The current parrot line issued from the administration about the fiasco in Benghazi (previously written about here and here) is that there wasn’t enough intel to risk deploying forces in support of U.S. Ambassador Stevens and the other personnel under attack at the time.

I did indicate in that second article that U.S. air force bases with aircraft able to respond in short order would have been able to put American air power over the scene in short order.  There is a lot of chatter coming about stand down orders being issued.  There is even chatter that Generals and Admirals were relieved of duty for deciding to disobey the stand down order as they viewed it as either illegal or immoral.  That will all be sorted out as more information is brought to light.

***Update (January 24, 2013)***  This is hearsay only at this point, but this morning on the Quinn and Rose show on the radio, a caller from Canton, Ohio identified himself as a marine, and his son as a marine who happened to be on a ship off the coast of Libya on September 11, 2012.  The marine commander of that ship debriefed his troops after being told directly by the President of the United States personally to stand down and not launch a rescue effort.  This jives with a lot of the conjecture previously of the removal of General Carter Ham of AFRICOM for refusing to obey that order).

There is something that is being lost in the weeds that are popping up around this fiasco.  Since when has the lack of intelligence hamstrung our fighting men and women from responding when other Americans are in danger?

I refer you to this list. You see, Americans have never shied away from battle to save their fellow Americans. The operators and pilots called upon to render assistance, if told there wasn’t enough intel, would simply ask for more ammo. They would volunteer to deploy as reinforcements in less than a heartbeat…. they would land in an untenable situation knowing that they would likely die, because they believe in an ideal… that ideal is best explained in the words of Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, who wrote during the Siege of the Alamo.

I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch… If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.

I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm’s way.

Captain John Paul Jones

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