From the Elyria Chronicle.
A man who fought terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 which left four Americans dead visited Lorain County Community College on Thursday, and he said failures in leadership led to the attacks.
Kris “Tanto” Paranto is a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the U.S. government’s Global Response Staff that responded to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three security contractors died.
Paranto spoke to a large crowd Thursday evening and detailed the 13 hours he and five other security contractors spent in a firefight while defending the consulate. Before the lecture, Paranto spoke to the media about the events, which he said briefly caused him to despise the United States because of the way the attacks were portrayed.
The attack in Benghazi has been a rallying cry for the Republican Party which has criticized the handling of the attack and subsequent explanation of what happened by Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Thursday’s event was sponsored by the Lorain County Republican Party, but David Arredondo, vice chairman of the Lorain County Republican Party, said Paranto’s visit wasn’t political in nature.
“This is current news, it is not a political event,” Arredondo said. “This is American history and something that needs to be known by all Americans who are interested in the security and safety of our nation.”
During the press briefing prior to the Thursday lecture, Paranto said what happened in Benghazi, and the lack of leadership that was displayed is a story that needs to be told.
Paranto said numerous requests for additional security leading up to the attacks in Benghazi fell on deaf ears. He said the State Department also contracted with a terrorist organization to act as a protective force and the consulate was about 200 meters away from a terrorist safe house.
Paranto made it clear he has no respect for Clinton. He said Republicans and Democrats alike are waking up to the lies she’s told about the 2012 attack.
Paranto said he won’t endorse Donald Trump for president even though the campaign has asked for his endorsement, but he said he does support Trump as a presidential candidate because Republicans support the military and law enforcement.
“I support Trump over Clinton,” Paranto said. “As far as leadership goes Hillary is not a good person let alone a leader.”
Paranto said that when Stevens arrived in Benghazi, he had very little security. Paranto said he warned those at the consulate that if they got attacked they would die, and he said he repeatedly asked for help during the attack that never arrived.
Paranto scoffed at the idea that a video mocking the prophet Muhammad had anything to do with the attack in Benghazi, an explanation initially given as a motivation for the attack.
There was absolutely no protest activity in Benghazi that day, Paranto said, and it was quiet right up until the consulate was attacked.
“It was a very well-coordinated attack,” Paranto said.
The fight in Benghazi was depicted in the film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” released this year based on the book “13 Hours.”
The movie premiered in January, and it tells the story of how the six American security contractors fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there.
Paranto said he served as a consultant on the film, which he described as extremely accurate. However, portions of the film’s accuracy have been questioned by a CIA chief who was in Benghazi, and who Paranto said gave orders to stand down, which caused the six men to lose time in getting to the consulate to defend it.
The chief, known as “Bob” told the Washington Post he never gave orders to stand down.
Paranto said he doesn’t hold the chief accountable for what happened in Benghazi because he was under a lot of stress that night and panicked.
Parnato said the chief, a former Army medic who spent 32 years in the CIA, said what he needed to in order to play ball with the CIA and get rewarded with a better job after retirement.
“There is a reason pride is a deadly sin,” Paranto said. “When you work in the agency and you’re around those people, they have a hard time admitting they’re wrong.”
Obama denied outright an urgent request to send more security to the embassy. He lied about what he knew, and his flying monkeys tried to squelch Fox News investigative reporting surrounding the attack.
The intelligence community identified the terrorists within 24 hours. Two days after the attack, Hillary Clinton had a meltdown at a Congressman over the point that it was indeed Al Qaeda.
A run down of Hillary’s bullshit:
“What difference does it make?
“Benghazi security wasn’t my problem”.
Hillary blamed ‘lack of funding’ and amnesia.
An innocent filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was used as a scapegoat for Obama and Hillary’s coverup. As a matter of fact, the attack was still underway when Hillary and the White House concocted a “blame the video” strategy, in an attempt to offset the fallout from their stupidity and incompetence. She knew the narrative was a lie but she pushed it anyway.
Hillary’s State Department spent months blowing off Ambassador Stevens’ repeated requests for extra security and his concerns over the growing terrorist violence in the area.
Hillary scrubbed the Benghazi talking points and hid incriminating documents.
Here’s a link to a video of Fox News reporter Bret Baier reading (at about 06:45 into the video) the emails from Ambassador Stevens to the State Department, one of which is just 4 hours prior to the attack. Each one was a desperate plea for more security in the face of growing terrorist violence in the area.
Obama and Hillary couldn’t have cared less from the first sign of trouble to the horrible aftermath.
Bottom line: Obama and Hillary’s depraved indifference and incompetence, played a large part in the deaths of the Americans at the Benghazi consulate.