Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team at the CIA annex a mile from the U.S. consulate when Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their superiors and requested permission to go and help out but were told to “stand down.” They again pressed their superiors for the okay to help but again were told to “stand down.” This is according to those who are familiar with the communication exchanges that day.
Woods and at least two others ignored the orders and went to help at the consulate and shots were exchanged. Their team evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight. They called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA annex but their request was denied. At least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, commonly used to provide support to Special Operations teams involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours – more than enough time for help to come from Sigonella Air Base, just 480 miles away. It has been learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait and among them were also Delta Force operators.
It’s now been learned that President Obama watched the attack in real time in the White House Situation Room. Click here for story Just what President Obama did or didn’t do while watching the attack is the question on many minds. What is known is that the CIA urgently requested military backup three times but were denied each time.
The U.S. military has a creed, “leave no man behind” – whether injured, captured, or dead. It’s ironic that our President just earlier this week said (in regards to the aftermath of Sandy) “…we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure that we respond…”
As Commander In Chief of all the military forces our President owes an honest accounting of what happened in Benghazi – firstly to the families of those whose lives were taken, to the all the personnel in the Armed Forces and also to the American people.
The mainstream media also owes an accounting to the American people of their dereliction of duty as “watchdogs of democracy.” The Watergate Story is legendary although it was just a cover-up of political chicanery. Where is the media in regards to reporting on and seeking the truth of Benghazi? I read just recently that no one died at Watergate.
As for an honest accounting of what actually happened at Benghazi, don’t hold your breath. Not at least until after the election.
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