reply to post by Destinyone
I just wanted to not something Destiny..with all due respect, because this story is SO messy for details getting out. They never seem to come out
together, at once..that's for sure.
As I understand the timeline here......The first protester landed feet inside the compound around 9:30pm Local time. As recent as 8:30pm, Ambassador
Stevens was cabling his last business for the day and heading to bed as a routine close of business. So nothing was moving in expectation of the whole
place being over-run a couple hours later.
We know by documents out since, that Tripoli didn't instantly launch Helicopters for support. So..it wasn't 9:30 on the button that they left and
headed to help. yet...... Tripoli is 400 strait line air miles from Benghazi. I actually checked..and the cruise speed for a Blackhawk (assuming they
grabbed the standard issue flying taxi to run there in to help) is 160Mph. The timeline shows American support forces from Tripoli coming into the
compound at 1am.
Now...given the diplomatic crap when they knew all hell was starting to break lose but surely no one yet believed we'd LOSE the whole position (..for
the first time in over 30 years I might add...), I'd say the reaction force hauled ass and didn't stop for anything once they DID get cleared to
take off and go try and save those guys.
Now.. the BIG question.... Was the drone armed? AND.... MORE important...COULD it have done anything more than REALLY REALLY piss off the attackers?
Recall....there was still a CIA Station several blocks away that I understand was one of the more OPEN 'secrets' in the area....I wonder if they
considered losing them both by doing something that might feel good but have no actual helpful effect. Like launch just ONE or TWO hellfires into a
rampaging mob....and nothing more to back it up with when they don't stop but get much worse.
Good for thought?