More Information has been released about the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. On Friday November 5th, the Pentagon released their offical timeline of the attack. Rather than clear up questions, or help to stem the controversy surrounding this tragedy, the defense department release has only further muddied the water.
This is a condensed timeline of the attack as the Pentagon discribes it
9:42 PM(Libya time) the attack starts
17 minutes after the attack began AFRICOM director General Carter Ham, who was in visiting Washington, and happened to be in the Pentagon, redirects un-armed Predator Drone to Benghazi.
10:04 PM CIA team leaves for the consulat, 28 minutes before Pentagon Claims Pannetta knew about the attack.
10:32 PM(4:32 in D.C.) The National Military Command Center, which is located in the Pentagon, notifies Defense Secretary Pannetta and Joint Cheif Of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey.
5:00 PM (in D.C.) Pannetta and General Martin Dempsey attend previously scheduled meeting with President Obama at the White House.
5:30 PM (in D.C.) all remaining staff are rescued by the CIA annex team from the consulat and leave for the CIA Annex.
6:00 to 8:00 (in D.C.) Pannetta, Dempsey, and Ham meet to discuss additional response options
Upon Return to the annex the CIA team and those rescued begin taking small arms and rocket fire.
12:00 AM (Libya time) requests for air support began coming in.
Some time over the next two hours Pannetta gave the “go code” for two FAST Marine Teams (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security) to prepare to leave Rota Spain. A Special Operation Force training in Europe is told to move to an intermediate staging facility in Sigonella, Sicily. A Special Operation Force in the United States is also told to move to Sigonella.
2:53 AM (five hours after the attack began) Pannetta formalizes the “go orders”.
7:57 PM September 12, 20 hours after the attack began, the American Team lands in Sigonella. Note this is 40 minutes after the last survivor had left Tripoli.
So I have some serious concerns about this timeline.
The attack started at 9:42 yet Defense Secretary Pannetta was not made aware of the attack untill almost an hour after it started. That means that the Pentagon ignored the fact that a U.S. ambassador was in peril and that his personal security officer had pressed his “personal distress button”. This button sends a SMS signal to the command authorty here in the United States. So the U.S. Ammbassador has pressed his distress button, a United States Embassy has been overrun by its attacks, and Pannetta was not made aware untill an hour after the attack started.
Question Number 1: Why was Pannetta not made aware of this attack the second it had started. In this modern age of communications where individuals are never anymore than a phone call, or text message away, why was Secretary Pannetta not made aware of the attack as soon as possible. How hard would it be, we are under attack, call Pannetta. It is common sense people.
The insanity doesn’t end there. So the Pentagon drug its feet in telling Pannetta that is bad, but to make maters worse Pannetta waited another half hour to go to a previously schedualed meeting with the President to inform him of the attack. A United States Consulat was under attack, Americans were threatened, and for some reason that does not warrent calling the President the second you find out.
Question Number 2: What is wrong with these people. Are they really that incompetent. Who sits there and says, “Our Embassy is under attack, we need to tell the President. You know I have a meeting with him in a half and hour, lets wait until then.” American’s are under attack, but they chose to wait because that would be more convient? How does that make any logical sense. Pick up the phone, call the President, tell him that the United States is under attack.
Question Number 3: Another question I have is why is it that it took five hours before Pannetta gave the go ahead to send in help. Why were the FAST teams not put on high alert the second the attack began. Why did it take them 20 hours to get to Benghazi, the team in Spain was not 20 hours away.
Question Number 4: Another question that this brings up is, why were these FAST teams neccessary? Why were there no Marines at the consulate in Benghazi to protect the Ambassador. There are marines at the Embassy in France, but not in Benghazi? What is wrong with this picture.
Finally there is still no answer offered yet for why the Obama Administration pushed the obvisously fake story about a protest caused because of a video. We have yet another source stating that there was a drone flying over head. So who pushed this video. Why did President Obama, and the rest of his administration lie to us for a weeks after the attack.