BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): the moral of this story (I know I’m supposed to save it for the end, but I hate suspense) is don’t be a blind consumer of the news. Listen and ask questions, even when distinguished individuals tell you something. Just because they have a title, awards, position etc. it doesn’t mean they have a lock on truth, common sense and aren’t misleading you.
Full disclosure. I’m biased. I think America should exhaust all reasonable options when responding to Americans under attack, even if it provides only a little more capability than what’s needed at the battle.
Gregory Kirk, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that a four-man SF team was told to stand down and not go to Benghazi on a Libyan C130 early on the morning of 12 Sep ’12. The SF LTC supposedly was furious and told Hicks his team couldn’t go to Benghazi. Hicks testified “I will quote Lieutenant Colonel Gibson,” Hicks told the House Oversight Committee “He said, ‘This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.’”
Sen. Graham asked for clarification over Gen. Dempsey’s testimony that no “Stand Down” was given. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Rob Firman said: “They weren’t told to stand down. They were simply told not to go to Benghazi. They were told to go to the airport in Tripoli to provide security there.” Ignoring the obvious parsing going on to make one believe a lie wasn’t told, in effect, the SF team was told to “defend Tripoli” before the Libyan C130 left for Benghazi. That’s so absurd you can’t make this stuff up.
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AmericanproPro YankeePapa I agree that lying seems to be a way of life in this admin and it seems appropriate if not prudent to assume the worst from them. They've earned it. BO could have put out the word (and it applies to any given scandal currently being looked at by congress) to cooperate to the fullest or directed the DoJ to appoint a special prosecutor to prove good faith and/or out of respect for the citizens of this country. It's not going to happen. He's convinced he can tap dance and smile his way out of this. They are what they are. I remain hopeful that the truth will come out because there are still service members deeply involved in this, with integrity, who will not compromise. When you step back and look at it, it's hard to determine what the WH strategy is because every move is so ham fisted and weak. The lies (caused by a movie etc), hiding witnesses, non-disclosure statements... . If they had a legit excuse it would have come out, or they would have thrown some big names under the bus by now. Citizens keeping the pressure on congress seems like the straightest line to the truth.
YankeePapathe american people will never get the truth about benghazi, obama, biden, clinton, panetta, rice and the rest of this criminal coterie of political moral imbeciles just don't care about americans. sean smith's mother was lied to by the inveterate liar clinton at her son's memorial serice, even the political hack carter says this country is no longer democratic because of the agressive behavior of nsa's prism program to spy on americans...just look at the holy roman empire and you can see the fate that awaits this republic.
If anybody is still out there: This story showed up today: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20130717/NEWS05/307170039/Despite-Pentagon-claims-Marine-colonel-sought-Benghazi-investigation-not-yet-retired YP
Txazz majrod I'd be honored if I could be of some small help in this tragic affair.
majrod Maj, I think I may send your timeline to my Senator who happens to be McCain. One would think being former military he would have the sense to already figure that out. He has been standing for Benghazi although his reasons are unclear - for the right or for the politics? This subject has already got me going this morning (again). I appreciate the facts, loud and clear, Maj.