US military helpless against surprise attacks
News reports are now saying that there was military help available to rescue the people killed in Benghazi, but they were told to stand down. Not only were there rapid-response forces only a couple of hours away, but there was apparently a Spectre gunship in the air overhead that was ordered not to support the people being attacked on the ground. And the administration has refused to say whether the two drones flying overhead were armed or not (meaning that they probably were). Two of those who were killed almost certainly could have been saved if US defense forces had made any effort at all to save them.
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta tries to justify his decision
“There’s a basic principle here, and 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 a news conference.
He's an idiot, of course. The very nature of armed conflict is that one side is always trying to surprise the other side. Panetta has just announced to the enemy that as long as they surprise us, we will let them kill as many Americans as they can without opposition because we are afraid to respond to surprise attacks.
But beyond that, he is also a liar for pretending that they didn't have "real-time information about what's taking place". They had two drones and a gunship overhead monitoring the situation and people on the ground sending in reports. If this isn't enough information to support a reaction, what is?
Panetta also claims that two generals helped him make the decision. I wonder if the press will bother interviewing either of them before the election to see if Panetta is lying about that as well.