Skip to comments.Lack of Strike Force Impeded Benghazi Response
Posted on 10/29/2012 12:50:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
As U.S. Africa Command waited for any order to rescue Americans on Sept. 11 at the besieged consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, it was missing a key unit that the Pentagon gives every regional four-star commander an emergency strike force.
The new commands lack of such a unit is another piece in the unfolding Benghazi timeline that shows an overriding theme: As radical Islamic extremism swelled in the chaotic coastal city, U.S. security assets in Libya diminished.
From the State Departments denial of diplomats requests for more security in Libya to Obama administration officials repeatedly saying the military-style attack on the consulate resulted from spontaneous protests, the events before, during and after the Benghazi assault reflect the political, diplomatic and military confusion that is post-Gadhafi Libya.
Each U.S. geographic combatant command, whether it be in the Middle East, the Pacific or, in this case, Africa, is entitled to a special operations rapid-response team a group of Green Berets to perform instant combat in situations like the Islamist militants attack on the U.S. Consulate.
But on that day, AfriCom, the Pentagons newest geographic combatant command, which is still in the building phase, lacked what is called the commander in-extremis force, said a senior special operations official.
All geographic combatant commands have one allocated to them, except AfriCom, the senior official said. AfriComs is in the process of being established.
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they did not protest the video until Hillary and Obama went on the news about it and calling attention to the video..I believe they helped organize the demonstrations that followed..to make it an issue. then we had days of riots .
The Red Army, halted at the gates of the Polish Capital for “logistical concerns” did eventually go to the rescue of the dead.
This is a must-read post. Excellent description of how Dept State stripped its people and property of protection despite months and months of reports about deteriorating conditions.
Hillary, your goose is cooked.
Obama has to win or they are finished cuz only he can save them and destroy their competition.
A decade ago I called them Media Martyrs—willing to sacrifice journalism for the socialist cause.
From your Bing West thread.....
“the general in charge of the Africa region has allegedly said he received no directive from Washington to dispatch military aid. Members of the mutual protective society of generals are offering the bizarre defense that our Africa Command could do nothing because it has no military assets; its some sort of ghost command. Even if that is true, the most powerful nation in the world has sufficient forces and flexibility to send fighter aircraft over a consulate in flames, or to land some troops at the secure airport east of Benghazi. After all, our embassy in Tripoli, 400 miles away, sent an aircraft with six Americans to fight in Benghazi. But our base in Sigonella, 480 miles away, sent no help.”
What the hell is the 'the mutual protective society of generals'? Never heard of it googled it, nothing.
Reference our discussion yesterday, this is the piece to which I referred
It appears we are the dead cat.
I watched that on Geraldo. I got the impression from Ret General Keane that nothing was done because they had nothing in range to get there quick enough.
But what was interesting, he only said a drone sees a narrow area and that this compound was considered in a residential area and they could not tell the militia from the bad guys.
In otherwards, they didn’t do it because of the negative publicity if Libyans claimed they killed “innocents”.
So, it was safer to let the Americans die because that is easier to deal with than dead Libyans.
It is also damn sad that there was supposedly no quick strike force around.
All in all, it was shameful from the moment they pulled the good security team out of Libya weeks before all the way to the end.
Which always brings me back to the hostage idea. Something just isn’t kosher about this whole episode.
Obama's leadership is not about trying to help American soldiers under attack from al Qaeda,
even while he watches for hours.
This is the lesson of Benghazi. This is what needs to be on flying banners at football games this weekend.
You’re kidding, right?
I hated that the idiot had them out in the cold. They all had short sleeves, just in from Hawaii, and idiot horaldo has a coat on. Why not find coats for them or move the interview inside?
One does not paint a target comprised of enemy implacemnts and do so with a cumbersome and hard to conceal laser targeting device... unless there are assets directly overhead that are ready to lock in onto the laser and deliver assets on top of those points. This story is just a cover to make the sheeple forget about the targets being painted with targeting lasers. WAKE UP AMERICA!
Not only the Tally-ban, but the Moose-limb Bros as well, whom this Islamic Jihadist-appeasing-defending and supporting Admin, consider to be some sort of benign "fraternal" organizations, such is their willful ignorance and stoooopidity.
From the Chief Clueless Moonbat and Dir of Natl Intel, James "CRAPPER!" which speaks volumes:
In February, 2011, when mass demonstrations were bringing down Mubarak's presidency in Egypt, Clapper told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that:
Small wonder this corrupt, Regime was unwilling to admit that they had supported elements of AQ in their quest to see the Arab Spring succeed and their narrative that with the elimination of OBL, the AQ worldwide was "on its heals"
PS: WHAT HAPPENED to the Consulate Staff (reported to be between 20-30 personnel) that was rescued and where are they now?
They are ALL witnesses yet no one seems to know anything re: there whereabouts and that not one has been found or questioned?
Are the being held under quarantine, incommunicado, somewhere and not even allowed to have contacted their family or threatened with incarceration should any speak of what happened???
If not, it would be simply amazing that not one has whispered a word of what transpired and that no one they spoke to, would have leaked any of this information.
Something here smells to high heaven....along with everything else associated with this cluster fook!
Thanks for posting this.