Video: Two commandos made it to Benghazi

posted at 8:41 am on October 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The official line from the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon about the US response to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi has been that we didn’t have time to send in troops to fight the terrorists that were killing Americans. A new report from Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough undermines that argument, and once again raises the question about the lack of response. Two American commandos have received medals for fighting in Benghazi after volunteering to accompany five security contractors from Tripoli, and Scarborough wonders why the US didn’t mobilize other forces at the same time:

Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. …

But sources directly familiar with the attack tell The Washington Times that a unit of eight special operators — mostly Delta Force and Green Beret members — were in Tripoli the night of the attack, on a counterterrorism mission that involved capturing weapons and wanted terrorists from the streets and helping train Libyan forces.

When word of the Benghazi attack surfaced, two members of that military unit volunteered to be dispatched along with five private security contractors on a hastily arranged flight from Tripoli to rescue Americans in danger, the sources said, speaking only on the condition of anonymity because the special operations forces’ existence inside Libya was secret.

The two special operations forces arrived in time to engage in the final, ferocious firefight between the terrorists and Americans holed up in the CIA annex near the ill-fated diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the sources added.

In other words, the official story about a lack of personnel wasn’t true at all, and the White House and Pentagon at least had to know it from the start, unless the Pentagon is in the habit of losing track of its commandos. It’s yet another data point of the stream of dishonesty from the Obama administration about the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate and CIA annex.

Still, the bigger question is why we were there in the first place after watching every other Western diplomatic installation in Benghazi close shop, and after a series of increasingly desperate warnings from our own people in Benghazi to either find new and more effective security, or to abandon the post. Army Col. Ken Allard focuses on that larger point:

“On the one hand, it is an indictment of the lack of contingency planning by both CIA and DoD, especially given the rising threat profiles in Libya that were well understood — and appropriately reported back to D.C. by agency reps on the ground,” said retired Army Col. Ken Allard. “So why weren’t there more than just two Delta Force guys to send? Above all: Where were the air and naval resources that should have routinely been included in any contingency planning worthy of the name?”

The Benghazi region was controlled by radical Islamist extremists set loose by the NATO war against Moammar Qaddafi, and the dangers were well known. The local al-Qaeda affiliate had its flags flying all over the city, and had clearly stated its intention to attack the American installations in Benghazi. On the anniversary of 9/11, it was negligence to almost a criminal level not to have those forces on alert. Who made that decision, and why? Those are questions we’ve barely heard asked, let alone answered.


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“No one could have made it there in time to do anything to save the brave men and women at the embassy on 9/11 in Benghazi.”

“That being said, I am proud to award these two commandos metals for outstanding service in arriving and attempting to defend the embassy in Benghazi on 9/11.”

W.T.F.?

Gatsu on October 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“What difference does it make?”

Ufdaubet on October 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Now there you go again, you know Blink has told U.S. all how it was and it was not possible for any help to be sent, found, used, flown, driven, droped into help, now obey that wise one now or else more tripe will insue.

Clear it is and was that the orders were to cover up the gun running and that order is still the standing order.

Even the Generals who were helping run the guns are in on the cover up.

Most likey all the current members of the Joint Chiefs were in on the gun running and they too want the truth to be shut down.

That and the traitor John F. Kerry runs free to this hour.

They sin and committ crimes and so far no justice.

But the demon of the true History knows the truth, and the truth will be known and the punishment will come to all of them.

No one is above the judgement of History.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

King Obama and his court has a real hard time telling the truth!! We have to elect better people to run our country. The Obama Hussein years have been a horrible time for America.

karlinsync on October 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Only those in uniform, and they are honor bound to not involve themselves in politics while serving.

NotCoach on October 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

“If you tell a lie, you can keep your lie”.

hillsoftx on October 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

On the anniversary of 9/11, it was negligence to almost a criminal level not to have those forces on alert. Who made that decision, and why? Those are questions we’ve barely heard asked, let alone answered.

Don’t hold your breath.

I suspect actual reason is nothing short of treason.

All those involved will hang together, lest they be hanged separately.

More will sacrificed lest the king lose his crown…

CPT. Charles on October 31, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Patriots? Hell, there’s no one with any decency in Washington, anymore.

Thomas More on October 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

No one is more outraged about what happened in Benghazi than Obama. And Hillary. Their outrage is incandescent.

/sarc

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Nope…

PatriotRider on October 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?
Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Or the mainstream media?

Cleombrotus on October 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

There are MANY patriots who are in DC. However NONE of them are part of the current administration. The pros professionals who know what they are doing are not listened to because it doesn’t fit their politics.
This is a disgrace and my mind an impeachable offense, it won’t happen but it should. Those brave men were left to die because of a political point. You can’t move heaven and earth to defeat an attack if al queda is on the run. The most import vow when you go over seas is that no one is left behind and that is Exactly what this administration did.

falcaner on October 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

‘Hundreds of embassy attacks occurred on Bush’s watch. Thousands of people died. Republicans never said anything … blah blah … first (half) black president … yada yada yada … racist.’

/tired lefty talking point

VibrioCocci on October 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Remember when two intrepid young reporters made lasting names for themselves and for their profession by asking questions about the Nixon administration?

Today, not so much.

Roy Rogers on October 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The LIVs don’t know and don’t care. Plus the military are all baby killers right so JUSTICE! Got your Obamaphone, EBT and section 8? Party on baby!

SunSword on October 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?
Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Besides Dick Durbin, no.

Hats off to the 2 dudes who volunteered to fly in there and actually try and do something, anything, those are the anonymous type of guys which make this country great and are such a contrast to cowardly piglets like Barky.

Bishop on October 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

There is more to this story that will probably sink this administration when the truth is learned.

How can I tell?

Because Mr. Obama and Hillary are defending their lies and obfuscation with more vigor than they defended our murdered ambassador, diplomat and two murdered Navy SEALS.

What did Hillary know and when did she know it? What actions did she consciously decide not to take that would have saved our countrymen. What was going on in Benghazi that put our fellow Americans at high risk that Hillary knew of- but doesn’t want us to know about? Why?

All questions that still have not been answered.

Marcus Traianus on October 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

If the goal is to foment a hostage situation, then it wouldn’t be wise to send in armed well-trained people who might put a stop to it.

Yes. Treason.

libertynow on October 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM

If you like your crooked politician, then you can keep him. (2012)

burt on October 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

So two volunteers managed to get to Benghazi in time to help, but there was no reason to order the rest of their unit of eight to go — or anybody else who was closer to the scene, for that matter.

Makes about as much sense as anything else in this clusterf*ck of lies, betrayals, massive incompetence, and corruption.

AZCoyote on October 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

No one is more outraged about what happened in Benghazi than Obama. And Hillary. Their outrage is incandescent.

/sarc

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

nope, fluorescent as its “greener” type of outrage /s

dmacleo on October 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Obama has killed the military ethos of “leave no one behind”

Sven on October 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Benghazi was such a long time ago.

Just ask King Barack.

GarandFan on October 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Yes, he knows.
Well said sir.

JusDreamin on October 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

unless the Pentagon is in the habit of losing track of its commandos.

it is not.

ted c on October 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Lindsey Graham is going to get to the bottom of this…or so he said.

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Eric Holder is hot on the trail of those that perpetrated this and the FBI is investigating. Dear Leader was angry.

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I’ve always wondered why the Petraeus scandal broke coincidentally during this time?

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I was watching BOR, last night, try to fill 30 minutes with the question of whether or not Obama lied about Obamacare.
How infuriating.
Obama lies. The instances are endless
Hillary lies. Ditto
They all lie, now what are we going to do about it?
Oh, right. Nothing.

ORconservative on October 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I think we all know who is ti blame in all this, Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. Just ask Senor Juan McCainez.

jukin3 on October 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Still, the bigger question is why we were there in the first place after watching every other Western diplomatic installation in Benghazi close shop …

On the anniversary of 9/11, it was negligence to almost a criminal level not to have those forces on alert. Who made that decision, and why? Those are questions we’ve barely heard asked, let alone answered.

What did you expect? President Bad Apple had sold the public substandard cabinet appointees who could barely cover the basic care on a good day and had no ability to provide care in case of emergency.

Worse, when looking at executive time sheets, President Bad Apple spends the equivalent of 10 cents of every Executive care dollar on country care. The rest — 90 cents on every dollar — is spent on perks and personal brand advertising. How the business can operate at all is a total mystery.

But the majority liked their president so they got to keep their president, anyway. It’s kind of funny, considering, that that concept now doesn’t register with President Bad Apple.

Dusty on October 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The Left has been successful, with the willing assistance of the Old Skool Media, in convincing their base that their lies are moral, just and good for the country.

BigAlSouth on October 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Given the DOD & WH track records for “losing” medal nominations,
and given that the public didn’t know the commandoes went to Benghazi
(although certainly some people knew),
why did Obama show his hand by giving them awards?

And where are the five private contractors?
They also deserve some kind of award, although they are probably under house-arrest to keep them from talking.

AesopFan on October 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

For hours our men fought for their lives…that image haunts me to this day…they knew that help was on the way, how could it not be?

Even if it was “late”, the effort would have been made, right? Right?

Brave, unbelievably brave—dead—men!!

right2bright on October 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Well for Pete’s sake, don’t let Sandy Berger near the National Archives or we’ll never find out what happened. He got Obama elected, he’ll do the same for Hillary.

2ndMAW68 on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

It appears that somebody’s plan was illegal and the only way to keep it a secret was to let our people be killed! We need to know if there was a plan to let a high ranking US official be kidnapped and later exchanged for the high ranking mudslime terrorist that we had. Seems like a mudslime domestic terrorist let this happen to cover his illegal anti American actions.

harvey1 on October 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Did they send commandos for a film maker? After all, he was the one who started it. BIG SARC

NJ Red on October 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

If the official WH position was that the were not there and could not get there. Then how are they justifying a photo op giving the people that we’re not there and could not get there medals for being there?

jpcpt03 on October 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I agree with Ed on almost all points, except that “…it was negligence to an almost criminal level..” I don’t see any ‘almost’ there. It IS criminal negligence, IMHO.

hburns on October 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Eric Holder is hot on the trail of those that perpetrated this and the FBI is investigating. Dear Leader was angry. outraged! Outraged, I tell you! More outraged than anyone else! Now…let the guy finish his waffle.

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Solaratov on October 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The lies are coming in such numbers now that no one will be able to keep them straight. Which I am sure is the goal.

Cindy Munford on October 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Even Chris Matthews is asking questions now, 13 months later. but HuffPo this morning still calls Benghazi a GOP “obsession”.

It’s a great disservice to the men who died there and the men who fought so heroically.

juliesa on October 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

It’s yet another data point of the stream of dishonesty from the Obama administration about the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate and CIA annex absolutely everything.

ITguy on October 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

“What difference does it make?”

Ufdaubet on October 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM

No one feels the loss of Hillary’s friend as much as Hillary. /s

Except that by now Hillary is used to bad things happening to Hillary’s friends.

I would actually respect her statement a tiny bit if she hadn’t grandstanded using the word “friend.” That word is designed to make Hillary the subject, to make her look human to the LIVs, and to appear that whatever meager suffering she had gone through as a result of the Benghazi attack was worthy of acknowledgement at the expense of the ones who had truly suffered.

Hillary, acknowledge that you let your EMPLOYEE down, and he died because of it, while suffering far worse than you ever will.

What do you think your “friend’s” last thoughts of you were?

But he’s dead now, along with the others, so really, Senator

“What difference does it make?”

rwenger43 on October 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Considering there was in increase in the security posture at all military bases on 9/11 you think the same would have happened overseas. I don’t buy for a minute that there was no available military units around. Somebody just didn’t activate them. Marines in Spain and Italy not to mention on the ships, Army special forces are around too. The Marines on the ships have V-22s, they can carry about 20 at over 350 kts, they could have got there. And the 53s could have brought in more backup but they only fly at 150 kts or so. Somebody is lying…

major dad on October 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

We’ve always known that a plane flew from Tripoli to Benghazi in order to help.

blink on October 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Yes. But there were also the other SOF unit that was attached to AFRICOM that was told to stay put to help those flying in from Benghazi…the stand-down order. Oh, you don’t call it that, but that is what it was. They could have left their medic there and sent the rest of the guys, but that wasn’t done.

What about the FAST platoon that was in Italy? They were told to stand-down, too. I know because a friend who is a JAG in EUCOM told me. That platoon was under their command.

What about the fighters out of Italy, too? That flying time is the same as from Tripoli, yet they were not authorized to go, either.

One other question that hasn’t been asked is why any other NATO country aircraft wasn’t asked for support. Turkey could have provided support.

Also, why weren’t any of the UAV’s supplied with armament? Yeah, the first one didn’t, but the second one definitely could have been armed and possibly saved Woods and Doherty.

Lots of questions, very few answers.

Patriot Vet on October 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Just how many more lies need to be exposed before we can impeach this disaster of a president?

Yakko77 on October 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The lies are totally infuriating. Are there no patriots in DC?

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

No.

Most quoted line on this thread.

I wonder why.

thejackal on October 31, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Just how many more lies need to be exposed before we can impeach this disaster of a president?

Yakko77 on October 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I cannot believe they shot Jack Kennedy, and this worthless SOB coasts.

thejackal on October 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

…just sickening!

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM

“to almost a criminal level”??????

If this isn’t an impeachable offense, than the word has no meaning.

MMinCanonCity on November 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM