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Charlie Daniels: ‘Benghazi Ain’t Going Away!’

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | July 17, 2017 | 11:29 AM EDT

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Every day on my Twitter page I tweet, “Benghazi ain’t going away,” and I do not do that without a reason.

After talking to some people who were actually involved in the Benghazi debacle, and who wear the scars to prove it, and speaking with former military men familiar with the logistics and availability of forces in that part of the world, I came to the conclusion that, at the very least, negligence or incompetence or both were involved somewhere up the chain in the Obama administration.

It’s not malice or my many disagreements with the previous administration that motivates my doggedness, but what myself and a lot of other people feel, was a dereliction of duty, which is a very serious and punishable offense in the military, one that should not be ignored or glossed over just because of the rank or job description of the people involved.

Some of my critics point to the congressional investigations of Hillary, saying that she was absolved of any wrong doing, but at least in my opinion, the congressional hearings stopped far short of placing the blame for the murder of four Americans, including a United States Ambassador who had all but fallen on his knees to beg for additional security.

To my knowledge, the subpoena list did not include any of the survivors of the attack, any military personnel familiar with the area and the military assets close enough to send help, and there were several. If you doubt, check it out for yourself on a map.

Others ask, “What about the attacks carried out under Reagan and Bush? Why weren’t you critical of them? Don’t you care about them?”

For anybody with enough sense to walk through a door without bumping their heads, the answer to that is obvious.

Of course, I care. I care very much about every American life taken by Islamic radicals or anybody else for that matter, and I have proven it over and over for many years.

So that dog won’t hunt.

The truth is that of all the attacks I’m aware of that have been carried out against Americans, there was not a siege that lasted for over thirteen hours and whoever was in the Oval Office did not even lift a finger to help. They did not let the security forces at the embassy in Tripoli make the trip, although they were saddled up and ready to go to the point of loading into vehicles, and as the story goes, being told to stand down.

And they did so, despite the fact that the ambassador, the most important person in their charge, was in a life or death situation.

Others say that the Republicans in Congress cut the budget so critically that adequate security personnel were not available to protect the ambassador, even though he had requested additional security many times.

I don’t know who started that one or how anybody could be dumb enough to believe it. The reason Ambassador Stevens did not have the security he needed was not because of availability but because of incompetence or indifference somewhere up the line.

Even a kindergarten student would know that you deploy your assets where they are most needed. You marshal whatever troops that are available to protect what is most valuable, and sending Ambassador Stevens to a volatile hell hole like Benghazi with inadequate security was tantamount to Wyatt Earp walking into the OK Corral armed with a water pistol.

But most importantly, there were assets, well-armed and spoiling to ride to the rescue, and yes, it seems to me a stand-down order was given, or to put it in plain language, permission to deploy was denied.

I would violate a confidence to reveal how I came by this information, but hopefully, one of these days, when time has run its course, the involved parties can come forth and dispel this myth that four Americans had to fight and die for thirteen hours without so much as a fly by from a fighter jet.

So, until that time, day after day, month after month, year after year, I will continue to tweet.

Benghazi ain't going away!

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

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