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“The president is the best security agency, people are sitting in the White House 24/7, there are officers on deck, they are getting an instantaneous report on what’s happening there,” Matthews began. “What were they looking at in forms of assets that could have been sent? Where was the U.S. Cavalry, to use an American image. Where were the people that could’ve come or tried to get there within how many hours it took to save the lives of the people still living? Where were they and why weren’t they called to do it? I’m going to ask that question until I get an answer.”

Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL and editor-in-chief of SOFREP.com, told Matthews that “there’s some blame on the Secretary of Defense.”

“So, I think a lot of people in the military are wondering that were sitting there standing by ready to go, why wasn’t the call sent down to send those folks in?” he added. “But a lot of people need to understand, you know, when you add the CIA and the heroes that went on their own, took their own initiative–”

“That’s what I’m impressed by, then you hear about the guys who got in there, grabbed their uniform, grabbed their weapons, got on a plane and they were stopped en route,” Matthews interrupted. “I mean, that’s unbelievable! People who were like volunteer fire department racing to save their colleagues, and what happened to them?”

Matthews went on to call Benghazi “a hot opportunity for the Republicans,” but claimed: “My interest is on facts, and the questions I have about this are what was the State Department’s role in real-time, not beforehand, but at the time of the attack in defending the lives of their people, especially the U.S. ambassador, who was a friend, a friend of the Secretary of State’s, Hillary Clinton? What was their actions, what was the tick-tock? What did they do when they got the warning of the attack?”

TIME’s Jay Newton-Small argued that the Benghazi attack came in waves, “so they thought that, you know, after the first wave that things were quieting down.”

“That’s when they said, well, maybe we don’t need to send help, and help was really far away,” she added. “It wasn’t like it was next door. It was several hours away in Italy, so –”

Matthews again interrupted, reminding her that the fight went on for seven hours.

“Yeah, but then if you’re doing it in waves, you think the attack is over and sending somebody is not going to help anymore, right? Then all of a sudden, they attack again,” Newton-Small replied.

Surprisingly, Matthews pressed even harder.

“I’m going to ask you something,” the MSNBC host began. “If that what your brother or father in there, would you say that’s an acceptable response? ‘Oh, it’s probably over by now, it’s no good to send anybody.’ Or would you say, ‘I don’t care if it’s over or not, I’m going to collect the bodies if nothing else. I’m going to get there and show I cared.’ That’s what I’d do.”

“These are questions that Hillary will have to answer if she runs for president in 2016,” Newton-Small responded.

I'm stunned. I guess Matthews remembered to take his meds.

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“The president is the best security agency, people are sitting in the White House 24/7, there are officers on deck, they are getting an instantaneous report on what’s happening there,” Matthews began. “What were they looking at in forms of assets that could have been sent? Where was the U.S. Cavalry, to use an American image. Where were the people that could’ve come or tried to get there within how many hours it took to save the lives of the people still living? Where were they and why weren’t they called to do it? I’m going to ask that question until I get an answer.”

 

Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL and editor-in-chief of SOFREP.com, told Matthews that “there’s some blame on the Secretary of Defense.”

 

“So, I think a lot of people in the military are wondering that were sitting there standing by ready to go, why wasn’t the call sent down to send those folks in?” he added. “But a lot of people need to understand, you know, when you add the CIA and the heroes that went on their own, took their own initiative–”

 

“That’s what I’m impressed by, then you hear about the guys who got in there, grabbed their uniform, grabbed their weapons, got on a plane and they were stopped en route,” Matthews interrupted. “I mean, that’s unbelievable! People who were like volunteer fire department racing to save their colleagues, and what happened to them?”

 

Matthews went on to call Benghazi “a hot opportunity for the Republicans,” but claimed: “My interest is on facts, and the questions I have about this are what was the State Department’s role in real-time, not beforehand, but at the time of the attack in defending the lives of their people, especially the U.S. ambassador, who was a friend, a friend of the Secretary of State’s, Hillary Clinton? What was their actions, what was the tick-tock? What did they do when they got the warning of the attack?”

 

TIME’s Jay Newton-Small argued that the Benghazi attack came in waves, “so they thought that, you know, after the first wave that things were quieting down.”

 

“That’s when they said, well, maybe we don’t need to send help, and help was really far away,” she added. “It wasn’t like it was next door. It was several hours away in Italy, so –”

 

Matthews again interrupted, reminding her that the fight went on for seven hours.

“Yeah, but then if you’re doing it in waves, you think the attack is over and sending somebody is not going to help anymore, right? Then all of a sudden, they attack again,” Newton-Small replied.

 

Surprisingly, Matthews pressed even harder.

 

“I’m going to ask you something,” the MSNBC host began. “If that what your brother or father in there, would you say that’s an acceptable response? ‘Oh, it’s probably over by now, it’s no good to send anybody.’ Or would you say, ‘I don’t care if it’s over or not, I’m going to collect the bodies if nothing else. I’m going to get there and show I cared.’ That’s what I’d do.”

 

“These are questions that Hillary will have to answer if she runs for president in 2016,” Newton-Small responded.

 

I'm stunned. I guess Matthews remembered to take his meds.

 

 

Do you have a date on that? Seems it's like a year ago...and I sure don't recall hat lately.

 

The more we know about Bengazi the more we know we really don't know a lot of the details.

 

Help from Italy...I assume means a couple of fighters, F-16's maybe. Well... they don't have those all ready to launch at a moments notice. The Air Force does not tend to just hang some bombs on planes and send them off with no clear plan. That outpost is in a CITY. It's night. The bad guys are literally in the back yard. There's a freindly militia that's expected...at some point. An F-16 is not that surgical....especially at night. Bombing our own folks, or a bunch of friendly locals...is NOT okay. I'd have LOVED to have an Apache Helicopter and a platoon of Marines. However... with riots in various countries I can see why it was not okay to send all the Marines from Tripoli to Bengazi...and leave the real embassy vulnerable. There were NOT a lot of Mariners in Tripoli. There's ALSO matters of various agencies trying to synch up on short notice. It seems that the Armed Forces people had no ready help,and that the chain of command was a bit slow...that this scenario had really not been planned for.

 

It's VERY obvious that on the political end, thousands of miles away in Washington DC....everyone WANTED a workable answer, some rescue....but the sad fact is this happened in the wrong place,at the wrong time. This outpost was operational even though the analysis ...such as it was...was that to operate with SAFE AND SECURE conditions...would need MORE modifications to the physical site and more security professionals and FUNDS HAD BEEN CUT...freezing out those reommended upgrades.

 

Ambassador Stevens was exceptional and the KEY thing...is that he was TOO OPTIMISTIC in hindsight. Stevens saw a LOT of positive vibes from MOST Libyans but....he overlooked and underestimated the fact that only a tiny % can be VERY dangerous. e also was in a place that was NOT DEFENDABLE against a group of semi-pro terrorists that add up to a couple dozen thugs with light weapons.

 

9-11 is a significant date to any Al Qaeda types. Right? That stupid video...INTENDED to start riots...did start riots....right? So....Stevens....SHOULD realize it's a good time to be in the SECURE Embassy in Tripoli....or....somewhere a bad bunch of terrorists does NOT know you are at.

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<blockquote class="ipsBlockquote" data-author="ObummerStinks" data-cid="1058726899" data-time="1383145648"><p>Matthews is probably getting tired of looking like a moron.  Benghazi was a flat out failure.  What drove that failure is a crime.</p></blockquote><br />If you ain't tired of being a moron....I figure nobody is.<br /><br />Crime? Well...yeah the bad guys killed people. Otherwise? I see some "failure to anticipate" but nothing close to a CRIME. You can be a monday morning quarterback ...but who said...wow...evacuate that site? Who said...hey... send in people because tomorrow night all hell is gonna erupt?

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