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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:20 AM

Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Pentagon leaders knew of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilize reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the U.S. ambassador, according to a timeline released on Friday.

Senior defence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected criticism accusing the Pentagon of failing to move quickly to send reinforcements to relieve the consulate or using armed aerial drones to fire on the attackers.

"The Department of Defense acted quickly after learning of the incidents unfolding in Benghazi," said one official, adding that Marines, special forces and other military assets had either been employed or put in motion during the attack.

"Unfortunately, no alternative or additional aircraft options were available within a timeline to be effective," the official added.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/10/uk-usa-libya-pentagon-idUKBRE8A903X20121110

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:23 AM

1. The insanity will not stop. It has been shown and said time again what happened, yet they still do

not believe. The resignation of petraeus because of an affair they said that wasn't the reason it was because of benghazi

I am convinced the people who watch fox are becoming mentally unstable

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:31 AM

2. My conspiracy theory nut brother-in-law

insists the President ordered forces to stand down and fired Gen Ham of Africom? He also believes, or thinks is likely, that President Obama used Patreaus affair as blackmail to pressure him to resign so he wouldn't have to testify, 500 retired flag-level generals and admirals are 'very unhappy with the actions of President Obama'.

I don't agree with this stuff, I'm just sharing it to debunk it.

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Response to Sugarcoated (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:38 AM

3. that stuff doesn't need debunking, it needs a laugh track.

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Response to Sugarcoated (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:45 AM

4. I heard all of what you just posted last night at a family gathering.

Plus how we should have killed everyone on the block from above while it was happening.

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:12 PM

14. I love that response

I really do. It does seem to be the standard right wing answer to almost anything foreign. Can we bomb it?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:16 AM

5. Looked, walked, talked like an October surprise, then after the election...

Surprise! There's no surprise here.

I'm not surprised.

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Response to Festivito (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:21 AM

6. I agree

but the RW smear machine is revving up on this. I caught the FOX "all stars" and you could see the excitement in their eyes.

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Response to Sugarcoated (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:45 PM

9. I think that they think they really could get an impeachment out of this.

I would not be shocked to see them try.

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Response to FVZA_Colonel (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:15 AM

10. I guess they want to be creamed even worse in the next election

Do they ever learn?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:25 PM

7. The election is over. Quit coddling the children and let the adults go to work.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:39 PM

8. This contrived scandal will live and breath on fox

and RW radio. The rest of the MSM will be done with this after the hearings
and whatever investigations are required.

A deeply unfortunate loss of life, of four people that were fully aware of the
risks involved in their professions.

Anne Stevens dignified and thoughtful interview on CNN ( unfortunately with Erin Burnett)
is for me the final words that need to be said about this matter.

http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2012/11/08/exp-erin-ann-stevens-libya.cnn.html

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:17 AM

11. They keep crying wolf

so, they're losing what little influence they have.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:08 AM

12. Uh, I'm Not Sure IF/Why the Pentagon is Totally Responsible

 

for providing security at our Consulates?

why is the State Dept. off the hook?

IMHO, there's a huge lack of common sense here. if we have a consulate in a screwed up/UNstable nation like Libya, where there are still hundreds of guys walking around with an ax to grind.. and they are armed with military-style weapons--- why not have very beefed up security at our Consulate there??

and sorry, the "the repugs cut funding for security" doesn't supecede the need to protect our people in unstable nations. who's in charge here, anyone?



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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:46 AM

13. PRIVATIZATION OF EMBASSY SECURITY IS BAD FOR AMBASSADORS AND BAD FOR AMERICA

The US took the step of privatizing security for Embassies around the world. It was bad judgement to have CIVILIAN personnel involved in a military action. They were unprepared and ill equipped to handle the situation. It was PPP and has to be changed. RISK assessments need to be made for security placement. EMBASSIES in hostile territories need MILITARY RESPONSES to attacks. WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED something from IRAN.

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