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There was no military “stand-down” order given the night of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, military officials told lawmakers late Wednesday, contradicting a State Department official’s account of the event.

The lack of a U.S. military response to the hourslong assaults in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed has been a key point of contention for Republican lawmakers, who have criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks and their aftermath.

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Benghazi Attack Under Microscope

Reports of a military stand-down order have circulated almost since the night of the attacks, which unfolded in two stages over several hours at two locations — the U.S. diplomatic post and a nearby CIA building, where survivors of the first assault took shelter.

Such reports increased earlier this year after congressional testimony from Stevens‘ deputy, Greg Hicks, who said that a site security team at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli had been ordered to stand down — that is, not to go to Benghazi and battle terrorists or rescue U.S. personnel. Mr. Hicks noted that the site security team leader, Army Lt. Col. S.E. Gibson, expressed frustration over being ordered to stand down.

But Col. Gibson said Wednesday that no stand-down order was given, according to the House Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations. The subcommittee held a classified briefing with Col. Gibson; retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, former commander of U.S. Africa Command; and Navy Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.

“Contrary to news reports, Gibson was not ordered to ‘stand down’ by higher command authorities in response to his understandable desire to lead a group of three other Special Forces soldiers to Benghazi,” the subcommittee said in a rare statement about a closed-door briefing.

Instead, the site security team was ordered to remain in Tripoli to defend the embassy and its staff in case terrorists also struck in the capital while the Benghazi post was under attack, and to assist the wounded who were being evacuated to Tripoli after the first phase of the fighting had ended, the statement said.

Col. Gibson “acknowledged that, had he deployed to Benghazi, he would have left Americans in Tripoli undefended. He also stated that, in hindsight, he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference, and as it turned out, his medic was needed to provide urgent assistance to survivors once they arrived in Tripoli,” the statement said.

The medic “saved the leg and probably the life” of one of the evacuated personnel, according to Mr. Hicks‘ congressional testimony.

The revelation that there was no stand-down order is unlikely to blunt continuing Republican efforts to paint the attack as an avoidable failure by the Obama administration and, in particular, by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, tipped as a likely Democratic presidential candidate for 2016.

The subcommittee’s statement also notes that there was a national security planning process underway for last year’s Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary to ensure that U.S. personnel and facilities abroad were safe. The planning was led by then-White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan, now CIA director. The process, the White House said at the time, involved “numerous meetings to review security measures in place.”


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/27/lawmakers-no-stand-down-order-given-benghazi/#ixzz2fNNM8bVV
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PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:09 PM

Jimmy, it's pathetic how they refuse to give him a break. I don't know how most sleep at night.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 18:49 PM

Jimmy your right. They think they have it made because they have gerrymandered the districts.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 19:01 PM

Republicans are so focused on undermining President Obama and his health care law that they are willing to risk the economic wellbeing of the US and world unless they get exactly what they want. The GOP plan to shut down the government and default on the US government’s obligations if their demands aren’t met is reckless and would be disastrous for the American people.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 19:45 PM

Seb...why would anyone use David Vitter to make a point...
Sen. David Vitter, whose phone number was found in the black book of D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey in 2007, admitted to committing a 'serious sin,' but called the political move by Harry Reid — a proposal to refuse contributions to legislators healthcare if a pol solicited a prostitute — the act of an 'old-time Vegas mafia thug' and 'desperate.'

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PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 15:03 PM

@seb. You and I both know that I could produce a similar list. I'm sure my list would be much longer. You went over board as usual. You lost me after the first list. I think we all realize we have issues in both parties. Your working yourself up for nothing.

HMJC commented on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 15:36 PM

No he isnt really...the point being that you and your counterpart lament how can those terrible republicans sleep at night with all the lies and terrible things they do. You say that both parties have their issues but you clearly feel that obama and the democratic party is a victim. Both are victims of themselves and unwillingness to lead when leadership is needed most.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 16:16 PM

@HMJC.I care about the children, veterans, disabled and etc; My dislike is how the right is playing Hunger games with people lives and holding the American people hostage because they hate the president. My concern-hunger, poor, children education and healthcare.


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