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October 11, 2013 - 7:51 am

The chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation said she was convinced by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey in a closed-door briefing yesterday that the posture of the U.S. forces at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack was just inadequate.

“I am grateful to General Dempsey for spending the morning with us at this difficult time to discuss a very important issue,” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said this morning about the meeting. “General Dempsey confirmed my belief that there was no amount of heroic action on the part of our men and women in uniform that could overcome our lack of preparedness during the horrible Benghazi attack.”

“We simply were not postured to respond in time,” Roby added. “I continue to be concerned that more than a year after the attack, our posture has not improved enough to sufficiently mitigate the risks to Americans serving overseas and in harm’s way.”

The chairwoman said “of particular interest was General Dempsey’s impression of the Administration’s preparations in the days before September 11, 2012.”

“We were eager to understand what consultations took place between General Dempsey and the National Security Staff prior to the White House’s announcement on September 10th that John Brennan had concluded a review of U.S. Security posture to ‘prevent 9/11 related attacks as well as the steps taken to protect U.S. persons and facilities abroad, as well as force protection,’” Roby said.

“General Dempsey confirmed that while he was not personally involved in that review, elements of the Joint Staff were,” she continued. “His description of the process leads me to conclude that while it may have allowed the White House to issue a comforting press release, it was far from the rigorous examination and preparation the security of the American people deserved.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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When shoulder brassed (so called officers) start blaming the troops, the truth always seems to leak out. The truth is going to make Dempsey look like the clown suit he is.
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With today's communication, transportation, and intelligence capabilities, I flat out DON'T believe that an effective response wasn't possible. Someone or several someones in the administration back in Washington DC had to be derelict to have allowed this debacle to occur.
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"The chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation said she was convinced by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey in a closed-door briefing yesterday that the posture of the U.S. forces at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack was just inadequate."

This quote from that naif is a micro-sample of what's grossly out of order today. The World Turned Upside Down. ["....The World Turned Upside Down is an English ballad. It was first published on a .. .", see Google for the rest...]

Speaking as an octogenarion former USAFRes Ground Controlled Intercept Controller who ordered F86D's "scrambled" on "Flash Tracks" during 1955-1956 in Southern Japan, it's unbelievable that during our current war status against our Muslim enemy in North Africa we Americans [or N.A.T.O.] did not have suitable aircraft on Scramble Alert status at an Italian Airbase....all night long....of that time when our Ambassador on site inside Libya was being murdered with our surveillance aircraft overhead.

[Active Duty personnel can't voice their true thoughts here.]
40 weeks ago
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I wonder if our "warriors" who attain flag-rank have taken the investment culture as their guide?

Only instead of losing some money, men die.

Damn the bad luck.
40 weeks ago
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We haven't forgotten how General Ham was threatened when he tried to respond to the attack. He was told he would be relieved of his command, so no jets were sent. And anyone in the military who dares to speak out will be disciplined.
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>>"We simply were not postured to respond in time,” Roby added. “I continue to be concerned that more than a year after the attack, our posture has not improved enough to sufficiently mitigate the risks to Americans serving overseas and in harm’s way.”
Murder language much? Posture? As a verb? Who gave the stand down order?
Do or die has wandered off under this administration, and is waiting in the wings to come back when or if people of honor return to DC.
40 weeks ago
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Obama's posture was fine. He had his foot propped heroically on the Resolute desk. I can't understand what could have gone wrong.
40 weeks ago
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I still can't make up my mind on what the worst part of that picture was; the current president of the U.S. doesn't know to keep his feet off the furniture, the president doesn't have any staff that knew enough to know that picture was "bad optics" or his supports think it was a picture of power.
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“General Dempsey confirmed my belief that there was no amount of heroic action on the part of our men and women in uniform that could overcome our lack of preparedness during the horrible Benghazi attack.”

It's the "lack of preparedness" that's in question.
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