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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 5/13/13: What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi


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What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi
by Ron Paul

Congressional hearings, White House damage control, endless op-eds, accusations, and defensive denials. Controversy over the events in Benghazi last September took center stage in Washington and elsewhere last week. However, the whole discussion is again more of a sideshow. Each side seeks to score political points instead of asking the real questions about the attack on the US facility, which resulted in the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Republicans smell a political opportunity over evidence that the Administration heavily edited initial intelligence community talking points about the attack to remove or soften anything that might reflect badly on the president or the State Department.

Are we are supposed to be shocked by such behavior? Are we supposed to forget that this kind of whitewashing of facts is standard operating procedure when it comes to the US government?

Democrats in Congress have offered the even less convincing explanation for Benghazi, that somehow the attack occurred due to Republican sponsored cuts in the security budget at facilities overseas. With a one trillion dollar military budget, it is hard to take this seriously.

It appears that the Administration scrubbed initial intelligence reports of references to extremist Islamist involvement in the attacks, preferring to craft a lie that the demonstrations were a spontaneous response to an anti-Islamic video that developed into a full-out attack on the US outpost.

Who can blame the administration for wanting to shift the focus? The Islamic radicals who attacked Benghazi were the same people let loose by the US-led attack on Libya. They were the rebels on whose behalf the US overthrew the Libyan government. Ambassador Stevens was slain by the same Islamic radicals he personally assisted just over one year earlier.

But the Republicans in Congress also want to shift the blame. They supported the Obama Administration's policy of bombing Libya and overthrowing its government. They also repeated the same manufactured claims that Gaddafi was "killing his own people" and was about to commit mass genocide if he were not stopped. Republicans want to draw attention to the President's editing talking points in hopes no one will notice that if the attack on Libya they supported had not taken place, Ambassador Stevens would be alive today.

Neither side wants to talk about the real lesson of Benghazi: interventionism always carries with it unintended consequences. The US attack on Libya led to the unleashing of Islamist radicals in Libya. These radicals have destroyed the country, murdered thousands, and killed the US ambassador. Some of these then turned their attention to Mali which required another intervention by the US and France.

Previously secure weapons in Libya flooded the region after the US attack, with many of them going to Islamist radicals who make up the majority of those fighting to overthrow the government in Syria. The US government has intervened in the Syrian conflict on behalf of the same rebels it assisted in the Libya conflict, likely helping with the weapons transfers. With word out that these rebels are mostly affiliated with al Qaeda, the US is now intervening to persuade some factions of the Syrian rebels to kill other factions before completing the task of ousting the Syrian government. It is the dizzying cycle of interventionism.

The real lesson of Benghazi will not be learned because neither Republicans nor Democrats want to hear it. But it is our interventionist foreign policy and its unintended consequences that have created these problems, including the attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens. The disputed talking points and White House whitewashing are just a sideshow.

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I care about Benghazi

because four men were killed and others were wounded waiting for the help that was denied them. Obviously, they weren't "in the know" or they would not have been there. Parents are weeping for their children and it makes me sick. I believe that major players in the Dem & Rep parties participated in a convoluted plan of intervention in Libya, probably running arms to Syria, and none want to get caught. Here is my question: The cover-up is always worse than the lie so, don't you think that there is a why to expose the truth and hold any of these people accountable?

I couldn't care less about Benghazi. How many innocent Lybians

...did we kill by sending a billion dollars worth of cruise missiles into Lybia in an undeclared war on that country?

Not one person in America seemed to care when Obama and the military attacked Lybia.

Now they scream about 4 dead Americans who shouldn't have been there in the first place.

When you join into a pig fight, don't be surprised when you get a little muddy.

The fact that the Ron Paul haters of the GOP / RNC now are making this into a political issue makes me SICK.

GO TO HELL Hannity, Medved, Levin, Beck, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Gibson etc.

These type of hypocrites are who Christ HATED THE MOST during His time on earth.

They will PAY one day in eternity. I hope anyway.

BRAVO Dr. Paul! Interventionism indeed always brings with it unintended consequences.

And that IS the unspoken point about Benghazi - from BOTH parties.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I agree with your sentiments regarding the outrageousness

of the hypocrisy of the talking heads, but do you really actually wish people to go to hell? In my opinion, wishing ill on people does not work, and only reflects back on the wisher. I am not perfect, and, I assume, neither are you. Why don't we leave our eternities up to God, and quit trying to take His place?

OK - Then I wish them hell on earth. Because that is what they

...are advocating when they support attacking another country which never did anything to them.

People are so ignorant as why the U.S. attacked Lybia in the first place that they don't really have much business discussing it at all.

The fact is, the United States had supported Quadifi for years and even sent him millions in foreign aid (which should be ended for every country but that's another story).

But what triggered our sudden change of heart was when Quadifi supported the idea of a new African currency based on gold. The Federal Reserve and other world central banks couldn't deal with the competition.

So the FED got the U.S. government to get behind an attack on Lybia to overthrow (and kill) Quadifi.

Remember, ALL wars are banker's wars.

But when you attack another country, don't be too surprised if you have a few unintended consequences like getting your embassy attacked.

That seems to be the point that is missed in the Benghazi issue.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Rest assured it will come back to them

They have to live in the same Earthly Hell they create for all of us.

If I hear Benghazi again I'm going to barf.

The GOP/RNC couldn't care less about those who got killed over there.

If their great hero Bush had been president, not a word would be spoken.

And that rat bastard Elija Cummings had the nerve to say last week that "death is a part of life" implying not to worry about those who died in Benghazi - it's just a part of LIFE!

Unbelievable statement from that liberal RAT.

Both sides are as bad as the other.

How about we quit bombing Arabs and Muslims and maybe we will quit losing Americans too?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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It is a certainty Muslims in

It is a certainty Muslims in the middle east will continue to turn their US supplied weapons on Americans in their countries. I've seen the absolute slaughter the US has done to many innocent people over there, and Revenge is a universal absolute. I support the revenge tool because it's a good deterrent.

I don't worry about the very few terrorist attacks on US soil, I still have a better chance of being struck by lighting. And besides, so called Al-Qaeda terrorists don't own fighter jets or even a row boat.

Yet another demonstration of wisdom

Compared to him, I easily get caught up in the Republican v Democrat game. It's good for him to point out that the Republicans are hardly innocent in this matter, since they encouraged the rebellion that eventually took the ambassador's life, too.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

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Bravo: ZH again posts Straight Talk.

This is getting to be a weekly occurrence with ZH. It's nice to see that ZH appreciates what Ron Paul has to say.

Ron Paul: What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi
05/13/2013 10:43 -0400

From Ron Paul

What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi

Congressional hearings, White House damage control, endless op-eds, accusations, and defensive denials. Controversy over the events in Benghazi last September took center stage in Washington and elsewhere last week. However, the whole discussion is again more of a sideshow. Each side seeks to score political points instead of asking the real questions about the attack on the US facility, which resulted in the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
continued:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-13/ron-paul-what-no-on...

Good one

Although with Rand's recent charge of globalists attacking the Constitution, the elder Dr. Paul may have to kick it up a notch to compete on "truth to power" cred.
:)

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Side show for sure...

and all the focus on Benghazi comes at an excellent time for the criminals as they kill and pillage in Syria.

On another note, I'd like to see RP change that photo he uses for his Texas Straight Talk. It reminds me of "The State". Maybe one of him standing in front of thousands of college students in one of his pullover sweaters...or some other.

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Oh, was this good to hear!

"The disputed talking points and the WH white-washing are just a sideshow." - Ron Paul

I'd call it more like a freak show.