“…I think we have to be pleased that this guy is obviously apprehended… we all have questions about the timing.”
– Pete Hegseth, the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered”
MAJOR VICTORY for President Obama and the Administration, with the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattalah by Special Forces, who is a key Benghazi suspect. Catching hell from Republicans about his alleged weakness as commander in chief, the apprehension of someone who is alleged to have been “one of the masterminds of the attack,” as President Obama put it today, has got to be very satisfying for Obama’s national security team.
That Sen. John McCain should have to eat crow on the Sunday shows for announcing Obama’s team should be fired goes without saying. Along with him, a lot of Sunday political show hosts should have to join him.
During an interview with CNN’s Arwa Damon, who is a must follow on Twitter…
“Al Qaeda is not something to be ashamed of… America is the terrorist.” – Ahmed Abu Khattalah
On Fox News Channel today during “Outnumbered,” a show that featured all women and #OneLuckyGuy, Kennedy was quick to follow Pete Hegseth’s idiocy, showing the usual FNC Clinton derangement, by saying that the capturing of Khattalah is “convenient for her” and would “shift talking points” just in time for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s interview with Bret Baier tonight.
What’s important is that once again President Obama has seen to it that the Administration doesn’t rest until perpetrators of terrorist acts against Americans do no go unpunished. First he directed SEAL Team Six to perform a daring raid into Pakistan to get Osama bin Laden, and now Ahmed Abu Khattalah is in custody.
Reporting from the Washington Post, who broke the story:
U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.
The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
It’s also a very good day for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and everyone at the F.B.I.
Statement by the President on the Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah
The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans. Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans. I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel. Because of their courage and professionalism, this individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system.
Even as we welcome the success of this operation, we also pause to remember the four Americans who gave their lives in Benghazi representing their country: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. As I said shortly after the attack, they exemplified the values that we stand for as a nation, including a commitment to freedom and justice. All Americans should be grateful for their service, just as we are grateful to all our personnel ““ civilian and military ““ who represent our country around the globe. We will continue to honor our fallen by carrying on their efforts in support of the Libyan people’s aspirations to live in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic society.
With this operation, the United States has once again demonstrated that we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans. We will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who were responsible for the Benghazi attacks. We will remain vigilant against all acts of terrorism, and we will continue to prioritize the protection of our service-members and civilians overseas. We will also sustain our support for the Libyan people, as they work to overcome years of tyranny and do the difficult work of building a democracy.
We remember Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, four of the many Americans who die doing the work of the foreign service or protecting them. It’s a reminder that diplomacy can be very dangerous work.