U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens

American Thinker

Elite  U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi  Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012.  Elements of the highly  specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on  alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond.  Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours.   CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their  region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.

Leon  Panetta, Secretary of Defense at the time, either misled the U.S.  Congress  or was incompetent.  Panetta testified  before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 7, 2013 that the U.S.  military could not have responded in less than 9 to 12 hours.

Obama’s  first secretary of defense, Robert Gates, told  CBS’s Face the Nation on May 12, 2013 that “[w]e don’t have a ready  force standing by” in that region.

But  we absolutely do “have a ready force standing by” to reach any trouble spot in a  few hours.  Insider  reports previously revealed that CIF elements were training in Croatia and  could have been in Benghazi in three and a half hours.

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