Benghazi This email was forwarded to me and worth the few minutes to read

> Betrayal in Benghazi
> Phil "Hands" Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
> The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or
> wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run
> off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and
> not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.
> Among America ‘s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an
> irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and
> personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the
> face of terribly long odds.
> The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEAL’s who
> fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of
> dereliction-of-duty.
> Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in
> the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and
> the Secretary of State from responsibility.
> It has been well over a year since the attack on our compound in Benghazi .
> The White House strategy, with the aid of a "lap dog" press has been to run
> out the clock before the truth is forthcoming.
> The recent testimonies of the three "whistle blowers" have reopened the
> subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those
> responsible for this embarrassing debacle. It would appear that the most
> recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention
> "that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in
> time to make a difference" mainly due to the unavailability of tanker
> support for fighter aircraft.
> This is simply Bull , regardless how many supposed "experts" the
> Administration trot out to make such an assertion.
> The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was
> half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin ass and do
> nothing.
> The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as
> near as Aviano Air Base , Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based.
> Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local): When Hicks in
> Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him
> "Greg, we are under attack!" (his last words), Hicks immediately notifies
> all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing
> "Emergency Response Plan."
> At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is
> told to "stand down". By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound
> and streaming live feed to various "Command and Control Agencies" so
> everyone watching that feed knew xxxx well what was going on.
> At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in
> Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking
> mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct
> hit at 4:00 AM.
> So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker
> support really "was not available" what about this:
> When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air
> Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the
> launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare
> for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
> By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20
> MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical
> miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours. While in-route, the flight
> lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio
> frequencies to use.
> The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377
> nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM which
> would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
> Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner
> at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, a few well
> placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.
> Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to return to Sigonelli after
> jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at
> TripoliInternationalAirport , only one-half hour away.
> As for those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances,
> border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political
> correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act — xxxx them. It is time
> our "leadership" get its priorities straight and put America ‘s interests
> first.
> The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the
> attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with "72 virgins" and a clear
> message would have been sent to the next worthless P.O.S. terrorist
> contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to
> "tug" on Superman’s cape.
> Of course all this depends upon a Commander In Chief more concerned with
> saving the lives of those he put in harm’s way than getting his crew rested
> for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. It also depends
> upon a Secretary of State who actually understood "What difference did it
> make?", and a Secretary of Defense who was watching the feed from the drone
> and understood what the attack consisted of instead of making an immediate
> response that "One of the military tenants is that you don’t commit assets
> until you fully understand the tactical situation."
> YGBSM! ( You Gotta Be xxxxxx’ Me)
> Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand
> down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from
> office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces
> of the United States of America deserve leadership that really does "have
> their back" when the chips are down.