Michael Scheuer, former chief of the first bin Laden unit for the CIA, talked with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Thursday. Scheuer held nothing back when it came to criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Scheuer held Obama and the State Dept. accountable for not sending help as Washington watched the attack in real time.
Scheuer also pointed out what media have missed. The Obama administration certainly took Facebook posts seriously as the Arab Spring unfolded in Egypt. They took it as “gospel,” he said.
Scheuer was responding to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's claims that the Facebook posts about threats in Benghazi couldn't be taken seriously.
The CIA officer who worked under President Bill Clinton repeatedly warned that administration about the danger bin Laden presented. Scheuer’s alarms fell on deaf ears.
The US Report has researched 9/11 in depth, and if you read government reports, various books and Scheuer’s definitive biography of Osama bin Laden, you will come to the conclusion that this was a man Clinton should have listened to.
Scheuer, by the way, has not spared President George W. Bush when it comes to criticism either.
The national security expert said that the attack lasted for 7 hours, yet the Obama administration and State Dept. “did nothing.”
Scheuer added, “They’re really terrible people.”
Asked about various excuses for not sending help, Scheuer responded, “Baloney! We are the greatest power on Earth…we should do whatever it takes to help Americans serving overseas.”
There's a classic video of an interview CNN did with Scheuer about U.S. involvement in Libya. He pegged it correctly, saying the U.S. should not be there at all. By the end of the interview, the CNN interviewer was almost incoherent.
Scheuer’s bin Laden bio is a must read for anyone who wants to see jihad through the lens of an expert who had a view most of us haven’t had and media haven’t explored. He dismisses the politics of casting al Qaeda as a threat that will go away. He said that defeating them “is anything but assured.”
Scheuer explained in his book that the battle torch is being passed to the next generation and he projected that it would continue beyond bin laden. You will also come away from the book with the impression it is not a good idea to promote the death of bin Laden although Scheuer doesn't write that. He explains the status of the man many Muslims view with pride as an honorable warrior for their faith.
Scheuer wrote that when it comes to al Qaeda and jihad, “[W]e severely underestimate the chances of its reaching our shores.” Quoting President Abraham Lincoln, Scheuer wrote, “If we yield, we are beaten.”
Remembering perhaps his frustration at warnings about bin Laden falling on deaf ears when Clinton governed according to the poll of the day, Scheuer told Cavuto, “Democrats are very good at watching Americans die.”
If Gov. Mitt Romney wins the presidency, Scheuer would be a great person to have aboard the new team.
To learn more about Michael Scheuer, visit his website Non-Intervention.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Oct. 25, 2012)