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Barry, the gunrunner

The most liberal President in the history of the Republic is also shaping up to be a major gunrunner.

First there was Fast and Furious, and now it appears as if the September 11 attack that claimed the lives of four Americans in Benghazi, may be yet another Obama gunrunning operation gone awry.

The evidence suggests that the Obama administration has not simply been engaging, legitimating, enriching and emboldening Islamists who have taken over or are ascendant in much of the Middle East. Starting in March 2011, when American diplomat J. Christopher Stevens was designated the liaison to the “opposition” in Libya, the Obama administration has been arming them, including jihadists like Abdelhakim Belhadj, leader of the al Qaeda franchise known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

Basically, the White House's cover up appears to be a desperate effort to cover up the fact that our ambassador and three others were killed by people we were running guns to.

As Glenn Beck pointed out in his show last week, there was a live video feed of the attack being watched at the Pentagon, at Langley, and at the White House situation room, so somebody sent a drone, or drones, there. We know that the White House situation room and a large number of recipients received an email at 4:05 PM advising them that a group of about 20 people were attacking the mission in Benghazi, and that there were shots and explosions heard, and we know that Leon Panetta met with Obama 55 minutes after that email was received.

Beck is right in his conclusion:

"The President of the United States of America, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State have all lied to you. They lied to you and said, ‘this might be a video, we don’t have all the information, the information is still sketchy, it’s confusing,’…We now have the documents that came into the Situation Room saying, ‘There’s an attack, they’re watching.’ Then, we have the documents that we had a live video feed in the Situation Room, so they could see that there was no protest. ?Then there are the documents– and there’s now 13, with this new one– there’s now 13 different documents saying it’s a terrorist attack, and here’s the group that’s doing it. And they lied to you.”

Consider this...the very first lie told about this entire incident, is in referring to the site of the attack as an "consulate", or some sort of embassy compound in Benghazi:

"Like scores of news articles worldwide, the Reuters piece repeatedly referred to the attacked U.S. compound in Benghazi as a “consulate.”

However, as WND was first to report, the building was not a consulate and at no point functioned as one. Instead, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security officials.

Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

The distinction may help explain why there was no major public security presence at what has been described as a “consulate.” Such a presence would draw attention to the shabby, nondescript building that was allegedly used for such sensitive purposes.

Since the mission was attacked last month, countless news media reports around the world have referred to the obscure post as a U.S. consulate. That theme continues to permeate the media, with articles daily referencing a “consulate” in Benghazi.

U.S. officials have been more careful in their rhetoric while not contradicting the media narrative that a consulate was attacked.

In his remarks on the attack, Obama has referred to the Benghazi post as a “U.S. mission.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has similarly called the post a “mission.”

A consulate typically refers to the building that officially houses a consul, who is the official representatives of the government of one state in the territory of another. The U.S. consul in Libya, Jenny Cordell, works out of the embassy in Tripoli.

Consulates at times function as junior embassies, providing services related to visas, passports and citizen information.

On Aug. 26, about two weeks before his was killed, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens attended a ceremony marking the opening of consular services at the Tripoli embassy.

“I’m happy to announce that starting on Monday, August 27, we are ready to offer a full range of consular services to Libyans,” stated Stevens at the ceremony in Tripoli. “This means non-immigrant visas, as well as assistance to Americans residing in, or visiting, Libya.”

The main role of a consulate is to foster trade with the host and care for its own citizens who are traveling or living in the host nation.

Diplomatic missions, on the other hand, maintain a more generalized role. A diplomatic mission is simply a group of people from one state or an international inter-governmental organization present in another state to represent matters of the sending state or organization in the receiving state.

The State Department website lists no consulate in Benghazi."

The conclusion seems to be obvious, the Obama White House is desperately trying to avoid the real story behind the Benghazi attacks...Barry's administration has been running guns again, and those guns have gotten Americans killed, again.

Some may blame Benghazi on Obama's naive and inept idea that we can somehow create a more stable working relationship with the Muslim world by appeasing them.

I don't see the thrust of his policies in the region as being either naive, or inept.

They are calculated and effective.

He is aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States, and that is treason.

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