June 9, 2013

Benghazi – Cross Border Authority

Editor’s note: We owe Matt Bracken an apology. This article was originally sent to Chris Hagerman who re-posted his piece without clear credit given to the original author. Matt’s article originally appeared on PJ Media, and there’s a link to the full article at the bottom of this post.  We’re not perfect, and when we screw up we admit it, so apologies again Matt. -Brandon, Editor-in-Chief

The entire Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor – the granting or withholding of “Cross-Border Authority or CBA.”

Once the alarm is sent—in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi—dozens of HQs are notified and put into the planning loop in real-time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships and aircraft toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing that they cannot do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.

That is the clear “red line” in this type of crisis situation. No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the President can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.


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About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.

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  • conmanandthief2008

    I  recently purchased the book on Benghazi - the Definitive Report.  I wish all Americans would read the book and insights given on your site.  I keep recommending this site to everyone, even though I do so at my own peril from other ridiculous gvmt agency regulations (SEC, FINRA, DOL - Dept of Labor) that bar me from even expressing any opinion whatsoever on-line.  I also shared the link with Jay Sekulow's site, aclj.org and hope the truth will finally pull the wool from the sheep's eyes.  the whole fiasco and POTUS throwing everyone under the bus enraged me.  Not just for the extraordinarily shameful display of Congress' love fest for Hilary, but the fact I feel betrayed, as an American, by those self-serving (bleep, bleep, bleeps).  So glad I found your site.  You guys (and gals) are the true patriots and heroes deserving American's admiration and support.   I still fail to comprehend how so many can be taken in by the bs and not see the truth of the betrayal, treason and abuse of power.

  • William Leland

    The miserable bastard and America hater O'Liar needs to be imprisoned

  • RVN SF VET

    Jederman RVN SF VET MattBracken  The longer they waited for CBA, the more implied stand down was conveyed.

  • Jederman

    RVN SF VET Jederman MattBracken That's the only explicit stand down order that I've read about.  If the SOCEUR 06 (if that's who it was) is still on the job then he must have been acting IAW the commander's intent.  Even though it didn't involve CBA.   I realize that what I wrote was conflating withholding CBA with an overall order to all parties to stand down.  Which it wasn't.  Withholding CBA, in my view, was a running out the clock, implied stand down order.

  • Txazz

    ChrisHagerman MattBracken JackMurphyRGR Txazz Chris, good on ya!  Look forward to another article.