You know I am the first to bust on Obama, and man does this guy provide a target rich environment, but I am going to have to tell people that are focusing on the lack of response in Benghazi that they are wrong to bitch about that. Yes, they had a drone over the area, unarmed from what I hear, and yes, it took 6 hours for the whole debacle to play out, but neither is the problem. People that believe the problem here is that Team Obama failed to act once the shit hit the fan don’t get it. There simply is no rapid reaction force that can be stood up and moved in under 24 hours unless it was pre-positioned and on 24 hour alert.
I have been on several blogs where people have flogged Team Obama for not responding to the attack, and I think this is a serious mistake. Too many people influenced by shows like 24 and CSI, where people figure out stuff that in the real world takes months during a commercial break, or worse, take actions like driving across DC, in seconds, when the actual time due to traffic is several hours. I think this is why so many erroneously think there should have been a response in Benghazi, and that that was the failure by team blue. Even an air strike – by fixed wing aircraft, because rotary aircraft did do not have the range, and the Navy had nothing pre-positioned near Libya – would have take hours to put together. And I think an airstrike would have been the equivalent of using a hammer where a scalpel was needed. I even heard some complain that they could have staged SEALs from Rota, Spain, but that presupposes that these SEALs where on alert and ready to go.
The failure in Benghazi was one of lack of action, well lack of action at the time of the crisis, but one of lack of logistical action. The failure here was to not have pre-positioned forces – they were told this was going to happen long before it did – so you actually could make them do something once you became aware of the threat. If we are going to accuse team Obama of screwing the pooch, let’s do it for the right reason. Once the shit hit the fan in Benghazi they were left with no options because they had failed to heed the warnings and take the anniversary of 9-11 seriously, because they were too busy pushing the political narrative that al Qaeda was dead, at Obama’s hands of all reasons, and that the GWOT was done and over with.
It was a cold and calculated decision by State, pushed by the WH, to not reinforce or secure the compound in Benghazi. The donkeys could not be seen to dance on Osama’s and al Qaeda’s graves during their convention to then have to eat crow and prep for an al Qaeda attack just the week after. That’s what killed Stevens and 3 others. Not the fact that they didn’t respond to the attack. They couldn’t respond even if they wanted to. Not that I am saying they wanted to either. Leftists love France for a reason: they like to surrender to the enemy quickly, just like team Obama does.
Let’s keep that story straight. Especially with Obama coming into his third debate desperate to “reset” the story on Benghazi-gate. Fuck, Nixon got butt raped for far less. Nobody died from that hotel break in like happened in Benghazi.