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Lack of Strike Force Impeded Benghazi Response
Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 10/29/2012 12:50:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

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On Fox News, Bret Baier's documentary on the Benghazi attack (before, during and after) interviews Mr. Nordstrom about the pull back of his security forces, etc. Some of his remarks are also expressed below.

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"...No longer in Libya at the time of the attack, Mr. Nordstrom and Col. Wood later tried to assess the bureaucratic battle they fought to retain more security assets in Benghazi.

“We were fighting a losing battle,” Col. Wood said. “We couldn’t even keep what we had. We were not even allowed to keep what we had.”

"Mr. Nordstrom recalled a phone call with a regional director asking for 12 additional agents.

“His response to that was, ‘You’re asking for the sun, moon and the stars,’” the security officer said. “And my response to him, ‘You know what makes [this] the most frustrating about this assignment? It’s not the hardships. It’s not the gunfire. It’s not the threats. It’s dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me.’

“And I ended it by saying, ‘For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building,” Mr. Nordstrom said." - Source

1 posted on 10/29/2012 12:50:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>> On Fox News, Bret Baier’s documentary on the Benghazi attack

Very good report. Must see.


2 posted on 10/29/2012 1:12:34 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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http://www.therightscoop.com/emotional-pat-caddell-on-the-msm-ignoring-benghazi-these-people-have-no-honor/

Video: Pat Caddell lets loose!


3 posted on 10/29/2012 1:12:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Bret Baier Special On Libya: "Death And Deceit In Benghazi"
4 posted on 10/29/2012 1:14:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No carrier group in the Mediterranean either. It’s starting to look like 0coward and Hillbilly pulled every man, gun and bullet they could and got them as far away from Stevens as possible.


5 posted on 10/29/2012 1:19:58 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Charlene Lamb [in charge of international programs for the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security] refused (”denied or ignored”) to extend the security Strike Force.


6 posted on 10/29/2012 1:30:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I know. Both the DoD SST and the State Dept. MSD. (I think that’s the right acronym.)


7 posted on 10/29/2012 1:37:18 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Yes.


8 posted on 10/29/2012 1:38:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Last night when Geraldo Revera preempted Hannity’s show he spent the last minutes of his supposedly “Hurricane Sandy” show butt-kissing Obama, insulting those who say the embattled Americans in Benghazi should have received military support and even brought on some Clinton flunky retired 4 Star general who thought he knew everything to say military support was impossible at the time.

But the most disgusting thing that Leftist jerk did was try to get Charles Woods to reverse himself and take back his FACTUAL accusation of Obama being a murderer—the dirty bastard!

Charley didn't take the bait and instead facing the camera said TO THE PRESIDENT that the Benghazi 4 died as heroes and it is better to die a hero than to live as a COWARD!!!

Geraldo, the dirty bastard, kissed Woods on the cheek as the show ended. I have been demanding Fox News fire the disrespectful son of a bitch since!

9 posted on 10/29/2012 1:39:29 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt 4 then Sarah 8)
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Do we have enough forces left in the Mediterranean area to whip a dead cat?


10 posted on 10/29/2012 1:40:38 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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That is an excellent and accurate description of Whorealdo’s assclownery.


11 posted on 10/29/2012 1:43:09 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Libyan witnesses recount organized Benghazi attack "....There was no sign of a spontaneous protest against an American-made movie denigrating Islam's Prophet Muhammad. But a lawyer passing by the scene said he saw the militants gathering around 20 youths from nearby to chant against the film. Within an hour or so, the assault began, guns blazing as the militants blasted into the compound....."
12 posted on 10/29/2012 1:51:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Even the protests and attack in Cairo weren't about that stupid 'video.'

Brian Lilley: The MSM is lying about the muslim riots
Interviews on the streets of Cairo. 'Video' had nothing to do with protests and attack.


13 posted on 10/29/2012 1:53:28 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Sept 24, 2012: The Video Didn't Do It "It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran, or last week, that chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey took his turn to call Jones to ask him to stop publicizing a YouTube video, The Innocence of Muslims. But then on Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told the world that the violent protests in Cairo and Ben­ghazi and elsewhere were a “response not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people,” but were “in response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.” Carney repeated the point for emphasis: “This is not a case of protests directed at the United States at large or at U.S. policy, but in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims.”

Carney’s comments lie outside the range of plausible spin, even by Obama administration standards, and if his bosses believe them—as we fear they do—are simply delusional. But they are not without consequence. Nor are Gates’s and Dempsey’s phone calls. They all send the message to America’s enemies that if you kill our diplomats and lay siege to the our embassies, the first move the American government will make is to denounce .  .  . Americans. Our leaders apparently believe that the way to protect Americans from extremists and terrorists abroad is to tell other Americans to shut up.

What’s next? Where does it go from here?................."

14 posted on 10/29/2012 1:57:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Sounds implausible or is US military strength so stretched or eroded that rapid response teams are micro managed from Washington? State department none-the-less?

Are they not rotating secondary and tertiary combat experienced or capable special forces out of the deep mid-east?

Nothing was sitting in Navel Station Rota Spain?


15 posted on 10/29/2012 2:03:51 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: TigersEye
Great report! Thanks.

But really.....the MSM was just too busy covering the "YouTube Video guy and now Paul Ryan's emails, to dig into the murder of Americans in Libya.

Oct. 27, 2012: Emails shed light on Ryan, Walker relationship "...The emails reviewed by the AP offered an unusual, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the interpersonal relationship between Ryan and Walker. Although as a congressman Ryan's emails are exempt from disclosure under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, messages sent by Ryan or his aides to Walker or the governor's staff are subject to Wisconsin's open records law. The week after Ryan was tapped as Romney's vice presidential candidate, the AP requested all such emails since Walker was elected in November 2010. It received 1,037 pages of them late Friday...."

16 posted on 10/29/2012 2:08:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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I believe this was to be the October surprise, a sting operation. Stevens was going to be kidnapped and Obumbler was going to show his chops by negotiating a solution. That explains why there were no assets to respond and when they were requested the high command was silent. They were letting the scheme play out. The administration has been covering it up ever since.


17 posted on 10/29/2012 2:09:52 AM PDT by rootntootn (Boycott Hawaii, the scene of the crime.)
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To: TigersEye
Geraldo mendaciously set up the grieving father (with some of his family standing there!!!) of an American war hero and tried to trick him into saying he was a liar!!!

The filthy bastard was trying to score points with Obama and that closing kiss on the cheek was the final twist of the knife he had in the poor man's back!

If Fox News doesn't remove the treasonous Leftist (I know, redundant) ass after THIS outrage...well I don't know.

18 posted on 10/29/2012 2:19:59 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt 4 then Sarah 8)
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"I believe this was to be the October surprise, a sting operation. Stevens was going to be kidnapped...."

Sounds plausable.
General Petraeus MUST know the whole truth - would be great if he "dropped a bomb on Zero" - the MSM would have to cover it, even though you know they don't want to.

19 posted on 10/29/2012 2:22:32 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: TigersEye
[Do we have enough forces left in the Mediterranean area to whip a dead cat?]

That's the real question in the article. You'd think that even if the State Department was negligent in fortifying and guarding the consulate, the CIA would have a rapid response drill worked out with regional U.S. forces to protect their annex. I read that among other things the annex was a listening post. I imagine there is sophisticated electronics in these sites along with records and logs, access codes, and who knows what else.

I sense from the article that Benghazi, in the greater scheme of U.S. diplomatic missions, was a backwater post that was expendable. The only positive note in this debacle is the exposure of the Chinese fire drill Obama calls a foreign policy.

20 posted on 10/29/2012 2:26:46 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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