I just read a CNN piece about the latest information about what’s going on with the Benghazi Attack investigation and it paints a pretty simple picture–if it’s known, no one is really telling the full story, and after having seen Argo today, we likely never will know the full story.

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From the Extras tracks in The Sum Of All Fears from 2002, one gets to hear Tom Clancy, the very well-respected spy novelist speculate at a point in the movie that our intelligence forces just aren’t capable of doing something that was suggested in the movie.  Either the technology doesn’t exist or it’s just that darned hard to find out what happened in a foreign country where you really can’t tell from looking at someone if they’re friend or foe.

Go back a few Clancy movies to The Hunt For Red October when one of the admirals tells Jack Ryan that things in a cubicle at Langley can seem fairly simple, but “out here, they can get a little dicey.”

I’m not making excuses or offering cover here.  I’d like to know why, for God’s sake, that someone didn’t think it was a good idea to have forces beefed up on the anniversary of 9/11.  That should be a standing order in the military and Foreign Services Offices from now until the Second Coming. On 9/11, we suit up. Just like it makes sense to be on guard here in the states on 9/11 and 4/20.  Crazy things happen on those days and nutjobs look forward to them. They plan on doing something rowdy.  And likewise, we should no longer be caught off guard, especially on those days.

But there also could just as likely be something going on here that we may never know about. If you will recall, Osama Bin Laden once was on our side and he turned into a modern day, real-life Darth Vader. The CIA, et al, may not be saying exactly what happened there because of something of the sort, or because they’ll give away something else that’s looming larger that will be jeopardized because of a leak.

Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that we probably won’t ever really know what’s going on with this.  Or maybe we will 30-40 years from now when someone makes a movie.

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