Diplomat: Special Ops Told to Stand Down During Benghazi
Hicks says Pentagon refused to scramble jets
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
Updated May 7, 2013 5:52 AM CDT
A man walks near a charred vehicle at the entrance of the damaged American consulate building in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

(Newser) – More testimony has been released sharply contradicting the Obama administration's version of events during last year's Benghazi attack. Greg Hicks, deputy of slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens, says a team of Special Operations troops was ready to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi but was told to stand down by Special Operations Command Africa, reports the Washington Post. Hicks—who says the State Department's review "let people off the hook"—is scheduled to appear tomorrow at a congressional hearing on the attacks that killed Stevens and three other Americans.

Hicks says he tried unsuccessfully to get the Pentagon to scramble jets over Benghazi, a move he believes could have saved American lives by causing Libyan attackers to scatter instead of launching a second attack, CBS reports. After the attacks were over, Hicks says the lieutenant colonel in command of the Special Operations team told him, "I've never been so embarrassed in my life that a State Department officer has bigger balls than someone in the military."

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May 8, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
The president is the only who can tell them to stand down. Sounds like we are heading down the road of the Articles of Impeachment for BHO.
May 7, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
A Secret Service agent was interviewed today and put is as succinct as it can be put: At best, this administration was so incompetent, they let these people die in Libya. At worst, they intentionally allowed it to happen. Either way, I'm am absolutely disgusted with this administration. What an utter failure. Nixon II or Carter II. Either way, that's what we got right now.
May 7, 2013 5:52 PM CDT
The "Special Operators" involved know what is meant by "Exigent Circumstances." They know to run toward the sound of the guns and do what they can. The present Administration saw an attack on an Embassy and immediately went into "Political Defense" mode. They claim there wasn't enough time to rescue everyone. How did know how much time would have been "too little?" As it turns out, if American military in the area had been immediately dispatched there, lives would have been saved.