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September 20, 2013 - 6:43 am

Accountability Review Board member Admiral Mike Mullen admitted Thursday that a “hold in place” order was given during the assault on a U.S. State Department facility in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Mullen made the admission while testifying that no “stand down” order was given.

Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen said that the direction given to Special Operations Command Africa commander Lt. Col Gibson was to “hold in place” on the night of the attacks.

Gibson is the boss of Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya who had testified that a “stand down” order was given to Special Forces who wanted to help Americans who were under assault in Libya.

Mullen’s Accountability Review Board never interviewed Hillary Clinton, who headed the State Department at the time of the attack.

President Obama’s whereabouts and actions during the attack are among the questions regarding Benghazi that have never been answered.

Also on Thursday, parents of two of the four Americans killed in the attack testified that the president and several other senior administration officials lied to them about the origins of the attack.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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the c.i.c. had just returned from a grueling stint on the campaign trail and was due in viva lost vegas for more palm greasing and baby hugging in the a.m.

everybody kno bro just had to kic bak an smokadub an snoemsomlines. no time fo junk like dat war chit.

'what difference does it make?' none to you and your ilk for sure madam secretary. commies could care less for human life, other than their own. always been that way.

madam secretary: two job titles in one, both of which she appears infinitely qualified to hold. coincidence or irony?

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The difference between being ordered to "Stand Down" or being ordered to "Hold in Place" is like the difference between being short and being vertically challanged.
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Who gave the order ?
Why ?
At what time exactly ?

I see a pattern here. Less than one year later, the same administration tried to order THE EGYPTIAN ARMY to stand down. To protect the same islamists that it had protected in Benghazi.

We have an administration actively protecting the islamists.

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The "AccountaBillery Review" is comparative to the cops not interviewing the rapists. So shameful that men that served in the United States military would take such careless actions. I expect shameless actions from Hillary Clinton and her democrat colleagues, but not of men who wore the uniform.
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The president and Secretary of State should be held as treasonous, and suffer the
punishment for the Benghazi misfortune. No less. No more excuses. No more tired lies. The "people" are getting angry. The world is laughing at the bungling of our
"leaders." And there's nowhere left for them to hide. Perhaps if they'd let the truth
be known, the blame be placed, closure to happen for those who mourn, compassion would help their case.
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The way it's going, Putin will be the next Pres of the US. And we will all be OK with that, except for that habit he has of tearing off his shirt anytime he's on a horse.
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Names please: Name the person or persons that gave the order. Where did the order originate? How high up the chain of command does this reach?
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Obama said his orders, on earning of the attack, were to do "everything possible to secure the Americans involved". How did those orders morph into "hold in place"?

Apparently, Obama went to bed before learning the outcome of the battle, or that nothing was being done to help the Americans under attack. I can't picture any American President in history behaving that way. But then, Obama is like no other President in American history.
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If Obama's orders really were to do everything possible to secure the Americans involved as he claims, even if he went to sleep; when he woke up he should have reacted with some mix of anger and humility. Instead he sent out the liar Susan Rice with a preposterous tale and started the coverup.
That the media continues to peddle this garbage will forever label them as vile propagandists, ignorant unread fools and a fifth column of rats helping bring down our country.
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Afghanistan stores 40,000 tons of opiates – Russia’s drug watchdog September 20, 2013

http://rt.com/news/afghanistan-opiates-heroin-ivanov-140/
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I wonder if it was what you might call "Mogadishu Syndrome?" The fear that sending in a rescue team will only make things worse - e.g., the rescuers end up having to be rescued or they all get killed along with hundreds of local militia and civilians. Wouldn't want to turn a "minor" incident into a "major" incident. I can imagine great diplomatic/political/ass-covering minds thinking that way. But who knows?
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"What difference does it make?" Well Madam Secretary, it made a really big difference to the human beings who, while in your employ, were murdered when they could have possibly been saved. Including the ambassador who was tortured, killed and whose body was sodomized in the street.
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The answer is: A stand down order may be given to a unit which has already stood up, and is enroute or about to be. A hold in place order means not to stand up, ie get ready to go, in the first place. But the net effect is the same.
And, together with Sherab, I desperately want to know the name of the cowardly illegitimate who gave the hold in place order, and, more importantly, the name of the son of a harlot who ordered him to do so.
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@ Longstreet, a spot on comment, however I am not holding my breath until we get an answer. Nothing but stone walls at every turn. It seems like all involved are standing pat, and it will take years to ever get a straight answer, if at all.
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Commenters here need to calm down.

A "Hold In Place" order is a BIG difference from a "Stand Down" Order.

Difference being somebody would have had to have the balls to order a rescue mission in the first place if the "Stand Down" order had been issued.

Since the Department of Defense appears to not have anyone with such balls, a "Hold In Place" order was perfectly appropriate.
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