Five days before the election the CIA is now talking. They say that as soon as they heard about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi they sent in some operatives, about a half a dozen of them.
U.S. officials said they decided to offer a detailed account of the CIA’s role, however, to rebut media reports that have suggested that agency leaders delayed sending help to State Department officials seeking to fend off a heavily armed mob.
Instead, U.S. intelligence officials insisted that CIA operatives in Benghazi and Tripoli made decisions rapidly throughout the assault with no interference from Washington, even while acknowledging that CIA security forces were badly outmatched and largely unable to mobilize Libyan security teams until it was too late.
Among the new disclosures is that the CIA station chief in Tripoli sent an emergency security force, with about a half-dozen agency operatives as well as two U.S. military personnel, to Benghazi aboard a hastily chartered aircraft while the attack was underway.
Read the whole thing and see if you can make sense of it. Why would they have thought that six agents and two military members would be enough to take down a heavily armed terrorist group? And we still don’t know who gave a stand-down order. This doesn’t do anything to clear up these questions. All it does is raise more questions.
This debacle could lead one to believe that the people in the Obama administration get their anti-terrorist training from movies where the good guys always win, even when they don’t have back up.
Update: Former Senator Fred Thompson calls Benghazi the “biggest cover up in American history.”
“This is probably the biggest cover-up in American history – and you’re talking to an expert in cover-ups,” Thompson said.
“There are three scandals here – before, during and after,” Thompson told about 40 people gathered for the AFP event at the Mariners Hall in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester. Citing the numerous incidents and warnings leading up to the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Thompson mockingly asked, “What was your first hint that there might be trouble in Libya?”
Thompson commented on reports that administration officials refused to approve U.S. air strikes to defend the embattled Benghazi compound because of concerns about civilian casualties.
“You’re outside our embassy while it’s being attacked? Fair game, buddy,” said Thompson, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. With the latest news from CBS that the administration did not convene its Counterterrorism Security Group during the Libyan crisis, he said the scandal was “playing out as we speak.” (Read More)
Of course, we have the media just printing what the administration wants them to print, without doing any real reporting or investigation into what really happened.
Update: Linked by The Other McCain – thanks!
Update: Linked by Scared Monkeys – thank you!