Breaking: Fox News reports CIA command refused to help Benghazi consulate during attack

posted at 12:01 pm on October 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Leon Panetta told reporters that the US military didn’t intervene to assist our consulate in Benghazi during the attack because of a lack of real-time intelligence.  Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin now reports that the CIA got at least three requests for support from the annex in the city to help fend off the attack — and that the chain of command not only refused the requests, but ordered its personnel to “stand down.”  Two of the Americans killed in the terrorist attack disobeyed orders and attempted to rescue their fellow Americans:

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

It’s not as if there was no resources to respond, either:

A Special Operations team, or CIF which stands for Commanders in Extremis Force, operating in Central Europe had been moved to Sigonella, Italy, but they too were told to stand down. A second force that specializes in counterterrorism rescues was on hand at Sigonella, according to senior military and intelligence sources. According to those sources, they could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. They were the same distance to Benghazi as those that were sent from Tripoli. Specter gunships are commonly used by the Special Operations community to provide close air support.

Griffin’s sources tell her that the annex had painted a laser target at a terrorist mortar position and had called for an air strike.  I’m not sure what that looks like in Panetta’s world, but it at least sounds like real-time intelligence on the attack, as well as a clear target, if this report is correct.

Saxby Chambliss is right — this gets uglier every day.

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Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

So…
Our men were intentionally sacrificed?

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

We never usually try not to leave a man behind.

Mord on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

What the Fluke is going on is this shite brained administration?

NotCoach on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

These guys are heroes. They knew that “Standing down” was the wrong call. They acted. They fought until the end, thinking their fellow intelligence brothers had their back.

Damn this Administration.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

A lot of people better be going to jail when Romney gets in.

msupertas on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Scumbags

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Should be obvious by now that Stevens was the designated target to tie up loose ends in the arms shipments to Al Qaeda in the region.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The natural conclusion after the news that broke a couple of nights ago…

There are times when a lack of leadership is embarrassing, and there are times when it is just plain vile.

Gingotts on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Stand down?

Norky on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Sadly, the 47% (or so) of people who will vote for 0bama don’t know a thing about this, and wouldn’t care anyway.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

This.

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

So…
Our men were intentionally sacrificed?

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Sounds like it. Or at the very least, Obama wanted to minimize the casualties as much as possible to avoid the situation getting any bloodier than it needed to be.

I don’t know. This whole thing stinks. I know Romney can’t do it, but someone in the GOP needs to go out there and call Obama out and demand some real answers.

Doughboy on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

At least the Alamo lead to ultimate victory.

And got more support.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I’m reposting this from the Panetta thread.
————

What really frosts me is that this Administration, in effort to cover their own incompetence and mendacity, are willing to downplay or outright deny these men the recognition they deserve as true American hero’s.

They recognized the cowardice of this Adminstration and defied orders to help their fellow Americans.

They deserve the Congressional Medal of Honor. What they got was a lousy “it’s the video” excuse.

Excuse me while I step outside and vomit.

WisRich on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

They were hung out to dry. The gunship could have flown over and provided intelligence…. of course they already had that with the drone… to determine the opfor make and disposition. The only excuse not to fly over would have been manpads.

The SEALs who went for the rescue deserve a medal even if they were civilians at the time. This administration should be voted out of office.

aniptofar on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

And I thought Petraeus was a man of integrity.

huckleberryfriend on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

This breaks my heart :(

LawnGnomeFanFirst on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

What the F-CK is going on with Petraeus. Has he sold out to? He is FAILING as a CIA spook.

msupertas on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Sadly, the 47% (or so) of people who will vote for 0bama don’t know a thing about this, and wouldn’t care anyway.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You got plain wrong. A number would actually celebrate, just as they did on first 9/11 (seen images of Berkeley campus that day and other CA places?).

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Like i said n the headlines

Should obama get re elected Congress should begin impeachment proceedings

Crickets continue to chirp on nbc and msdnc

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

My God.

Now, this is not ending without trials. No way.

So WTF is Petraeus waiting for?!?!

budfox on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

This is devastating. Go to youtube and find videos on Specter gunships wreaking havoc on ground forces. Howitzers firing from the side of a C-130 would’ve cleared that place out quick, fast, and in a hurry with roof mounted laser spotting to aid in identifying enemy positions.

It’s amateur hour in DC…has been for 4 years.

Youngs98 on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

As we suspected, we had the assets, but politicians refused to use them…I can imagine the Special Forces men absolutely brokenhearted that they allowed brave men to die without any support…how helpless.

right2bright on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

What the F-CK is going on with Petraeus. Has he sold out to? He is FAILING as a CIA spook.

msupertas on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I was attacked by a poster here a few days ago for saying this. Thank you for seeing the obvious.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Why and who is what the media should be asking. Asdie from Fox News, they are completely in the tank, it is disgusting. Even Clinton and Carter would have been hounded by the media on something like this.

It’s time the Romney campaign start asking these questions in their ads.

Daemonocracy on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Obama could not have dead Islamic extremists dead just weeks before his last election…..

That would have really sent the Middle Easr into a fury….

A few dead Americans were OK with Obama – he hates the military and has no interest
in protecting America…….

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

They were probably worried that it would turn into a Mogadishu type cluster-eff and they didn’t want to hurt Barry’s reelection chances so they let our people twist in the wind and die.

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

stand down…STAND DOWN???

The present President of the United States and his Secretary of State should BOTH stand down for this. And by that I mean, leave office.

The more I learn about all this, the angrier I get.

theotherone on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And I thought Petraeus was a man of integrity.

huckleberryfriend on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yep. What a coward.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

A lot of people better be going to jail when Romney gets in.

msupertas on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

THIS

Failure to defend our own people is an unforgivable sin in my book. To intentionally refuse to defend our people should be a hanging offense.

HotAirian on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

If this is true the despicable Obama gang wasn’t simply negligent, they were complicit in the brutal deaths of these Americans and must be held accountable.

rplat on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Thank you to the two who disobeyed orders

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

For the sake of my country, I think I’ll just vomit instead of “going postal”.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Well, doesn’t a girl want her first time to be with someone who’s going to leave them to die in LIbya?

Zaggs on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Now we know the reason for the cover-up and video stories…they gave the order to stand down, and let our men die without a fight, without an effort…the cowards.

right2bright on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

As much as the MSM and Obama team try, they just cant shake this terrible failure of leadership and the resulting cover-up.

The slow drip of new intel will keep this in the news, even if it is only a 15 second report on the MSM news so that they can say “hey, we sure did cover that”.

kage on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Sadly, the 47% (or so) of people who will vote for 0bama don’t know a thing about this, and wouldn’t care anyway.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Agreed. Those that don’t know, won’t ever because they’re LIVs. Those that do know won’t care because their god is Liberalism and they will always support their god.

LIV = Low Info Voter

Charlemagne on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Good men sacrified for political expediency.

This should make every American livid.

Let’s get this bunch of Anti-American, Muslim Brotherhood-lovin’ traitorous wretches out of OUR house!

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Rush is talking about this now…..

Hearings until someone goes to jail for this…..

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I would only disagree with that last statement, he was supposed to be killed. He was the link to WH for Al Qaeda gun running.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Should be obvious by now that Stevens was the designated target to tie up loose ends in the arms shipments to Al Qaeda in the region.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The more I find out about this whole trajedy, the more likely this seems.

right of the dial on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

If the left wing media doesn’t report and nvestigate this incident then they too are complicit.

rplat on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This is reading like a Tom Clancy novel. You call for backup and are told to stand down and let Americans get killed?

itsspideyman on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The more we find out the worse it gets.

Obama and Hillary are tag team Carter clones.

SparkPlug on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Names we won’t see commenting in this thread: verbaluce, lester, sesquipedalian, gumbyandpokey, libfree, tommyhawk, Typhonstera.

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama and his “Modern technology”.

IT DOESN’T WORK IF YOU DON’T USE IT YOU JACKASS!!!

These brave guys would have been better off with horses and bayonets instead of this administrations hand wringing.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I would only disagree with that last statement, he was supposed to be killed. He was the link to WH for Al Qaeda gun running.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Nope, dead he is of no value as a trade for the Blind Sheik.

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Thank you to the two who disobeyed orders

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Amen

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Honestly, this makes Fast and Furious look like child’s play. There is something deeply disturbing about how this played out.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Sounds like it. Or at the very least, Obama wanted to minimize the casualties as much as possible to avoid the situation getting any bloodier than it needed to be.

I don’t know. This whole thing stinks. I know Romney can’t do it, but someone in the GOP needs to go out there and call Obama out and demand some real answers.

Doughboy on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

This is what I think it is. Remember, the only time Obama has put new “boots on the ground” for anything was the bin Laden raid. Everything else has been drone strikes and air raids against Khaddafy. And I think that’s why everyone in his inner circle thinks his decision to drop the Seals into Abbottab is such a “gutsy” call. In Benghazi, he just didn’t want to risk it.

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

What really frosts me is that this Administration, in effort to cover their own incompetence and mendacity, are willing to downplay or outright deny these men the recognition they deserve as true American hero’s.

WisRich on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Work place violence. Nothing more, silly wingnuts.

/

VibrioCocci on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Nothing to see here, move along… now can we get back to discussing Big Bird, Binders and free Condoms?

WordsMatter on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

These guys are heroes. They knew that “Standing down” was the wrong call. They acted. They fought until the end, thinking their fellow intelligence brothers had their back.

Damn this Administration.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

+100

and
+100

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The Democrat party, Liberals, and Barack Obama are existential threats to this nation.

What say you Colin Powell?

Charlemagne on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I’m assuming that CIA was told by someone higher than them to stand down. I hope that the Senate investigators ask Petraeus that, but I doubt it will happen before the election.

exhelodrvr on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

THIS MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT

disa on October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Stand down.

Translation, everyone go home because the King needed to sleep on it before making a decision.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Crying.

gocatholic on October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Wow.
If this proves out, there will be absolute hell to pay.
They are desparately trying to keep something from coming out.

Jabberwock on October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Sadly, the 47% (or so) of people who will vote for 0bama don’t know a thing about this, and wouldn’t care anyway.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Unfortunately you’re right . . . as long as they get the free phone and other free government crap, they’re as happy as flies on goat dung.

rplat on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Good men sacrified for political expediency.

This should make every American livid.

Let’s get this bunch of Anti-American, Muslim Brotherhood-lovin’ traitorous wretches out of OUR house!

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Agreed.

SparkPlug on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I know Romney can’t do it, but someone in the GOP needs to go out there and call Obama out and demand some real answers.

Doughboy on October 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Newt?

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Dear Lord…

Those poor folks were sacraficed… while Obama slumbered in anticipating his Grand Vegas fundraiser…

nauseating

socalcon on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Griffin’s sources tell her that the annex had painted a laser target at a terrorist mortar position and had called for an air strike. I’m not sure what that looks like in Panetta’s world, but it at least sounds like real-time intelligence on the attack, as well as a clear target, if this report is correct.

This is dereliction of duty stuff, writ large. Someone, at least Panetta and Petraeus, should “stand down” and soon.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What sensitive info was lost due to this? Obama is a freaking traitor! He is actively working with our enemies against America!
This is far beyond the incompetence of even Carter. It is actively working against America and Americans!

That is the only way this makes any sense!

JellyToast on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Nope, dead he is of no value as a trade for the Blind Sheik.

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You’re not seeing the picture. We are SUPPLYING AL QAEDA, same terrorist group that Hussein deemed on the run and done with. We are spending OUR TAX DOLLARS to arm them now, with sophisticated weapons to boot.

Stevens is way more “valuable” to Hussein dead rather than negotiations chip. There is no other explanation. Look at my posts right after this happened, I was asking “What did Stevens know and when did he know it?” right there and then. Well, now we know, don’t we?

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Any doubts yet that Barack Obama has total contempt for our military and our nation?

Hillary too.

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Whoever knew about this and DID NOTHING….

…….Should have their sorry traitorous arses thrown out of their offices!!!!!…….and THROWN IN FREAKING JAIL!!!!!

Drag them out and FIRE THEM!!!!!!

PappyD61 on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I am compelled to ask again:

Why would the Obama administration want Ambassador Stevens dead? If there’s an answer to that question, it would explain everything.

The Rogue Tomato on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I’m telling you…..

Stevens was on a Fast and Furious type mission and it went bad. Running American guns and fire power to Al QAEDA. Obama wanted the whole thing blown up. He let Stevens (and what he knew) die.

BASTARD!!!

katy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

stand down…STAND DOWN???

The present President of the United States and his Secretary of State should BOTH stand down for this. And by that I mean, leave office.

The more I learn about all this, the angrier I get.

theotherone on October 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

YES the American people have the chance in 11 days to kick these bastards out!!!

Not only will we get rid of Obama, Biden & Clinton…..

We get rid of:

Timothy F. Geithner
Leon E. Panetta
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Kenneth L. Salazar
Thomas J. Vilsack
Hilda L. Solis
Kathleen Sebelius
Ray LaHood
Steven Chu
Arne Duncan
Janet A. Napolitano
Lisa P. Jackson
Susan Rice

These people are a stain on the United States of America

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

really surprised the rest of that reaction force didnt disobey the stand down order. these guys had to know it was the right thing to do and usually in a situation like that all it takes is for one or two to say “F* it, im doing the right thing” and the rest follow the lead. this time they didnt and they have to live w/ knowing they were cowards and let other brave men die.

chasdal on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

If they were equipped with a laser designator and had painted the target, that’s huge. It takes away the nonsense about lack of intelligence and concern for collateral damage.

slickwillie2001 on October 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In a sane US bho/hill/all involved would go to court for these four American’s being murdered by rop type terrorists? But, this will be stalled till well after election.

Thank goodness Rush is talking about this now, millions will now get this news that might not get it from bhopress?
L

letget on October 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This is dereliction of duty stuff, writ large. Someone, at least Panetta and Petraeus, should “stand down” and soon.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The real question is whether these 2 ended making these calls because they couldn’t get a decision out of Obama.

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This is a horror straight from the top, from people who truly believe 9/11 was an inside job.

I’m former military, from a long line of soldiers. It would kill me if I was somehow ordered to not make every effort I could to save another American or one of our allies.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

And I thought Petraeus was a man of integrity.

huckleberryfriend

He was behind the restrictive ROE’s in Afghanistan. In fact, he made them even more restrictive.

Hard Right on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied.

This is all you need to know about what happened in Benghazi. Any active duty military or “assets” who may be reading this blog, take note.

Your current government does not have your back.

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I’m telling you…..

Stevens was on a Fast and Furious type mission and it went bad. Running American guns and fire power to Al QAEDA. Obama wanted the whole thing blown up. He let Stevens (and what he knew) die.

BASTARD!!!

katy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

YES that is what needs to be investigated……

Who’s side are Obama and Clinton ON!!!!!??????

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Obama and his “Modern technology”.

IT DOESN’T WORK IF YOU DON’T USE IT YOU JACKASS!!!

These brave guys would have been better off with horses and bayonets instead of this administrations hand wringing.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Brilliant in bold. That bold has to go viral. Some one email that bold to Rush.

SparkPlug on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Why would the Obama administration want Ambassador Stevens dead? If there’s an answer to that question, it would explain everything.

The Rogue Tomato on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

As I said in the Headline thread, but it bears repeating, either the White House was using Stevens as a pawn in some staged event, or Stevens had knowledge incriminating to the administration, which wanted him silenced.

Either possibility is nauseating, yet both are entirely plausible with these vile, contemptible occupiers of our White House.

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Don’t forget the woman behind the curtain Valerie Jarrett.

Charlemagne on October 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Who said that fighting this administration is worse than fighting the Taliban? This administration is more dangerous to the United States than any other adversary.

Deano1952 on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Honestly, this makes Fast and Furious look like child’s play. There is something deeply disturbing about how this played out.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The only thing I know for sure in all of this is if were a Republican Administration two weeks before an election, you’d know every detail that there is to know about it already.

Disappointed to hear of the denied request. “Stand down” is not a command any American wants to hear when comrades are in harms way.

hawkdriver on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Disgrace. I rarely post, but this is why the ‘youtube video’ cover-up exists. Why did the administration want our people killed? Utter disgrace. However, I am lifted and humbled by the honor of the the two Seals who gave their lives; they understood the right thing to do was to engage the enemy despite the incomprehensible orders to stand down. President Romney should bestow posthumous honors of the highest order possible.

Green Muse on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I’m telling you…..

Stevens was on a Fast and Furious type mission and it went bad. Running American guns and fire power to Al QAEDA. Obama wanted the whole thing blown up. He let Stevens (and what he knew) die.

BASTARD!!!

katy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I’ve read this explanation, too. Someone needs to do a thorough investigation. Someone NOT connected to the Holder DOJ.

The Rogue Tomato on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Translation, everyone go home because the King needed to sleep on it before making a decision.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Let’s not cut him any slack. Please.

He did know and know this well, the decision was made before the attack. Main reason Stevens was isolated in the consulate (and not better protected Tripoli) with no security. This was not just a few days’ worth of decisions, this was months long plan to, first, arm Al Qaeda covertly, and second, eliminate loose ends.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Rplat

Nbc and msdnc nothing

Cbs and ABCmentions not in depth

Cnn reports bare bones but deflect for dear leader

Fox only one fully covering

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Fox News reports CIA command refused to help Benghazi consulate during attack

TOTALLY UN-AMERICAN !!

Pentagon’s Panetta, and a few arm-chair generals, trying to push the notion that “we just didn’t have enough info to do anything”

HOW PATHETIC IS THAT ???

Back in BigSven’s day, you launched the troops and put the troops “on site” and allowed real time decisions by the troops to take down the mortars, to bomB and strafe as necessary to SAVE THE US AMBASSADOR’S LIFE !!!

C’MON FOLKS…THIS IS AMERICA !!! (or used to be before Obama)

BigSven on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The two men who disobeyed to help there fellow Americans are heros. Absolutely the finest we have. It is heartbreaking to believe we would just stand by and do nothing.

magicbeans on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I don’t know if it can be done, but former SEALs Doherty and Woods should receive, posthumously, the CMOH … or at least the PMOH (from Romney, not Obama). These men gave their lives in the face of overwhelming force and after being denied at least TWICE requests for help.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This is so Sh!tty…

antisocial on October 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hillary strikes back at Obama:

EXAMINER- Last night, it was revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked where four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered by Al-Qaeda but President Obama denied the request.

The news broke on TheBlazeTV’s “Wilkow!” hosted by Andrew Wilkow, by best-selling author, Ed Klein who said the legal counsel to Clinton had informed him of this information.

Klein also said that those same sources said that former President Bill Clinton has been “urging” his wife [Hillary] to release official State Department documents that prove she called for additional security at the compound in Libya, which would almost certainly result in President Obama losing the election.

Klein explained that everyone knew what was happening in Benghazi from the CIA to the National Security Agency and that there’s intelligence cables that have not been released.

Wilkow asked, “If everybody knew this including the White House, who would have given the order to go in and save the ambassador?”
Klein, “The President…he should have given the order to use the rapid reaction force…”

Wilkow, “Not Petraeus?”

Klein, “Well it has to come from the president.”

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I am so damned gobsmacked by this whole fiasco.

My blood is boiling.

How could this fricking admin DENY these guys the protection they asked for?

I know NOTHING will be done, so what’s the point of even mentioning it.

I feel so bad for the families of these slain HEROS!!

Phucking heads should roll…

Sorry but I am livid…

Scrumpy on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Neither do I. I thought I understood it at first: Burnish Obama’s “Bin Ladin dead, al Qaeda mortally crippled” meme. That explanation made sense — in a twisted, BarryO way. As the details dribble out, that explanation still holds water in one sense, but the sheer amorality of the administation turns my blood cold. To think that a group of people could stand not just idly by, but actively hamstring or outright forbid action that would have saved the Ambassador and his people is vile. For the sake of political gain, Americans deliberately let other Americans be tortured and killed.

catsandbooks on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The present President of the United States and his Secretary of State should BOTH stand down for this. And by that I mean, leave office.

No, they should both go to prison for this.

Or worse.

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

ooops. There = their

magicbeans on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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