This report basically puts it straight forward and really shows *how ridiculous* a lot of critics were being about the actions taken to defend the Ambassador.
Stevens had made his plans to visit Benghazi independently of Washington, D.C., according to the report: “Plans for the Ambassador’s trip provided for minimal close protection security support and were not shared thoroughly with the Embassy’s country team, who were not fully aware of planned movements off compound.”
People that were vastly critical of the administration.
I have a question. Just how large should the federal governments reach be? How big brother should it be? Are you saying the POTUS should have had the instantaneous ability to dispatch a squad of marines anywhere in 5 minutes in the world? I wonder what that kind of service is going to run since we are in the middle of budget talks.
By then, the U.S. Military’s Africa Command had dispatched a surveillance drone to the compound. The Embassy in Tripoli chartered a private plane and deployed a seven-person security team to Benghazi.
Some people seem to think the US has infinite resources to apply anywhere.
The above is the extent of most of our global capacity outside of Iraq/Afghanistan for mobilization. We do special operations, with limited teams. Anyone thinking the US is by the ready with a 1,000 marines in 2 hours in Benghazi is not looking at reality.
At 5 a.m., the seven-man security team dispatched from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli arrived at the Annex to reinforce the security team there.
The US did everything they could with the resources they had. Stevens had been dead for sometime at this point.
Those at the time who accused the administration of not doing enough apparently have no idea how the state department is operated, the limitations of reality.