Yes, I am contending that al Qaeda is still a huge threat, and it was known to have a strong presence in Benghazi, which further leads to the question of why Stephens was there in the first place, as opposed to in the more strongly protected Embassy in Tripoli. But, again, that would not fit the narrative Obama was pushing that "he"had defeated al Qaeda.<quoted text>
So you're contending that al Qaeda hasn't been effectively chased like rabbits into the holes of Pakistan for the most part, and then continued to be chased and killed by US drones?
I'd like to confirm that's your argument before I decimate it.
You're missing some important details in your assertions here Aggie. Can you confirm that there was no intel coming in through the hundreds of thousands of sources if intel that needs to be sorted through daily about protests regarding that film? Egypt protested over that film that nobody saw. Yemen protested over that film that nobody saw, Iran protested over the film that nobody saw.
In hindsight it wasn't a protest at Benghazi, but are you sure that things couldn't have been confused AT THAT MOMENT with various intel coming in? It's a big world and there's a lot going on, a lot of information flowing in quickly, not all intel is reliable.
Who is "They"? And why do you give them so much credit for assuming they have perfect intel and analysis of all that intel instantaneously? What backup do you have of that? Why do you assume that the thousands of people and computers sorting all that intel have perfect and instantaneous communication amongst each other?
What makes you think that a LOT of that intel isn't still classified and that you're working with all the information?
Yeah? People get reassigned all the time due to budgetary needs and operational priorities.
Perhaps an intelligence or tactical decision was made that this could be a diversionary tactic and they needed that force for a more critical deployment, based on intel analysis. You're insane if you think our intelligence procedures and information are being cracked wide-open on C-span for the world to see.
Couldn't get there in time? Who knows what the issue was. Fuel trucks late, pilot still in Germany, who knows? If you think our military runs like a swiss watch - lol - I could tell you some stories - and I'm sure some other service-men could as well.
The truth is, Hillary requesting additonal funding. Not only did she not get it, but her funding was cut. This IS something we know was directly the result of Republicans. I bet Exxon-Mobil didn't have to wait for their subsidies though.
Do you really think that DC wasn't notified from the get go that the consulate was under attack? That was ALL DC should have needed to know to get assets moving to protect American lives. And you either missed the point or are being deliberately misleading in regards to the current contention that they "couldn't get there in time" - that is an argument that can only be made in hindsight, and even at that it is false. First, there was the team in Tripoli that was told to wait for hours before finally given the go ahead and there was the Response Team in Italy that could have been there long before the attack that killed Woods and Doherty. And as one military official stated to one of the witnesses (sorry, don't have time to look up, but will be happy to later) after being told to stand down "well this is the first time a state dept official has more balls (sorry for the vulgarity) than a member of the military" when referring to his higher up who would not let him get his team into action. And theses are the names we still need - who ordered the military to stand down or delay (and who gave Susan Rice her "script".)