On Sunday night, Steve Kroft of CBS “60 Minutes” interviewed President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attacks. On September 11, 2012, 4 men were murdered, namely Ambassador Chris Stevens, ex-Navy Seals Ty Woods and Greg Doherty as well as Information Specialist Sean Smith. The interview was a perfect example of the inept media that assists and promotes a left-wing agenda to a country of sheeple who are not curious about how or why our military died at the hands of their Commander-in-Chief and Secretary of State in Benghazi.
This was supposed to be an interview about the events of Benghazi. Smiling with hands folded across their laps, a fun-loving Obama and Hillary looked like school kids on their best behavior at a parents conference. Steve opened the discussion by asking the President why he wanted to have this interview together with Hillary. President Obama responded that, “I just wanted to publicly say thanks because I think Hillary Clinton will go down as one of the greatest Secretaries of State that we’ve had. It has been a great collaboration over the last 4 years. I’m gonna miss her. Wish she was sticking around”…and on and on. It was a lovefest redirecting the interview from serious to nonsense with the approval of Kroft.
So what about Benghazi? Throughout the interview, both Obama's and Clinton's use of phrases such as the “world is complicated and dangerous” or the administration “was trying to figure out how nobody is in this position again” surfaced repeatedly. OK, tell me something I don’t know about the attacks, I thought. Kroft asked no tough questions. Kroft never questioned the timeline on 9/11, Hillary’s testimony or the President’s role.
The truth about Benghazi is clear. POTUS did not step up to save Americans but instead, let them be murdered at the hands of Islamists. If he did, lets see the order. Here are the facts of Benghazi as we know them.
About ten minutes after the Benghazi compound was attacked, a Flash Traffic was released from an agent in the compound’s technical office through the Military Information Network; this was received by the Army, CIA, State Department and Whitehouse.
Flash traffic or flash call is a digital point to point message, like an Instant Message. According to military protocol, a message from the CIA Compound would be sent directly and simultaneously to the Embassy in Tripoli, the State Department and the Whitehouse Situation Room. When received in the situation room of the Whitehouse, someone immediately transmits it to an Obama aide who WALKS the information immediately to POTUS and verifies delivery. It doesn't matter where the POTUS is; he always has an aide with him. This wasn’t just an attack, there was a missing Ambassador who has a priority 4-stars rank and is representing the President in Libya. Obama knew about the attack immediately.
Charlene Lamb at the State department also received the call and was able to watch the attacks in real time.
Other immediate notifications went to General Carter Ham of Africom and Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette of Eurocom, both in Germany with commanders ready to deploy.
When an ambassador is in danger, or missing, the default procedure is an immediate rescue. Once the alarm was sent from Benghazi, dozens of headquarters were informed, and proceeded immediately to prepare for the rescue, without waiting for the White House. A rescue of this kind becomes TOP priority. Any delay can result in deaths of our military. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they plan and execute rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the President; that is to cross an international border on a hostile mission, also called CBA (cross border authority). For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace. If the POTUS does not give the OK, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.
General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.
A Quick Reaction Force was dispatched from Tripoli to Benghazi because it had no international border to cross. But the air armada commanded by General Ham of AFRICOM, with its C-17s or C-130s, its Special Operations Forces in MH-47 Chinooks or Pave Hawks, cannot cross the border to Libya without authorization to do so. No general, even 4-star, can grant this permission there. Only the POTUS holds the scepter of that authority. Without this authorization to cross the border of a sovereign state, the helicopters, the gunships, the armed drones — the whole armada — had to land and “hold” at Sigonella, Italy, about an hour away, and ships had to stop in international waters. Two Special Forces units were at Sigonella that time, including Delta Force, who was training in Europe.
Two drones joined the theaters of operations. Actually controlled from Tripoli, these drones relayed video streams throughout the duration of the attack via their camera in real time, live. We are talking about two drones because at one point, the first drone was replaced by another, probably because the machine ran out of fuel. A second drone came to take the place of the first.
So, the military was ready to go…but silence from POTUS who had the capability to watch in real time. POTUS could have called in troops to rescue Americans, but he didn’t.
The real question that Steve Kroft should have asked was “Why”?