Thursday, November 15, 2012

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume IV, Issue XLVIII

The Benghazi Affair -- Epic Fail?, or the Unthinkable?

The 'other' weekly news magazine this week features: The Petraeus Affair [click to read]. The great general's moral failings may have indeed compromised national security, but we were reminded in the greater scheme of things of a similar incident that is recorded in the Bible... another great general, another great David's descent into scandal, the subsequent cover-up... and the murder of Uriah.

What is chilling to realize is that on top of the original adultry, David adds a cover-up and eventually a murder. The method of his murder has chilling implications when one thinks of the recent events in Benghazi.

2 Samuel 11:15 tells the story: "And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also."

While we hesitate to assign a motive, and hope for a complete investigation, one has to wonder about a situation where an American ambassador is underprotected in an area where the enemy operates unhindered. Forget the sex scandal for a moment, Americans appear to have been deliberately left in harm's way when help could have been provided them. That is why we reference the story of Uriah.

We have evidence that a drone was overhead feeding live video of the attack to the situation room. An order was given to stand down. Someone deliberately refused assets to Americans under attack. Ignoring the orders, two American SEALS, located a mile away, assessed the danger and drove to the compound to assist. Their efforts saved thirty people, but they fought on for seven hours without aid coming.

 Ty Woods and Glen Doherty fought heroically, but died in the battle. At one point Woods was able to 'paint' a target, a point where the enemy fire was coming from, with a laser. This gave his position away, but would have enabled our forces to eliminate the threat. Help never came though.

In ordering his men to fall back from Uriah, David broke trust with an army that had once sent men through enemy lines to bring him back a drink of water! Such was their love and devotion to him. It is this broken trust, and the subsequent woes of Judah, that might instruct us today. Why was help not forthcoming in Benghazi? Why did Susan Rice and others promulgate the mythical 'video riot' story long after the truth was known?

It is reasonable to question Rice's impending promotion to direct the State Department. It is reasonable to want answers... answers that lead us to the cold hard truth. Our nation cries out for a Nathan today. The prophet Nathan came to David and laid out the truth. Can we as a nation rise to promote honor in our time?


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