...three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command -- who also told the CIA operators to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
The term 'marfi' comes to mind*
Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made
their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were
exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those
who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the
initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the
CIA annex at about midnight.
At that point, they called again 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 Specter 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. The fighting at the CIA annex
went on for more than four hours -- enough time for any planes based in
Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also
learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told
to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
Plus the drones.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon on
Thursday that there was not a clear enough picture of what was occurring
on the ground in Benghazi to send help.
"There's a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here,"
Panetta said Thursday. "But the basic principle here ... is that you
don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on."
*Peter Capstick said that was the word for what came out of the south end of a northbound hyena
Sounds like some people DID know what was going on and where.