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Timmerman Blames Iran for Benghazi — Part I

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 07:51 AM

Journalist Kenneth Timmerman recently appeared in Los Angeles at an event sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to discuss his book Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi.

In short, the answer is that the attack was a case of state-sponsored terror carried out by Iranian forces. However, Timmerman's presentation was extremely detailed as to its documentation and the application of his legwork and expertise to the task of solving this intricate puzzle.

The reader is left wondering why, after 35 years on the receiving end of Iranian aggression (Timmerman also blames Iran for the 9/11 attacks), America has been unable even to recognize the nature of the challenge, let alone formulate an effective response. He offered the bold prediction that the Benghazi scandal will end up being worse for President Obama than Iran-Contra was for President Reagan.

Timmerman characterized the night of the attack as one of heroes — the former Navy SEALs, then CIA contractors — and of cowards in the administration in Washington, whom he accused of "failing to live up to their legal, moral and political responsibilities." He fingered Obama as being AWOL and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as being very involved and very wrong.

The bulk of the presentation consists of a detailed chronology, beginning with a quiet scene at the American diplomatic compound at 9:40 p.m., pierced by an attack by 20 to 30 armed men, not demonstrators. The four Libyan guards were overpowered, and the Americans set off an attack alarm that was heard throughout the compound and at the CIA post a mile away.

The CIA chief ordered the security contractors to await reinforcements while the attackers went after the ambassador, who was spirited to a supposedly secure closet, along with one security officer, with the computers and documents left behind.

After a couple delays by CIA contractor Ty Woods, who was killed in the attack, his former SEALs took the initiative to respond to the attack to the compound a mile away. Timmerman declared that the Americans could have been saved, none had to die that night.

The engagement went on for an hour and a half, during which the State Department staff sent emails to Washington with information that the compound was under attack with no mention of demonstrations or offensive videos that would creep into the State Department version later.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey were about to attend a pre-arranged meeting with Obama and had been informed that the compound was under attack, but the only response from Obama was to take care of it while he prepared for a fundraiser in Las Vegas the following day.

Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, the commander in chief of the U.S. Africa Command, never received any orders to respond to the attack.

Mark Thompson, an ex-Marine working for State Department security, suggested that the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST), which is on constant duty, be deployed, but Clinton ordered that the FEST not be called. Timmerman dismissed the statement Clinton issued at about 10:08 p.m. deploring a violent demonstration as a "bald-faced invention, a lie."

(Archived video can be found here.)

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