that law unleashed are making their calculations based on a law that might not even go into effect at all, even after everything the President and the Democrats did to essentially drag it over the proverbial finish line. If overextension and overexertion on the part of the American federal government really are the main effects to note here, then one could wonder about any shockwaves that reverberate across certain other areas of political discourse in at least the next two years.
Last edited by ccangelopearl1362; 15th November 2012 at 2:21 AM.
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