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Except, those planes weren’t fueled, or armed (more time), and would still need tanker support. F-15Es have a combat radius of less than 800 miles. Benghazi was over 1,000 miles away.
The closest planes that were ready, were in Djibouti, 2,000 miles away. Also no tanker support.
Major General Darryl Roberson, Vice Director of Operations for the Joint Staff
All American assets were ineffective. The only thing I’ve never seen clarification on is if the help the Israelis offered had an opportunity.
[/quote] I saw the pilot of the plane that eventually did fly into Benghazi and fly the survivors out interviewed on fnc. I believe he was based in Italy, I would have to look that up. he said explicitly that had he been asked to fly to Benghazi at the beginning of the attack, he very possibly could have saved the 2 seals who died 7 to 8 hrs later. he also said that the Benghazi station personnel had weeks beforehand specifically requested that a plane be waiting at the Benghazi airport, fueled up and ready to go, on sept 11, they were so sure they were in mortal danger. that request like so many others was refused.
one of the men who was killed had sent an email to a friend on sept 10 or early sept 11 that began “…if I am still alive tomorrow…” he wasn’t.
Gregory hicks, second in command at Tripoli, testified under oath that there were both military and civilian personnel there who were virtually begging to be allowed to go the Benghazi compound to help repel the attack. they were never given permission. Hicks also testified that it was highly probable that a flyover by American aircraft would have been in itself enough to discourage continuation of the attack after the first wave, and that he had been told by experts that planes could have reached there from Italy in 2 to 3 hrs, long before the end of the attack.
I have heard several other military personnel including one of the rank of general but whose name I do not remember, state that they wanted to go to Benghazi and would have gone in a heartbeat, and believe they could have saved at least the SEALs.
In addition there is in existence a unit specifically designed to protect embassy personnel around the world. it is called the Foreign Emergency Support Team, or FEST for short. Mark Thompson, the leader of that team, testified on May 8, 2013. When reports started coming in on Benghazi in late afternoon of sept 11th, 2012, he alerted his leadership that deployment of FEST should be seriously considered. he was absolutely stunned to receive a reply from the white house that meetings had already been held that had “taken FEST out of the menu of options.”** in other words, a unit designed specifically for this type of emergency had already been removed from consideration without even consulting its leader or giving him the courtesy in participating in the deliberations or discussion. is that not just a tiny bit strange?
yes, numerous military and other functionaries who know which side their bread is buttered on have supported the official line that no effective US assets could have reach Benghazi in time. but there are also numerous individuals who have been brave enough to speak and dispute that. and there were personnel in several locations both near and far, who were itching to go. they were in most cases not specifically told not to go. they didn’t have to be. they needed an order to go. even after clearly articulating a desire to do so, they did not receive that order.
even if it were true that no forces were in place that could have rescued the Benghazi personnel “in time” (but how did they know that?), that very fact --that no plans had been made to deal with security issues on Sept 11 in a place like Benghazi, a likely candidate for attack even without the humongous “clues” provided by the countless warnings from the staff there–displays a fecklessness that is virtually incomprehensible. Even if we accept the administration’s take on it (forgetting the ridiculous video fabrication), we have to choose between swallowing without explanation an incomprehensible degree of fecklessness and blowing off of warnings–and considering the possibility of actual intent. I do consider actual intent to be possible. very possible.