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Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya and the highest ranking official in the country at the time of the Benghazi attacks, testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that Lt. Col. Gibson was “furious” after receiving a stand down order on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.
Hicks quoted Gibson as saying, “This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.”
But who exactly is Lt. Col. Gibson, and is he the key to figuring out who specifically gave the stand down order on that fateful night?
That’s what a lot of people will likely want to find out in the coming days.
Here’s what we do know: Lt. Col. Gibson was a Special Operations Command (SOC) Africa commander when the U.S. compound was assaulted. As far as we can tell, he hasn’t spoken publicly about the Benghazi.
Further, a basic Google search on the Lieutenant Colonel yields surprisingly little information. Hicks testified on Wednesday that he believes the stand down order came from either AFRICOMM or SOCAFRICA.
However, he did not have any specific details on who ordered that the command be executed.
Originally posted by Aliensun
Yes, but if you read the current Fox on-line article about that affair, Gen. Dempsey is now said by a Pentagon spokesperson that:
"Asked to comment on Graham’s challenge to the chairman’s veracity, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Rob Firman told Fox News: 'They weren’t told to stand down. They were simply told not to go to Benghazi. They were told to go to the airport in Tripoli to provide security there.'”
Originally posted by Indigo5
The Commander who told them to stay put made the right call...
Originally posted by IAMTAT
reply to post by JBA2848
I think that only POTUS can order the stand down order.
On Thursday I appeared on the Dana Loesch show where I discussed the Benghazi hearings. As you may know, a team of U.S. Special Forces was denied authorization to go to Benghazi from Tripoli during the seven hour terrorist attack against the United States of America.
Dana asked me, "In your experience as a U.S. Ambassador, who gives such an order, who gives the stand down order?"
My answer: "The President of the United States"