An unclassified map obtained through the Freedom Of Information Act shows that the Navy had a strong presence of warships in the region on the night that the consulate was attacked in Benghazi, Libya when four Americans were killed.
The map was obtained by retired Air Force Lt Col Randall R. Schmidt and published by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch. Schmidt has been independently investigating the attack and filed the public records request on his own.
The maps show that the Navy had dozens of vessels in the region, to which Schmidt uses to argue that more could have been done to help those under attack.
“The point is that there was enough forces to respond,” Schmidt said.
According to the maps, there were two carriers, four amphibious ships, 13 destroyers, three cruisers, a command ship and a dozen smaller vessels in the region that night.
The military still maintains that they weren’t adequately equipped to respond to the attacks, however. In a hearing on the military’s role in the attacks that was held by the House Armed Services Subcommittee On Oversight and Investigations the vice director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified that there was nothing they could do.
Darryl Robertson said that the warships aren’t ‘like fire stations’ and that they’re not just waiting commands to go bail out anybody who gets in trouble anywhere on the planet.
He said “We don’t have assets to respond like a fire call, jump down the pole and respond to any American that is under fire anywhere in the world.”