President Trump is turning out to be an effective and efficient commander-in-chief, having given more authority to the Pentagon and the armed forces to do what they do best: Kill people and break stuff. And in that mission, they have been extraordinarily explosive since January, putting a serious hurting on Islamic terrorist groups around the world.
The latest success: U.S. Special Forces in Libya have captured a second suspect in the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, just weeks after the first suspect went on trial in Washington. According to the Department of Justice, Mustafa al-Imam is on his way to the United States via military transport to face charges related to his participation in the 2012 attack that left four Americans dead.
The apprehensions are slowly but surely bringing an end to a saga that has been an ongoing source of controversy for the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Initially, the administration flat-out lied to the American people about the cause of the attack, which transpired on the anniversary of 9/11. Blaming the assault on an internet video that mocked Mohammad, the Obama administration did not acknowledge that it was a carefully-planned and executed ambush until at least a week after the attack. Later documents and testimony proved that not only were Obama and Clinton aware of the nature of the attack before coming clean with the public, but that the administration had failed to heed security warnings at the consulate that might have saved lives.
In a statement announcing the arrest of al-Imam, Trump assured the families of the fallen Americans that the U.S. would never stop in its quest for justice.
“To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten,” Trump said. “Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice.”
Trump, who blasted his election rival for her handling of the Libyan intervention – a security disaster that left a vacuum quickly filled by Islamic extremists – said Monday that it was incumbent on his administration to make sure that Libya did not fall to terrorist organizations.
“The United States will continue to support our Libyan partners to ensure that ISIS and other terrorist groups do not use Libya as a safe haven for attacks against United States citizens or interests, Libyans, and others,” he said. “Libya’s long-term stability and security are linked to its ability to form a unified government and military, and we encourage all Libyans to support the ongoing reconciliation process facilitated by the United Nations and to work together to build a peaceful and stable country.”