My son Daniel did a combat tour of Fallujah in 2007, but his other deployment with the Marine Corps was a MEU to the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf (which both he and I think is a horrible way to throw away money if we're never going to use the Marine Corps for anything on these MEUs except for humanitarian missions - but that's another topic). As the pre-deployment workup for this MEU, the Battalion underwent extensive training in evidence collection protocol and procedures. At the time I [read more]
The notion has been floated that the Benghazi response is thus far simply a muddled message. There was actually nothing more that could have been done, but the administration just hasn’t explained that very well to the American people yet.
Wrong … wrong on all kinds of fronts. Bing West gives us a little brief on the forces available to the President. These forces were available in Sigonella, Italy.
The Obama national-security team had several hours in which to move forces from Sigonella to Benghazi. Fighter jets could have been at Benghazi in an hour; the commandos inside three hours. If the attackers were a mob, as intelligence reported, then an F18 in afterburner, roaring like a lion, would unnerve them. This procedure was applied often in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Conversely, if the attackers were terrorists, then the U.S. commandos would eliminate them. But no forces were dispatched from Sigonella.
Among the forces available to commanders was Delta operators then on station in Sigonella. Finally, if all else had failed, there were also Marine Force Recon personnel in Sigonella, Italy. Did the President know what was happening in Benghazi?
Of course he did. He was watching it all transpire.
I take issue with the notion that only the President could have ordered a response. Someone else could, and apparently General Ham did because he is a man of integrity. He was relieved of command shortly thereafter, and thus not only did President Ben Ghazi know what was happening and refuse to order a response, he apparently punished the man who did order a response.
Thus has America lost its heart to remain America.