Congresswoman: Benghazi Stand Down Order Came From Obama


Congresswoman and former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner (R-MO) appeared on The Dana Loesch show and placed the blame, of the stand down order to those that could have offered assistance to Americans under attack, on none other than Barack Obama.

Loesch asked Wagner, "Because you have been an ambassador, you have been overseas with similar responsibilities and similar missions – who gives such an order to stand down? Where does that come from?"

"The President of the United States," the Missouri congresswoman affirmed.

As top diplomat in Libya Gregory Hicks testified to on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, "The Libyans that I talked to, and the Libyans and other Americans who were involved in the war have told me also, that Libyan revolutionaries were very cognizant of the impact that American and NATO airpower had with respect to their victory."

"They are under no illusions that American and NATO airpower won that war for them," Hicks continued. "And so, in my personal opinion, a fast mover flying over Benghazi at some point, you know, as soon as possible might very well have prevented some of the bad things that happened that night."

He went on to add, "if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced" -- around 9:30 that night -- "I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them."

In fact, Hicks suggested that the Libyans would have granted the US permission to fly their planes directly over their airspace. "If we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced. I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them."

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said that personnel "may not have arrived in time to save lives, but at the time the decision was made, the decision was wrong."

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a member of the committee also said that "military personnel were ready willing and able, and within proximity, but the Pentagon told them they had no authority and to stand down."

I wrote back at the end of October of the reports coming out that there were calls for "military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights."

We know from testimony this week that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's statement that "The U.S. military did not get involved during the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last month because officials did not have enough information about what was going on before the attack was over" was not true. They did know. They knew in real time. There was no way they would not have known, but Panetta testified that Obama was simply absent on the night of the Benghazi attacks. In fact, the White House received several emails indicating what was going on and yet Obama would not authorize any help.

While Chris Stevens was appointed as a diplomat to Libya in 2007 under President George W. Bush, he was named ambassador under Barack Obama. Now stop and think about that for a moment. If Obama will just let one of his appointees, a U.S. ambassador, die at the hands of Islamists, how much do you think he cares about American citizens? I'm guessing not too much.

Over and over, this comes back to one person, Barack Hussein Obama. He is the one that over and over in his first days in office had to beat the drum that he was the "Commander-in-chief" and don't you people forget it! Well, I say Mr. Obama needs to own up to his dereliction of duty, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

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  • quillerm

    The Truth is finally getting out on Benghazi. Where was Hillary? She was responsible for approving Security for Benghazi and coordinating with Military forces. Her response was that someone else handled security. Sounds like the Obama excuses, it's always someone else's fault. The people at Benghazi didn't have to be tortured and killed. It was pure incompetence, not mythical mobs and videos.

  • Dennis A. Lefebvre

    The White House stopped the military from rescuing those people.
    How did they know the attack was going to stop? How did the White House know the terrorist attack was going to end soon? How did they know it was not going to spread to other American compounds in Libya?

  • Progressives Rule

    I guess all you need to know about whether or not to take this article at face value is to read about the author. "Tim Brown, Residing in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina."
    U.S. occupied? Mo-ron!

  • WATCHER

    Impeachment will help and a conviction for treason would be better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drew-Marzilli/100001219072193 Drew Marzilli

    "What does it matter?" Well let me tell you, obozoo is the head ______ in charge, anything that happens under his administration, no matter what it is, is his fault.

    A perfect example of this happened in Stark County, Ohio (Canton, Ohio) A few years ago. The county treasurer had his second in command, steal hundreds of thousands of dollars over an approx. 2 year period, this guy was so bold that he had written one check over $150K, and took it to the bank and cash it and then did again a week or so later, he told the bank teller that is was for a drug sting that the county sheriff was working on. The "elected treasurer" had no clue what was going on. The treasurer is the top dog and because of his, for lack of a better word, ignorance was removed from office by the county commissioners, his job is and was and always will be to to take care of the taxpayers dollars, he was an epic fail. The same applies to the obozo administration, he is responsible for everything, good or bad that happens in the USA under his watch.
    The entire obozo admin. needs to be arrested tried convicted and sentenced for what has happened.

  • mrp15

    Of course it came from the "Commander-in-Chief." He was the only one with the authority to give it because the buck stops with him. He received the news, did nothing about it, went to bed and got up the next morning to go campaigning because nothing would get in the way of that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thom.colemanrumbach Thom Coleman Rumbach

    WERE THE HELL WAS Mr. Obama? I think sumone went to bed then went to raise money for himself and party with his buddy's. just saying

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drew-Marzilli/100001219072193 Drew Marzilli

      He was golfing, or was it vacationing, or maybe shooting a shotgun at clay targets