Libya Attack Shows Pentagons Limits in Region
On the day of the attacks on the mission and a nearby annex in Benghazi, General Ham and other commanders were in Washington for a series of long-planned meetings. The Pentagons national military command center distributed a report around 4:30 p.m., 50 minutes after the assault started, that there had been violence in Benghazi and that the ambassador could not be located.
President Obama was informed about the attack at 5 p.m. by his national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, at the start of a meeting at the White House with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Libya was not the only worry. There were also protests at the United States embassies in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.
In the meeting, Mr. Obama ordered the Pentagon to begin mobilizing all available military assets to respond to a range of contingencies in Libya and other countries in the region, said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
But the administration was not well positioned to respond quickly. On the night of the attack, the Pentagon was able to divert an unarmed Predator drone operating 90 miles away to Benghazi, and the C.I.A. later used it to help plan an escape route for the surviving Americans.
Two military officers working at the embassy in Tripoli volunteered to join C.I.A. reinforcements who arrived in Benghazi early the next morning, just before a series of deadly mortar rounds struck the agencys annex in Benghazi and killed two C.I.A. security contractors.
But other military forces were too far away or could not be mobilized in time. The closest AC-130 gunship, a devastating and accurate weapon against insurgents in urban areas, was in Afghanistan, a senior official said.
There are no armed drones within range of Libya. The closest fly out of Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, and were not in range of Benghazi. There was no Marine expeditionary unit a large seaborne force with its own helicopters in the Mediterranean Sea. American F-16 fighters in Europe were not on alert, and General Ham concluded they would not have been useful in a confused fight in a major Arab city.
For goodness sakes, focusing on such trivialities as the model of LAD on one guy's rifle! Straining gnats, while ignoring the elephants in the room.
but i found this the most mind blowing statement from the government:
According to military sources, Libyan authorities have not given the US military permission to fly armed drones over populated areas like Benghazi.
Huh? we need permission to park military assets overhead to protect our people in Libya? Libya?
Incompetence and dereliction of duty no know bounds apparently
What was the mission in Benghazi prior to the attacks? What is the timeline/response (or lack thereof) from each “representative”/bureaucrat during the slaughter? Why the pre-meditated, coordination and amplification of lies as to the root cause of the event?
Many, many more questions not asked, answers not forthcoming.
TREASON - aid, comfort and weapons to enemies combined with direct attacks on amendment 1.
TREASON - like this republic has never seen before...in real-time, continuous, ongoing, unresolved.
“—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. “
“There are no armed drones within range of Libya. The closest fly out of Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, and were not in range of Benghazi. There was no Marine expeditionary unit a large seaborne force with its own helicopters in the Mediterranean Sea. American F-16 fighters in Europe were not on alert, and General Ham concluded they would not have been useful in a confused fight in a major Arab city.”