ON LIBYA, NEW INFO – AT 8:48 A.M. ET: A new, selective leak has come from the Obamans. Well, they've blamed the video, the State Department, the intelligence community. Is this an attempt to tell us that the military was too slow? I wouldn't doubt it. From CBS News:
On the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, a team of American military commandos was sent from Europe to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour's flight away from Benghazi, CBS News has learned.
The team, known as the Commander's In-extremis Force, was designed specifically for quick reaction to unforeseen emergencies. But U.S. officials say it did not arrive in Sicily until after the attack was over.
Even if the team had been ready in time, confusion about what was happening on the ground in Benghazi -- and State Department concerns about violating Libyan sovereignty -- made a military rescue mission impractical, the officials say.
Violating Libyan sovereignty? An attack on our consulate is, under international law, a violation of our sovereignty.
That confusion can be read in State Department cables from the day of the attack. At 4:05 p.m. ET, a cable warned the consulate was under attack. Forty-nine minutes later, another cable reported that the firing had stopped and the compound had been cleared.
In fact, the U.S. ambassador and one other State Department employee were dead and the attack was far from over.
Seven hours later, another cable reported that a Benghazi shelter location was also under attack by mortar fire -- a reference to a safe house about a mile from the consulate, where approximately 30 Americans had taken cover. Daylight revealed the safe house had taken a direct hit, killing two more Americans.
COMMENT: Does anyone have any faith left in what comes out of this administration on national-security matters? There have been more stories put out about Libya than there are in the Warner Brothers story department.
This requires a major Congressional probe. The Obamans cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.
October 25, 2012