CBS: Predator Viewed Benghazi Attacks

I mentioned this story in the comments on Saturday, but soon realized it needed its own post, especially since tonight’s presidential debate will be focusing upon the Middle East and terrorism.

Read this story and ask yourself why should we give President Obama four more years in office.

The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response.

“They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

The network reported that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft observed the final hours of the hours-long siege on Sept. 11 — obtaining information that should have spurred swift action.

But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops.

Fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships — which could have been used to help disperse the bloodthirsty mob — were also stationed at three nearby bases, sources told the network.

Defense Department officials were watching the attack as it unfolded, and this administration did nothing. Worse still, Obama blamed this attack on a video for two weeks. Two weeks! Why should we reward this incompetence with another term?

13 thoughts on “CBS: Predator Viewed Benghazi Attacks

  1. Jon Brooks

    There is no reason on the face of this earth that we should give this SCOAMF 4 more years. If I were in charge there would have been orbiting gunships as quickly as they could have gotten on station. Even if it may not have been able to stop the ambassador’s death
    in time there would have been a great gnashing of teeth
    and wailing women, in the enemy camp that night. I’ll take even a phyrric victory against them if it means a very large stack of their bodies also.

  2. Dannytheman

    I fear you are singing to the choir on this one. The problem truly is the people who will vote that never heard of Benghazi and the attack by known terrorists.
    This is and was a disgrace.

  3. Jim Scrummy

    Wyatt, you didn’t get the memo, Barky got UBL. He led the the DEVGRU operators into Abbotabad, fast roped into the compound, and got UBL with his bare hands. Yep, that’s how it all went down, silly you.

    Pfff, Stevens, the two “retired” SEALs, and the DOS employee, losing their lives was not optimal, for Barky’s election. No matter what Stevens journal, and other requests he made. No matter that previous attacks had occurred. No matter that it was the anniversary of the largest terrorist attack (in terms of total live taken), and no one at State decided to up the FPCON level for the embassies, particularly in the ME. It was happenstance that a drone was flying by…loaded with Hellfire missiles, which may have been able to help the two SEALs do an exfil with Stevens, Launching the Hellfires is risky, but it wasn’t optimal…for Barky ME’s policy. Notice how Barky has dropped the AQ is on the run from his BS stump speeches.

  4. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Jon – I vote for that scene in Patriot Games where the strike team goes in under cover of darkness and wipes out the terrorist camp. Good times.

    Danny – I’d like to think people care enough to watch the debates – the last one is tonight – but I give my fellow Americans too much credit.

    Jim – Launch the Hellfires and deal with the repercussions later. What’s Libya going to do, scream that we killed the people who were invading our embassy? Frak them.

  5. Jim Scrummy

    Oh, forgot to mention the firefight in Benghazi lasted about 6-7 hours, mainly because of the SEALs on the roof of the consulate. It wasn’t until the “spontaneous anti-muhammed movie mob” (Al Qaeda) starting lobbing mortar fire on to the consulate roof, killing the SEALs (around the 6-7 hour mark), is when the consulate went down. So, based on some back of the envelope calculations, and AC-130 based either at Sigonella or Cyprus could’ve been on station prior to the consulate going down. Plus the AC-130 would be linked into the Predator’s video feed, being able to bring the steel rain on the “spontaneous anti-Muh. movie mob”. But it wasn’t optimal. Besides Barky had to get ready for the tables in Vegas, the next day.

  6. metoo

    We simply cannot afford another 4 years of this inept, naive, narcissistic, spinmeister in the White House.

  7. Jon Brooks

    Now its all starting to make some sense.

    Remember the State Dept. being tight lipped about whether or not they would ever release the Blind Sheik to the Muslim brotherhood?

    Remember how obambi chose to talk with them over Netanyahu, and also how they were invited to the White house recently.

    There is a theory just going around that I, because of who is in the White House now, am finding very credible. The ‘attack’ on the embassy was supposed to be a non-lethal kidnapping. It was orchestrated and planned in conjucntion with the muslim brotherhood, which would allow obambi to turn over the Blind Sheik in exchange for the ambassador and his party. Increased security was denied so there wouldn’t be coordinated opposition to the kidnapping. Since it went badly a cover story was cooked up and disseminated via media blitz to blame the video on Youtube as a pretext, which as of Sept. 10th of this year had been online for 3 months with only 17 views.

    Two brave ex-Navy SEALS didn’t get the memo however
    and engaged in a firefight with the terrorists and essentially held them off for about 6 hours until mortars were brought in and blew them off the roof.

    Hard to believe? All I personally have to do is look at the occupant of the White House and its very believable to me. What about you?

    1. loaded dice in vegas

      Very believable. Heard this last week and remember don’t put anything past a Chicago Dem thug pol.

      God Save the Republic……

  8. Jon Brooks

    Wyatt – I, like you don’t believe the WTC’s were brought down by explosives and thermite charges as alot of people do. I take the report I read with a grain of salt also but a contact was mentioned within the administration who dropped the dime. Is this manufactured hearsay for political reasons? Mayhaps but perhaps we’ll find out within the next few days if this source is a false or an actual lead. Perhaps also the ‘source’ (whoever it is) wants people like me who dislike this SCOAMF to be tools of dissemination, even if untrue. But it is something I personally would never put past the Bowing Pretender in Chief to do. I have the feeling also that millions upon millions of other Americans wouldn’t put it past him either.

    Pigs might not fly yet. But I do spy one on the runway
    revving up his engines.

  9. realwest

    Hey Wyatt – thanks for posting this information.
    For me, this is truly the most telling part of that post:

    “The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response.

    “They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

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