Skip to comments.Sharyl Attkisson: Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?
Posted on 10/20/2012 4:55:25 AM PDT by maggief
(CBS News) The closer we get to the election, the harder Republicans in Congress are pushing for answers to a big question: What really happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month that killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans?
Some lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn't arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. The assault was launched by an armed mob of dozens that torched buildings and used rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles.
CBS News has been told that, hours after the attack began, an unmanned Predator drone was sent over the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the protracted battle.
The State Department, White House and Pentagon declined to say what military options were available. A White House official told CBS News that, at the start of the attack, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "looked at available options, and the ones we exercised had our military forces arrive in less than 24 hours, well ahead of timelines laid out in established policies."
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see post #28
Now, we have the supposed ringleader standing on a corner in downtown Tripoli sipping a strawberry latte bragging about his sacking of the US mission in Benghazi.
Something stinks to high heaven here.
Don't worry though, Hill and Hussein have promised to bring the attackers to justice - in a courtroom- in some liberal hellhole like New York or Frisco. I feel so much better knowing these two are in charge.
SOS Clinton asked permission to enter their airspace... Are you kidding me? AC130’s based in the region? I can’t believe this story came from a CBS reporter.
Man oh man do I miss having a grown up in charge. Save them or not, we could have made it painful for the enemy.
November cannot come soon enough!
If all of that is true, then we might as well pull our military out of all bases outside the U. S. No rapid deployment forces?
(That's not a slam on our military men and women. It's a slam against our military planners and the political forces they kowtow to.)
Did you happen to catch Baier’s report?
Know The TRUTH ~ Step By Step ~ Bret Baier’s ~ ‘Death and Deceit in Benghazi’
RPGs? Have you ever been to an airshow? It is hard to point a camera at those things. You don't even know they are coming until ordnance has already hit you. Hitting a jet with an RPG would be a miracle shot.
The people in charge knew it would be easier to deal with dead Americans than dead Libyans who would be labeled "civilians" in any case. So they sat on their thumbs and waited for it to be over.
You nailed it and it bears repeating!
“The people in charge knew it would be easier to deal with dead Americans than dead Libyans who would be labeled “civilians” in any case. So they sat on their thumbs and waited for it to be over.”
For goodness sakes (see moderators, I’m working hard to reduce my profanity), we could have dropped nuclear weapons. Why were we working to get rid of Gadaffi? There’s the question. Obama and Hillary are just a couple of Democrat grifters. Look at their histories. They didn’t grow up yelling, “Free the oppressed people of the Middle East!” They’re grifters out for money and re-election and funding the Democrat party. They could care less about the people of Libya and Egypt and Syria. What did they and the Democrat party gain by overthrowing these governments? And think about it. Bush was a cowboy because he went after Iraq and Afghanistan after we were attacked on 9/11? Well, then Obama must be a rustler for going after Libya and Egypt and Syria.
There is no excuse for this incident.
The only response we get from this administration is, “we have an ongoing investigation”
This investigation should be well over by now...how long will it continue?
Until somewhere, somehow they can find some low level bureaucrat, on whom they can place blame for the whole thing, probably years from now.
It is all about a coverup of the coverup!
2) Obama went into Libya initially with no congressional approval because he claimed that it wasn't a US military operation. Thus, sending the military in would have proven him wrong. It would have imperiled his left-wing support during election season.
Sharryl Atkinson went big on F&F and now she’s leading here. There are a few other non Fox reporters doing this and funny thing is that they’re all female. About the story’s list of useful military assets, there was a NAS , USAF base and a naval base. They waited for spec ops to arrive from Germany, but an NAS and a naval base have Marines. Every Marine is a rifleman. Like the battleship and cruiser Marines who prepped to go ashore at Omaha on June 6 these Marines could have been inserted quickly into Benghazi . Did no one think of this? has the military become too compartmentalized by mission, or did Obama and Clinton not care?
Just when you think the MSM has given up “straight” journalism, someone like Attkisson comes along.
8 years active Air Force. 3 flying F4s. Was part of R D F with main tasking Middle East. Your turn.
‘Tard never heard of Blackhawk Down. And that was a planned mission. Another Internet Hero...
Thank you for your sons service. I worked with the Marines at Camp Lejeune last year.
To your point there is a plan for the Marine guards at embassies. Unfortunately it’s to hold on and defend the embassy until help from the local government arrives. Most embassies are fortified have safe rooms etc. Bengazi was none of those, and security was 2 locals with flashlights and night sticks. THAT’S the crime here, that Obamas administration left those embassy staff with essentially no protection.
Attention, you unmitigated Moron. TWO Nave SEALs held off 200 attackers (who had MANPAD, etc) for 6-7 HOURS. Secondly, ANY Marine would jump into those kinds of odds to save US property and American lives, and without hesitation.
One FAST Team would have sent those cowardice scumbags into the Mediterranean!