We are days away from the third anniversary of the Benghazi slaughter of our Ambassador and three other brave men. You know their names, so I don’t need to identify them, except to ask a couple of questions. When the bodies were recovered from Libya, was an autopsy done, and if so, do we know what the results were? When the Muslim-in-chief and the then-Secretary of State stood and watched the remains being unloaded and then taken away, did anyone point to them and say this was your fault? Since we know now, and probably early on, that there were many pleas for a strengthening of the security around the building, why were those pleas ignored? How is it that, even knowing what we know now, which isn’t the whole truth by any means, no one has been indicted, tried and incarcerated for that slaughter? Will Mrs. Clinton, who is now a private citizen, be allowed to dictate the terms of her testimony before the panel headed up by Representative Gowdy, who has said that she will stay until she answers all the questions? What part did Mrs. Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, play in this event? Will she be called to testify and can she plead the Fifth Amendment, as I suspect Mrs. Clinton will do?
The technology that existed in 1937, when Amelia Earhart disappeared and became one of the great aviation mysteries, could not rival the technology that we have today…but we still don’t know what happened to that Malaysian aircraft that disappeared on 8 March 2014, with 239 people(passengers and crew) aboard. No trace of the plane from 1937, even using today’s technology, and no trace of MH 370 either. Many theories have been floated, some sound logical and some are just sound, period. My prediction is that MH 370 is not going to be found, and neither is Ms Earhart’s aircraft.
December 7, 1941…a day that will live in infamy, said President Roosevelt. In the years since, so many books, movies and theories have been put out that you literally could fill a library with just that subject. Everything from the goof-up of the Japanese to forgetting about the difference in time from Tokyo to Washington, to the so-called “third attack” that never took place. The mysteries abound about Pearl Harbor, and you can take your pick, once again, of which theory you wish to attach any credence, because they range from the “secret” to the early-warnings. Senior officers were disciplined, messages got lost, even the positioning of ships-of-the-line came under question. Oh, there are, and still is, many avenues to pursue that one could spend a lifetime doing just that and still not come up with the one and only definitive answer.
The Six Day War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria. It came about because Israel had been recognized as a sovereign nation, and that irked the Arab nations around it. Relations between Israel and its neighbors had never fully normalized following the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and in the period leading up to June 1967 tensions became dangerously heightened. As a result, following the mobilization of Egyptian forces along the Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel launched a series of preemptive airstrikes against Egyptian airfields on June 5. The mystery comes in at this point. Where did the aircraft that Israel used, come from? How was it that this tiny nation, just born, could muster an armed force that could defeat some of the most powerful armies in that part of the world? According to research, Israel lost about one thousand troops while the combined Arab forces lost about twenty thousand.
We couldn’t close this out without a maritime mystery and one of the best is the mystery of the Mary Celeste. The Mary Celeste was an American merchant brigantine that was discovered on December 4, 1872, off the Azores Islands, sailing with no one on board and with her lifeboat missing. When found by the Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia, Mary Celeste was in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail; the last log entry was ten days earlier. She had left New York for Genoa a month previously, and was well provisioned. Her cargo of denatured alcohol was apparently undisturbed, as were the captain’s and crew’s personal belongings. None of those who had been on board were seen or heard from again. Many theories, again, have been put forth about this mystery, even going so far as to include a Dracula-like person aboard, or space aliens plucking the crew from the lifeboat and taking them up “to the mothership”
So, there you go. If you look into these mysteries you may even come up with a theory that no one else has thought of…but I doubt it.
Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired, www.AirHumanityRadio.net