The Benghazi Select Committee report released on Tuesday revealed that Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, ordered military assets to be sent to Benghazi to support the two Navy SEALS killed in the attack, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. The assets never arrived, instead, two unarmed drones were sent to to obtain a live feed of the incident.
Woods and Doherty were killed approximately eight hours into the attack. The report reveals that, at the time of their deaths, the military assets ordered to support the now deceased Navy SEALS had not even left the ground. While these men were fighting for their lives the Obama administration was preoccupied attempting to have a Youtube video removed from the internet. See an excerpt from the report below:
According to the report both Obama and Panetta told service members to “do everything possible to help our people.” It is unclear as to why the assets were not deployed in a timely fashion. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, claims that the forces were delayed because:
“Nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost eight hours after the attacks began [because of] an obsession with hurting the Libyans’ feelings,”
The report also found that defenses for the American diplomatic compound were “woefully inadequate” and that political and military leaders were aware of the inadequacies. Doherty self-deployed to the compound for the sole purpose of reinforcing the defenses. NBC is reporting that delay was caused by State Department and Pentagon officials arguing over what the support team should wear while quelling the attack.
Most damning part of the Benghazi report for Clinton (via NBC) pic.twitter.com/ELb2dW3fUU
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) June 28, 2016