Data points continue to accumulate about the
September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The
picture that is beginning to emerge from connecting those dots is deeply
concerning on multiple levels. Two related issues dominate this
analysis: The stripping of security protection from the Benghazi mission
prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack and the refusal to send or even
permit local help on the night of the attack.
As Fox News Bureau Chief of Intelligence Catherine Herridge
suggested on the “Mike Huckabee” show on Oct. 27, both of these
critical subjects may have been driven by a perceived need to cover up
the existence of the role being played by the U.S. mission in Libya to
serve as a command hub for the movement of weapons out of Libya to
Syrian rebels fighting to bring down the Bashar Al-Assad regime.
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel was told about and opposed president’s diplomatic incentives
package, initiated soon after he took office, and Iran rebuffed it,
according to Maariv
Soon after he took office, President Barack Obama began a process
ultimately designed to reestablish full US diplomatic relations with
Iran, including a reopening of embassies, an Israeli daily reported
Sunday. The initiative, part of a wider shift in America’s diplomatic
orientation, aimed at reaching understandings with Tehran over
suspending its nuclear program, Maariv claimed, citing “two Western
diplomats very close to the administration.”
The initiative led to at least two US-Iran meetings, the report said. Israel was made aware of the contacts, and opposed them.
But Iran rebuffed the “diplomatic hand” offered by the White House,
Maariv reported. The Islamist regime “opposed any sign of normalization
with the US, and refused to grant a ‘prize’ to the Americans,” according
to an anonymous Israeli source quoted by the paper.
Earlier this month, Nigerian authorities seized a ship operated by the Moran Security Group. In the usual manner, the ship, M/V Myre Seadiver, is flagged by the Cook Islands, was built in Norway in the 1960s, was Norwegian owned and flagged for most of its life, and is now owned and operated by Moran Security Group in Moscow. The entire crew, according to media reporting, is Russian. The ship is accused of arms trafficking.
Myre Seadiver’s ship type is “standby safety vessel.” Moran appears to keep it in respectable condition (click through the gallery to Myre Seadiver, the last two photos), and lists a number of services provided for maritime operations, including: