Amid all the noise over who's responsible for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya, the media downplayed the State Department's Oct 9 briefing on what happened that night at the Benghazi embassy.
It's an amazingly dramatic narrative involving multiple rescue attempts and an escape in an armored vehicle with two flat tires.
Around 9pm, agents heard gunfire and an explosion at the embassy gate. Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith (who died in the attack) and another agent secured themselves inside a safe haven, and four other agents barricaded themselves into two different buildings.
Attackers had got into the safe haven building and set fire to the furniture with jerry cans full of diesel. The building filled with smoke, which eventually prompted the agent, Ambassador, and Sean Smith to leave the haven. They were all suffering smoke inhalation, and there were armed men shooting inside the building.
The agent exited, then realized the other two weren't with him and went back inside to get them. But after multiple attempts he couldn't find them, collapsed from smoke inhalation, and radioed the agents in other buildings.
The other agents moved under fire to the safe haven. They took it in turns to go into the smoke-filled building on hands and knees, and eventually found Sean Smith, who was already dead. But they couldn't find the Ambassador.
Then a security team of six Americans and a brigade of 16 Libyan militias arrived and persuaded the agents to leave the compound. They drove out in an armored vehicle under fire from AK-47s and grenades. They finally made it to relative safety in an annex several streets away.
The agents completely lost track of Ambassador Stevens until he was located in hospital, after doctors reached the State Department by calling numbers at random on Stevens's cell phone. The briefing reveals that the State Department is still sketchy on how Stevens was brought to the hospital.
@Zoe2012 All of these people gave their lives in the service of their country. Their deaths should mourned, not be politicized by anyone, not Obama, not Romney and not Zoe. If you want a truthful answer let the government investigate it and report on it.
@PNWest We have a right to know the truth and especially their families. Good grief! You tube video, how stupid! Trust Obama to honestly report, no way. Can't wait until Romney becomes our next president and releases all of the information on Libya and Fast and Furious! We want the truth!
@PNWest if Obama knew from the beginning that this was a terrorist attack he should have said so. As for politicizing the deaths on Libya, while I understand the feelings of those families who lost loved ones there, this event is part of the national conscious and unfortunately will be explored in detail so that we can avoid another tragedy like this one. I think Romney has a legitimate point in that this administration deliberately misled the American public on an issue that resulted in part from bad policy decisions.
The 'war on terror' can never be won, just like the 'war on drugs', 'war on poverty' or any other 'war' that is a war on an idea as opposed to a war against an actual enemy. These are just ways to justify HUGE wasteful budgets and is absolutely sickening.
@dances-weebles The "official report" from our UN ambassador was that it was caused by the Youtube video. She repeated that LIE on FIVE different Sunday news programs. I'll put my money on LiveLeaks. They aren't up for reelection.
No, there have been far too many inconsistencies and they just keep coming. Someone will emerge with the truth, eventually...I doubt it will ever come from the State Dept. or this administration, they are not capable of truth.
The entire story starts way before this attack and is still playing out. There were the three previous attacks. The requests for more security. There is the question of us arming the people who attacked the embassy. There is the question of "faulty intelligence". And much more than I want to post from my phone.
I've known this for weeks, what's new about this? My main question is when will we ever find out why the president and all his administration felt the need to cover anything up? What did he know, when did he know and why they cover up is the question.
This is all lies. Barry said it was a protest gone wrong over a video. Then he apologized for America being so hateful and had an American citizen arrested for a "probation" violation to try and appeal to the terrorists. The Muslim in chief sure can make the country safe can't he?
Why wasn't security heightened when it was asked for? Chris Stevens wrote in his diary that he feared for his life, how telling! There were at least two previous attacks and one blew a hole through the building. It was 911, they had requested more security, it wasn't given, why? Why did Obama refuse to answer the question...Why did Hillary attempt to take responsibility when it is the Presidents responsibility? There are a lot of questions that Americans want answered, this is not going away.
There's no more to be said, no investigation needed, the far right already made up their minds. "The president has failed" at least thats what Lindsey Graham and Ed Gillespie said all over last Sunday morning political shows when asked to comment on the Benghazi situation. All they saw was a chance to trash the Obama administration not showing any compassion for the loss of life, they disgust me. Now there, I feel better.
Yep, who did what, when, why and how is irrelevant. Our government, as a whole, has failed and is failing over and over again. It's time, past time, to hold the legal industry as a whole accountable for their failures. Accountable for unwillingness and inability to set their own personal agendas aside an do whats best for the country.
give this administration time and this attack will come out being the guys who were killed fault . like all things when put off and lagged and waiting on its all done to cover and manipulate. just like holder and f&f down to those who were intimidating voters with clubs.
Yes. I feel more disgust toward obama than I thought possible. He lied and lied and then he lied some more. Now he's actively engaged in a cover-up. Mitt Romney is absolutely correct to bring it up, or as some say "politise" it. It is a matter of failed policy on the obamma administration's part. We Americans have the right to know what happened and why.
All you people that think this is being politicized I want to ask you one thing. What if that was your husband, brother, or someone you were a good friend with that died in there. Would you just trust Obama and Hillary? Where does the lying and coverups end? Hillary admitted it and Obama has done nothing to her. She should be removed immediately and tried for dereliction of duty. People, we are still at war. There were several request, and may I remind you that it was near the anniversary of 9-11. Are you so stupid to think that just because Obama is a Muslim that all this hate is just going to go away? If it was your husband or family member you would want answers-not coverups, or a sitting president out politicing rather than protecting American citizens. Obama could care less and all he is doing is just waiting for this story to get old, so he won't have to do anything.
The Bengahzi incident is the exclamation point of a failed foreign policy doctrine. People in this country are not so stupid as to believe it was their lying eyes that watched the president using every chance he got for two weeks to bring up free speech and a pathetic internet video as an excuse for the Bengahzi ordeal. Libs can go on t.v. all they want with a glazed look on their face exclaiming how Romney is the devil for daring to say that we should not be apologizing after we have been attacked millitarily. Where can a person begin with this story? The entire ordeal was screwed up from the floor up. The more Obama tries to explain this away, the more foolish he looks