The 3AM phone call came, but it was not at 3AM. The phone rang a little after 1600 Lima (that’s military jargon for local) in Washington, D.C. And Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus and Barack Obama failed to answer. Their failure facilitated the deaths of Americans. In my opinion, they have blood on their hands.
Hillary’s failure? She is in charge of the bureaucracy that refused to give the so-called “Consulate” in Benghazi the security presence it needed. Why? It is now clear that because this was largely a CIA operation, State Department did not want to spend any of its resources in fortifying a position that existed largely to provide cover for an undercover CIA operation.
But Hillary’s big fail came when the phone rang alerting her and Under Secretary Kennedy, along with the OPS CENTER, that the “Consulate” was under attack and Ambassador Stevens normally at risk. In such a situation, the Bureau of Counter Terrorism is alerted and kicks in with a tried and true response plan. Their response includes coordinating with DOD, the CIA and the FBI, just to mention a few. Hillary refused to activate and involve the Bureau of Counter Terrorism in this response.
In the aftermath of the August 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the State Department’s CT Bureau led an overseas response within 48 hours. Same thing happened in October 2000 when the USS Cole was attacked. This time? NOTHING. I have heard, but cannot confirm, that the senior people in the CT Bureau who should have been notified were not initially alerted to the attack. Hillary apparently did not want to treat this as a terrorism incident.
Shame on her.
But the real damage came at the CIA and the White House. (Jennifer Griffin did Pulitzer work in breaking the story.)
When the attack started on the “Consulate,” the only armed force capable of responding was a mile away at the CIA Annex. Those people asked CIA Headquarters for permission to respond. DENIED. They asked again. DENIED AGAIN! After a third request, former NAVY SEAL Tyrone Woods and other members of the CIA team at the Annex said, “FUCK IT,” and went to the sound of battle.
Do you remember the heroic sacrifice of Delta Force operators Randy Shugart and Gary Gordon in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia? A U.S. military Blackhawk helicopter was down and the crew at risk facing hundreds of angry, armed Somalis. They were outnumbered and outgunned but went to save their brothers. Shugart and Gordon died fighting. They were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.
That’s what Tyrone Woods and his CIA compatriots did that night. The failure to garner the immediate support of CIA Headquarters is on David Petraeus. He always has been a political asshole masquerading as a general.
On September 11, 2012, Petreaeus proved his true colors. Tyrone Woods, if he were still on active duty, would deserve the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Let me note in passing the difference between many CIA field operators and the bureaucrats who fill the corridors back in McLean. During the Contra War in Central America, James Adkins experienced the same thing. He was the Chief of Base for the CIA operation in southern Honduras. He was ordered to withhold food from Contra troops and force them to march into Nicaragua without weapons. The Contras were promised they would be supplied with weapons once they got into Nicaragua.
Adkins followed orders under protest. However, when the Contra troops were ambushed and took casualties, with no means to return fire and defend themselves, Adkins defied orders and personally flew into Nicaragua with a helo to retrieve wounded Contras.
Adkins subsequently was fired for his bravery. Note: This happened under Ronald Reagan. I present this lest you think this kind of chicken shit behavior is exclusive to Democrats. It is not.
Now let’s turn to Barack Obama. One hour into the attack on the “Consulate,” he met with SecDef Panetta and General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I can understand not wanting to put an F-18 or F-16 for a bombing run. Those aircraft cannot do precision bombing in a dangerous close situation. But there reportedly was an AC-130H Spectre gunship available. That weapon would have made a difference.
How do I know? I have good friends who flew and commanded units flying those birds. The Spectre can shoot the testicle hairs off of a gnat and are particularly effective during night time ops. Tyrone Woods had identified the mortar. This means the mortar had fired more than one round. The mortar team had a spotter and were adjusting fire. Woods reportedly lasered the mortar. That means a Spectre could have come on scene and taken it out.
Obama refused to give the order to use that weapon. He was too worried about his own election and did not give a damn about the U.S. forces in danger. The phone was ringing and Barack refused to answer the call. As a result of his failure to act, two former Navy SEALS paid the ultimate price for his cowardice. Damn you Barack Obama. Damn you.
UPDATE: If you haven’t seen this video and heard this caller, it is worth your time. The Lieutenant Colonel is the real deal and knows what he is talking about: