Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down
May 6th, 2013
01:18 PM ET
12 months ago

Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down

(CNN) – In an interview with congressional investigators, the former top diplomat in Libya expressed concern that more could have been done by the military on the night of September 11, 2012 and morning of September 12, 2012, to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya. Specifically, he wondered why the military did not send a plane as a show of force into Libyan airspace, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning of September 12.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    At least there is something being done to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again. The Marine Rapid Response Force is in place now to react to these kinds of events.

    May 6, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. obama victim

    anyone seen Barry or Hill??

    May 6, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Name willard

    One thing that could hurt obama and hillary clinton at benzhina lybia

    May 6, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Bessy

    The Republicans will keep this thing going as long as they think they have any chance of destroying Hillary's image. They don't care one little bit about Benghazi. The idea is to try to make Hillary look bad in case she decides to run for president. They know they don't have a chance in hell if she runs.

    May 6, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. sonnie3

    Those responsible for this lack of action to protect our people in an embassy should come clean. They can deny all they want but our potus and sec of state need to come clean on this. Maybe they can't handle their job or the fell asleep at the switch. What ever! Time to stop the cover up for their failures to protect American Citizens.

    May 6, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Wilson

    Having done 20 years in the military and knowing how they do things, I'm wondering what is the "rest of the story." Also, based on my military experience, the truth is sometimes more strange than the story released to the public.

    May 6, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. PaulCat

    I'm still wondering why you never had a hearing on the so-called WMD's. And how many of our men and women were killed?

    May 6, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Wilson

    Having done 20 years in the military and knowing how they do things, I'm wondering what is the "rest of the story." Also, based on my military experience, the truth is sometimes more strange than the story released to the public.
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    As a long-time career Soldier I agree. I'm always disgusted to see Congressmen trying to score political points with what should be classified, operational intelligence. Most of them couldn't pass the security clearance background check we require of Soldiers who work in classified arenas.

    May 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. nom de plume

    it's clear why military assets were told to stand down from Benghazi
    In the midst of a heated reelection campaign, the last thing the Obama camp
    wanted was a Black Hawk Down situation, with pictures of dead marines being dragged thru the streets
    Those people were left hung out to dry

    May 6, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Guest

    Because something is classified or operational doesnt suggest it shouldnt have appropriate oversight, at a classified level if need be, to get the facts. They lied to cover BO so he could win the election claiming terrorists have been decimated, what a farce, predictable but a farce!

    May 6, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    All this report does is confirm the fact that no troops or support aircraft would have made it in time to affect the outcome. Nothing new in this report, other than the musings of a State Department Official who feels that, had aircraft been available it might have scared them off, in the unlikely event an F18 pilot traveling at several hundred miles per hour would have been able to pinpoint a mortar team operating in a crowded urban area. Issa needs to stop reading Tom Clancy novels.

    May 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. jpmichigan

    I wonder just maybe the WMD were in Iraq but then sent to Syria, for they are loaded with them. The truth of Benghazi will hurt the Democratic party for their over use of political correctness. Obama may not have been re-elected.

    May 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Zerubbabel

    Once I read the entire story, Mr. Hicks is pursuing an exercise of pure conjecture. The 4 specops personnell would not have arrived on time to thwart the attack. His analysis contradicts the testimonies of Sec Panetta and Gen Dempsey. I wonder what actually makes him think that his Monday morning quarterback opinions are more relevant than that of the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. What are his military qualifications. The more Mr. Hicks speaks the more he sounds like a disgruntled windbag. I wonder what actions he took as the second in command, who did he call to get assistance to the beseiged, why did it take so long for him to come forward, and why wasn't he originally questioned by congress along with Dempsey and Panetta. This farce of Rep Issa is perpetrating should have him inquiried as to why he continues to pursue these blatant partisan witch hunts like Benghazi and Fast and Furious. 2014 can't come fast enough to vote these idi0ts out.

    May 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Ed

    So the republicans are making four death a big deal- compare to 4500 military men and women for WMD in Iraq?

    May 6, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is when were they told to stand down? Was it as soon as the battle started or was it after the abassador's remains were secretted out of town? That makes difference.

    May 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Wilson

    @The Real Tom Paine

    All this report does is confirm the fact that no troops or support aircraft would have made it in time to affect the outcome. Nothing new in this report, other than the musings of a State Department Official who feels that, had aircraft been available it might have scared them off, in the unlikely event an F18 pilot traveling at several hundred miles per hour would have been able to pinpoint a mortar team operating in a crowded urban area. Issa needs to stop reading Tom Clancy novels.
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    You would be suprised what they can do, especially the F22.

    May 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. james d

    Why does everyone on the left keep going back to Iraq?

    Yes Iraq was a huge mistake but misdirection does not give the families answers on what happened here.

    These are two totally separate issues, but i guess whatever it takes to sweep this under the rug...

    May 6, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |