Skip to comments.Testimony Reveals What Military Did While Benghazi Post Burned
Posted on 07/12/2014 8:50:57 AM PDT by PoloSec
One by one, behind closed doors in Washington, D.C.,, military officers explained what they did and didn't do the night the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, burned.
Together their 30 hours of testimony to congressional investigators gives the fullest account yet of the military's response to the surprise attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and early the next morning.
Transcripts of the interviews, with some names and classified information blacked out, were released Wednesday
The nine officers, including retired Gen. Carter Ham, then the head of the military's U.S. Africa Command, described making on-the-fly decisions with only sparse information about the crisis unfolding at a diplomatic post and the nearby CIA compound.
None of them was in Benghazi. The closest? Some were 600 miles away in Tripoli, the Libyan capital; others gave orders from command headquarters in Germany or Washington.
They did not witness what went on in the White House or at the State Department. Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have testified about Benghazi. More hearings are coming.
The nine officers shed light on the nature of the attacks; speculation that the military was ordered to "stand down" from helping Americans; suggestions that the U.S. should have rushed jets or a special operations team to Benghazi; and early misperceptions that the attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.
Some lingering questions about the Benghazi attacks and what the officers told the House Armed Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this year:
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From the story (Two military teams one in Croatia and the other in the U.S. prepared to go but, as the situation changed, weren't brought to Libya. They would have arrived too late.)
The question still remains and apparently was not asked, How did you know, how long the attack would last?
So in hindsight they could say it would have been too late, but how could they know that at the time, I mean they testified they knew so little yet they knew any response would have been too late.
Everyone who draws pay from the federal government lives in terror of reprisal from this administration. Whistleblowing, once encouraged, is now soundly punished. Those who dare speak the truth risk everything.
Have they ever considered that there’s safety in numbers? Form a group and tell everything to the news stations, get it spread all over the Internet and we might just see some spines grow where impeaching the ahole at 1600 isn’t considered an impossibility.
Something isn’t right here. No military man would have just stood there and done nothing unless he KNEW for sure, and for a fact, that any danger had passed. If he didn’t know he would have gotten there as fast as he could just in case he could help his fellow soldiers/those in trouble.
There were members of Diplomatic Security that wanted to have ex-SF people on the detail who were trained and equipped to call in outside military support in an emergency. The State Dept didn’t want that..they didn’t want any ex-military people on the detail..only ex-LEO’S. They did not plan for any aggressive response to a attack. I don’t think the detail even fired their weapons. The CIA people did however and they were the ex-Seals. Evidently the two groups had different rules of engagement.
They have so much to lose. Retirement, reputation, pets, whatever
And for what? No one will believe them. Obama said everything that he was and people voted him in twice. They either don’t believe him or they want what he wants
You see four star military retiring rather than speaking out
The likes of Brett baier are cowered into complimenting Hillary gushing Greta does it too
None of the “Brass” of military leaders thought to put their special forces, F-16s, security forces, etc. on alert?
What the hell was Christopher Stephens doing in Benghazi on September 11th? Why wasn't he advised to stay in Tripoli on September 11th, where there was adequate security.
What kind of alerts went out from SecState to all U.S. Embassies (world-wide even) on September 11th?
I thought we had special forces in Sicily and they were the closest possible response.
Impeaching the ahole at this point would be harmful to our cause.
His incompetence and that of the Dem congressional leadership is apparent in every major story right now. Our prospects for taking the Senate are excellent, even with fighting chance for a veto-proof majority.
Don’t change the subject to impeachment. At best, we’d get idiot Joe Biden in his place.
I lived through Watergate and its aftermath. It was dangerous then to be focused on internal scandal rather than our enemies. Same when we were talking about a blue dress and a womanizer instead of al Qeueda in the 90s.
Our world is in scary shambles. Disarm the Marxist and take away all the money, but leave him where we can see him. Defund widely. Keep our eyes on threats from withint and without.
More importantly, take full control of Congress this fall to control any Supreme Court nomination and to slap down Executive overreach for the next two years..
If we had dispatched forces, it would have blew the deals thighness and zero had going on the ground... the muzzies would have backed out of whatever arms transactions were underway if a bunch of aircraft from Sigonella started strafing them.
Early reports talked about Benghazi live video from an overhead UAV (aka drone).
Has this ever been confirmed?
And possibly their lives. It has happened.
You can define it as incompetence only if you think they want what you want. They don’t. They are getting what they want in spades. They are very “competent.” It is the opposition that is less than able to accomplish something, anything.
maybe there was something going on.....I believe the most pertinent point was told the two days after the attack. The attackers yelled out “Don’t shoot, Don’t shoot! Dr. Morsi sent us us.” There was a deal between ‘Dr. Morsi’(Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood cohort) and Obama to capture the Ambassador and trade him for (Guantanamo prisoners? The blind sheikh?) in order to look heroic. Just like everything this traitor has done, it backfired. But, not his fault.
Our world has been in a scary shambles just about my entire life and I’m 66.
That’s also why that laser that was painted on the target wasn’t actually targeted.
The treasonous, moronic cowards let Americans DIE
precisely so that America would hencefore be
defined as letting its HEROES be raped and murdered
while being filmed and watched at the WHITE HOUSE,
and so that MANDPADS (which will be used to murder
innocent Americans) could be transferred to
al Qaeda (now ISIS).
How is that other than THEIR, Huma’s,
Clinton’s and Obama’s fault?
Let’s hope the Hero of Benghazi and his Lt. the Defender of Benghazi will reap the just rewards they deserve.