Fox News is reporting that the CIA refused a request from personnel in their Benghazi "annex" for military backup as they were being attacked, and twice told heroes who wanted to go help those under siege at the embassy to "stand down."
Mitt Romney should bury the Obama administration with this, but his recent lack of aggressiveness, while perhaps a decent tactic in the third debate, has me a little worried that he won't go for the throat when he can.
To be clear, this is not just an issue of a political opportunity to beat Obama. This is an issue of our government seeming to barely care -- perhaps out of their own intensely political approach to everything -- that Americans were being killed. And the only reason they care now is because it might be hurting Obama's re-election prospects. Yes, I believe that.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's story about why he refused to allow military aid to our people in Benghazi is simply unacceptable. After all, is not part of the purpose of a Rapid Reaction Force or Special Forces teams precisely to go into chaotic situations to save their countrymen, whether civilians or other members of the military?
As someone who spent part of his youth growing up on a US Marine base, I personally am disgusted by the way the Obama administration thinks of and uses our military. I can only imagine how our Special Forces warriors who were just a few hours away from Benghazi felt, and feel today, being told to stay away or "stand down" as our ambassador and other Americans were dying.
The administration's actions may not go quite as far as to be treasonous, but they go far beyond simple incompetence and well into the territory of gross negligence. If this president were a Republican (putting aside the fact that the reaction would likely have been very different), the media would be calling for heads to roll. And if decisions this damaging were made in the private sector, the CEO would already have fired those who made the decisions, and then submitted his own resignation.
From the news story:
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.
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