Thursday, November 1, 2012
Last week, we alerted you to the infuriating, heart-wrenching revelation that at least three specific requests for military help from besieged Americans in Benghazi were rejected by someone in the chain of command. This decision was made despite the established fact that US officials in Tripoli, the State Department, the Pentagon and the White House were watching the horror unfold in real time, via a video feed from an unmanned drone hovering over the city. Democrats won’t say if that drone was armed (and therefore capable of raining fire on the terrorists who were attacking our men and women). Why were these reinforcements refused, who specifically did the refusing, and where was the president throughout this process? These are questions being asked by US Senators, and political commentators from across the ideological spectrum. We’ve gotten a few answers so far. David Petraeus has emphatically denied that the CIA made this call. President Obama’s Defense Secretary has hinted that the Pentagon was involved in the decision. The White House? Silence:
So here’s where we are: Petraeus has made clear the CIA wasn’t responsible for the decision not to act. Panetta has tried to take the responsibility himself—and the White House has seemed to encourage this interpretation of events.