Obama's Checkmate: US Nabs Benghazi Perpetrator

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"Benghazi" has made many cameo appearances for the political Right in this country, acting as their go-to shiny object to attack the Obama administration with. Never mind that they have been humiliated over and over again, but Republicans are nothing if not persistent on failure. So after launching the 9th special committee to "investigate" the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012, yet another humiliation awaits:

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – In cooperation with law enforcement personnel June 15, the U.S. military captured a key figure in the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
In a statement, Kirby said Ahmed Abu Khatallah is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya.

In the Pentagon news release, Secretary Hagel laid out the policy of the Obama administration when it comes to dealing with terrorists who attack America.

"I want to commend all the service members who were involved in the planning and execution of the operation to capture Ahmed Abu Khatallah," he said. "Their tireless efforts may only be known to a few, but are felt by all Americans who are proud of what they do every day to defend this nation. This successful counterterrorism operation is another example of the extraordinary capabilities of the United States military and our unrelenting commitment to hold accountable those who harm American citizens."

We know that President Obama did actually refer to the attack on the Benghazi consulate as an act of terror the day after the attacks, because Mitt Romney's horrified face after being fact-checked on live television was etched into the memory of every American voter. But what the media often skips in its usual careless fashion is that in that Rose Garden speech, President Obama did not simply refer to the attacks as an act of terror. He promised to hunt down the people who did this.

Said the president:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

And so it was, Mr. President, so it was.

The difference between President Obama and his Republican predecessor - and the modern Republican politicians - is that President Obama doesn't merely speak of bringing justice those who do America harm. Osama bin Laden's departure from this earth serves as the most stark reminder of that very fact, and this capture the most recent.

Barack Obama does not bluff. For him, bringing justice to terrorists who do America harm is not a political football. It is his solemn oath, his promise kept.

Please proceed, Tray Gowdy.



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