Benghazi Questions Unanswered, Could Obama Be Charged As War Criminal? – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Joyce Linde, in for Carol Ross, Mike Stagg, and Warren Caudle joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to discuss the Benghazi attack one year later, and the potential for the President to be charged as a war criminal.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. Today marks the anniversary of the Benghazi attack on the US Consulate that left four Americans dead. Are you satisfied with the answers provided by the Obama Administration concerning the attack?
Joyce Linde started us off:
Well definitely I'm not satisfied because we've not had any answers from the Obama Administration.The only answer we did have at one point was that it was a video that spurred this attack which we very well know is not true. It's just one more scandal down the line where we don't get any answers.
Warren Caudle added:
I don't even know where to begin. Having been one of the very few people in the world alive today who's ever participated in an armed attack against an American embassy I can tell you that there are a lot of questions that are asked that are never answered. Where is the CIA on this? What has the CIA told the world? They've told them nothing, and they're not going to tell them anything. I understand that as soon as this thing was over with, the CIA went in and swept that place clean. They took out everything in there that offered any evidence to anything else. The people in intelligence know that if they say anything to anybody their future is in jeopardy.
Mike Stagg Concluded:
Last week when this came up, I made a comment about the joke of Benghazi. What happened to the four Americans was not a joke, but what is a joke is how this has been played as part of a series of scandals.It cheapens the lives of those people and it cheapens what happened there. What happened there was serious. Four Americans lost their lives including an Ambassador.
The same people that made the stink of this also cut funding for embassy security consecutive years, then they screamed about the fact that there was no security there. There's fundamental inconsistencies on both sides. What's demeaning is that what happened there has tried to be turned into political capital.
I don't know if we'll ever know exactly what happens. I think the fact that it wasn't immediately called a terrorist attack only showed a certain level of caution by the part of the administration until they got the facts straight.
2. Judge Andrew Napolitano is quoted as saying President Obama could be tried as a war criminal if he attacks Syria without United Nations approval. In light of the President's speech last night do you think he will win Congressional approval to intervene in Syria? Will he proceed with or without that approval?
I'm shocked Napolitano thinks the UN has that kind of standing. What we saw last night, the President made a credible threat of force, it brought about potential for a diplomatic solution, which is the preference for everybody. It will get Syria out of the chemical weapons business. I think the way the President has positioned this now, if diplomatic efforts are not successful he will go to congress for a vote of his resolution. If force does become necessary he'll take it, and he'll have the congressional authority to do it.
Where the UN goes along with it or not will have a lot to do with the team that was sent to Syria to find chemical weapons. What we get back to again is the fact that no one in the world trusts United States intelligence anymore after the run-up to Iraq, so it will take a 3rd party to validate the findings.
What Napolitano said, it's factually correct, but to be put on trial for war crimes one element has to be in place. The defendant must be on the losing side. That's the way it's always been done throughout history. Unless we are really on the losing side our leaders will not be tried as war criminals.
In light of the President's speech last night I do not think he will go to Syria.
This is distracting America from the most important issue facing the country today which is the implementation of Obamacare. We've been swamped with news about Syria. This is a very serious situation and I don't dismiss that, but Obamacare is a serious issue that will alter our lives forever.
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