There certainly is a fog of war and the drone images may not have been detailed enough to know exactly what was happening.However it is my
understanding that our people on the ground there communicated several times that they were under attack.My thought is that whenever one of our
diplomatics posts sends out a distress signal and says its under attack that is plenty of information to act on.I believe that our President and his
adminstration should act immediately in such an event.
Now I don't know all the details,and don't know if a response could have been made in time to save more of our people.There was a drone in the
area,but I don't know if an attack from that is plausible considering a risk of friendly fire in tight quarters.I have heard that as long as the
attack was going on that we could have scrambled fighters from another nearby base.(can't remember the name) Or if we could have flown in ground teams
from said base.
The adminstration knew this was a coordinated attack within hours if not sooner,yet continued to speculate that this was a protest about a movie for
several weeks.Why the deception,it stinks to high heaven.And just being an average joe and reading the reports that are made public,it seems that it
is very possible that not everything was done to protect our people overseas,that would be unacceptable.We also know that well before the attacks that
there were several requests for more security,which were denied,why?
Wether incompentence or something more sinister,the Obama adminstration completely dropped the ball on this whole situation.I imagine that other
countries,enemies and allies are looking at this and laughing,believing that the U.S. has become a running joke.No my response on this is not based on
partisanship,if Romney or McCain was in office I would feel the same.
As far as Condi Rice I disagree with her,because of what I've just outlined.Yes, I see the point that Panetta and Rice have,that you cannot put in
military forces into a combat situation on foreign land without having facts,and the facts and timeline are not clear.Also you do not want a Black
Hawk Down situation and more Americans to die in a failed rescue.I understand all this and still think we should have mounted a response.
We have by far the most advanced military in the world.We should have flexed our muscles,especially when reports say that our guys on the ground
painted the enemy's position with a laser beacon.If there could have been air support to fire on that position it should have been there,my
understanding of the timeline and events say that is very possible.Air support at least should have been in the immediate area,wether the decision was
made to fire or not,jets should have been scrambled from our base in Italy.
And if some innocent Libiyans in the area were killed by an American airstrike,thats just the way it is.Now I don't say that with a cold heart,I would
feel just as bad for them and their families as I do our American people that killed.I don't like war and don't want to see anyone killed.However an
attack on our embassy is an act of war,and sometimes innocent people get killed in war.When push comes to shove I back the people of our country, as
corrupt as it may be.And everyone else should back their own country whatever it may be,because in times of war most of your enemies will be united,to
have a chance of winning your country better be united as well.
The deception in this matter is clear,in my opinion.We need to know the truth.
Was our government involved in something sinister that backfired?
Were we running guns to fit our agenda in the Middle East?
Was this all a political ploy gone wrong?
Was it possible to do more to rescue our people,if so why was it not done?
Why the persistent attempt to blame this on video and say it was a spontaneous attack?
Why were requests for more security denied?
End of my rant,sorry this is the first time I've spoke on the issue and am kind of thinking aloud,if you will.
edit on 26-10-2012 by KaiserSouszay because: (no reason given)