Benghazi Culpability: Walls Closing in on Administration
Failing to secure the safe house after the consulate rescue
The State Department failed to provide the consulate with adequate security staffing or weapons in the months and weeks prior to attack. AFRICOM did not launch any known assets as a result of the initial attack. Ultimately, both report to the Obama administration, and this would have been a scandal regardless of whether or not the battle ended there.
Of course, it didn't end there.
After Ty Woods and his CIA safe house operators had evacuated the consulate staff back to the safe house, and the CIA QRF from Tripoli (which included Glen Doherty) and it's allied Libyan militia ground force were back at the safe house, a second battle erupted, hours after the initial attack.
There were confirmed American dead, wounded, and missing (Ambassador Stevens) at this point. A large number of jihadi forces had been engaged. There was no question whatsoever that this was anything other than a terrorist attack.
There is no excuse for not having additional military assets deployed at this time, and if the claims that Woods was lasing a mortar team and calling for fire from a Spectre as Jennifer Griffin's eyewitness claims, then at least a gunship was on-station and someone denied them the permission to fire. The mortar team then killed Woods and Doherty, wounded two more consulate staff, and at least seven of our Libyan allies.
Frankly, it doesn't matter if the Spectre was on-station and was ordered not to fire, or if it and other air assets were denied permission to take off in a "stand down" ordered from above.
In any event, the buck stops at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in the person of Barack Obama. It does not matter if he watched the attack live via the drone as some allege, or if he went to bed early so he could campaign in Las Vegas the next day, as others have alleged.
What does matter is that once a rescue mission starts spinning up, the president and the president alone has to give the authorization to send troops into another nation.
This is called cross-border authority. Obama declined to give it.
Barack Obama was responsible for abandoning more than two dozen Americans to die. The buck stops with him, and every plea he's made for "a thorough investigation" is a bald-faced lie, intended to run out the clock until the election.
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