Saturday, October 27, 2012

Leon Panetta (Defense Secretary) - 'Benghazi Rescue Mission Ruled Out Because of Lack of Reliable Intelligence'

I have a few problems with this. First, it does not explain why the protection was removed, over the objection of the people working there, before the attack. Second, it does not explain why we were not ready for something, given all of the previous attacks, on 9/11 of all days. Terrorists love anniversaries, and 9/11 is their favorite at that. Third, there were drones above sending real time video and other data during the attack. How much more intelligence do they need? Fourth, that is a bunch of baloney. Obviously you would prefer as much information as possible. When information is not available, there are still people that know how to operate. You can not shut down because of a lack of intel or because your initial intel was skewed. Fifth, and lastly, there are actions that could have been taken with zero intel and almost no risk. A fly over may have been enough to scatter the attackers, especially if you have a gunship circling overhead.

US military leaders ruled out sending in forces during the attack on an American consulate in Libya last month because of a lack of reliable intelligence, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

Although forces were on alert and ready to launch an operation if needed, the US military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Panetta all decided against any intervention as they had no clear picture of events unfolding in Benghazi, he said.

“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.

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