The most basic question about Benghazi? Why

Why were so many stand down orders given? Why was an effort, made to save those Americans? Was there something there to hide? We keep hearing about weapons being traded. But it all comes down to one question for me. Why? Bob Owens looks at why some of the military options were not taken

Writing in The American Thinker, Jonathan Moseley exposes both former Defense Secretary Gates and current Defense Secretary Panetta as liars attempting to protect a feckless administration:

Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012.  Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond.  Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours.  CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.

Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense at the time, either misled the U.S.  Congress or was incompetent.  Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 7, 2013 that the U.S. military could not have responded in less than 9 to 12 hours.

Obama’s first secretary of defense, Robert Gates, told CBS’sFace the Nation on May 12, 2013 that “[w]e don’t have a ready force standing by” in that region.

But we absolutely do “have a ready force standing by” to reach any trouble spot in a few hours.  Insider reports previously revealed that CIF elements were training in Croatia and could have been in Benghazi in three and a half hours.

Although rotating out of the United States, some CIF elements are always forward-deployed within each military command region, always on stand-by.  Their training includes expertise within each local region.  Some of each region’s unit is always ready.  They don’t need to pack.  Being ready to go — immediately — is their job description.  It’s the reason they exist.

Note that Moseley doesn’t even touch on the 100-strong Recon Marine force spinning up at Naval Air Station Sigonella roughly two hours away, nor the Special Forces team already in Libya at Tripoli that was ordered to stand down when they were attempting to board a flight to Benghazi after the initial attack.

There were at least three special operations or special operation capable units within four hours of Benghazi numbering more than 120 men, along with ground attack aircraft, allegedly including an AC-130 gunship that CIA Operator Ty Woods was attempting to lase targets for, believing it was an on-call asset… just another one that never showed up.

So, again, why? Why did we leave Americans to die? Incompetence? Fear of bringing on a bigger conflict? Fear of having weapons trading exposed? Whatever the reason, it is not good enough, because we, as a nation should NEVER abandon our own. And to those who would say no rescue mission would have done any good, consider what kind of hell two former SEALs brought on the terrorist attackers. Two SEALs that I would remind everyone were ordered to stand down. Men who were too patriotic to let fellow Americans die. If not for those men, more Americans would have died. 

We ought to just call political correctness SHUT UP CONSERVATIVES!

That is, after all, what PC is all about, it is also about thought control, intimidation, speech control, censorship, and creating an environment where the Left cannot be challenged. Stacy McCain elaborates

Yesterday, I saw Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball rant for 10 minutes about Sen. Ted Cruz as a latter-day Joe McCarthy for having dared to ask questions about possible ties between Hagel and foreign governments. Chuck Hagel isn’t just some random citizen who has been grabbed off the street for interrogation about his loyalties.

No, Chuck Hagel is under consideration as Secretary of Defense, and the Senate therefore has every right — indeed, it has a solemn duty — to investigate his associations with groups that seem rather secretive about their funding.

If I could give the biggest reason I started writing op-ed columns 17 years ago, and then created this venture with Ed Daley, I would say it was to stop the erosion of our liberty! PC is the number one source of that erosion, and I will be damned if I sit by and allow that to happen!

 

Why speak softly, and carry a big stick is not enough

As the revelations about Benghazi are showing us, we, or should I say our Commander in Chief was unwilling to USE that big stick

US Officials said they NEEDED PERMISSION From Libyan Government for Overflights During the 9-11 Attacks–

Former Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West told America Live:

“For the United States military to say that they were 480 miles away and they couldn’t do anything, and they couldn’t move one aircraft in 8 hours? I’d say it’s time to relieve a lot of people in the chain of command… If your ambassador has been either killed or captured, and is missing at the hands of terrorists, you do not ask any country for “Mother may I?” before you come across the border to save your own.’”

Go read the rest, my head is about to explode here. The problem is this, we have to USE that big stick, and make no mistake, no one has a stick as big as ours, no one has better trained troops. I was talking to two veterans at the airport the other day, and they agreed with me that Teddy Roosevelt forgot the most important part of the Big Stick policy. That part is that when you use that stick, you use it with such devastating force that any nation will think long and hard before screwing with you again. Basically, we are wasting our military if our “leaders” are too gutless or clueless to utilize it properly! Basically, what I am saying is this. I want everyone to fear us, I do not want us to bully anyone, but, I want any leader, anywhere on the globe to piss themselves when they think of crossing us.

Leon Panetta bashes our troops for “Lack of Professionalism”?

I really try not to throw out a bunch of four-letter words on this blog, but sometimes, sometimes some asshole who frankly is not fit to shovel camel shit says something insulting to our military, and well….

Via Politico:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on American soldiers to remember that when serving abroad they are representing the United States — and that incidents involving the desecration of enemy corpses shows “a lack of professionalism” among American forces.

Speaking to troops at Fort Benning, Ga., Panetta said that the high profile cases involving servicemembers urinating on Afghan corpses and posing for pictures with body parts “show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership,” according to the L.A. Times.

“These days, it takes only seconds for one picture to suddenly become an international headline,” Panetta said. “And those headlines can impact the mission we’re engaged in, they can put your fellow service members at risk, they can hurt morale, and they can damage our standing in the world.”

Hmmm, it seems to me that the asinine rules of engagement our troops are forced to fight under and having a Defense Secretary that could not find his ass with both hands might endanger our troops and threaten morale. Who wants to bet the troops would agree with me?