The Obama administration tries to "brush things under the rug and hope the public forgets" about the tragic deaths in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 and in Afghanistan during an ill-fated SEAL team mission in 2011, the coauthors of a new book said Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Richard Miniter and Scott McEwen — coauthors of “Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs”
— said questions haven't been adequately answered about the August 2011 attack on a military helicopter
that killed 30 soldiers in Afghanistan.
Twenty-two were part of SEAL Team Six, which had killed
Osama bin Laden in May 2011. The attack came to be known as "Extortion 17."
"There's a lot of questions that are still lingering, but of course the Obama administration hasn't answered the questions about Extortion 17, just like they haven't answered about Benghazi," Miniter said.
"The idea . . . is sort of just brush things under the rug and hope that the public forgets about them."
Miniter said that in their new book, the pair write that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had three warnings that were ignored before the Benghazi attack.
"There were intelligence reports that were circulating inside the State Department, inside the Pentagon, in the months prior to the Benghazi attack predicting a massive al-Qaida buildup in Benghazi," he said, "showing that al-Qaida had headquartered its social media unit in Benghazi less than a mile from the U.S. diplomatic compound there, where the ambassador ultimately died."
He said the book also documents a two-day rally that al-Qaida conducted in downtown Benghazi involving "hundreds of fighters, armored trucks with machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons in which at the end of it they gave a press conference and called for the death of the U.S. ambassador and all Americans in Libya."
"So, the State Department certainly knew of the risk to the ambassador in the months prior to the attack in Benghazi," he said. "We also document two prior attacks against the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.
"All of these things, Hillary knew on Sept. 11 and before Sept. 11, 2012, and she did nothing. She did nothing for political reasons."
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McEwen said that some of the accounts in the book are "new revelations, particularly the timeline that we've created here that documents exactly how much information was in their possession prior to the attacks."
He said the book also outlines "five different scenarios which we believe were available to the military had merely the order been given from above to go do it . . . Unfortunately, this administration was not willing to give that order."
Miniter also decried revelations from the Obama administration about Navy SEAL teams — especially about SEAL Team Six — as pure "political correctness."
"That loss of secrecy, that exposure for political purposes" was to "help President Obama's re-election effort mainly," he said.
"I remember his big campaign pledge was that he had killed Osama bin Laden and that General Motors was still alive. But by using the SEALs for that purpose, he exposed them to enemy attacks. You saw what happened with the Extortion 17 helicopter attack just three months after Osama bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team Six in Pakistan."
It wasn't just the identities that were compromised, he said.
"Technology was revealed, forcing the SEALs to have to get a new helicopter, new radio equipment, new mini-subs, and so on just to replace the equipment that once you reveal the capabilities, once you reveal the technology that SEAL teams can use to go and get the enemy, they're no longer invincible or invisible anymore," Miniter said.
"The enemy can study that technology and counter it."
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