General: Special Forces Weren’t Told to Stand Down… They Were Told Not to Go

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In other news, President Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman. And with enough dictionaries and law books he could explain why his lie was technically the truth.

General Dempsey, who appears to be willing to do anything Obama says, from bringing Gay Pride to the military to lying about Benghazi, showed up to explain that the testimony of Gregory Hicks, the highest ranking diplomat in Libya after Stevens’ death was absolutely wrong when he said that Special Forces personnel were told to stand down.

100 percent wrong.

“They weren’t told to stand down. A `stand down’ means don’t do anything,” he said. “They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport.”

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., questioned Dempsey about Hicks’ testimony at a hearing on the military budget. Dempsey explained that when the four members of Army special forces contacted their command center in Stuttgart, Germany, they were informed that Americans in Benghazi were “on their way and that they would be better used at the Tripoli airport because one of them was a medic.” He also said that “if they had gone, they would have simply passed each other in the air.”

Well that worked out nicely. And no doubt, as Hicks testified, the Special Forces operators were angry because they were not fully cognizant of their vital responsibility to protect the Tripoli airport.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    “They weren’t told to stand down. A `stand down’ means don’t do anything,” he said. “They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport.”

    And not so fast either. So who said “stand down?” Not me. The buck stops way over there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Britain/100003802091841 Geoffrey Britain

    Wait. Dempsey is trying to clear up a misunderstanding about FOUR special forces soldiers? That’s the administration’s response to Benghazi? Horses**t.

  • onecornpone

    The gravity of Charlene Lamb’s demeanor during her Oct 10 testimony before congress clearly demonstrated that she had watched the Benghazi attack and its aftermath in full, on closed circuit tv from her Dept of State post.

    I believe Hillary has probably watched a video of the action, if not in real time, which would explain her long drawn out ‘recovery’ time. Frankly I believe she needed the time to recover from the horror of seeing those two brave men die, waiting for help that was never coming, rather than the official excuse of a fall and head injury. Her eventual appearance before congress was scripted and well rehearsed to deal with most any question that came up. The little snit-fit she threw was designed to scare the men away from pushing her too far. It worked. Not a single one of them had the gall to dress her down for her unprofessional behavior before the committee.

    Woods and Doherty’s brave efforts deserve no less than our full attention. Somewhere in the bowels of the White House situation room there is a video of their fight to the death. We should demand to see it, just as we saw our brave military men’s desecrated bodies dragged through the streets of Mogadishu 20 years ago.

  • puca58

    gen. Weasel is the kind of officer that gets shot in the back, by his own men. What a POS. I’m beginning to wonder if the plan now is to so demoralize our military that they all just say to hell with this and quit. That would really put the citizenry at risk.

  • batcountry

    We, the American people deserve to know the truth. There is no logical, strategic or security issue on Benghazi which should prevent us from knowing what went on the fateful night of 9/11. It is a cover up , pure and simple. Now Obama wants to step into Syria, no. It is a case of wagging the dog, not one more American life should be wasted on the sands of the Middle East.