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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SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This.

It’s all about trading the Blind Sheik for Stevens, and their heinous plot fell apart when Stevens accidentally died.

No words for this…

ZenDraken on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Give it up Panetta . . . the people have a right to question their government and particularly the people that run it. There’s something that smells very fishy here and Panetta’s protesting could be because he is part of the stench.

rplat on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 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

I really hope that President Romney makes sure all these possibilities are investigated.

The Rogue Tomato on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Didn’t have enough intel on the ground??? Lying f**cking dirtbags.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Actually had to sit down after reading this article. It made me sick to my stomach.

Jack_Burton on October 26, 2012 at 12:21 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

president obama: Yea, so what. Find a cover story. I’m going back to sleep. I’m going to Vegas tomorrow and I want to be real rested before I start partying.

PrettyD_Vicious on October 26, 2012 at 12:21 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

This thing wreaks of a set up. Either Obama set Stevens up, or Al Queda set Stevens up.

This can only get worse.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:21 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

There should be billboards all over the country with this succinct assessment.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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

msupertas on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I So want the bastards in jail. Sacrificing American lives for political correctness. Crap.

antisocial on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You left out one very important despot… VALERIE JARRETT! I hope she gets to sit in a cell right next to her puppet, O!

texgal on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Instead of employing their usual tried and true drive a truck though the building laden with explosives and blow the entire building into a billion pieces, they risked the lives of dozens of their fighters in a pitched battle that lasted 7 hours or more. Those fighters were not there to kill Ambassador Stevens, they were there to take him hostage.

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I mentioned this here in another thread about a week ago, and was mildly flamed as a conspiracy nut.

The plan (allegeedly) is that Stevens was to be taken hostage, and Barky would come to the rescue and bring him home, looking like a hero and thus winning the election.

Stevens wasn’t supposed to die. His death from asphyxiation may have been accidental because (IIRC) he was hiding in a room which became full of exhaust fumes and he couldn’t get out.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So…
Our men were intentionally sacrificed?

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

More like “expended”. “Under the bus”. “Kicked to the curb”.

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 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

Agreed. And the SecDef and CIA upper eschelon are in on it.
Hence, the orders to stand down.

As I suggested in the other thread. This smacks of ‘Clear and Present Danger‘. I hope there is a similar political outcome (i.e. the incumbent president loses the election).

Droopy on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The WH lies crumbling, and where are OUR leaders?

WHY DO THEY WAIT AND HIDE BEHIND for fr*&king 6 weeks?

Sir Napsalot on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I’m not typically the tinfoil hat type, but I can see this admin doing something like this.

Lost in Jersey on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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

Oh, I am seeing the Big Picture alright, and the supplying Al Qaeda with weapons isn’t it. This is the BIG PICTURE…

If that was where it stopped, it would be bad enough for the Obama Administration, but tragically it appears that that is not where it stops. It now seems incontrovertible that Ambassador Steven’s was playing a role that even he was not aware of. The Obama Administration and the Clinton State Department have clearly chosen the Muslim Brotherhood as the heir designate to the New Islamic Caliphate.

Al Qaeda is JUST the Militant Arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, nothing more and nothing less. The New Islamic Caliphate, run by the Muslim Brotherhood will be Run out of Cairo Egypt. Cairo wanted the Blind Sheik. Ambassador Steven’s was not suppose to die, he was suppose to be kidnapped and exchanged for the Blind Sheik.

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Obozo really is turning out to be a “historic” president, isn’t he?

Meanwhile Moochelle “for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country” Obozo and the kids are shopping for their Hawaiian mansion, Obozo will be attending another $40,000/plate “dinner” and Biden is fondling a waitress somewhere.

What in the name of all that is holy, has happened to the America I grew up in?!

KMC1 on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Obama to ex-Navy SEALS and embassy personnel under attack –

You’re on your own. No “gutsy” calls from me today. You are expendable. But rest assured your loved ones will know that we will arrest that film maker. Have a nice day. Now I’m off to Vegas.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

God bless Doherty and Woods! This is true patriotism and true heroism!

If Obama gets credit for killing Bin Laden, shouldn’t he also get credit for letting American heroes die?

Rockshine on October 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Who was the high ranking Lybian official that Stevens was meeting with at the consulate just hours before the attack?

NO ONE has answered that question.

katy on October 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

As someone currently in school for Arabic language, things like this really make me consider getting involved with private firms as opposed to getting involved with government intelligence agencies. Work for people that won’t have my back when things go wrong? No thanks.

blatantblue on October 26, 2012 at 12:24 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

You left out Blinky who I think is actually Petraeus.

Aviator on October 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Right from Obama’s mouth: “Let them die.”

pat on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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

Disappointed?

Our oldest is headed back to AFPAK next week. I am more than disappointed and Mrs. cozmo is gonna’ freak out when she hears this.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I don’t know whether to cry or throw up.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This.

It’s all about trading the Blind Sheik for Stevens, and their heinous plot fell apart when Stevens accidentally died.

No words for this…

ZenDraken on October 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I mentioned this here in another thread about a week ago, and was mildly flamed as a conspiracy nut.

The plan (allegeedly) is that Stevens was to be taken hostage, and Barky would come to the rescue and bring him home, looking like a hero and thus winning the election.

Stevens wasn’t supposed to die. His death from asphyxiation may have been accidental because (IIRC) he was hiding in a room which became full of exhaust fumes and he couldn’t get out.

UltimateBob on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Exactly.

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Americans don’t stand down when their fellow Americans are in trouble. Who the hell gave that order?

scalleywag on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 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

You folks are dreaming if you think he is going to rock the establishment boat.

“It just ISN’T done, Muffy”

LegendHasIt on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

TREASON…

mnjg on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This one has 4 nice framed “Captins Mast” for willful not obeying the orders.

Went where they said you can not go.

Would do it now.

If some punk like this O got in the way, walk around it.

“CIA operatives there to re-purchase ground to air man held weapons”

Now most likely the money is gone cause it was with Amb. Stephnes for safe keeping and the ground to air man held weapons are crossing the Mexican Border coming North.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Where are the other networks on this??? For GOD’s ake this is insane. This should be frontpage in every paper, leading every newscast anad calling for the president to speak on it — Straight and honest.

WashingtonsWake on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What a disgusting course of action.

Days like this I am ashamed to be an American..

or, more appropriately, I am ashamed to be sharing the word American with these freaks in office.

blatantblue on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 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

Thank you. +1000

I have been asking what did Stevens know since Day 1. Hussein is arming Al Qaeda with our tax dollars.

If I had a bit of a doubt that Navy SEALs Team 6 helicopter met an “accidental” death before, at this point I have absolutely no doubt the team was the “trading chip” with Al Qaeda in the OBL “trade”, that is, if actual OBL was even killed. Teams exact time and place were well known to the assassins. I’d STILL like to know what the hell such a large team was doing that day in Afghanistan.

riddick on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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

Disappointed?

Our oldest is headed back to AFPAK next week. I am more than disappointed and Mrs. cozmo is gonna’ freak out when she hears this.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Insert the word you prefer.

hawkdriver on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

From Ty Woods’ father:

“And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

God bless his family, and let all hell rain down on those who turned their backs on all who died in Benghazi. I am red with anger over this and I suspect I am not alone.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Right from Obama’s mouth: “Let them die.”

pat on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

The man is unfit for the presidency.

Colbyjack on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

C’mon! The stand down could only be given from the very top.

And we have Obama jetting to Vegas, and the riot over a youtube film next day, while this is unfolding.

Sick sick sick. You’ll never convince me Obama KNEW not a thing.

Sir Napsalot on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I just checked every MSM and CNN breaking news sites and surprise, surprise, not one mention of this story. NOT ONE! Only on Fox News!

texgal on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

…wtf.

equanimous on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This is making me sick! I’m so tired of this bullshit. The MSM and the current government think we are imbeciles and will just hide the truth from the American people and half of America is paying so little attention that we’ll let them get away with murder!

kerrhome on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The CIA is NOT Panetta; it’s ex-General Petraeus. Where the f#ck was he then and where is he now?

SDN on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Insert the word you prefer.

hawkdriver on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The ban hammer prevents me.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Honorable people would resign. Screw that- they would have resigned rather than give such a cowardly, foul order.

Panetta is rapidly becoming another Obama/Clinton figure in this oh so sorry mess. I’m just disgusted.

MTF on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Who wants to bet that the Administration will blame the two “Rogue” CIA officers who refused to stand down.

portlandon on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

this is what it looks like when the 3am call comes and there’s no one to take the call…dodge, duck, blame, evade, lie

dpeters8 on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Why in the hell would they do this???

I just don’t get it.

BigWyo on October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Valerie Jarrett can’t be everywhere at once and can sometimes be hard to reach.

Barnestormer on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The Ambassador died, Obama hides.

faraway on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Shameful. The military could have rescued the consulate within two hours, and were told to “stand down” for seven hours.

The Commander in Chief needs to stand down. November 6, he will face his bosses.

Steve Z on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

So…
Our men were intentionally sacrificed?

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

More like “expended”. “Under the bus”. “Kicked to the curb”.

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Cold-blooded murder.

The President of the United States is guilty of cold-blooded murder.

davidk on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I know everyone points to Obama – for me at this point it’s about Petraeus and Panetta.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Suddenly, a Credibility Gap
Benghazi has damaged voters’ willingness to believe in Barack Obama.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204076204578076770367569926.html?

There have been only two events that could be said to have caused significant movement by voters in the campaign. One was the Oct. 3 Denver debate in which Mitt Romney disinterred political skills that stunned the incumbent and woke up a sleeping electorate. Race on.

The other is Benghazi. The damage done to the Obama campaign by the Sept. 11 death in Benghazi of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American colleagues has been more gradual than the sensation of the Denver debate, but its effect may have been deeper.

The incumbent president has a credibility gap.

His weird, persistent vagueness about the shape of a second-term agenda has sown doubt about the economy going forward. Only now is that agenda being revealed, more or less, with a 20-page pamphlet, “The New Economic Patriotism.” A new Obama ad urges viewers to “read it.”

It may be that voters think both candidates have stretched the truth, but credibility is the coin of a presidency. The political cost of devaluing that coin is higher for an incumbent seeking a second term and higher still for this one. Two weeks from Election Day, Barack Obama has been shown in Benghazi to be a president with feet of clay. It may well take him down.

But this is old news already.

Colbyjack on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The “white house insider” was talking about the kidnap plan last week. Google “white house insider”

Hawkeye please post your reaction to this “stand down” news.

karenhasfreedom on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I said this at 9:05 in the other thread. Putting those men there without security was dereliction of duty, failure to reinforce their security is dereliction. Allowing them to die while Won got his beauty rest a CRIMINAL ACT. The cover up that Obama is attempting here is also CRIMINAL.

These are HIGH CRIMES and Misdemeanors.

dogsoldier on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“Two of the Americans killed in the terrorist attack disobeyed orders and attempted to rescue their fellow Americans:”

You and Ace are both reporting this wrong. The disobeyed orders, went out, and got the people back, safely.

They didn’t die because they disobeyed orders. They died because the Obama Administration sat on its butt

They were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time, nearly seven hours after the attack on the Consulate began — a window that represented more than enough time for the U.S. military to send back-up from nearby bases in Europe, according to sources familiar with Special Operations.

You need to clean up your writing, because it’s giving the wrong impression.

Greg Q on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

YOU STAND DOWN, Mr. President. The buck stops with YOU.

scalleywag on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The man is unfit for the presidency.

Colbyjack on October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

No, he’s unfit to reside within this country.

TXUS on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Not one peep so far from the drive by media.

Big Orange on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Our oldest is headed back to AFPAK next week. I am more than disappointed and Mrs. cozmo is gonna’ freak out when she hears this.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I know I would be cozmo. Please convey my thanks to your eldest and I’ll keep all of you in my prayers.

This just makes me angrier and angrier.

CoffeeLover on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

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

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

But what kind of election winning victory would exchanging the Ambassador for the Blind Shiek be? Trading people to appease Islam won’t seem like a win would it?

BL@KBIRD on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Woods, Doherty and at least two others

Within hours from now, these men will become pariahs in the MSM for disobeying orders.

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

You wouldn’t specifically ask for air support from an AC-130 unless you reasonably expected an AC-130 would be available to support you.

The fact that they made a request for a specific asset really makes me wonder. They didn’t ask for any and all available air support for help. They asked for a Spectre.

Spade on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I know everyone points to Obama – for me at this point it’s about Petraeus and Panetta.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

A commander is ultimately responsible for the actions of those under his charge.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Toughly standing down is something Romney don’t know how to do, FOUR MORE YEARS !

Sams88 on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Damn. That f***ing SOB in the White House, Clinton, Panetta, et al, need to be ARRESTED immediately.

Pork-Chop on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

So…
Our men were intentionally sacrificed?

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

More like “expended”. “Under the bus”. “Kicked to the curb”.

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

They were deemed expendable, for the good of President Gutsy’s reelection.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

There was purposeful denial of aid to Stevens and the rest is a badly botched cover up.
.
Either they wanted to silence Stevens for some reason or they wanted to offer some prize to the Islamists for 9-11 and it spun out of control. Another possibility is that they wanted to have Stevens captured to be forced to give up the blind shiek in exchange.
.
Another possibility is that the capture of the embassy would be a sacrificial lamb to the Islamists for Bin Ladin.

FactsofLife on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The President of the United States is guilty of cold-blooded murder.

davidk on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Add conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

dogsoldier on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Insert the word you prefer.

hawkdriver on October 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The ban hammer prevents me.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Pretty much sums up what I’m feeling about EVERYTHING this
Administration has engaged in…no words to grasp this.

ToddPA on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

According to US Code, a Special Act of Congress can authorize the Medal of Honor to be awarded. It is likely the only way two retired military men could be nominated.

thuljunior on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

wow i was reading through this article in slow-motion. i was horrified and my whole body just froze, i’m almost at the point of crying right now. these people were getting attacked, facing immediate threat of danger and death, and they desperately tried over and over again to call out for help and were ignored and left on their own to die. when you think about that situation happening from their perspective, it just haunts you!!

Two of the Americans killed in the terrorist attack disobeyed orders and attempted to rescue their fellow Americans

these two people are wonderful- they know when they had to disobey their higher-ups and just save lives. the people killed in this attack really are heroes…

…unlike the obama administration. how many times has the obama administration lied about this whole thing?! wtf was the youtube video nonsense all about?!!

OH WAIT by saying all these things i am “politicizing the tragedy” so i should just shut up and not ask my government any questions i guess!!

Sachiko on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Agreed. Kidnapping plot.

gatsbysgirlontheside on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

A commander is ultimately responsible for the actions of those under his charge.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

100% agree – but I know Obama is incompetent – I did not know or expect that Petraeus was.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I know everyone points to Obama – for me at this point it’s about Petraeus and Panetta.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Yes, of course, but Obama is the CINC, and this was sent directly to the White House…but buck, especially this one, stops there.

He was fully assessed, unless he purposely told them not to disturb him…

right2bright on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

It was political cowardice. They were afarid of an incident that would make them look bad. Rather than face facts they plugged their ears and closed their eyes to reality.
Clinton and co. were the same way. They found excuses NOT to act. It’s a democrat trait.

Hard Right on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

A commander is ultimately responsible for the actions of those under his charge.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

HE.WENT.TO.BED

dogsoldier on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Anyone here have a loved one at an embassy or consulate? Do you feel this administration has their back, if things go sideways?

Christien on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

But what kind of election winning victory would exchanging the Ambassador for the Blind Shiek be? Trading people to appease Islam won’t seem like a win would it?

BL@KBIRD on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Are you familiar with the Democrat base?

SWalker on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

s/b complicit

davidk on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

right2bright on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

No argument – I suspect a lot of heads should roll here – a lot.!!!

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Did Obama watch as they fought for their lives?

idesign on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

This whole damn corrupt cowardly “smart power” horseshit administration needs to go down in flames this next week. Every damn pol and higher up who made or did make a decisions to not do a damn thing as they watched this in real time need to be drug out of their offices and thrown in prison.
Nov. 6 can’t get here fast enough. My biggest fear is when Romney wins how MUCH MORE will be revealed about what this administration has done, or did not to do, the last 4 years. Good god it will be bad.

FireFly on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

100% agree – but I know Obama is incompetent – I did not know or expect that Petraeus was.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I would have thought better of the man, too.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I didn’t get the initial “spontaneous” parade story from the White House, but now it makes sense. They totally screwed over our embassy and CIA personnel. They are looking to push this out past the election and then deal with the fallout later.
Both Hillary and Panetta need to resign immediately and Obama needs to be voted out of office.

xdwall on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Cold-blooded murder.

The President of the United States is guilty of cold-blooded murder.

davidk on October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I have no words. Being a Navy veteran, I am absolutely stunned. It feels like insanity, you know. “this just can’t be real”

BobMbx on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I would have thought better of the man, too.

Liam on October 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yep — horrible disappointment.

jake-the-goose on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

We’re being harsh here. Wise men of unparalleled measure know you have to wait out the chaos until the American body count peaks off before you can make a wisely wise decision to engage–with unparalleled measure, of course. /Panetta Logic

RepubChica on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Shockingly there is currently no mention of this at cnn.com or msnbc.com /

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You left off one name – David Petraeus.

That shakes me to the core. If there was one person in that administration I thought we could trust to do the right thing I believed it was him. Maybe he really is an Obama loving squish after all. And may he rot in the lowest regions of hell if he was the source of the order to “stand down.”

SCSoxFan on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 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

..allow me to loosen the hat band on MY tin foil chapeau and speculate that maybe THIS is why the [un]artful dodging and perhaps Stevens being offered up as a sacrifice? Perhaps they believed that Stevens as the centerpiece in a protracted hostage situation might be too reminiscent of 1979-1980?

The War Planner on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Romney was BRILLIANT in not engaging on Libya at that last debate. There is NO POLITICS in this story at all, none, nada, zip, zilch — just a daily flogging of Zero’s incompetence and TOTAL lack of concern for the American citizens working for him in very dangerous places. Without any debate “gaffe” by Romney to kick around, the media is forced to cover this as NEWS — news that is utterly devastating for Zero. I am not at all surprised that he told those fine Americans to fu*k off and die alone, but I’m sure quite a few other American voters will be.

Rational Thought on October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

These people are a stain on the United States of America

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You are exactly right. It’s not just Obama but all those he brought with him.

Jvette on October 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I asked this in the initial news notice on the leader board, exactly what more does congress need to call for a special prosecutor and issue invitations to Obama & Co to come before congress under oath?

Tilly on October 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Does it seem to you like every time we have a Clinton in high office there is a cover-up?

Or, maybe it’s just me.

rogaineguy on October 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Enough is enough! The latest in a long line of despicable ineptness by this administration. When will these criminals be charged? TREASON!!!!!

zap-johnson on October 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I swear I want to kick a puppy when I hear stuff like this. I’ve been on the other end of the comm-line when told we “can’t do anything” when troops are calling in for help (Close Air Support or otherwise).. and it is gut-wrenching hearing them have to endure through an attack.

Hot-damit – we need to vote this Amateur-in-Chief straight out the office with a passion on Nov 6th. This churns my stomach.

rgrovr on October 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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