"a new timeline of benghazi attack notes quick response by defenders," by catherine chomiak and andrea mitchell, http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/01/14865301-new-timeline-of-benghazi-attack-notes-quick-response-by-defenders?lite , says that cia officials in libya sent a security team to the embassy within 25 minutes of the beginning of the attack, and that the u.s. military had a drone on site shortly thereafter. two teams of 6 cia security types, including one from tripoli with another two u.s. army officers, responded to the attack. exactly one six man team made it to the embassy grounds, the other from tripoli did not, because it could not get a ride there from the benghazi airport.
the report states that at 9.40 p.m. the embassy reported it was under attack. and, that by 11.30 p.m., the teams departed with all u.s. embassy personnel, except for ambassador stevens. (and, we might add, without two u.s. navy seals.)
this, according to an unnamed "senior intelligence" official.
if this is the case, it would seem quite obvious that the higher ups in the cia chain of command, and this includes president barack obama, were fully informed that this was an armed attack on a u.s. embassy by coordinated force. and, that shots were fired.
it wold also seem quite obvious that higher ups in the cia chain of command, to include obama, new that ambassador stevens was missing, and either dead or kidnapped or in hiding.
and, it means that the u.s. government sent 12 cia agents plus 2 army officers to the embassy compound to defend it. one 6 man team that actually got there. one 6 man team accompanied by two army officers that got to the benghazi air port, tried to get a ride to the embassy but could not, and then went to the local hospital to check for steven's presence, presumably dead or alive.
the united states government, according to an unnamed "senior intelligence" official's "new" timeline managed to get 6 cia agents to an united states embassy under attack during a two hour period when it was under fire, and during which the united states ambassador is snatched from a laundry room.
the u.s. ambassador was snatched from a laundry room, ... , not a "safe house," nor a "safe residence," but a laundry room. the entire assets of the u.s. government put him in a laundry room. http://wintersoldier2008.typepad.com/summer_patriot_winter_sol/2012/10/the-safe-room-narratives-renaissance-lies-lies-lies-from-the-soiled-lips-of-the-us-state-department-.html
and, that's it. that's what tony vietor meant, when he said, that the "...what the entire government did – the white house, state department, intelligence community, department of defense included – was to work to mobilize all available assets and move them into the region as quickly as possible." http://wintersoldier2008.typepad.com/summer_patriot_winter_sol/2012/11/7-hours-.html .
in the 7 hour period from the start of the attack until the two navy seals were killed, and ambassador stevens taken from the compound, the "... entire government ..." send 6 cia personnel to the embassy sight, and had a drone overhead.
within minutes of this occurring, president barack obama, secretary of state hillary clinton, the cia director and leon panetta were informed of what was going on, and they felt it appropriate that a 6 man response team from the cia was appropriate to the situation.
in which an american ambassador and his aide, and two u.s. navy seals were killed.
and, that it was not needed to send in the other navy seals to rescue their fellows, that it was appropriate to wait until they were killed by mortar fire.
is it just me? am i the only one that doesn't immediately react by saying, well, this gets everyone off the hook. you will just have to pardon me, but i see nothing in this latest trial balloon that is even remotely exculpatory.
i just don't think that the "senior command chain," to include obama, clinton, panetta, the joint chiefs and patreus did a particularly good job of "command." they simply got a u.s. ambassador killed, because they could not generate an appropriate defense for his life with the entire assets of the u.s. military and intelligence services at their command.
hiding an ambassador in a laundry room, and sending a 6-man response team just didn't cut it, did it?
john jay @ 11.02.2012
p.s. we'll see how this plays out. it is curious, is it not, that this "senior intelligence" official pops up two months after the fact. if this is not "accepted," do you suppose we will ever hear from this "official" again, or that he will ever be identified? what do you think?