posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:58 AM
Shame on me for forgetting all about what happened to Camp Bastion only 3 days after the attack in Benghazi. We have all been distracted by the best
of the best.... I feel for these families who have been forgotten...
While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military
families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion.
Muckrakers and distraction engineers are having a front-page field day with the so-called "sex scandal." But for surviving relatives and colleagues
of heroic Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, it's the national security scandal at Afghanistan's Camp Bastion that deserves
There's been a virtual blackout of the alarming story in the national press. As I reported last month, the meticulously coordinated siege by 15
Taliban infiltrators — dressed in American combat fatigues and armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons — resulted
not only in two deaths, but also in the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam. Six Harrier jets were destroyed; three refueling
stations were wiped out; six hangars were damaged.
Amazing how fast that tragedy faded into the background of the MSM circus...
There is certainly a lot of explaining that needs to be done about all of this... Benghazi and Camp Bastion!!!
The attack came exactly six months after a failed suicide attack targeting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and three days after the deadly attack
on our consulate in Benghazi.
Yet, on Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that President Obama is standing by beleaguered Marine Gen. John Allen.
He's the four-star general and lead U.S. commander in Afghanistan who is now entangled in former CIA Director David Petraeus' sexcapades soap
Allen reportedly exchanged hundreds of "flirtatious" emails with Petraeus family friend and married Florida socialite Jill Kelley. Kelley is the
alleged "other other woman" who told the FBI she was harassed by alleged Petraeus mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell.
While Petraeus stepped down, Obama "has faith in Gen. Allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job" overseeing security in Afghanistan,
What in the Hell is going on!!
Are families of our Marines at Camp Bastion happy with Allen and the Obama administration? Donella Raible, widow of Lt. Col. Raible, was blunt.
"I'm not," she told me Tuesday afternoon by phone. "I'm mortified. It shows the corruption in the whole Washington/Arlington culture." Mrs.
Raible, who is now raising three children (ages 11, 9 and 2) on her own, said, "I couldn't sleep at night if I were (Obama). If they're happy with
things in Afghanistan, they should come look at the faces of those left behind."
If not for the heroism of Lt. Col. Raible, Sgt. Atwell and their fellow brothers-in-arms, the entire Harrier squadron and a barracks-full of sleeping
Marines could have been lost. Another Camp Bastion Marine wife and mother of two told me: "My husband survived, and I am so grateful, but I am also
heartbroken for those who died. ... There is no excuse for this. We are the United States of America and supposed to be the badass of all badasses,
and we are constantly made out to be fools and caught off guard. ... I blame this administration for these recent preventable losses of
Please share their story....
More dereliction of duty? Is this a Pattern?
Off the record, several family members of Camp Bastion Marines have voiced persistent concerns about security in what was touted as one of the
safest places to be in Afghanistan. "It is not a matter of if, but when" the compound is attacked again, one told me. Another relayed how a few
weeks before the 9/14 attack, razor wire on the perimeter kept disappearing — but Marine sentries were barred from firing on suspected thieves to
avoid causing civilian casualties. Others wondered why security hadn't been stepped up given the public threat by the Taliban on September 10 to kill
Prince Harry, who was stationed at Camp Bastion.
I am simply left bewildered.... and will do my best to remember Camp Bastion!!