Nov 5, 2012
When Americans were attacked by Libyan terrorists at a German Discotheque in 1986 President Reagan responded with F-14’s; when Al Qaeda terrorists attacked America in 2001 President Bush responded with B-1’s; when Americans were attacked by Libyan terrorists in Benghazi President Obama responded with tweets from his campaign fundraiser stop in Las Vegas.
It’s been eight weeks since the 9/11 terrorists attack in Benghazi, Libya and Americans are still trying to decipher the Obama administration’s “fog of spin.”
While there was no shortage of second-guessing in the White House Situation Room, military leaders in charge of quick response teams a half-a-world away sprang into action upon receipt of the consulate’s 911 call and readied the troops for a real-world rescue.
“As the events were unfolding, the Pentagon began to move special operations forces from Europe to Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily. U.S. aircraft routinely fly in and out of Sigonella and there are also fighter jets based in Aviano, Italy. But while the U.S. military was at a heightened state of alert because of 9/11, there were no American forces poised and ready to move immediately into Benghazi when the attack began,” the Military Times reported.
It’s also been reported that on the fateful day in Libya, CIA/SEALs had a laser target trained on the enemy firing mortar rounds at the compound. The Pentagon has listed numerous explanations as to why the trained SEALs would use the lasers. However, they conveniently omitted the key component—the expectation that U.S. help was seconds away. The “fog of spin” from the Obama administration, no matter how creative, cannot conceal the truth. If fighters were dispatched to assist Ambassador Chris Stevens and other consulate personnel, a former Naval pilot says, “The paper trail would be a mile long. Not only do the pilots have to file logbook reports, but the ground crew, the crew arming the jets with appropriate weapons and the Italian air controllers would have exhaustive records.”
The President told a KUSA Denver reporter that the minute he found out about the Benghazi attack he directed all available diplomatic and military resources to secure American consular personnel.
Unfortunately for the CIA/SEALs fighting off the Ansar al-Shariah terrorists, the jets would never arrive. The fact, CIA/SEALs were painting their lasers on the enemy targets shortly after midnight, five hours before their eventual deaths, indicates they were expecting air support. And why would they be waiting for air support? Because the trained SEALs knew the oplans (operations plans) and military protocol for this exact operation once they requested the assistance.
According to Fox News, “The Annex team also had Ground Laser Designators, or GLD. This kind of laser equipment emits code and signal when there is overhead air support, unmanned aerial surveillance, drones or Spectre gunships.”
Keeping this in mind, the SEALs fighting on the ground must have been told the cavalry was on its way or why else would they train the lasers on the targets? And if employing force was the decision of the highest-ranking officer in the region charged with deploying the response team, why did the “cavalry” never arrive?
According to The Stars and Stripes, “The Obama Administration also relieved the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette. It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment. The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.”
Currently, Rear Adm. Gaouette is headed to the USS John C. Stennis’ home port at Bremerton, Wash., for a temporary reassignment. “The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed,” the Navy concluded. Even more curious is the fact the area commander, General Carter Hams (Commander-in-Chief, Africa Command [CINC Africom]) decided to retire in mid-sentence while authorizing support to the beleaguered Benghazi defenders (link to Washington Times story).
Staying true to form, Obama’s defenders, The New York Times, spun this ridiculous statement. “As officials in the White House and Pentagon scrambled to respond to the torrent of reports pouring out from Libya — with Mr. Stevens missing and officials worried that he might have been taken hostage — they took the extraordinary step of sending elite Delta Force commandos, with their own helicopters and ground vehicles, from their base at Fort Bragg, N.C., to Sicily. Those troops also arrived too late.”
“The fact of the matter is these forces were not in place until after the attacks were over,” a Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said on Friday, referring to a range of special operations soldiers and other personnel. “We did respond. The secretary ordered forces to move. They simply were not able to arrive in time.”
A frustrated Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), said he was not getting anything from those who know what happened in Benghazi. “I have written to commanders in the field, 3-, 4-star admirals and generals, and the response I got out of the Department of Defense is that ‘we will not be able to answer your simple yes and no questions,’ that I’m sure they already know the answers to. We will not be able to answer them on your timeline and we do not know when we’ll be able to respond. This is the first time I’ve seen where the military has been basically silenced, when they could not answer a direct yes and no questions from the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.”
Check back for more details, as the story remains fluid.
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