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Despite Drone, US Did Not Send Help In Time

From the intrepid Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News:

Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?

By Sharyl Attkisson | Sat October 20, 2012

The closer we get to the election, the harder Republicans in Congress are pushing for answers to a big question: What really happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month that killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans?

Some lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn’t arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours…

If we had a real news media, (apart from Sharyl Attkisson) they would be asking about this, too.

CBS News has been told that, hours after the attack began, an unmanned Predator drone was sent over the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the protracted battle.

The State Department, White House and Pentagon declined to say what military options were available. A White House official told CBS News that, at the start of the attack, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "looked at available options, and the ones we exercised had our military forces arrive in less than 24 hours, well ahead of timelines laid out in established policies."

But it was too late to help the Americans in Benghazi. The ambassador and three others were dead.

What a masterpiece of double talk. But we take it to mean Panetta is saying they had nothing that could get there in time. Which is very hard to believe.

A White House official told CBS News that a "small group of reinforcements" was sent from Tripoli to Benghazi, but declined to say how many or what time they arrived.

Why not tell us the facts?

Retired CIA officer Gary Berntsen believes help could have come much sooner. He commanded CIA counter-terrorism missions targeting Osama bin Laden and led the team that responded after bombings of the U.S. Embassy in East Africa.

"You find a way to make this happen," Berntsen says. "There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments. They made zero adjustments in this. They stood and they watched and our people died."

What a damning statement.

The Pentagon says it did move a team of special operators from central Europe to the large Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy, but gave no other details. Sigonella is just an hour’s flight from Libya.

Other nearby bases include Aviano and Souda Bay. Military sources tell CBS News that resources at the three bases include fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships, which the sources say can be extremely effective in flying in and buzzing a crowd to disperse it…

To put it mildly.

Add to the controversy the fact that the last two Americans didn’t die until more than six hours into the attack, and the question of U.S. military help becomes very important.

Sending the military into another country can be a sensitive and delicate decision. CBS News has been told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did seek clearances from Libya to fly in their airspace, but the administration won’t say anything further about what was said or decided on that front.

Why not? Obama promised us on Letterman and the Daily Show that we would be told every detail as they became known.

No, we strongly suspect that most of all the Obama administration wants to cover-up their failure to react in time to the Benghazi attack, even though it went on for more than six hours and State Department and intelligence agencies were watching it unfold in real time.

Their ‘freeze up’ here is the polar opposite of the myth of Obama’s ‘gutsy call.’ Which was a lie in its own right, of course.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Despite Drone, US Did Not Send Help In Time”

  1. River0 says:

    Would any of us, if we were in a position of authority, ignore the anniversary of 9/11? OF COURSE the IslamoNazis were planning an attack on that date!

    Benghazi is proof of the grossest negligence on the part of the whole Administration.

    They should be impeached for reckless endangerment, implied malice, and depraved indifference; not to mention lying to the American people.

  2. Petronius says:

    There are now seven prongs to the Benghazi scandal :

    1. Failure of Nerobama’s MidEast policy.

    2. Pre-9/11 drawdown of the security force, notwithstanding repeated objections.

    3. Pre-9/11 refusals to provide reinforcements, notwithstanding repeated requests.

    4. The 6-7 hours during 9/11 attack when the regime failed to send help.

    5. Apparent total incompetence of American intelligence assets both pre-9/11 and post-9/11 (or, in the alternative, the refusal of the regime to accept, understand, or act upon accurate intelligence).

    6. Post-9/11 cover-up of all of the above.

    7. Nerobama’s debate lie regarding his 9/12 Rose Garden speech (“terror attack”), with a big assist from moderator Candy “I’m-not-a-fly-on-the-wall” Crowley.

    The eighth prong will materialize tonight, when moderator Bob Schieffer helps our narcissistic man-child President spin all of the above.

  3. Right of the People says:

    They probably thought they were watching a video game.

    This is totally unacceptable. I hope Romney attacks tonight and doesn’t let up.

  4. canary says:

    Bret Baier’s special on Libya terrorist attack on U.S. Embassy was heartbreaking and chilling. Even showed a couple with flashlights and batons that ran to get guns, but when they ran back there were too many terrorists so they ran away.

    Hillary Clinton’s statement at the Memorial at the AFB on return of the dead U.S. Americans was outrageous. All those U.S. Soldiers in formations and carrying their coffins covered in U.S. Flags, and she stands in front of them blaming that “Awful’ she accented with anger in her voice. That “awful video on the internet”.

    Such a solemn sad event and everything in her body and voice was anger at the video. Shocking.

    Oh and the officer who told of begging that one lady not to send his highly trained Special Forces home as the violence was so bad at the U.S. embassy.

    Bret Baier showed photos of attacks and IED’s timelines on the U.S. embassy. And the begging of security and it was just one photo after another and quotes. It’s so much worse watching Obama and his incompetent cronies as they talk, than reading it. They’ve improved after really going downhill. O’Reilly still their liberal pawn.

  5. ljjkj says:

    Glenn Beck’s network has extensive coverage of the Libyan attack timeline, far earlier and in far more depth than even Fox

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