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Benghazi endgame: CIA told to stand down instead of helping Americans under fire

Update: Courtesy of Glenn Beck, Tyrone Woods’ father Charles reacts to these new revelations: “That is cowardice by the people that issued that order. And our country is not a country of cowards. Our country is the greatest nation on Earth. And what we need to do is we need to raise up a generation of American heroes just like Ty who is an American hero. But in order to do that, we need to raise up a generation that has not just physical strength but moral strength.  We do not need another generation of liars who lack moral strength.”

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Fox News brings us the beginning of the end for the Benghazi debacle:

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that 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.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

(Emphasis mine.)  Woods and Doherty heroically ignored these orders and raced to the consulate, along with at least two others.  They engaged in combat with the terrorist attackers, rescuing survivors and recovering the body of Sean Smith, who was killed in the initial attack.  The ended up back at the CIA safe house, and never stopped yelling for help… but it never came.

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.

They had a laser right on the terrorist scumbags firing those mortars, whose existence Barack Obama lied to your face about for weeks.  At least two special ops teams were in range to provide assistance.  Surveillance drones were in the area – everyone from the Pentagon to the White House could watch the attack unfold in real time.  But nothing was done, and now you’ve got Defense Secretary Leon Panetta whining about “Monday-morning quarterbacking.”

And there’s more.  Woods and Doherty weren’t part of the Ambassador’s protective detail.  There were working with a team that was trying to track down all the weapons flooding through post-Qaddafi Libya and ending up in terrorist hands:

Part of their mission was to find the more than 20,000 missing MANPADS, or shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial aircraft. According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.

Tyrone Woods’ father, Charles Woods, is speaking out about the weird and disrespectful treatment he received from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden.  He called into Glenn Beck’s show to say that Obama wouldn’t look him in the eye, Clinton made an astonishing promise to arrest and prosecute the makers of the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video rather than the terrorists, and Joe Biden asked him, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”  To say that Tyrone Woods deserved better from this Administration is an understatement, especially now that we know CIA assets were told to stand by and watch him die.

Ed Klein, author of The Amateur, says his sources tell him that Hillary Clinton wanted to increase security in Libya, but Barack Obama denied her requests.  He also says it would have been Obama that had to make the “gutsy call” and order rapid reaction forces to save Ambassador Stevens.  Supposedly Bill Clinton has been urging his wife to get all this out in the open, to save her reputation, but of course they’d rather wait until after the election.  Obama’s Benghazi disaster is unraveling too quickly for these political hacks to keep stalling that long.  Men of incredible courage and dedication died in Benghazi on September 11.  It’s increasingly clear that they didn’t have to.

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