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  1. #1 Diplomat claims US forces told to stand down in Benghazi 
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    I've been watching the Benghazi threads on DU. Lately they will have a post about the investigation conservative politicians are doing or something the media says and several people will make comments about how it's just all political and there is nothing to the claims.

    That's right. Only several people. I've thought that that means that MANY liberals KNOW that Clinton, Obama and his admin are in trouble because THERE HAS BEEN a cover up because they refused additional security and they did not rescue those in the annex that they could have helped. It looks like I might be right.

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    Diplomat claims US forces told to stand down in Benghazi
    Source: The Hill

    U.S. special forces in Tripoli were prepared to fly to Benghazi on the night the U.S. mission was attacked but were told to stand down, a State Department whistleblower told congressional investigators.

    The testimony by Gregory Hicks, who became the top U.S. diplomat in Libya when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed, contradicts previous testimony by Obama administration officials who said all the security assets inside the country were tapped that night. Hicks said the special forces team was ready to fly after Stevens was killed but before a second attack killed two other Americans.

    After Libya's prime minister called to tell him Stevens had died, Hicks said, “the Libyan military agreed to fly their C130 to Benghazi and carry additional personnel to Benghazi as reinforcements. But as the special forces team headed to the airport, Hicks said, they got a phone call from Special Operations Command Africa saying “you can't go now, you don't have authority to go now.”

    Republicans on the House oversight panel released portions of an April 11 interview with Hicks ahead of Wednesday's hearing on Benghazi. Hicks is scheduled to testify along with two other State Department officials with direct knowledge of the events of the attack last Sept. 11 and the Obama administration's response.


    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affa...#ixzz2SXQtUFcj
    There's the usual:
    Star Member Cali_Democrat (14,582 posts)
    1. These fools are still stuck on Benghazi?

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    LOL
    blm (89,539 posts)
    2. Old news - the victims were already dead and the murderers gone by then. There was

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    mission to launch at that point. The RW propaganda media is having a field day pretending otherwise. They know their dumbed down audience will hang their hats on every bit of distortion offered.
    B2G (1,498 posts)
    6. That's not exactly true

    Hours went by between the death of Stevens and the others. Hours.

    Hours we would be screaming about if a conservative was in office.
    blm (89,539 posts)
    8. Your 'facts' differ from the Pentagon timeline? Who would've been saved?

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    9:42 p.m. -- Armed men begin their assault on the U.S. Consulate.
    9:59 p.m. -- A surveillance drone is directed to fly over the U.S. compound, but it is unarmed.
    10:32 p.m. -- The Office of the Secretary Defense and the Joint Staff are notified of the attack by the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. "The information is quickly passed to Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey."
    11 p.m. -- Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey meet with President Obama at the White House where they discuss the unfolding situation and how to respond. The meeting had been previously scheduled.
    11:10 p.m. -- The surveillance drone arrives over the Benghazi facility.
    11:30 p.m. -- All surviving U.S. personnel are evacuated from the consulate. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and State Department computer expert Sean Smith were killed in the initial assault.
    September 12
    Midnight to 2 a.m. -- Panetta and other senior leaders discuss possible options for further violence if it were to break out. Panetta gives verbal orders for Marine anti-terrorist teams from Rota, Spain, to prepare to deploy to Tripoli and Benghazi. Panetta also orders a special operations force team training in Croatia and an additional special operations force team in the United States to prepare to deploy to a staging base in southern Italy.
    1:30 a.m. -- A six-man security team from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli arrives in Benghazi.
    2:39 a.m. to 2:53 a.m. -- The National Military Command Center gives formal authorization for the deployment of the two special operations force teams from Croatia and the United States.
    5:15 a.m. -- Attackers launch assault on a second U.S. facility in Benghazi. Two former U.S. Navy SEALs acting as security contractors are killed. They are identified as Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
    6:05 a.m. -- A C-17 aircraft in Germany is told to prepare to deploy to Libya to evacuate the consulate personnel.
    7:40 a.m. -- The first wave of Americans are evacuated to Tripoli via airplane.
    10 a.m. -- A second group, including those killed in the attack, are flown to Tripoli.

    B2G (1,498 posts)
    9. Don;t play dumb.

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    It's well documented.

    The American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012 by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the consulate building. A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different diplomatic compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Be..._the_Consulate
    blm (89,539 posts)
    10. Who would've been rescued?

    B2G (1,498 posts)
    11. Those who were injured & killed at the Annex

    Have you not read any of the reports?
    blm (89,539 posts)
    13. Are YOU reading all of the reports?

    The way this is reading is wing nut exaggeration, offering interpretations to fit a preferred scenario instead of sticking strictly to facts exactly as occurred at the time.

    I am no Hillary fan, but, there is no way on earth she would have been lax in this regard as it goes completely against her hawkish nature and her entire future plans for a center-right run for president. She LIKES the tougher than thou advantage for campaign politics. She would have liked nothing more than to get with Panetta and pull off a rescue mission IF it could have been pulled off as the RWers like to claim.
    B2G (1,498 posts)
    14. 6 hours went by

    between the evacuation of the embassy and the attack on the annex.

    Why wasn't that annex protected? Are you trying to tell me reinforcements couldn't have been put in place in 6 hours? Really?
    Star Member SpankMe (477 posts)
    5. "For me,” he said, “the Taliban is on the inside of the [State Department]."

    When they say stuff like this, you just know it's a severe right-winger exaggerating his way to orgasm rather than a responsible diplomat reporting a problem.
    Star Member leveymg (26,161 posts)
    26. Yikes. If Hicks has any credibility, this could be explosive.
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    This could get interesting...

    I don't doubt for a second these shits in DC are doing a coverup and that goes right up to POTUS.
    And he doesn't care about anyone but himself. Hillary best be looking over her shoulder...
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    A pox on the OP for besmirching the great name of What's Happening's Rerun as a DU name.
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    B2G (1,498 posts)
    6. That's not exactly true

    Hours went by between the death of Stevens and the others. Hours.

    Hours we would be screaming about if a conservative was in office.
    This one has a point. DUmmies still love to bas W's "inaction" on 9/11 because he decided wait 5 minutes to finish the story he was reading to those kids after he'd been told of the attack.

    I can imagine the howls from the DUmp if he'd waited hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    This one has a point. DUmmies still love to bas W's "inaction" on 9/11 because he decided wait 5 minutes to finish the story he was reading to those kids after he'd been told of the attack.

    I can imagine the howls from the DUmp if he'd waited hours.
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