The mainstream media ignored the lies former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s told to the families of the 4 Americans who were killed in Benghazi. Patricia Smith, mother of slain Navy Seal Sean Smith, had every right to be asking why she and the other families of the 4 slain Americans were lied to by former President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the reason for the attack. They, along with the rest of the world were told an”offensive video” made by some unknown third-rate filmmaker caused the attack. It later was revealed that they were lying, and that the attack had nothing to do with a “video”. Meanwhile, the mainstream media went out of their way to make Mrs. Smith out to look like some sort of lunatic for demanding answers about what happened in Benghazi.
Watch smug MSNBC host Chris Matthews criticize her for speaking at the RNC convention:
Here’s Chris Matthews attacking Trump’s speech and his acknowledgment of Ryan Owens’ widow last night. Matthews can be seen along with fellow MSNB host Rachel Maddow demanding that Trump take responsibility for the death of Navy Seal Ryan Owens. No such demand was ever made of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton by her friends in the press (fake media):
The media was quick to blame President Trump for the death of Navy Seal Ryan Owens, calling it a botched operation. When Ryan’s father came out in opposition to the mission, the mainstream media was falling all over themselves to interview him, and to attempt to pin the blame squarely on their favorite target, our newly elected president, Donald Trump.
So lets take a closer look at Obama’s war legacy, which includes a horrendous record number of deaths in Afghanistan during his 8 years in office and the rise of ISIS, an even greater threat to America and to the stability of the Middle East.
A discussion about President Barack Obama’s legacy cannot ignore his policies in Afghanistan, where security conditions continue to deteriorate primarily at the hands of the Taliban, Afghans have suffered record casualties, and U.S. military fatalities have dramatically increased under his watch.
The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria has continued to overshadow Obama’s war in Afghanistan even after the group established its still growing branch in the South Asian nation.
The president’s legacy on Afghanistan cannot be measured without taking into account what he inherited from George W. Bush. President Bush had been well aware at the end of his presidency that he was leaving behind Afghanistan a challenge. In his memoir Decision Points, he acknowledged Afghanistan was “unfinished business,” adding that the effort to transform the country into a stable democracy had “turned out to be more daunting than I anticipated.”
Nevertheless, the war found a successor willing to put in more time and resources, including human capital, into the ongoing effort.
“As President, I will make the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have to win,” Obama vowed in a major 2008 campaign speech on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama also vowed to turn the “good war” in Afghanistan around and pull out all U.S. service members.
Eight years later, U.S. military fatalities in the war have more than quadrupled from 558 under Bush to 2,247 under Obama, Pentagon data shows. There were 1,689 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan under Obama, a figure that makes up more than 75 percent of all American fatalities since the war started in October 2001. The number of U.S. military injuries has increased more than 7-fold, from 2,702 under Bush to 20,237 now, according to Pentagon figures.
The number of U.S. military injuries under Obama’s watch (17,535) account for more than 90 percent of all 20,237 wounded in action incidents throughout the 15-year-old war.
Almost immediately after implementing his own strategy, violence dramatically worsened in 2009, peaking in 2010, the deadliest year (497 deaths) for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Obama presided over the top three deadliest years of the war: 2009 (303 deaths); 2010 (497 deaths); and 2011 (399). U.S. military fatalities under Bush peaked in 2008 at 151, according to a Breitbart News analysis of Pentagon data.
At nearly 100,000 in 2010, the presence of the American military also reached its zenith under Obama.
The rules of engagement have also been a subject of contempt for analysts and U.S. service members alike.
A top commander of U.S. and NATO troops indicated that, after the end of the combat mission on December 31, 2014, American forces fighting Taliban jihadists had to wait to be shot at first to be able to attack. Being a member of the Taliban was no longer a justification for U.S. troops to open fire, attack a even as the terrorist group expands its territorial control across the war-ravaged nation.
The Taliban currently controls more territory now than at any time since the group’s regime was dethrone by the U.S. military in 2001. In the year after President Obama declared an end to the U.S. combat mission (2015), the Taliban surpassed their ISIS jihadist rivals as the the world’s chief perpetrators of terrorist attacks, with 1,093 individual attacks, reported U.S. State Department.
Nevertheless, U.S. troops are still banned from offensively attacking the Taliban. American forces can only attack from a position of defense.- Breitbart