Today we learned additional information about the killing of our Ambassador Chris Stevens and his body guard and the two former Navy Seals that disobeyed orders to, “Stand Down” and went to the aid of the people at the Embassy. That new information was that the Embassy and the CIA operatives (former Seals) had asked for military help, not once, not twice, but three times and were denied three times. This is smelling more and more like there was a desire on the part of someone to allow this entire fiasco to take place resulting in the deaths of four Americans, needlessly.
As you know from the title above, I am a former Navy Fighter Pilot who spent 18 months on Aircraft Carriers in the Mediterranean Sea. I know the area well. There is no doubt that, had an order to launch an FA-18 strike in support of the people at the Embassy and/or the Annex where the Former Seals were killed at 4AM following the earlier attack on the Embassy which started early in the evening prior, that there could have been assistance in the form of laser guided weapons or even a low pass in afterburner to dissuade the aggressors who executed the Ambassador after he was tortured horribly. This counter attack could have been launched from a Carrier or the base at Sigonella which was only 480 miles from Benghazi. This is far less than Carrier born FA-18′s routinely fly to get to targets in Afghanistan using aerial refueling. Those missions often exceed six and seven hours in length.
There may have been a need for in flight re-fueling but that is standard practice for Carrier pilots and is done routinely for missions to Afghanistan and/or Iraq. The former Seals had laser target designators which they had focused on the mortar emplacements that were shelling the Embassy and the Annex. Our Navy pilots could have dropped a laser guided J-dam bomb on the emplacements that would have blown the attackers to hell in a hand basket. But the FA-18′s were never launched. Why!
Three times they were requested (Military help) and three times they were denied. I cannot imagine what the Ambassador thought when, he realized he was being abandoned and would surely die. Horrible! The former Seals did what, I have come to understand, is what Seals do. They run TO the fight and not away from it. They are very skilled Warriors and heroes in the truest sense of that word, which is used far too often in today’s world of wimps.
We must find out why this happened and who is responsible for the deaths of these men! They were left to fend for themselves against overwhelming odds. It is only through the expertise of the two Seals that many were saved from the Embassy and escorted to the Annex where the two Seals were killed by a mortar round at 4 AM on the roof of the Annex. They were standing guard and fighting the attackers who were intent on killing every American in the Embassy when they died.
Any rationale analysis of this entire matter must come to the same conclusion! I believe someone wanted these folks dead? We must find out who and why this was allowed to happen. If it can be done to our Ambassador, who among us is safe?