Batchelor: Unclassified Benghazi, To Be Continued

John Batchelor writes on his blog:

Spoke to Joe Kernan, of CNBC “Kudlow Report,” re the unclassified report on the Benghazi tragedy, and I aimed to be clear that the State Department is not at fault.

The Benghazi mission was and continues to be a national security operation for arming, training, funding, and transporting Libyan Jihadists from Cyrenaica Province of Libya to Syria to pretend to be the “Free Syrian Army”. This is the Obama foreign policy after two years of the Arab Spring — making common cause with strongmen and hiring gunmen to do the bidding of the powers.

Benghazi is a window on the larger operation that aims to pressure Assad to leave Damascus or to pressure Tehran to negotiate with the US in order to preserve Assad.

The men who killed the ambassador and the CIA ops at Benghazi were cuthroats and blackguards who were also the known hirelings of the US and Turkey. The strike that day was a revenge attack in response to the US drone-killing a Libyan gangster who was No. 3 at Al Qaeda, named al-Libi.

This is what the classified report begins to discuss. The Benghazi story will play out for years.

What is also true is that the Islamists and Jihadists know they can play Washington for chumps.

No hurry on the details. White House speakers propose distortions of the narrative. History disposes the distorters (Susan Rice).

Game is afoot, to be continued, enjoy.

Batchelor: Zero Dark Fairy Tale

John Batchelor writes on his blog:

Spoke to Eli Lake, Malcolm Hoenlein, and Reza Khalili with regard to the Middle East minefield, and what is to be done with the predator state of Iran.

The new Hollywood version of what is to be done, Zero Dark Thirty, presents the horse opera scenario of how to win a war. Find the boss villain hidden in the lush despair of the Hindu Kush and kill him. The hunt for Bin Laden looks more like a video game than an historical event.

It may be that the fight against the Devils of Tehran is now so vast and unpredictable that we can only soothe ourselves with a fairy tale of a righteous ending such as the Bin Laden gambit: the beast is slain, long live the king. Bin Laden was a gangster who puffed himself up to be a revolutionary. At the end, Bin Laden was a vain, weary, impotent foil for other men’s ambitions. Killing Bin Laden answered no questions in the long-running war with the Devils.

The Devils

Tehran is the enemy, and it will not wait to be defeated by lightly-armed operators shooting into a hole as in the Bin Laden end.

Reza Kahlili tells me his sources report a biowar factory buried in the hillside outside of metropolitan Tehran, employing Russian techs to weaponize anthrax, encephalitis and worse. Carved in the hillside by the factory, visible on Google Earth, is the Farsi symbol for “Ya-Mahdi,” meaning the 12th Imam is coming after chaos and war sweep the earth.

This is a measure of the genuine threat of Tehran. The Supreme Leader is not a stick figure middle-aged man like Bin Laden who bullies women and boasts of his piety. Rather, the Supreme Leader commands to the death the NBC-loaded IRGC of Iran, waiting to launch a genocidal war against Israel in order to trigger more mass murder in the Middle East.

It can sound far-fetched to state the war aims of men who practice torture at home in Tehran and ignite missile salvos on innocents abroad as in Syria. The plain fact is that the Twelvers of Tehran are a murder cult in the same way the Hitlerites and their Death’s Head cult were in 1939 when the Germans punched into Poland.

The IRGC has long since crossed the boundary between good and evil. Hollywood does not have a script for how, when the darkness visible of the Devils falls across the lands, it cannot be lifted without answering with a violence that never ends happily or righteously — and sometimes not for eighty or one hundred years.