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Could Have Ordered 'Stand Down Call' On Benghazi
by AWR Hawkins at
(May 09, 2013)
-- A source with intimate information
about the events that happened on the ground in Benghazi the night the U.S.
Consulate and the CIA annex was attacked by terrorists told Breitbart News
that, ultimately, only the President of the United States, or someone acting
on his authority, could have prevented Special Forces either on the ground
or nearby from helping those Americans who were under deadly assault.
According to the source,
when the attack on the Consulate occurred, a specific chain of command to
gain verbal permission to move special-forces in must have occurred.
SOCAFRICA commander Lieutenant Col. Gibson would have contacted a desk
officer at the time, asking for that permission.
That desk officer would have
called Marine Corps Col. George Bristol, then in command of Joint Special
Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara. From there, Bristol would have made
contact with Rear Admiral Brian Losey, then Commander of Special Operations
Command Africa. Losey would have contacted four-star General Carter Ham,
Commander of U.S. AFRICOM at the time.
“Ham answers directly to the
President of the United States,” said the source. It wasn’t a low-level
bureaucrat making the call, the source adamantly added.
That call may have been made
early in the engagement. Both Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified in January that they had
no further communication with President Barack Obama after an initial
briefing in the early hours of the Benghazi crisis, which continued through
But what about
then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
have a hard time thinking it was Hillary alone. Hillary may have tried to
circumvent the counterterrorism board and deal with this. I think in order
for her to tell General Ham, ‘No, you’re not going to get involved,' she
would have had to talk to the president. The president would have had to
say, ‘No, take your commands from Hillary.’ He would have had said
something, because Ham does not work for the Department of State; he works
directly for the president,” the source explained.
The lack of clarity
surrounding orders given during the Benghazi attacks is a stark contrast to
the clarity projected after the successful Osama bin Laden raid in May 2011,
when administration officials were keen to attribute responsibility for the
orders to the president.
Witnesses with firsthand
information about the Benghazi attacks will appear [have now appeared]
before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
State Department employees
Mark Thompson, Gregory Hicks, and Eric Nordstrom are expected to be
whistleblower witnesses who will reveal information about State’s reaction
to the attacks that has not been released previously.
– FM Duck
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