CIA security officers were never told to stand down during the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on 9/11. In fact, they sent in armed help within 25 minutes of the attack starting.
That's the word from a senior intelligence official, who refused to be named because of ongoing investigations. He talked to reporters on Thursday, and directly contradicted the Fox Newsallegations that US forces were told to "stand down" during the attack..
CIA officers prepared and sought local assistance for 25 minutes before racing a mile to the consulate, according to the new and more detailed timeline of the US response provided today. When CIA forces arrived at the embassy, they met State Department security agents and local milita members before searching the compound for Ambassador Christopher Stevens and personel while under fire.
Failing to find Stevens, the officers evacuated personnel to the nearby CIA annex. Meanwhile an unarmed military Predator drone provided arial reconnaissance. The annex was sporadically attacked by small arms fire before a mortar attack killed two CIA officers, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who never "lasered" the mortars, as reported by Fox News.
These new details help to clarify the immediate response to the attack. But there's still no explanation for why the State Department didn't increase security at the mission in the months prior to the attack, after repeated reports of a deteriorating stability in Benghazi - as the New York Timesnotes.
@Cheenoguy FOX News Lied??? Where? The only lie came from Obama when he tried to cover up his failed Middle East policy and those resulting deaths with some garbage about a video.
Liberals always transfer their lies onto their opponents. Slavery, Racism and Opposirion to civil rights was always democrat policy until they realized how bad it was then they transferred their racism onto republicans.
It's what liberals do, so don't try to Blame Fox News for reporting on things the liberal media hides from the public. Just because you don't like the news that doesn't make it a lie.
Obama has failed In the Middle East and our Libyan ambassador is dead, don't blame Fox News.
It's likely we will never know exactly what events transpired through out the tragedy in Benghazi, at least not if we expect the media to provide those answers. The Obama administrations entire understanding and framework for the Middle East is a failure and Benghazi is proof of that.
The Romney campaign does not care how much information comes out that contradicts them, or whether Hillary Clinton's admission that it is her department's responsibility for deciding how to allocate resources to protect locations like the one in Benghazi. They simply latched onto this incident for its propaganda value and will not let it go because it will instead make them look bad to do so.
It was treasonous for those that tried to spin the attack for political gain and thereby handing the terrorists a moral victory by letting them influence our election. There is no shame in the Republican Party.
The Presidents comments at the UN mirrored the comments of Muslim extremists. It was the video's fault. It is America's fault. Poor Obama can't even golf anymore as he thinks Tiger Woods as he tee's off. Damn that Tyrone Wood's I told him to stand down. They weren't going to kill the ambassador just kidnap him so I could trade the Blind Cleric for him and then get a meeting with Iran. Damn I could have looked like a prince of peace but one good man stood in my way. Damn this game. I will never play again. Bruce quit reading my mind!
So the Senior Intell Officer says. Oh boy, I am sure liberals are tinkling their undies thinking that is proof of something. Senior Intell Officers main job is to cover up all kinds of things and to never ever let the President look bad. I trust men that were there, men that were told to stand down.
Confidence men know that their victim -- "the mark" as he has been called -- is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a big difference whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone. So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called "cooling out the mark." The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton first surfaced, he flatly denied them all. Then, as the months passed, the truth came out -- but slowly, bit by bit. One of Clinton's own White House aides later called it "telling the truth slowly." By the time the whole truth came out, it was called "old news," and the clever phrase now was that we should "move on." It was a successful "cooling out" of the public, keeping them in uncertainty so long that, by the time the whole truth came out, there was no longer the same outrage as if the truth had suddenly come out all at once. Without the support of an outraged public, the impeachment of President Clinton fizzled out in the Senate. We are currently seeing another "cooling out" process, growing out of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th this year.
The entire Obama administration allowed 4 men to die and then lied about it to the American people so that Obama could say that he has the "Islamist terrorists on the run. They tried to blame it on a video and then promised the father of one of the slain men that he would be arrested. Disgraceful.
The only "truth" the right wing will accept is ANYTHING to make Obama look bad. The real truth is that things happen sometimes. Mistakes are made. Unlike Bush II standing before the nation and lying through his teeth about Iraq and then calling anyone who didn't support war with Iraq a traitor. 4,500 deaths behind those lies but those don't bother the right wing. Only the 4 deaths under a Democrat President. i vote Libertarian these days because the GOP has become a rabid bunch of idiots. The dumbing down of America marches on.
It is clear that the RNC has decided that this issue is the one that will win them the election and it keeps falling off the map. This situation is clearly one of those "fog of war" things and yet these demands for answers gives the impression that our government has complete knowledge of everything that happens everywhere in the world and complete control of the whole world too. It is somewhat of a childlike tantrum that something went wrong somewhere so blame daddy. Meanwhile, we overlook thousands killed in Iraq over the idea of WMDs there that were never there or that we keep killing off dozens in Afghanistan for no damn good reason. To throw a fit over Libra and ignore these other problems is insane.
The right wing doesn't have to do anything to make Obama look bad, he has done a masterful job all by himself. Those men were left to die by the Commander-in-Chief and now he won't talk about it until after the election. Wonder why?
@DABurroughs right it's this. Not the devastation Obama caused the economy after the democrat caused recession, no it's this.
Obama's policies in the Middle East are an abject failure just like his economic policy here in America. You can use any excuse you want but the truth is there are numerous reasons to oppose and criticize Obama. Benghazi is just another in a long list.
@DominicSarno You say that his policy in the middle east should fix everything like we elected him king of the world. Bush's policy in the middle east put two towers down and our military snarled in two forever wars. 4 people left to die? How about thousands of our own troops left to die in Iraq and Afghanistan? Your outrage is pretty hollow in light of the bigger problems that continue from long before Obama showed up and we still are dealing with them today. And and as far as Obama looking bad, well it looks like he doesn't look bad enough since the election is a dead tie at this point. I agree with the talk radio host that said that if the republicans can't beat Obama with his record, they ought to fold the tent. Whoever had the big idea to run etch-a-sketch romney to depose the communist should be shot. Hell even Newt would have done a better job than Mitt.
Any moron would have told the military to do their job and take out bin laden. In fact it would have been politically damaging for Obama had he not given the order but we are made to believe that Obama is Middle East master mind just because he let the military do his job. The reality that Benghazi shows is that Obama's Middle East policy is a failure, and he knew it so he sent his cronies all over to spout some crap about a video. Americans died and you say get over it?