Skip to comments.Top military leader disputes diplomat on Benghazi
Posted on 06/12/2013 11:25:23 AM PDT by mandaladon
WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that four members of Army special forces in Tripoli were never told to stand down after last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, disputing a former top diplomat's claim that the unit might have helped Americans under siege. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said timing and the need for the unit to help with casualties from Benghazi resulted in orders for the special forces to remain in Tripoli. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in two separate attacks several hours apart on the night of Sept. 11. Gregory Hicks, a former diplomat in Tripoli at the time of the attack, told a House panel last month that the unit was told to stand down. Dempsey said that was not the case. "They weren't told to stand down. A 'stand down' means don't do anything," he said. "They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport." Republicans insist that the Obama administration is guilty of a cover-up of the events despite a scathing independent report that faulted the State Department for inadequate security at the diplomatic mission. GOP lawmakers also have questioned why the military couldn't get aircraft or forces to Benghazi in time to thwart the second attack after the first incident that killed Stevens. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., questioned Dempsey about Hicks' testimony at a hearing on the military budget.
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Dempsey is a disgrace to the uniform! His nose is so far up Obama’s a$$ that I am surprised he hasn’t suffocated.
If the special Forces were not told to stand down, what did they do to rescue our Embassy people?
Dempsey’s statement is disingenuous and stupid......just like him.
Well its obvious any General who does not have his nose planted firmly up Obama’s butt by now has been run off.
What does the General think of the rape tapes?
What about leaving Americans behind AND ON TV being
gang raped to send MANPADs to al Qaeda?
Which side is the General on?
The US Constitution OR Obama arming al Qaeda and Ikhwan?
And that's different from "stand down" how, exactly?
A four star general quibbling after Americans were murdered in Benghazi. This shameful behavior would not be tolerated from a Private. What a disgrace.
Dempsey is a lying SOB. He should be relieved of duty. NOW!
Psst listen flood the oval office waist deep.
Prosecute the people who could have come to the rescue and didn’t. Then they will give up the person who told them to “stand down”.
It took 9 months to invent this crap response?!?!
They should have asked any 15 yr old!
They can make up more convincing excuses in a nanosecond.
Dempsey is bought and paid for. He has no honor. When the Military was the most honorable representation of America, men like Dempsey were not promoted to positions where their dishonorable character could influence troops. Now, under the current regime, the more degenerate one is the more likely to be promoted because they are vulnerable and will do as they are told regardless of oaths to OUR Constitution.
This is one of the saddest days in our nation’s history. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs quibbling. Unbelievable. It makes me want to puke.
I think it’s called ‘dissembling’, which is to say it is a form of deception, deceit, a lie by another method.
He’s using technical terms in general questioning to lie.
What a Prick.
Exposing his honor-less dark soul. he is the perfect democrip enabler.
I see Dempsey is performing his role as NutHugger in Chief.