Recognized security experts Burton and Katz, write what they believe happened in the Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, the subtitle of Under Fire scheduled to release September 3. Their eyewitness and confidential source account describes the first 40 minutes of hell when “the attackers first burst through the gates of the American compound in Benghazi.”
Besides a “minute-by-minute narrative” of the prolonged fire fight that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer, Sean Smith and former Navy SEALS, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, the account testifies to the courage, bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who unselfishly serve their country in the dangerous Middle East and elsewhere.
The authors also provide the influences and stories behind the story of Benghazi rooted in the revolutionary riots, demonstrations and protests known as the “Arab Spring” that began December 2010 and “lit the fuse to the Libyan civil war.”
Stories that include Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton’s dispatch of Ambassador Stevens to Benghazi, even though “Special Mission Benghazi,” unlike its Tripoli counterpart had bypassed normal security standards and wasn't a “heavily fortified facility.”(pg. 46)
Why the first attack June 6, 2012 was later considered a “probing action” and how the customs and culture of Benghazi aided the attackers. Why the attempt to assassinate the British Ambassador Asquith failed and prompted “the British to abandon Benghazi days later.” (pg.8)
Other influences included the predator Drone attack that launched Hellfire antitank missiles that killed senior terrorist commander and heir apparent to Osama bin Laden, abu Yahya al-Libi, commonly known as “The Libyan,” June 4th, 2012. The Long War Journal. www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2012/06/abu_yahya_al_libi_ru.php
Perhaps the most surprising was the attacker’s savvy use of chat rooms, Twitter and FaceBook with iPhones and Nokia smart phone devices to further their agendas on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attack on America.
An attack that came during the relaxed “smokin’ and joking’” down time when all was quiet over Benghazi—until the “sounds of slow moving tires” at 2130 hours. Ten minutes later, armed invaders and vehicles flying the black flag of jihad swarmed onto “official U.S. territory” and the “Special Mission Benghazi compound was officially under attack” (pg. 103)
Thus begins an amazing, exciting narrative that keeps the pages turning like a good piece of fiction, yet nothing about the event was fiction. Four American lives were lost. While Burton and Katz tell the “who, what, when and where” of Benghazi, the larger question of why no one arrived to help is not answered.
Hilary Rodham Clinton said “What difference at this point does it make?” yelled a flailing and histrionic Hillary Clinton during a January 23, 2013, congressional hearing on Benghazi: http://spectator.org/blog/2013/05/09/whos-politicizing-benghazi Why indeed—really?
August 2, Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic staff writer wrote: “CNN reports that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground there [Benghazi]-- and that they're being pressured to keep quiet. Why?” www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/the-attack-in-benghazi-worth-investigating-after-all/278299/
Burton said in an interview with The Stratfor Blog: “…the best they can offer is informed speculation…since post-Qaddafi Libya was a tangled web of allegiances and interests…nearly impossible to sort out.” www.stratfor.com/blog/definitive-book-benghazi-interview-fred-burton The book is a compelling read, however the question of why is left un-answered.
Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi: YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=yevw4eEr8jE
Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, by Fred Burton &Samuel M. Katz, Hardcover, St. Martin’s Press, September 3, 2013, 320 Pages, 978-1250041104, $26.99
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