June 30, 2016

No More Civis Romanus: the protection with which Americans assume their country is surrounded by is -- or was at least in this instance -- a sham.

As with so many other issues, the brilliant Richard Fernandez brings a focus like a laser beam:

The true story of Benghazi is in many ways more disturbing than the wildest conspiracy theories can be. It suggests that the protection with which Americans assume their country is surrounded by is -- or was at least in this instance -- a sham. The assumption undergirdingall the theories alleging the administration withheldhelp assumed the existence of that relief force. The real scandal was there was no provision for the help or that any would be needed, at least not on September 11, 2012.

The Washington Post observed it will take the entire police force of France to monitor the Jihadi suspects they have have in-country now. The military has been battered by cuts, political correctness and many calls upon its strength. It is any wonder it can't be everywhere at once?

And when one comes to think of it the Benghazi response times are in line with those the public can observe. The data fits. In Paris and Orlando the victims probably thought the police would come within minutes. In actuality decisive help took as long as 3 hours to arrive even in the middle of a big city with ample police forces all around. It's no surprise that 8 hours after Obama directed action nothing had come to the aid of the beleaguered Americans in distant Libya. Benghazi shows the true expectation of help is rather longer than advertised, given the defense choices society has made and the vulnerabilities it has accepted.

Help is what is you can generate yourself until relief can be organized. And that could be some time. The Enemy Doesn't Coordinate With Your Narrative | PJ Media

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 30, 2016 1:46 PM
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I'm probably completely wrong, but I've heard the CIA tells you, first thing, there may be no help coming no matter how many times you call.

Posted by: u.k(us) at June 30, 2016 6:00 PM

Nice try Dick. The Med has been crawling with haze grey floating armor for decades, particularly on the East end. Who knows what lurks beneath the waves. I can only imagine the array of flying machines capable of a 13 hour flight in the modern era. A question of will more than ability, I'd guess.

Posted by: Will at June 30, 2016 7:44 PM

I still cannot believe that no help was sent. Would help arrive in time? Nobody knows, but you have to send help and make the attempt. What would the Russians have done? What would the Israelis have done? Pathetic.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at July 1, 2016 4:48 AM

Still cannot believe? I find that hard to believe. The cover up story of the YouTube video took more energy than to pick up the phone and order help.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at July 1, 2016 9:28 AM

Doing something about Benghazi:


(It's fiction but it felt good to write it).

Posted by: James LePore at July 1, 2016 5:30 PM