The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.
“They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.The network reported that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft observed the final hours of the hours-long siege on Sept. 11 — obtaining information that should have spurred swift action.But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops, Berntsen said.“They made zero adjustments in this. You find a way to make this happen,” he fumed.“There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments.”The Pentagon said it moved a team of special operators from Central Europe to Sigonella, Italy — about an hour flight from Libya — but gave no other details.Fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships — which could have been used to help disperse the bloodthirsty mob — were also stationed at three nearby bases, sources told the network. Source: Fox Nation
There was a female Democrat strategist on Fox with Eric Shawn saying Republicans in the House cut funding for Embassies and that's why we didn't have necessary protection. The fact is, Charlene Lamb, from State told Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in a House hearing, that funding had nothing to do with how security matters were decided in Libya. Lamb is responsible for receiving messages from the Consulate and our Embassies, then resolving what needed to be resolved, whether in conjunction with her superiors or by her own authority.
On a side note, on Geraldo Rivera (I know I hate mention him but...) last night, he interviewed former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty's sister. She emphatically said he WAS NOT in Libya to protect the Libyan Embassy or Consulate, and we know Doherty told ABC News he was in Libya to seek out and destroy weapons in the hands of dangerous people in that country. Hillary's early claim of "robust" security inside the Benghazi compound should not be forgotten or ignored.
Drones have kept our boots on the ground safer. They can both record an event and drop a bomb. We can't get rid of this Commander-in-Chief until January 20th, 2012, but we can add this frightening component to our defense arsenal now. I have complete faith in Mitt Romney, that he already knows who he will put in the State Department, (I'm hoping it's John Bolton) and that person must cleanse that viper pit completely.