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Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response
Reuters ^ | Nov. 9, 2012 | David Alexander

Posted on 11/09/2012 8:42:15 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - Pentagon leaders knew of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilize reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the U.S. ambassador, according to a timeline released on Friday.

Senior defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected criticism accusing the Pentagon of failing to move quickly to send reinforcements to relieve the consulate or using armed aerial drones to fire on the attackers.

"The Department of Defense acted quickly after learning of the incidents unfolding in Benghazi," said one official, adding that Marines, special forces and other military assets had either been employed or put in motion during the attack.

"Unfortunately, no alternative or additional aircraft options were available within a timeline to be effective," the official added.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: navyseals; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi

1 posted on 11/09/2012 8:42:19 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is the party line. Deviate from it and you will be fired, or forced to retire....comrade.


2 posted on 11/09/2012 8:59:11 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Paging Russia. Will Russia please pick up the red phone!?!

The Mediterranean has no defenses. There are no fighter planes there. There are no drones there. There are no bombers, no AC-130s and no carrier group. Europe is yours. North Africa is yours. Hurry before China beats you to them.

3 posted on 11/09/2012 8:59:28 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let’s see, 14 hours? 15 horse evinrude on a john boat from Siggenola (SP) Italy?


4 posted on 11/09/2012 9:00:01 PM PST by rktman
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To: All
One Marine Corps Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, or FAST team, was designated for the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and the other for the consulate in Benghazi.

State Dept. Rules of Engagement Kept Marines out of Tripoli, Benghazi in Libya

Captain Kendra Motz, Marine Corps spokesman, told Breitbart News on Friday that she wasn't aware that the Marine Corps had issued a formal statement, but that the information included in the Powerline report was correct.

"The Marine Corps does not have any Marines stationed at diplomatic installations in Libya."

When asked if she knew of the existence of the document outlining the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, she stated:

"I don't, and even if I did I couldn't disclose it to you because it puts people at risk."

The 50 Marines that were rushed to Libya after the murder of Ambassador Stevens are not permanently stationed at any diplomatic installation in Libya.

They are calling this Marine Capt. a liar.

5 posted on 11/09/2012 9:06:40 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: rktman

That was 14 hours after the attack was over not after it started. Making it 21 hours to get there. To Tripoli not Benghazi.


6 posted on 11/09/2012 9:08:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Complete and utter bullshit from the totalitarian brutal murdering Marxist Obama regime. All military and CIA authorities aware of the treason and sedition of these cold blooded murders, have been removed from their positions in a pogrom, latest casualty being The D/CIA.


7 posted on 11/09/2012 9:11:37 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This Reuters article states General Carter Ham was in the loop. But:

AFRICOM Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi

Per Rep. Jason Chaffetz R-UT asking General Ham directly:

“Did we have assets in the area? The answer is “yes”.”
“Did we have proximity? The answer is “yes”.”
“Why we didn’t send in some of those assets? The general said he was not requested to do so.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4W1LDSs5X4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Uh oh....the FBI may need to pull out another file. One of their 4-star general specials.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 9:16:42 PM PST by haffast
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To: Free ThinkerNY
(Reuters) - Pentagon leaders knew of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilize reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the U.S. ambassador, according to a timeline released on Friday.

Translation: Sean smith told his fellow gamers that an attack was coming 45 minutes before it started, but the official line is that it took them an hour after the shooting started to learn about it.

And maybe they couldn't have gotten there fast enough to keep the embassy from being overrun, but why didn't they send help during the seven hour firefight at the safe house.

9 posted on 11/09/2012 9:53:06 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: Free ThinkerNY
..and 0bama knew this was a RETALIATORY attack for Stevens' dealings and not a random attack that started as a 'protest over a video'. How do we know this? Flying off to Vegas the following morning would indicate that he knew the Benghazi attack would be the only attack and not more to follow. Otherwise, wouldn't he have stayed at the White House if we didn't know what was coming next.. due to the protests over the video?

0bama knew the REASON why the Embassy was attacked, probably as soon as he learned of it. Why exactly, we're not sure but 0bama's knowing the attack was a 'one off' is significant because of his persistent false narrative that it was some sort of random attack because of a video on YouTube. He knew damn well that a local terror group connected with Turkey was outraged about a Stevens' weapons deal rip-off. Who is 0bama's BEST foreign leader friend? THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY, ERDOGAN! Saving the Americans in distress in Benghazi would've meant sending in troops and attacking his best friend's army. He chose not to outrage his best friend.

10 posted on 11/09/2012 10:06:15 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: LadyDoc

Your last question is where the dereliction of duty by 0bama occurs.. Based on all I’ve read and pieced together including here at FR, check out my post right after yours.


11 posted on 11/09/2012 10:09:59 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: TigersEye

You are correct. I knew I had the timeline off a little. But then again, 1 hour after the fight would have been too late. And I also call BS on not having anything available sooner. But oBamboozled we will be. And we all know he’ll never take the fall for his imcompetence.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 10:15:34 PM PST by rktman
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To: LadyDoc

What you said.


13 posted on 11/09/2012 10:17:03 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: rktman
And I also call BS on not having anything available sooner.

Absolutely. That claim is just a bizarre absurdity. If the Russians started rolling tanks across Poland would it take 21 hours to get the first 100 Marines on the ground? What happened to all those fighter jets NATO used to turn Libya into rubble? They were all scrapped in the last 10 months?

14 posted on 11/09/2012 10:19:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: rktman
He hid the CIA story, the drone and where did he hide the CIF before the election? They are saying that the CIF was not on one hour stand by? The planes were not on alert and loaded? Africa has no CIF yet. Plus two the cif should have been recalled. Plus four the planes should have landed.. That is the ones that were not shot down. Plus five they should have made contact with three hours left.
15 posted on 11/10/2012 1:26:20 AM PST by Domangart
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To: Domangart

The team was on paper(okay i’m not specific) but really wasn’t in place(so I hear)because this administration had better things to with their time. So this has been floated and our Hero who lasered the mortar which killed him, was left to expect it would be taken out. He wasn’t told what the adminstration says now( a few days ago) or he wouldn’t have done that.


16 posted on 11/10/2012 1:50:02 AM PST by noodler (!)
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To: onyx; maggief; MestaMachine; SE Mom; Nachum; thouworm

More ‘official’ BS timelines ping.

Please ping others you know that are following Benghazi fiasco.


17 posted on 11/10/2012 4:42:13 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You can’t defend the indefensible...unprepared and unwilling to assist brothers in peril. The shame of a nation should be bestowed upon those involved at the highest levels of our government.


18 posted on 11/10/2012 6:52:45 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: penelopesire; maggief; annieokie; All

After all this time, I would have thought someone would have a Benghazi ping list, but nope. We just randomly ping who we THINK might be interested.
SO should there be an official list? Obviously, this ain’t going away. Let me know.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 7:21:22 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: MestaMachine

Sounds like a good idea.


20 posted on 11/10/2012 7:41:40 AM PST by maggief ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building.")
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To: maggief; All

Okay, guys. I need names.....


21 posted on 11/10/2012 7:57:19 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: MestaMachine

That is a great idea. Let me finish breakfast and we can go back through some of the threads and gather names. I will help in a bit.


22 posted on 11/10/2012 8:12:59 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: MestaMachine

That is a great idea. Let me finish breakfast and we can go back through some of the threads and gather names. I will help in a bit.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 8:16:29 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: MestaMachine

Yes, I believe we do need one, thanks.


24 posted on 11/10/2012 8:25:55 AM PST by annieokie
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To: MestaMachine; maggief

Check your FReepmail. I sent a few. Please add annieoaklie and others I am sure I missed. Not sure who is still following the story real close and who is not. Anyway..hope I was of some help.


25 posted on 11/10/2012 9:17:01 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: MestaMachine; maggief; annieokie

Oops...I mean annieokie.


26 posted on 11/10/2012 9:19:33 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: penelopesire

lol, your forgiven this one time. rofl. (just kidding)


27 posted on 11/10/2012 10:44:23 AM PST by annieokie
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To: penelopesire

Thank you and you always are.


28 posted on 11/10/2012 1:31:02 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: maggief

I don’t know who is still following this closely as we are, so gonna let those who are, choose to add themselves to a ping list...or not. Lots of people don’t like getting unexpected pings.


29 posted on 11/10/2012 1:36:42 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: penelopesire

If you are compiling a ping list, please add my name.
Thanks!


30 posted on 11/10/2012 1:37:17 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: penelopesire

Whoops! It is all ready on the list.
Thank again!


31 posted on 11/10/2012 1:39:02 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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