The truth of the attack on Benghazi on September 11, 2012 has been a stone in the right shoe of President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former CIA Director David Petraeus. It is no wonder the stone continues to cause soreness and irritation; they won’t remove it. The usual suspects have seen fit to obfuscate, bewilder and conceal from Congress and the American people what really happened that night.
Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret), co-founder of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi, believes a cover-up at the highest levels of the Obama Administration has been underway from the beginning.
Washington (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - After over three years, an email has now surfaced that a major rescue attempt was apparently disrupted. The military offered to deploy Special Forces to Benghazi during the assault, long before the attackers killed CIA contractors and former Navy Seals, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.
In the film “13 Hours,” six CIA team members claim that they tried to go to the rescue, but their boss delayed them.
Three and a half hours into the eight-hour siege, the military’s Chief of Staff, Jeremy Bush, e-mailed top State Department officials: “we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a SOF [Special Operations Force] element that was in Croatia.”
Retired Special Forces Colonel Andrew Wood commanded a Special Forces anti-terrorism team protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens and other diplomats in Libya. Wood told Congress that his team was removed from Libya by the Obama Administration two months prior to the attacks, despite warnings of terrorist threats.
For the first time, Wood is speaking out with a startling claim: those Special Forces offered in the military email were on their way to Benghazi, but were turned back!
Wood: “Those individuals I know loaded aircraft and got on their way to respond to that incident. They were not allowed to cross the border, as per protocol, until they got approval from the Commander-in Chief. That authority has to come from him. Otherwise, they’re not allowed to go further into the country. I have a high degree of confidence that that happened, based on information that I’ve heard from individuals that were there. Those forces were put into motion. They simply were not allowed to go further.”
Adding to the claims of a rescue interrupted, the leader of a Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) in the U.S. earlier testified his squad, too, was stopped from responding and a small U.S. military team in Tripoli was ordered not to board a plane for Benghazi during the attacks.
The White House has refused to detail the involvement of President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, while Americans were under attack on foreign soil. Following a short briefing at the beginning of the assault, Obama virtually disappears from the public narrative.
The White House declined to comment on this report but has long denied any assets were available or ready, and said everything possible was done.
Yet, the email indicates that Special Forces were ready. At the same time, high-ranking administration officials weighed in: “Assuming Principles agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to secure the approval from host nation.” The military emails the State Department, “Please advise how you will wish to convey that approval to us.”
Inexplicably, nobody sought Libya’s approval to enter their airspace.
Colonel Wood, a Special Forces soldier for 24 years, said his team and U.S. Diplomats were briefed that if they got into trouble, those Special Forces in Europe were tasked with coming to the rescue.
Greg Hicks, top U.S. diplomat in Tripoli, said that he knew nothing about the availability of Special Forces, and testified that he was told there was no military help available.
Responding to this newly uncovered email, Hicks said: “An aggressive interpretation of the military options presented would have tasked me with obtaining flight and landing clearances from the Libyan government. I have no doubt they would have been granted.”
This entire incident occurred eight weeks before the 2012 election. The crux of President Obama’s campaign was that he sent terrorists packing. Apparently, the survival of the Obama Administration was more important than the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith and former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, the four men who died in Benghazi.
Ray DiLorenzo is a career pilot having retired after 22 years as a contract fire pilot with the California Department of Forestry (Cal-Fire). He is presently affiliated with Stand Up America founded by Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Ret).Commenting Policy
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