19 June 2014

Uncommon Commentary #407: Khattala Suffers a Seizure

On Trinity Sunday, US forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the terror group Ansar al-Sharia and one of the suspects in the 2012 attack upon our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.  Two days later, reporters asked a Pentagon official why we were previously unable to seize a man who lived openly in Libya, even granting interviews to foreign media such as the BBC and Fox News; the spokesman's non-answer, "What matters is that … we got him", leads one to suspect that the administration could have nabbed this person whenever it chose to do so.  The reason why it did so now can only be a subject of speculation at this time, but the most likely explanation is that it sought to distract people's attention from news about the consequences of the Nerobama regime's ineptitude and malfeasance, perhaps specifically the belated formation of a special congressional committee to investigate the cover-up concerning the very debacle that made it necessary to try to bring the likes of Khattala to justice.