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Benghazi Response Time? Who Cares? May 25, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

The American Thinker makes the point that we could have responded to the Benghazi attack in time to save some lives:

Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012. Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond. Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours. CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.

That’s nice, but it’s completely moot. It didn’t really matter what the response time was – 3-5 hours or 9-12 hours per Leon Panetta. The fact is, you don’t know a priori how long the attack is going to last, so you send somebody, period. You don’t say, “Gee, they probably won’t get there in time, so we won’t bother.” You send somebody.

I don’t understand why response time is even an issue.


1. thirdnews - May 25, 2013

Agreed. Further, the under-reported consequences from our failure to secure the site post-slaughtering of Americans will encourage more. Nothing says ‘do it again’ when your official position is to pretend a planned attack didn’t take place

2. geoff - May 25, 2013

And drawing attention to that obscure video instead may well have cost additional lives.

3. Carlos - May 26, 2013

Doesn’t matter one whit to the one who would be king. He leads from behind, don’tcha know?

4. daveintexas - May 27, 2013

“They couldn’t have made it in time” only works after you know what that time is.

God damn, Americans can be as stupid as me sometimes.

5. geoff - May 27, 2013

As usual Dave out-terses me.

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