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January 13, 2014

Benghazi Transcripts: Documents show US military woefully unprepared for attack (Videos)

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If a Republican administration had acted this irresponsibly, the media would be all over this. However, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are getting a pass for what amounts to incredibly massive incompetence, lack of responsibility, and dishonesty.

Fox News reports that Hundreds of pages of declassified transcripts from the U.S. military's top commanders present a picture of a woefully ill-postured military force whose assets were not in a position to quickly respond to the Benghazi terror attack -- or other hot spots across Africa and the Middle East.

The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress. They provide fresh insight into the military's decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham.

Among other details, they reveal gaps in the military's positioning of assets around the world.

For example, no attack aircraft were placed on high alert on Sept. 11, and the closest F-16 fighter planes to any of the trouble spots in North Africa were in Aviano, Italy. None were armed, and the closest air refuellers were positioned 10 hours away at a base in Great Britain.

No Defense Department AC-130 gunships were within a 10-hour flight to Libya, according to committee members who heard commanders' testimony over the past 15 months. And the commander's in-extremis force, which included a unit of 23 special operators who are used at the commander's discretion, were training in Croatia that day. They did not make it to a staging base in Sigonella, Italy, for another 19 hours after the attack began, according to committee members.

Read the entire alarming piece here ... then ask yourself how and why it is that neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton have come forward and answered to the fact that not only did they leave our military and diplomats woefully unprepared and unprotected leading up to and on an anniversary of 9/11 ... but also failed to respond to multiple requests for response.

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Posted by Richard at January 13, 2014 11:15 PM

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