I don’t think many here fully appreciate the consequences of this Administration’s mindset.
If Obama were a conscientious conservative, thrust into this situation, without any past experience or grasp of the situation, he might defer to others. The present Obama Administration mindset, though, is anything but compromising.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama considers his role as CIC to be in complete control, commanding everything, and if anybody attempts to act without his initiating the idea, he is the type of character to destroy those beneath him.
Military emergency response COCs have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. In the Cold War, and Total War command and control structure, plans were prepared to provide operational forces the ability to achieve their objectives on the battlefield, with adequate local control to respond to situational changes. We practiced centralized command with decentralized control.
Given the mission, junior commands could still fight the war, even if they had been cut off from lines of communication.
Liberals since Vietnam, always identified the discipline and immediate response to orders they observed in the military as a type of slavery, foregoing rights and privilege to those they labeled as superior.
Conservatives tended to use the terms junior and senior, rather than inferior or superior, recognizing the difference in rank, but that all men are equal but not with the same capacity.
The liberal mindset, when now placed in authority, thinks they are now superior, not simply senior. They demand all attention be given to primarily their volition and arrogance, and the mission is subsequent to that thinking.
In the world of spreadsheets and databases, they don’t believe in distributed decentralized control, but rather they now have more tools to more control absolutely all resources under their charge. They lean towards totalitarian power structures.
They have repeatedly referenced the ‘fog of war’ in regards the Benghazi incident. I suspect something in their mindset is using that phrase to write off an awkward situation.
If it was a fog of events on the scene, it may have included the status of the Ambassador in a several hour period between the Residence takeover and his appearance at the hospital. With the realtime intel on the ground and in theater, and positive response from AFRICOM, the only other fog must have been associated with the attacking force. Not simply as an attacking bunch of militants, but an OpOrder they were conducting which this Administration had prior knowledge and was trying to either support or orient themselves to ulterior objectives.
Maybe the senior person in the room was coked out their head, demanding full respect for their authority, was inactive due in part to changing situation and events not previously planned, and then went on a tirade with a thin veil of control by simply saying for others to ‘stand down’, ...who knows? anybody’s guess, maybe their comm didn’t work, ...they are covering it all up. It may have been a Hitleresque moment, where anybody approaching that person faced likely fatal repercussion, so silence loomed or it may have been complete confusion amongst those in control.
The scary thing is these same people are still in command and the same events will likely occur if not removed from power, so I hope the election removes them from power.
Compare how Obama behaved in the 3rd debate with Romney vs the first.
He had studied the first debate, considered his losses, and his response was a glaring, arrogant, adversarial opponent seeking to destroy anything he could.
He has had past exposure to a live situation room, in diminished capacity where he was later perceived as weak.
If his behavior in the series if debates is any indicator of how he prepares for future similar action, I fear he will resort to a totalitarian command with no empathy for those junior to him, unwilling to consider wise counsel, but quick to issue foolish forceful action.
This Administration and Hillary have now had 4 years to prepare for the present. They show no signs of acquiescing their lust for worldly power, but manifest what appears to be schemes for future evil kept in the shadows.
IMHO, the world would be a safer place if Romney wins the election.