What was the strategic purpose for the attack on our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi? Another question is the importance of the day, the anniversary of 9/11.
We underestimate the global aspirations of Iran. The Americans thought that when the hostages were released back when Reagan was elected that it was all over. This is not true. To Iran this was just one battle. They were, and are, still at war with us. For the Iranian regime this has been an unending ware with the United States of America. The big difference between now and then is that Iran is much more powerful, they have much more money, and they have have much greater skills. They are truly a global power in the way that the Soviet Union wanted to be. They are not yet a global nuclear power, but they are a global power. They have reach around the world and even in our back yard, in Venezuela. They accomplish this mostly through their intelligence organization and through terrorist operations.
The Iranians were targeting two things in Benghazi. First of all, they knew that the CIA was there sending weapons to the Syrian rebels through Libya. This was important because the Iranian regime was supporting Assad the president of Syria.
Syria was a big priority for Iran. Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, was in Syria fighting for Assad and actually turned the tide of the war last year.
Let’s clarify. The CIA was funding the Syrian rebels, which is ISIS today. The Iranians could not afford to have Assad fall in Syria. The purpose of the attack in Benghazi was to try to stop the CIA’s funding of the rebels.
The second reason was that Iran was very worried about the Arab Spring. They were afraid that the US would capitalize on this movement and be able to portray it as an American victory. They saw that the US was active in the overthrow of Gaddafi. There were not “boots on the ground,” but were active in the background.
The Iranians saw this and were worried because they knew that the Arab Spring had actually began in Terran in 2009 when three million Iranians protested the fraudulent elections in Iran. The protesters held up signs in English saying “President Obama, are you with us?” Of course Obama ignored their calls for help.
The Arab Spring spread next to Tunisia at the end of 2010 and Egypt in 2011, and finally to Libya in February of 2011. The wanted to stop it from returning to Iran and overthrowing the Iranian regime. They wanted to drive America out of Libya and to remind the people on the ground of what the Ayatollah Khomeini said at the beginning of the revolution, “America can do nothing.”
In 2009 Obama said that we do not interfere in elections in other countries when the Iranian people called for his help. On the other hand, he had no problem interfering in Egypt when it suited him to do so.
Let’s summarize this. The two reasons for Iran sponsoring the attack on Benghazi were the fact that the CIA was smuggling arms into Syria to the rebels and because of the American influence during the Arab Spring. They attacked the mission at Benghazi to make the Americans seem weak to the Libyans and the rest of the Islamic world. They wanted to be seen as the big dog in the neighborhood and that they were the ones to be feared. They succeeded in doing just that.
At that time we were not supposed to be giving arms to the rebels in Syria. We don’t know if this was legal or illegal because that information is still classified. The administration did leak information stating the the President had authorized the supply of arms to the Libyan rebels.
Syria was a different matter because we have yet to see any Presidential authorization to supply arms to Syria at that time. Some sources say that Obama felt that he had existing authority and that he didn’t need any new authorization. We are not sure that the President had that authority. This might explain the allegations that the State Department was destroying documents relating to Benghazi.
This might also explain why Obama has been so slow to respond to the threat of ISIS. If it is found out that we armed them it will be, to say the least, embarrassing.
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