Anyone who has paid attention to the events that unfolded in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 knows that nothing was done to help those who were under attack and the only assistance they received was from two Navy SEALs who defied orders and went to the consulate anyways.
Reports have surfaced that there were dozens of warships and other assets in the region, some only an hour away, that could have been dispatched to at least make an effort. With assets close enough that could have intervened in time to offer assistance the question remains as to why they didn’t.
One of the CIA agents on the ground in Libya said that our forces were told to “stand down,” and it was later confirmed that such orders could have only come from the White House.
It’s painfully obvious that defending the consulate was possible, and the more evidence that is exposed only confirms this. Unfortunately it’s been up to congressional committees to find out any answers, and a shocking testimony from Retired Brigadier General Robert Lovell, who’s the former intelligence director of the United States African Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, further proved that our forces were not allowed to go to the consulate to save our men and women who were under attack.
Lovell stated that it was his “duty” to come forward and give the American people a “full forthcoming” about what had happened that night. Benghazi was in his area of command and he was at his post the night of the attack watching the message traffic related to what was going on in real time.
The focus of the investigation into the attacks has centered around issues like time, distance and assets in the region that could have responded and helped fellow Americans under attack, however in Lovell’s emotional testimony he said they should’ve attempted something.
“The point is we should have tried. The military is trained to go in the direction of gunfire.”
One of the congressman asked him what things were like the night of the attacks in the Stuttgart command.
He explained there was desperation about how to save the people at the consulate, but asked “Why didn’t we do anything?” with tears in his eyes. “There were a lot of deference to the desires of the State Department what they wanted us to do.”
“It is not what State did, but what they didn’t do, come forward to a stronger request for assistance,” said Lovell.
Lovell was also asked if something could have been done to save the two Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Dougherty, who were pinned down and died around 5 a.m. after the attack resumed on the consulate.
“The military could have made a response of some sort,” he replied.
In his tearful testimony, Lovell revealed that his main point of contact with the State Department was Andrew Shapiro, who’s a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s and secretary for military and political affairs. He’s now a consultant for a firm that’s directly involved with her likely run in 2016.
This testimony is damning and it reveals that while the State Department was tasked with the response to Benghazi they never issued any orders or made any requests for someone to go help those under attack. The military was eager and waited for permission to go save them, but that permission never came. Perhaps Trey Gowdy, who’s a pitbull and doesn’t take any crap from anyone, will be able to figure why exactly this was. Although we all know the answer to that question already.
There was an election right round the corner and Obama had to look as good as possible in order to get reelected.