According to former CIA commander Gary Burnsten who was interviewed for the CBS story, we did absolutely to help stem the attack, but we could have:
“There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments.” Burnsten said. “They made zero adjustments in this.” Instead, he said, “They stood, and they watched, and our people died.”Why was nothing done? CBS reported that our planes were an hour away, one of which the Spectre AC130 Gunships which were made for air to ground assaults.
If someone thought the attack on our mission was serious enough to give the orders to send an unarmed drone in the final hours of the attack, it seems to me the administration knew it wasn't just a spontaneous protest over a video. Or if someone was just sending the drone over Benghazi for the hell of it (a doubtful scenario) wouldn't the video sent back show that it was something more dangerous than a spontaneous protest over a video.
According to CBS News, during the attack Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had his people look “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.”
If the Defense department was preparing options to defend our personnel in Benghazi, are we really supposed to believe that the President was not notified what was going on and how serious immediately during the attack?
More likely the President was paralyzed because this attack challenged his claim that al Qaeda is on the run.
There are three legitimate issues regarding Benghazi:
- Why was the embassy's request for additional security rejected?
- Now that we know it was possible, why wasn't any action taken during the attack to protect Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans?
- As it was clear that the Obama administration knew as it happened that the attack in Benghazi was an act of terror, why did the president continue with the cock and bull story that it was a spontaneous attack coming out of a protest over an Anti-Muslim you tube video?
The only provable part of the story is that this commander-in-chief has been lying to Americans about the Benghazi terrorist attack. Voters should be asking themselves whether or not they want a POTUS who is not straight with the people. I for one answer that question with a resolute no!