Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi

Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi

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by Kenneth R. Timmerman

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In this explosive exposé, bestselling author Kenneth Timmerman gives us the real story of what happened in Benghazi, and the lengths to which the Obama administration has gone to hide the truth from the American people.

Forget what you've heard: the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. Government Compounds in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four

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In this explosive exposé, bestselling author Kenneth Timmerman gives us the real story of what happened in Benghazi, and the lengths to which the Obama administration has gone to hide the truth from the American people.

Forget what you've heard: the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. Government Compounds in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, was not a spontaneous demonstration. Nor was it planned by local militias.It was a state-sponsored terrorist attack with Iranian fingerprints all over it.

What's more, the Obama administration knew from the first minutes of the attack that the compound had been targeted by an organized, professionally trained terrorist group. But the administration made up a ridiculous cover story about a nonexistent demonstration over an Internet movie in an attempt to fool the American public on the eve of a national election.

The Iran-Contra scandal consumed Ronald Reagan's second term and nearly destroyed his presidency. Yet as bad as that was, what happened in Benghazi is much worse. As Ken Timmerman reveals in Dark Forces, the Benghazi affair will go down as the deepest, darkest, dirtiest political scandal of recent American history. And for all the coverage it has received, the real story has still not been told.

It's a story of clandestine arms deliveries to Libyan rebels that wound up in the hands of Islamist guerrillas allied with al Qaeda. It's a story of a romantic American diplomat who gets caught up in a whirlwind beyond his comprehension or control. It's a story of bald-faced lies, heroic acts, and the deepest corruption.

Dark Forces is much more than a retelling of what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. It puts those events into the larger context of the Obama administration's policy toward the Middle East—from Iran to the Arab Spring. It examines the administration's record of systematically supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda–affiliated groups in their efforts to overthrow pro-U.S. autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. It shows how this went along with the administration's outreach to the Islamist regime in Iran. It argues that President Obama's obsessive outreach to the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran led the Iranian regime to dismiss him as a weak, ineffective leader who would not fight back when hit. And it reveals why and how this deadly combination cost the lives of four Americans, and today endangers thousands more.

Written with the breakneck pacing of a political thriller, and drawing on exclusive research and privileged sources, Dark Forces tells the full story of Benghazi as you have never heard it before.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Timmerman (Shakedown), executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, comprehensively challenges the Obama administration’s narrative of the events that took place in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. He presents Obama’s diplomatic overtures to the Muslim world as having the opposite effect as intended, with Muslim leaders convinced the U.S. “had lost its resolve and was not to be taken seriously.” That mind-set informed responses to covert American efforts in the aftermath of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s overthrow to funnel arms from Libya to Syrian rebels. Timmerman presents an account of the failed “doctrine of separating the jihadis from the proponents of political Islam.” It was a logical result, he claims, of the president, secretary of state, and their advisers not understanding developments in Libya, where security deteriorated to a point that danger pay for U.S. employees was increased 30%. As Iranian money flowed into Libya, jihadi militias probed for weak spots. The CIA annex in Benghazi “was supposed to be a secret base..., talk about this and it will end your career.” To Timmerman, the response to the embassy attack was implemented with incompetence, particularly by Hillary Clinton. The author’s conservatism is palpable, but he makes it clear that the Obama administration made grave errors in judgment and execution. (July)
Lieutenant Colonel DENNIS B. HANEY
“This book is an excellent read. In fascinating detail, it explores avenues and answers questions that have not previously been pursued. Now the question is: will the Obama administration and Congress finally provide answers through a select committee on Benghazi?”
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran journalist Timmerman (Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, 2007, etc.) offers a blistering indictment of the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly 2012 event now known simply as “Benghazi.”On Sept, 11, 2012, four Americans, including the United States ambassador, were killed in attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. The White House and State Department claim that the attack—already the subject of several Congressional investigations and soon to be probed again by House Republicans—was a protest turned violent over an anti-Islam YouTube video. Drawing on interviews with sources in the region, Timmerman argues that Benghazi was a well-planned, state-sponsored terrorist attack by the Islamic Republic of Iran. He also claims that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that terrorists were behind the attack but made up the spontaneous protest cover story to preserve the appearance of success in their anti-terrorist policies. It was the eve of the 2012 presidential election, and Obama had claimed that the “tide of war [was] receding.” Benghazi, writes the author, is “the deepest, the darkest, and the dirtiest political scandal of recent American history.” Viewing post-Gadhafi Libya as approaching “normal” status, the State Department ignored pleas for greater security for American diplomats and facilities when in fact Libya was “spinning wildly out ofcontrol,” with “heavily armed street thugs” roaming neighborhoods. The Benghazi compound was left to defend itself by a secretary of state who wanted only to celebrate a success story for the November election and then “prepare her own coronation as the first female president…in 2016.” Timmerman navigates the complex story of Libya’s role in the period as an arms bazaar for terrorists and faults U.S. policymakers for trying to distinguish between violent and nonviolent Islamist groups.An often intemperate account that will please Hillary-bashers and provide timely fodder for the upcoming Republican-led Benghazi investigation.

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Meet the Author

Kenneth R. Timmerman is the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Warriors, Countdown to Crisis, Preachers of Hate, and Death Lobby. He has written for USA Today, Time, Newsmax, the Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, and the New York Times. He lives in Maryland with his family.

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Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With background from the book,I find I listen to the news differently. Timmerman's analysis (with about 40 pages of bibliography) of what really happened in Benghazi, certainly makes more sense than the likely fabricated story of the "viral video". His comments include events in much of the Middle East because it's all connected. Definately recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned something from this book and that is to read the reviews before buying. I was disappointed in the book because the author is not as interested in getting to the facts of Benghazi as he is in promoting an agenda.