Skip to comments.Admission: Special Forces were only hours from Benghazi
Posted on 06/15/2013 11:30:58 AM PDT by vietvet67
JERUSALEM In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly trained Special Forces were stationed just a few hours away from Benghazi on the night of the attacks but were not told to deploy to Libya.
In comments that may warrant further investigation, Dempsey stated at a Senate hearing Wednesday that on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, command of the Special Forces known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF was transferred from the militarys European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command.
Dempsey did not state any reason for the strange transfer of command nor could he provide a timeline for the transfer the night of the attack.
Also, Dempseys comments on the travel time between Croatia and Benghazi were incorrect.
His remarks for the first time confirm an exclusive Fox News interview aired April 30 in which a special government operator, speaking on condition of anonymity, contradicted claims by the Obama administration and a State Department review that there wasnt enough time for military forces to deploy the night of the attack.
I know for a fact that C-110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise in
not in the region of North Africa, but in Europe, the special operator told Fox News Adam Housley. And they had the ability to act and to respond.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
The 3 AM phone call came in, and they let it go to voicemail.
The 0bama regime did not want those men to survive to tell the dirty little secrets about the regime's activities in Libya. Besides, Hussein had an important fund raiser and had to rest up, and the 'Beast had no clue, and was probably too drunk to care.
Anything this regime says about Bengazi is ALWAYS & obviously going to be a lie. The ambassador was actually looking to buy back stingers from an Al Queda group when they offed him.
Well, I’m sure that will comfort the families of those who lost loved ones.. NOT! Impeach O... and Joe..
Not news. We knew this at the time. The MSM just remained silent.
Half an hours flight from Sicily.
Why would anyone do a military action in Libya without support in Cigonella,Naples, Toulon and Rota?
And can anyone explain why it took 3 days to hire a Ferry from Malta to rescue the western people after the initial military operation?
You have ships just across the pond.
This entire thing is a debacle.
Now Al Queda has the entire north of Africa.
Good work Barack Buttstain Obama.
We had forces in Cigonella.
Zagreb to Benghazi is 840 nautical miles, per Google Earth.
C-130 Cruises at 292 knots
C-141 cruises at appr 440 knots
C-5 Cruises at appr 450 knots.
A C-17 Cruises at 450 knots.
If they chose the WORST aircraft to have in reserve for emergency transport, Benghazi was no more than 3 hours flying time. It was more like two hours if they used a C-17 as their standby aircraft, which is very likely the case for a 40 man specops unit to deploy. The C-17 can land just about anywhere and has good “legs” to get you there. It will haul most of the transportation for a 40 man unit..
If I were a congressman, I would be DEMANDING, D*E*M*A*N*D*I*N*G, to know when and why the CIF was transferred to AFRICOM and why they were not alerted and put on aircraft.
They were planning his excellency’s visit to africa and what assets to deploy so they were too engaged to be bothered with a civil servant and his staff.
The entire Arab Spring is a farce.
We have given up ground, enabled enemy’s and ignore the slaughter of innocents.
Cynthia Lee Meyers (cousin of one man who was killed in Bengahzi)
If this doesnt make you mad ..
Cynthia Lee Myers (cousin of one man who was killed) Wanted to share the truth of what happened over in Libya , you will not find this in the media.
Here is my story. A week out the Embassy in Tripoli began receiving multiple tips about an Al Queda cell in the area planning an attack on 9/11 in response to the killing of Bin Laden. For the next several days, the state dept and WH were asked for a security force and were denied at least six times. Ambassador Stevens and his team were given the all clear that The Consulate in Benghazi was safe and there was no need for a security force other than his 3 personal guards (One being my cousin) and a few Libyans who were not armed.
Then the attack and murders occurred. Immediately the WH claimed it was a protest gone bad over a you tube video. Obama made a quick speech in the Rose Garden on Sept.12 before catching a plane to Vegas to campaign. He made a generic statement at the end of his speech after placing the blame on an overheated protest over the video. He said No act of terror will shake the resolve of America . Later that day and over the next 2 days, the liberal media began saying Ambassador Stevens and the other 3 men died of smoke inhalation. This was not the case. Out of respect for my cousin, Im not going to be specific about his murder. However Ambassador Stevens was brutally murdered. His genitals were cut off, he was sodomized and beaten and cut and stabbed and burned. He was drug thru the streets and left for dead. This is eyewitness testimony of a local Dr. Who found the Ambassador in a ditch and tried to save his life. He had no idea who he was.
The other 3 men, including my cousin, met similar fates. And deaths due to smoke inhalation is a 100% fabricated LIE. The next week I drove my aunt and Uncle and 2 others to DC to receive his body. We met with Hillary, Panetta, and Susan Rice. ALL of whom apologized and said it was a protest gone bad over a video and exited the area. Next Obama entered with the same story and didnt apologize and wasnt sympathetic. My aunt cried to this man and all he did was hand her flowers and walk away. I tried to get his attention, but didnt. I got upset and yelled liar to him, he kept walking. Then a secret svc agent grabbed my arm and led me to a room where I was held till the proceedings were over.
America, I saw firsthand how cold this man is. What kind of liar he is. Most of you havent a clue about this tyrant and yet you support him. And act like every word he says is Gospel. These murders and the fast and furious cover ups make water gate look like, a kid who told his bffs secret to the class. We must stop this man, and please pass this story along.
..and you voted for whom?
What I want to know is who are Obamas “Producers”
What a farce.
Given amateur night at the top of US foreign policy and the limp wristed islamic heading up this nation, no one was expecting much else.
It would be hilarious if it were not so deadly serious.
And you’ll recall that the AFRICOM commander, General Ham, suddenly decided to retire about a month later...
Apparently the 100 dollar Toys R Us vouchers they offered for the exchange displeased the natives.
Yeah, amazing, ain’t it? I said from the gitgo that there was a Marine assault ship also in the general area. Probably surfing along the coast of Libya. The notion that no one was within quick-time distance has always been bullstuff.
Give Obama a break. He was headed to Vegas to party with Beyonce and his Hollywood friends at a fundraiser. He didn’t have time to worry about a few Americans being murdered by Al Qaeda.
what does this mean for the administration?
Don't be surprised if one day we learn the whole thing was orchestrated by Obama.
Business as usual?
“what does this mean for the administration?”
Without media asking the hard questions it means zip.
That’s an amazing account of really happened.
Yes, mad as hell and passing this around.
Agreed. More like an Arab winter.
That letter is a hoax. It’s a chain email...author unknown.
Denis McDonough - Obama’s chief of staff now...(was on Sunday show this morning)....
One of Obamas closest advisers is his Deputy National Security Adviser. The person acting the part of Deputy National Security Adviser is one Denis McDonough. While McDonough enjoys the credentials of a well-educated 41-year-old, he has sparse work experience. Working on the hill as a legislative aide before transferring to a liberal think tank (*Center for American Progress) before campaigning for Obama before becoming Deputy National Security Adviser, is good for McDonough but embarrassing to the position which he holds. [...]
McDonough has a reputation around D.C. as a rabid mind-fixer in his mission to set the record straight with democratic politicians and mainstream media types, who dare veer off the political reservation. Its rather humorous in a way to see a glorified political functionary like McDonough act the part of a seasoned and experienced political heavyweight. McDonough was promoted out of ideological loyalty over convention. Try telling McDonough that and hell likely piss ideological vinegar all over you. But the thing with McDonoughs verbal piss, it doesnt stain things, it cant its too inexperienced.
There is a rumor I want to be clear, its a rumor that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Advisers office [Denis McDonough? or Tom Donilon?] telling a counterterrorism group to stand down, [Newt] Gingrich said.
Newt Gingrich was specifically talking about his knowledge of a communication known by at least one Senator, and given to two media outlets who did not use it. It makes sense:
Did Denis McDonough tell people to stand down while POTUS and VPOTUS were on the phone with BiBi and unable to be interrupted ?
*The Center for American Progress is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization under U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The institute receives approximately $25 million per year in funding from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations, and corporations, but it declines to release any information on the sources of its funding. No funders are listed on its website or in its Annual Report. From 2003 to 2007, the Center received about $15 million in grants from 58 foundations. Major individual donors include George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, and Herb and Marion Sandler. The Center receives undisclosed sums from corporate donors.
Good article. Thanks.
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