I don’t know why they bother with these hearings. THEY SIMPLY WILL NOT BE TRUTHFUL!!
The Senate is grilling Panetta and another serial liar Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Their BULLSHIT is exuding from their orifices.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., disputed testimony that the difficulty in dispatching assets to the scene was “a problem of distance and time.” He suggested the “light footprint” in the region and a failure to respond to threats left the military ill-prepared.
“For you to testify that our posture would not allow a rapid response — our posture was not there because we didn’t take into account the threats to that consulate, and that’s why four Americans died,” he said. “We could have placed forces there. We could have had aircraft and other capacity a short distance away.”
He continued: “No forces arrived there until well after these murders took place.”
As well documented, here, no personnel were ever dispatched to Benghazi from anywhere other than a security detail from Tripoli. In spite of the fact we had military assets equidistant from Benghazi. The detail from Tripoli was delayed for hours because they had to charter a plane from Tripoi. We had many more military assets closer than Tripoli in relation to the time it took to get the security detail to Benghazi, which arrived after the murders. (refer to the link above)
Shortly afterward, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pressed Panetta again on why no forces were deployed until after the attack was over. Dempsey and Panetta said they talked to President Obama one time that night, but Graham questioned why there weren’t subsequent follow-up conversations.
“It lasted almost eight hours … did the president show any curiosity?” Graham asked.
Panetta said there was “no question” Obama “was concerned about American lives.”
“With all due respect,” Graham responded, “I don’t believe that’s a credible statement if he never called and asked you, ‘are we helping these people?’”
He didn’t have to call and ask because someone told them not to.
Here’s a question. What would have happened if the attack lasted longer? NO ONE WAS COMING!!!!
Sure, there are time constraints. It takes a while to gas up a plane and get the boys on board. But, the order for that to occur should have been ordered the moment we heard there was trouble at Benghazi. And, no one is going to get me to believe we couldn’t have sent ground support aircraft in the air on location after 8 hours. I know better than that. I’m not talking slow C-130s. (which was only 5 hours away from Ramstein, we had many more assets much closer) . Again, no one was coming. If the attack was maintained and reinforced, we would have had no survivors.
Panetta, in his testimony, detailed the military response on the day and night of the attack.
As Fox News has previously reported, he said an unarmed, unmanned drone was positioned overhead the Benghazi compound.
But he said armed aircraft like AC-130 gunships would have taken too long to get there — “at least nine to 12 hours if not more to deploy.”
“This was, pure and simple … a problem of distance and time,” he said.
But, they never got the order to deploy. How did Leon know the attack would only last 8 hours and not 9? The C-130s weren’t in route, they weren’t one hour away or 4 hours away, they weren’t coming!!
There have been questions about the perceived delays CIA officials — stationed in Benghazi — encountered that night and their frustration that air support was not sent from nearby Sigonella air base. In recent weeks, Fox News has learned that the rescue unit that left Tripoli was told that air support would be above when they landed in Benghazi, but it wasn’t.
And it wasn’t going to be. No one was coming. So, the only question is…..
Why were our people left to die?