America and Libya give completely different versions of Benghazi consulate attack

A Libyan security guard holds a slogan, which reads in Arabic “Where is the security for us and for our guests” at the main entrance of the US consulate in Benghazi on September 18, 2012 (AFP Photo / Abdullah Doma)

 

One week after an assault in Benghazi left an US ambassador and three fellow Americans dead, conflicting reports into the details surrounding their passing from both the White House and Libyan officials leave the facts of the raid uncertain.

Tuesday marks one week since Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed after a US consulate in Benghazi was destroyed on September 11, but reports describing the events that led up to his death differ depending on the source. The Obama administration insists that a mob stormed the consulate to show their contempt with an American-made film that mocked the Islamic prophet Mohammad, but overseas the explanation is much different.

Some authorities in Libya say the attack on the consulate that killed Ambassador Stevens had roots with al-Qaeda, and that the White House has whitewashed the facts in order to make the explanation more favorable for American audiences on the eve of a presidential election.

On Tuesday this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters, “We have provided information about what we believe was the precipitating cause of the protest and violence based on the information that we have had available,” and that the US stands by the claim that “spontaneous” attacks on the consulate resulted in the loss of four Americans. Continue reading

U.S. warship destroyers mobilized to Libya

Two Navy destroyers and dozens of Marines and CIA agents were mobilized Thursday after militants killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

The USS Laboon was in position off Libya’s coast and the USS McFaul was en route from the Strait of Gibraltar, arriving in a few days, U.S. officials said.

The guided-missile destroyers are equipped with long-range, satellite-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles that could be used if a strike is ordered.

U.S. and British forces fired nearly 300 Tomahawk missiles against Libyan targets in March 2011.

The approximately 50 elite Marines dispatched to Tripoli were in place Thursday providing ‘counter-terrorism’ security at the U.S. Embassy, officials said. Continue reading

Venezuela: Imperialist and Zionist threats

By Olivia Kroth

Source: Pravda

The more popularity President Hugo Chávez acquires and the better his re-election campaign advances, the more desperation is evident in his right wing opponent whom the Venezuelan crowds have dubbed “El Majunche” (Mediocre). He is ridiculed in many cartoons, satires and personal blogs, yet the threat he poses for the Bolivarian Revolution must not be underrated. The Majunche is supported by the North American would-be-imperialists and by Zionists of all shades.

In several speeches, President Chávez warned the population to be careful. Patria Grande reprinted one of his warnings, “The right wing opposition hates our people. They want to grab our natural resources and give them away.” He said he knows that CIA agents are busy in Venezuela, preparing the country’s destabilization.   Continue reading