During Congressional hearings and related by CNN: Former deputy chief of mission in Libya: U.S. military assets told to stand down.
From Investors Business Daily last fall, “Stand-Down Order In Benghazi Attack Still A Mystery”, link here.
Curiously, Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, has been relieved of his post after only a year and a half on the job. According to James S. Robbins in the Washington Times, Ham got the same emails regarding the terrorist attack by the al-Qaida linked Ansar al-Sharia and immediately began organizing a rescue attempt.
Gen. Ham is said to have told the Pentagon he had a rapid response team ready and was told to stand down. Ham then reportedly said screw it, he was going to send help and was promptly told he was being relieved of his command.
What did the CIA and the whitehouse say when asked if they ordered the “stand down”?
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has falsely said we didn’t have real-time intelligence of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. The administration has also suggested it was the CIA that put the brakes on any attempt at relief or rescue.
ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that a CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA Director David Petraeus, has put out a statement saying, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”
Someone did, and the question is who?
Was there time for a rescue mission? Who relieved General Ham of command, a professional with knowledge and experience and with real time intel at the moment. What did the “reliever” know General Ham did not?
We know that the mortars firing at the roof of the CIA annex, where former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were still fighting six hours into the attack, were “painted” with a laser targeting device as the two repeatedly requested backup support from an AC-130 Specter gunship. AC-130s are commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to support Special Operations teams involved in intense firefights. They are deadly accurate, with little risk of harm to civilians.
The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours, more than enough time for any planes based at Sigonella Air Base in Italy, just 480 miles away, to arrive. According to Fox News, two separate Tier One Special Ops forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
So who told them to wait?
In an interview with Denver News 9 reporter Kyle Clark on Friday, President Obama dodged the question of whether cries for help were ignored and who gave the orders, saying only: “The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened.”
America has never received answers to the questions, where was the President during the Benghazi attack; and who ordered General Ham to allow the Ambassador and his protection detail of Seals to die? Mr. President, just as in 1980 after the Iranian attack on the U.S. Embassy, the question of whether or not the President is fulfilling his duties and oath of the office deserves an answer.
You are the commander in chief, and the American people want to know what you did when the phone was ringing at 3 a.m. and why no help was sent.
At least President Carter tried to send help. You didn’t. Why?
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Remember, as Justice Scalia recently explained, here:
…”the Congress, which has innumerable means (up to and including impeachment) of compelling the President to enforce the laws it has written.” …
May God Bless and keep safe, America.