An Anonymous Denial on Benghazi That Fails the Smell Test, But Passes the BS Test With Flying Colors
“The Pentagon took action by moving personnel and assets in the region shortly after it learned of the attack on the Benghazi consulate,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There was no request made for military intervention in Benghazi. To be successful, such an operation, if requested, would have required solid information about what was happening on the ground. Such clarity just wasn’t available as the attack was unfolding.”
First, why is this coming from an anonymous source? Why don’t Panetta or Dempsey-or Obama-make this statement in public? If they can back that up, why don’t they say it publicly?
Second, this stretches credulity to a breaking point. ”There was no request.” Does this anonymous individual expect us to believe that two CIA agents who were also ex-SEALs, while defending a US government facility and numerous civilian employees against an attack by a much larger force equipped with heavy weapons would not make a request? They just figured: “Well, we’re on our own. Might as well not even bother asking for help.”
Spare me. They would have been requesting help loud and clear and often.
I just find it completely incredible that they didn’t ask for help. Assuming that they did, for the Pentagon not to receive the request, someone in the communications chain between those in Benghazi and the Pentagon would have had to have decided not to pass on the request, or there would have had to have been a communications breakdown. I also consider these alternatives highly unlikely.
Thus, I consider it virtually impossible that there was no request.
Third, note the repetition of the “we needed more information, more clarity” theme that Panetta advanced as a military principle last week. It’s no more plausible now that it was then. It’s also a weasel formulation: we didn’t get a request, but if we did, we wouldn’t have responded anyways.
I called BS on this “principle” last week, and I’m not alone. From Blackfive:
Got an email from the retired former Delta operator in the Benghazi post. And yes, he mis-spells the SecDef’s name on purpose.
This is about doctrine, specifically the Obama Administration’s doctrine, and how it doesn’t work in the real world:
Leon Penetta is Either a Dumbass or a Liar
The Secretaryof Defense, in his most determined way, continues to try to protect the President from the fiasco in Benghazi. So desperate to shield the President he announced what will be forever remembered as the Penetta Doctrine:
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Of course, in the circles that I ran with, it will be forever labeled “The Dumbest Shit I Ever Heard Doctrine”.
Exactly. But that’s their story, and they’re sticking to it. And they will for the next 7 days. At least.