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Pentagon timeline shows unit arrived in Benghazi 14 hours after attack

From the Denver Post Nov/10/2012





WASHINGTON — New Pentagon details show
that the first U.S. military unit arrived in Libya more than 15 hours
after the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over and four
Americans, including the ambassador, were dead.

A Defense
Department timeline obtained by The Associated Press underscores how far
the military response lagged behind the Sept. 11 attack, due largely to
the long distances the commando teams had to travel to get to Libya.Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta and his top military adviser were notified of
the attack about 50 minutes after it began and were about to head into a
previously scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.

The meeting
quickly turned into a discussion of potential responses to the unfolding
situation in Benghazi, where militants had surrounded the consulate and
set it on fire. The first wave of the attack at the consulate lasted
less than two hours.Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed
in the attack. Intelligence, State Department and military officials
have released details on the response in an effort to answer Republican
criticism that the administration was holding back what it knew about
the assault and when.

Panetta and other defense officials have
repeatedly said that they did not have armed aircraft or military teams
near Benghazi that could have gotten there quickly.In a letter to
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday, Panetta addressed the claim that
the military could have dispatched armed unmanned aerial vehicles,
AC-130 gunships or fighter jets to thwart the attack.

Such aircraft were
not in the region and not an effective option, he said.Panetta
said that based on a continuous evaluation of threats, military forces
were spread around Europe and the Middle East to deal with a variety of
missions.

In the months before the attack, he noted, "several hundred
reports were received indicating possible threats to U.S. facilities
around the world" and noted that there was no advance notice of imminent
threats to U.S. personnel or facilities in Benghazi.The attack
began about 9:40 p.m. local time in Benghazi. Less than 20 minutes
later, the U.S. military began moving an unarmed drone to a position
over Benghazi, so it could provide real time intelligence to the CIA
team on the ground.

The CIA team went to aid the Americans at the
consulate. The drone arrived shortly after 11 p.m. By 11:30 p.m., a CIA
team was able to get the Americans out of the compound.

Between
midnight and 2 a.m., Panetta issued verbal orders, telling two Marine
anti-terrorism teams based in Rota, Spain, to prepare to deploy to
Libya, and he ordered a special operations force team in Central Europe
and a special operations force team in the U.S. to prepare to deploy to a
staging base in Europe.

Not until just before 8 p.m., however, did the first U.S. military unit arrive in the region.


Added: Nov-10-2012 Occurred On: Nov-10-2012
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  • Yep,.this the America's choice ,.

    buwahahahaha,...

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  • Worthless S.O.B. has one job; to defend US soil...

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  • Well 14 hrs is pretty good since the Obama administration still hasn't shown up in New Jersey. Wait a minute, he took a photo with Fat Man, walked around for 90 minutes, and flew to Vegas to hang with Jay Z and Beyonce.

    Welcome to the stupidest fucking country on earth. This is so utterly embarrassing.

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  • Sad...this administration failed these 4 fallen warriors 100%
    They asked, and pleaded for help months before and Clinton basically told them to get fucked.

    America's choice for POTUS...sadly America is so selfish they don't vote on the big picture...it's ME ME ME..what's in it for ME.
    President Obama’s margin of
    victory in the popular vote was
    the narrowest for any incumbent
    president in history.

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  • Makes you wonder if this was an inside job.

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    Fundraiser for Sean Smith's family. Sean was one of the embassy staff who fell in Benghazi.

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  • That's interesting since the targeting laser one seal used would have told him if there was an active weapons system that it could sync up with before he used it. But he did use it to light up a target and that's how they found him and killed him.

    So why would he use the laser that would tell the enemy right where he was if there was no aircraft overhead to fire on the target?

    (He wouldn't)

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