It’s Dishonest to Talk about Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War

Both Parties Are Trying to Sweep the Bigger Story Under the Rug

According to Democrats, today’s Congressional hearings on Benghazi are nothing but a partisan witch hunt.

According to Republicans, the Obama administration committed treason in it’s handling of Benghazi … and then tried to cover it up.

Both parties are avoiding the bigger picture … The fact that Democrats and Republicans alike have been using Benghazi as the center of U.S. efforts to arm the Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian rebels.

Specifically, the U.S. supported opposition which overthrew Libya’s Gadaffi was largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.

According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:

The Hindustan Times reported in 2011:

“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.

It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.

Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya. Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.

(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion. But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)

In 2011, Ambassador Stevens was appointed to be the Obama administration’s liaison with the “budding Libyan opposition,” according to ABC News. Stevens and the State Department worked directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Belhadj has direct connections to al-Qaeda.

CNN, the Telegraph, the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.

Mainstream sources also confirm that the Syrian opposition is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists. (Indeed, the New York Times reported last week that virtually all of the rebel fighters are Al Qaeda terrorists.)

The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006. The post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.

This brings us to the murder of ambassador Stevens …

The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.

They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission. WND alleges that it was not a real consulate.  And former CIA officer Philip Giraldi confirms:

Benghazi has been described as a U.S. consulate, but it was not. It was an information office that had no diplomatic status. There was a small staff of actual State Department information officers plus local translators. The much larger CIA base was located in a separate building a mile away. It was protected by a not completely reliable local militia. Base management would have no say in the movement of the ambassador and would not be party to his plans, nor would it clear its own operations with the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. In Benghazi, the CIA’s operating directive would have been focused on two objectives: monitoring the local al-Qaeda affiliate group, Ansar al-Sharia, and tracking down weapons liberated from Colonel Gaddafi’s arsenal. Staff consisted of CIA paramilitaries who were working in cooperation with the local militia. The ambassador would not be privy to operational details and would only know in general what the agency was up to. When the ambassador’s party was attacked, the paramilitaries at the CIA base came to the rescue before being driven back into their own compound, where two officers were subsequently killed in a mortar attack.

Reuters notes that the CIA mission involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.

Retired Lt. General William Boykin said in January that Stevens was in Benghazi as part of an effort to arm the Syrian opposition:

More supposition was that he was now funneling guns to the rebel forces in Syria, using essentially the Turks to facilitate that. Was that occurring, (a), and if so, was it a legal covert action?

Boykin said Stevens was “given a directive to support the Syrian rebels” and the State Department’s Special Mission Compound in Benghazi “would be the hub of that activity.”

Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:

There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.

In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.

In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.

Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.


Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.

The ship’s captain was “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.

That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.

Furthermore, we know that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from?

Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”

And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.

Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”

And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.

In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.

Other sources also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.

Many have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.

That is what I think really happened at Benghazi.

Was CIA Chief David Petraeus’ Firing Due to Benghazi?

CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair. But Petraeus was scheduled to testify under oath the next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.  Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.  (A self-described Pentagon whistleblower contacted us to confirm this theory.)

The Big Picture

Whatever the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the real reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is our historical and ongoing foreign policy.

For decades, the U.S. has backed terrorists for geopolitical ends. For decades, the U.S. has backed the most radical, fundamentalist, violent Muslims.

The U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria, Libya and Iran for 20 years, and dreamed of regime change – using false flag terror – for 50 years.

Obama has simply re-packaged Bush and the Neocons’ “war on terror” as a series of humanitarian wars.

Liberals rightfully lambast Bush for getting us into the disastrous Iraq war.

But Obama has in fact launched wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan … and up to 35 African nations (and see this).

Obama – citing a Nixon administration official’s justification for invading Cambodia – has claimed his power extends into every country in the world … well beyond those where we are engaged in hostilities.

Obama has dramatically escalated the use of drone assassinations, which are  creating many more terrorists than they are killing.  The former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo says that Obama’s drone surge is as damaging to our country as Bush’s torture program. I think he’s actually underestimating damage from the program, as drones have become the number 1 recruiting tool for Al Qaeda (especially since children are now being targeted for drone assassination … Oh, and torture is still happening on Obama’s watch; background).

And the Obama administration has probably supported even more terrorists – in Libya, Syria and elsewhere – than Bush. See this, this, this, this and this.

In other words, both GOP and Dem politicians are supporting instability and war, based upon false pretenses and pro-war media coverage … just like Iraq.

Those are the deeper truths regarding Benghazi.

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  • wunsacon

    >> David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair. But Petraeus was scheduled to testify under oath the next week

    Oh, puh-lease. He’s alive. He can testify. Plenty of others can testify, about this and a ton more stuff.

    Yes, both the D’s and the R’s want to cover up most of their foreign and domestic policy decisions, including what went on in Libya before and after Benghazi. But, the R’s and Murdoch News are trying to make political hay here entirely disingenuously. It’s sickening and pointless to read or listen to. They’re making noise for its own sake. They have no wish to actually “get to the bottom of anything” but they’re the ones making all the noise.

    The bottom line is that Kissinger is a free man, Jane Fonda is reviled, Manning is being tortured, and the people who agree most strongly with these positions are R’s. No real progressives (or *Ron* Paul introspective types — as opposed to Reason/Heritage Foundation/Koch-Bros followers) will ever be elected in sufficient quantity to accomplish anything.

    • Steven Lesh

      The presumed necessity to practice geopolitics provides intellectual
      cover for the moral depravity perpetrated by its practitioners. It is
      difficult to challenge the need for ‘players’ sufficiently versed in the
      ‘Great Game’ and ‘Grand Chessboards’ so we know when the game is being
      played. But the need to know and the need to do, to practice, are two
      separate things.

      Noam Chomsky’s book “Hegemony or Survival”
      pretty well sums things up. For at least a century – if not most of
      human history – most of the advances in science and technology have been
      poured down the twin rat holes of war and waste, of politicians and
      plutocrats seeking to control both those beyond and within their

      What is desperately needed is a new Congress of Vienna
      making the rules of the Great Game crystal clear to all players so
      humanity can repair the damage to civilization wrought by the Great
      Statesmen (sic) of the 20th century. For this to be possible, the Great
      Game must be exposed – in Syria and everywhere else it is being played.
      Its practitioners and their possibly unwitting co-conspirators need to
      understand that, given the stakes involved, there can be no winners.

  • jadan

    “Cynical” is too mild a word to describe US policy in the ME. The 911 coup d’etat by the Pentagon unleashed a “war on terror” that is so devious and disgusting, one must assume the Mossad is involved, since it is Israel that benefits most from the dismemberment of Muslim societies. One day, we may emerge from this fog of secrecy, nay, this fog of evil, and see clearly the true meaning of 911, and may, if we are very lucky, unmask the perpetrators, here and in Israel.

  • Jay R.

    Well said WB and the commentors above. One day society will laugh at how naive we were to go along with the BS 911 narrative. I hope I am alive to see it.

  • Charlie Primero

    Good summary W.B.

  • Outstanding synopsis, and analysis of the Full Spectrum deception of both the DemoCrips, and the ReBloodlicans. Only time will tell (after the Fall of the Republic) the depth of depravity of the Government Sachs Global Cysts in their Regime Change Agenda. Obama pledged more affordable College education & health care for US. The legacy of his first war of his own in Libya toppled Qaddafi who actually provided totally free College education in European & American colleges plus free health care for all Libyan citizens from the proceeds of Libya’s oil sales to Europe.

    • Jim Ward

      Free college? Give me a break. Among the many atrocities Qaddafi was responsible for, he personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. 189 Americans were killed and the atrocity remains the deadliest act of terrorism to ever take place in the United Kingdom.

  • Washington76

    Lets go back to when these failed policies began!

    Brzezinski And The Mujahideen 1979

    • Jim Ward

      You need to study your history. The roots can be found in the 1953 CIA coup in Iran — an attempt to secure Iran’s oil for British and American oil companies — that toppled a democratically elected leader (not a puppet of the USSR) and ushered in the 26 year oppressive rein of the Shah.The Shah’s repressive regime left the mosques as the only outlet for dissent. These are the roots of the 1979 revolution, 9/11 and even Benghazi. The CIA was founded by Wall Street corporatists and, under the guise of fighting Communism and now terrorism, have created a “secret government” that is continuous through Republican and Democratic administrations alike. As James Rosen has written, “It is not far-fetched to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah’s repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York.”

  • Bary Grany

    Ellen Brown wrote that this isn’t just about control of oil but banking. The Libyan rebels took time out
    from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank – this before they even had a government. Qadaffi’s fatal mistake was initiating a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on
    Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar. This was the insolence that the Banksters couldn’t tolerate, so under the fraud of protecting human rights, the worst goons were hired to do the job along with NATO bombing women and children.

  • amerikagulag

    It’s also dishonest to talk about Syria, Libya, Irag or any other middle eastern country without talking about Israel’s plan for the Greater Israel. But the silence is deafening.

  • Jim Ward

    While closer to the truth that most coverage, sources in this article try to paint a clear firewall between State activities and CIA activities. There is no such sharp distinction and Ambassador Stevens was at the outpost specifically to meet with Turkish agents in regard the arming of Syrian rebels. President Obama, who never claimed to be the liberal on foreign policy that many of us were hoping for, is overseeing the “secret government” that has operated for decades through both Republican and Democratic Presidents. Indeed, the roots of Islamic terrorism can be traced back to the CIA’s Operation AJAX which toppled a democratically elected leader in Iran, replaced him with the repressive Shah. We can and should talk about our policies but to claim this is Obama’s war defies history and to claim any of it is impeachable is just wrong. The “secret government” continues, Congressional intelligence committees know this, and whenever there is blowback like in Benghazi, the partisan game is to hang it on the President.