A coverup in the making?

July 13, 2013 

The Obama administration is continuing to drag its feet on revealing the details of the Benghazi tragedy. They refuse to allow the survivors to be interviewed and still won't release all of the notes and e-mails related to this event. This only heightens the suspicion that there is a coverup in the making.

In regard to who made the decision to not send help, the blame must ultimately lie with the commander in chief.

I recently ran across a well-documented time line from an Air Force colonel by the name of Phil Handley. He precisely laid out an approach that may well have saved some Americans' lives if General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta had approved or lobbied to send air support in an attempt to help the consulate.

He outlines that two F-16s could have arrived over Benghazi 20 minutes after the arrival of the two former Navy Seals, Woods and Doherty. It may have been too late to save Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith. However, a message to the attackers would be that if you mess with American interests, you will pay a price. That's how it has been since 1805 when the Marines stormed the beaches of Tripoli.

The American way is that you always support Americans in harm's way. Ultimately it comes down to who gave the order to stand down. In the words of Handley, "Whoever that coward turns out to be, they must be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty."

William D. Coulson


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