The Washington Post is reporting that US Special Forces have captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The attack happened on September 11, 2012.
The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala means that President Obama has now caught both of the men responsible for both September 11ths.
You’ll recall that George Bush never caught Osama bin Laden, and in fact let Osama get away at Tora Bora:
In a forthcoming book, the CIA field commander for the agency’s Jawbreaker team at Tora Bora, Gary Berntsen, says he and other U.S. commanders did know that bin Laden was among the hundreds of fleeing Qaeda and Taliban members. Berntsen says he had definitive intelligence that bin Laden was holed up at Tora Bora—intelligence operatives had tracked him—and could have been caught. “He was there,” Berntsen tells NEWSWEEK.
This was only months after September 11, and it was only a few months before Bush basically gave up on trying to catch Osama all together:
That was December 2001. Only two months later, Bush decided to pull out most of the special operations troops and their CIA counterparts in the paramilitary division that were leading the hunt for bin Laden in Afghanistan to prepare for war in Iraq, said Flynt L. Leverett, then an expert on the Middle East at the National Security Council.
“I was appalled when I learned about it,” said Leverett, who has become an outspoken critic of the administration’s counterterrorism policy. “I don’t know of anyone who thought it was a good idea. It’s very likely that bin Laden would be dead or in American custody if we hadn’t done that.”
So, just in case you’ve not been keeping score, that’s…
I guess Lindsey Graham’s electioneering-promise to “get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi” just got overtaken by events.
So, remember kids — if you want someone who will grandstand about standing tough, but won’t actually do much (except fundraise off of it), vote Republican.
But if you actually want to enhance our national security, without all the flag-waving and speeches, call a Democrat.