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More than negligence and incompetence, the murders of four Americans at Benghazi on 9/11 were the direct result of dereliction of duty by President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Panetta, and this case will immortalize forever in the annals of infamy the feckless, ineffectual, weak and cowardly example of "leadership" that Americans yoked themselves with in 2008; twice after the initial "critic"/ Critical Incident Flash, the White House received requests for military assistance during the attack, and twice they denied those requests. A full explanation is owed America concerning these decisions, especially in light of the fact that the Obama administration viewed the attack through a drone camera in real time.
The intricacy of the Ansar terrorist attack proves that this entire tragic episode was a pre-planned attack. They had positioned blocking and kill or capture teams between the CIA Annex and the U.S. Consulate. They had even thought ahead and positioned an ambush to surprise any U.S. "quick response" teams that might arrive, and they had strategically positioned mortars within range of the Annex. Something this intricate is not built from a "spontaneous protest".
Twenty minutes into the attack on the U.S. Consulate at 4:05pm Washinton time - 10:05pm Benghazi time, the State Department's regional office reported that the Consulate was under attack and that Ambassador Stevens was supposedly safe with the 17th of February militia providing security support, but we now know they deserted once the battle escalated; "Update 1" at 4:54 Washington time reported the firing had stopped and a "response team" was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.
The "response team" consisted of Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogherty who disobeyed their superior's orders to "stand down" when they heard the first shots at 9:40pm. They made approximately a one mile run from the CIA Annex to the Consulate, and upon arriving the firing lull rapidly turned into a fierce firefight to evacuate approximately 35 employess to the CIA Annex and simply survive. They eventually did arrive at the Annex with the body of Sean Smith, killed early in the attack, but Ambassador Stevens had been separated from them; these men were in Libya under CIA contract to track down surface to air missiles used by the islamofascist groups, and they were under no obligation to assist, defend or protect Ambassador Stevens, and yet, they ran headlong into danger!
An hour after the attack, Obama, Panetta and VP Biden met in the Oval Office, and soon after military assets were being moved: Eight from Special Operations were sent from Tripoli, a Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) of Marines from Rota, Spain was sent to guard the Tripoli U.S. Embassy, F-16s and Apache helicopters never left Aviano Airbase in Italy, and two U.S. Navy destroyers already in the Mediterranean were positioned off the Libyan coast but left dormant.
Pathetic is the only way to describe the administration's assertion that they needed the Libyan government's permission to enter Libya's airspace. What government?... the militias were still running everything... And the U.S. doesn't ask "mother, may I" before crossing a border to save their own. What bravery our fighting men showed during WWII, Korea and Vietnam when the code was "leave no man behind," and now what cowardice is apparent within this despicable Obama administration!
Lt Col Tony Schaffer (Retired Army) explains that the U.S. planned the invasion of Grenada in 1983 in six hours, and he added, "We could have had a strike team on the ground in Benghazi in thirty minutes or less to protect, assist and extract our personnel under attack ... the video (from Benghazi) is damning, and it needs to get out for the public to see."
Former CIA Officer Gary Burston asserted, "President Obama is a master of trying to deflect and change the subject... personnel in Benghazi must have been screaming for help. There were options for the administration to help and intervene. They could have sent an AC 130 Talon with computerized machine guns. All it would have taken is one pass. It would have beaten the attackers back. Then they could have sent in a Quick Reaction Force." Several Teier 1 teams were within an hour of the attack site, and they would have made an enormous difference in the fighting that spanned eight hours.
Incredible heroism was displayed by Woods and Dogherty as they fought to save the Consulate staff members during a second wave of attacks. Between the initial firefight at the Consulate and the assault on the Annex, they fought for over six hours, and, along with others, they were able to withstand against over 200 Ansar al-Shariah/ Islamic Maghreb terrorists, while also taking heavy fire from RPGs, mortars and a 23mm anti-aircraft weapon!
At 4:00am... six hours and twenty minutes after the initial attack... former Navy SEALs Glenn A. Dogherty and Tyrone S. Woods were killed at the CIA Annex by a mortar round. Their machine gun was covered in blood, and gives testimony that they fought on after being wounded.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham stated, "It is disappointing to hear that our national command authorities failed to reinforce the Consulate with timely air assets, and that a consulate located in one of the most dangerous regions in the world was so unsecured."
Just think how different the outcome would have been had the Consulate been protected by just one platoon of Marines, all sniper trained. Obama had actionable intelligence explicitly showing a high probability of an imminent attack, but a year ago he failed to devote resources to secure the facility. He had no plan for such a situation as this, when our people were depending on a rapid response. And... Obama's failures and dereliction of duty as Commander-in-Chief caused four good, decent American Patriots to lose their lives!
Through the lens of the enigma of war the truth has manifested itself through the ugliness, stupidity and cowardice of Obama, Clinton, Panetta and others in the administration who had real time images of Americans facing slaughter: and, with numerous military assets nearby, they decided to sit safely in the White House Situation Room and leave these fine Americans in the lurch, while revealing their strength of conviction and principles, Glenn A. Dogherty and Tyrone S. Woods' distinguished and brilliant actions illustrated the best of military tradition and the American spirit, as they defended U.S. interests, placed America ahead of self and died with honor so others would live! We will not let their courage be hidden or their sacrifice diminished... We will not forget!
by Justin O Smith