Breitbart Report: “Obama Admin Rejected Military Intervention in Benghazi During Attack”
The Administration had warnings prior to the attacks. Those have been detailed in this blog in earlier posts. The Administration also was aware of the events AS THEY UNFOLDED. Our Embassy was being attacked, US Soil, and our people there at risk. Obama opted for a wait and see approach and then went to bed while our embassy was still being threatened. The next day, when the “wait and see” approach yielded tragic results, Obama went to Vegas for a fund raiser. Had enough yet?
Ninety minutes after news of the attack reached Washington, Obama, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, JCS Chair General Martin Dempsey, and a national security adviser convened for an oval office meeting in which they ultimately rejected the course of U.S. military intervention. Instead, they decided to reach out to the Libyan government to ask if they would send reinforcements.
When the U.S. personnel at the consulate left the main building for what was supposed to be a safe house, questions regarding the deployment of forces seemed moot.
But the battle was still raging, and Ambassador Stevens’ life was close to its end.
In hindsight, anonymous officials privy to details of those Sept. 11 decisions asked why we didn’t at least send aircraft from the U.S. base in Sicily — which is less than 500 miles away from Benghazi. The line of thinking is that that such a show of force might have given the attackers second thoughts.
The State Dept. has dismissed this option has “unrealistic.”