Military.com: The U.S. Marine Corps is sticking with its Vietnam-era, M40 sniper rifle series, despite complaints from scout snipers who say they need the modern, longer-range weapons used by special-ops snipers. Marine scout snipers are considered to be among the best snipers in the world, but many are frustrated at the limitations of the current M40A5 sniper rifle. The A5 is based on the Remington M700 short-action design that's chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, like the original M40 Marines [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.