October 26, 2012
According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.
I was aware of the captive(s) at the time of the attack, but I assumed that they were taken in as they were the attackers.
When I heard PB's speech, I got the impression they were prisoners that were being held well before the attack took place and were the reason for the attack its self.
Gack!! I'm confused!
Several things don’t make sense from the reports.
1) Obama wasn’t interested enough after the NCA meeting to issue CBA or inquire if anything else was needed, but he made an unscheduled call to Netanyahu about the time Stevens was being killed by smoke inhalation.
2) Only 4 people were killed of some 30 or more in the compounds. 2 apparently by smoke inhalation by accident from mob mayhem and explicitly the only 2 actively resisting with firepower, the 2 exSEALs, not by small arms, nor by grenades, but by mortar rounds, fired at nighttime, after displacing, in a crowded Annex under direct observation while able to displace to secondary positions.
3) All the others were able to leave not only the compound, but the city by not one, but 2 planes by 0830, while also being able to track down the Ambassador’s body when his whereabouts wasn’t fully known until dawn (about 0600).
4) Administration public announcements by multiple parties follow a 24 year old’s perspective of worldly affairs without any wherewithal, claiming the activity is all due to a anti-Muslim video, when there were no protests at 20:30 Benghazi time, and the Ambassador was fully exposed at the location of the attack about an hour preceding it.
Point 3 I can understand if performed by well disciplined organized unit, trained to respond to fluid situations and simply left unopposed. Reports seem consistent,...but not with 1 and 2.
Point 4 I can understand if this were a preplanned operation/ coordinated attack planned by and for a company to regimental sized operating force, but definitely not division or larger scale operation. It wasn’t national league intel.
Point 1 indicates either Obama and the NCA
a) didn’t trust their intel or
b) didn’t care about any of the staff or Ambassador
c) didn’t want an international terrorist event on the anniversary of 9/11
d) were worried the security of other operations had been compromised.
e) were searching for Israel to conduct a rescue and attack Muslims in the process.
Point 2 indicates the attackers had
a) liaison with friendlies or
b) vastly superior intelligence and information and
c) better high tech target acquisition on station than did the US or
d) the 2 ex-SEALs were KIA from friendly fire or directly targeted by friendlies.
e) also Pt 2 indicates the attackers were not violently predisposed to kill all Americans (because all but 4 made it out alive and quickly). Instead, during hours of darkness and fog of war, were able to explicitly kill the only 2 exSEALs not being controlled by Washington. (That’s very hard to do.)