Skip to comments.McKeon Panelís Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Benghazi
Posted on 06/26/2013 6:17:37 PM PDT by haffast
[HASC] - The Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations received testimony in a classified briefing from three key figures involved in the response to the attack on Americans in Benghazi. General Carter Ham (ret), former Commander, AFRICOM; Lieutenant Colonel S.E. Gibson, former commander of the site security team at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli; and Rear Admiral Brian Losey, former commander, Special Operations Command Africa, all offered accounts of U.S. force posture and planning ahead of the attack, and actions taken during and after the attack. While the subcommittee will continue to carry out appropriate oversight, todays witnesses did clarify several matters with respect to the events of September 11 and 12, 2012.
Pre-9/11 Force Posture and Planning: On September 10, 2012 the White House issued a readout of a presidential briefing on 9/11 planning. The readout said the briefing was the culmination of numerous meetings to review security measures in place chaired by John Brennan. The readout also reported that the briefing included steps taken to protect U.S. persons and facilities abroad, as well as force protection.
When questioned about this process today, General Ham, the combatant commander responsible for one of the most volatile threat environments in the world, stated that neither he or anyone working for him was consulted as part of the Brennan 9/11 planning process.
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Readout of House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Classified Briefing on Benghazi
Jun 26 2013
AFRICOM Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi
Per Rep. Jason Chaffetz R-UT asking General Ham directly:
Did we have assets in the area? The answer is yes.
Did we have proximity? The answer is yes.
Why we didnt send in some of those assets? The general said he was not requested to do so.
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It wasn’t Gibson who was ordered to “Stand down.” It was the former SEALs who were already in the annex. They disobeyed those orders. Things are getting twistd up here.
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One of the things my military instructors taught me was the concept of “DANGER CLOSE”. LTC Gibson must not have had this training. It basically meant that you engage the threat that has the greatest chance of hurting you. Now, if they are killing Americans in Benghazi, but they might attack in Tripoli, then DANGER CLOSE would tell you that you should go to Benghazi because bullets flying beats “they might attack” every day. My Grandma might have attacked Gibson. Should he have come to the United States? This is more political bulls**t put out by cowards. Courage isn’t just jumping out of an airplane or advancing under fire. Courage is also saying what needs to be said in a committee. What a shameful display by Gibson.