Interesting as those comments were, Gate's who I have much respect for, sits behind a big desk in Washington.<quoted text>Did you read the comments Hip posted from Robert Gates, bob?
IINM, at least one of the 4 victims was with Special Forces which had a number of men a couple miles from the "facility" in Benghazi.
He was ordered not to go try and help Stevens, but went anyway and lost his life.
How many other SF members were ready & willing to go, I don't know.
And I'm sure everyone including Gates knows the US has high-tech aircraft and weapons capability, easily able to avoid any POSSIBLE SAM missile strikes.