Camp Bastion Cover-Up? (But Wait, There’s More…)

Family members of the two dead Marines are saying so.

Benghazi isn’t the only bloody disaster being covered up by the Obama administration. As I reported in a series of columns and blog posts last fall, three days after the deadly siege on our consulate in Libya, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Two heroic U.S. Marines — Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Raible and Sergeant Bradley Atwell — were killed in the battle. Many surviving Marines have been honored for their brave, quick-thinking actions to save their comrades and civilians caught in the crossfire.

Family members are angry that military brass are still trying to suppress details of the fateful budget and strategic decisions that led to the attack. But they won’t stay silent. “This is political,” one Camp Bastion relative told me this week. “Just like Benghazi, they don’t want people to know.”

Already ugly, and might get uglier. Let’s have the damn truth.

Quick update– “Benghazi happened a long time ago.” Fucking weasel.


  1. DaveO says:

    Cover-up? Or just a philosophy that says if a problem is ignored, it isn't a problem. Since only conservative outlets are covering the stories, and the MSM is actively suppressing the stories, there is no cover up because there is no story. If there is no story, then it doesn't matter.

  2. tricycle says:

    It's not HOW MANY it matters to (AKA- MSM)…it is WHO it matters to. If it matters to you…DO SOMETHING. We need to quit blaming injustice on other people.

    • DaveO says:

      "We need to quit blaming injustice on other people." What injustice? The attack on Camp Bastion was the greatest example of economy of force and the worst defeat of Marine Air since Wake Island. War is war.

      As for me, I commented on the Philosophy of the Ostrich. If news is ignored and not reported, it is not news. If it is not news, the POTUS and his administration need not react in any way.

      Related to the Ostrich, we're about to see a significant walk-back on the 'red line' comment regarding Syria.

  3. Mike Burke says:

    I may be wading in where I am at a disadvantage, having no direct knowledge of the attack. This attack was covered extensively in the British press, since the attack was primarily against the British base next to the Marine one. I see from the ever-reliable Google that NBC, CBS, NPR, and the Washington Post, all conservative media outlets, I assume, covered this story in some way or another.

    I also note that a US Marine general apparently made the decision to shift security arrangements–who knows what his instructions were? Tonga, of course, is a Commonwealth country–maybe that influenced the decision to use them to guard a British base. Again, I don't know all the facts–and I doubt Michelle Malkin, who has covered this extensively, does, either. But I do know that we should never assume mendacity when incompetence can explain something gone wrong.