Then get very, very angry.
It is bewildering that no U.S. aircraft ever came to the aid of the
defenders. If even one F18 had been on station, it would have detected
the location of hostiles firing at night and deterred and attacked the
mortar sites. For our top leadership, with all the technological and
military tools at their disposal, to have done nothing for seven hours
was a joint civilian and military failure of initiative and nerve.
Secretary of State Clinton has said the responsibility was hers. But
there has been no assertion that the State Department overruled the
Pentagon out of concern about the sovereignty of Libyan air space.
Instead, it appears passive groupthink prevailed, with the assumption
being that a spontaneous mob would quickly run out of steam.
Firefights, however, wax and wane from dusk to dawn. You cannot
predict ahead of time when they will stop. Therefore a combat commander
will take immediate action, presuming reinforcements will be needed.
The administration wrongly blamed a mob for the attack. Yet
ironically, Mr. Obama’s chances of reelection would have plummeted were
it not for the human decency of a mob that took the ambassador to the
hospital before the terrorists returned.
If the terrorists had taken his body and, with no Special Operations
Forces hot on their trail, taunted America the next day — claiming the
ambassador was still alive — the Benghazi tragedy would have escalated
into an international disaster. The U.S. military sent no aid. Why?