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Former AFRICOM General: We Knew it Wasn’t the Video

A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who was on duty at U.S. African Command headquarters in Germany during the Benghazi attacks said today said commanders quickly concluded that the event did not evolve from a protest, but that it was “a hostile military action.”

“What we did know quite early on was that this was a hostile action,” Ret. USAF Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell told the House Oversight Committee. “This was no demonstration gone terribly awry.”

What’s more, according to Lovell, the military should have been ordered to try to save the Americans on the ground, four on whom died. He noted that, however long it might take to get forces into the theater, it would be worth it since nobody knew how long the attack might last.

There are accounts of time, space and capability, discussions of the question, “Could we have gotten there in time to make a difference?” Well, the discussion is not could or could not of time, space and capability. The point is we should have tried.

As another saying goes, “Always move to the sound of the guns.” We didn’t know how long this would last when we became aware of the distress, nor did we completely understand what we had in front of us, be it a kidnapping, rescue, recovery, protracted hostile engagement, or any or all of the above.

Military officials agonized over what to do. But they decided they had to wait for a request for help from the State Department, which never came.

“The predisposition to interagency influence had the military structure in the spirit of expeditionary government support waiting for a request for assistance from the State Department,” Lovell said.

Nevertheless, Lovell also agreed that he wasn’t testifying there was “a lot more” the military could have done.

“There might be some who, for various and sundry reasons, would like to distort your testimony and suggest that you’re testifying that we could have, should have done a lot more than we did because we had capabilities we simply didn’t utilize,” Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., said. “That is not your testimony.”

“That is not my testimony,” Lovell testified. “No, sir.”

All of this begs the same two questions we have asked around here, the two key questions that have never been answered:

1. How is it possible that the White House was not aware of the understanding, held by those close to the events, that the attack was a planned, terrorist assault and not a mere crime committed by a bunch of lunatics ululating in response to a video they didn’t like much? Were White House officials, in fact, unaware?

2. What specifically did President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton do the night of the attacks. Were they monitoring what was going on, and what orders did they give or fail to give? What options were they presented?

Benghazi is a scandal of the worst kind. It’s not about money. It’s about whether the deaths of brave Americans could have been prevented, or at least whether more should have been done to prevent them.

If either through incompetence or for some political reason actions were not taken or the American public was deceived, the offenses are very grave indeed.

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40 Responses to Former AFRICOM General: We Knew it Wasn’t the Video

  1. Far worse crimes have been committed over Benghazi than that second rate burglary at the Watergate Hotel complex.
    Only question remaining is there at least one journalist left willing to put country above agenda and go after this administration the way Ben Bradlee let Woodward and Bernstein go after Nixon?

  2. We know that Benghazi did nothing to prevent Obama from jumping back on the campaign trail, and promising “we will bring their killers to justice.”

    Nearly TWENTY MONTHS LATER, has anybody been brought to justice?

    Have ANY of the people who were there been identified or interviewed?

    Watergate is looking more and more like kid stuff.

  3. Another thing, at the time, that bothered me was Obama getting on AF1 the next morning and zooming off to a fund raiser. Four dead Americans on his watch and he was totally unconcerned! That really bothered me at the time….and still does!

        • Yes, Stanley Dunham was a Private in the US Army during WWII. He was in the European Theater. It has been speculated he was involved in the CIA educating and recruiting African Students in College. The Dunhams were in Berkley and Honululu. Their is a documentary on Netflix “Dreams of my real father” that suggest Barack Obama,SR is not the Presidents real father. It further suggest his father is Frank Marshall Davis a Communist Party USA activist from Chicago. His mother became pregnant by Mr. Davis and her father knew Barack, Sr. A interracial marriage was deemed better if the person was from Africa than from the US.

    • Par for the course for preezy. Remember after Fort Hood, he gave a two minute shout-out to some Indian Chief before he even mentioned the “work place violence” at Fort Hood.

  4. Rep Connolly sd: That is not in your testimony.
    “That is not my testimony, “Lovell testified”. No Sir

    Someone please explain
    After speaking,
    Did Lovell claim that was not his testimony

  5. I believe Valerie “Rasputina” Jarrett is behind the Talking Points that Susan Rice spouted on the Sunday talk shows. Any chance of Val being supoenaed to testify any time soon? She also has Secret Service protection.

  6. I have known, from day one, that this treasonous koranimal commie rat bastid and his entire regime were running entire military arsenals to our enemies, ie his band of muslim brothers. Anyone with a functioning brain knows it.

  7. I could not hold back the tear as General Lovell was speaking. Four great Americans died and we did not “run to the gunfire,.”
    Shame on Obama and Hillary.
    That Tommy Whoever that was just on with Bret Baier was a real jerk!

  8. For some reason, they will not answer what President Obama and Hillary were doing that night. Fake news reports, fake economic numbers such as the unemployment rates decreasing. They was no line or lie that they were willing to cross or say to get them reelected in Sept 2012.

    All this is unraveling now. What is going to happen to our country in the next 921 days until he is gone. I hope the new President has handcuffs put on him and Eric Holder on the Capitol Steps before the giving the inaugural address.

  9. Maybe that latest e-mail which was suppressed will turn out to be the smoking gun. The cracks are starting to appear. We need to things: a Benghazi “John Dean” and someone to get off his duff and appoint a special select committee because you can expect zilch from this AG.

  10. Andrew McCarthy has a good time line on NRO which shows that Obama and Clinton first tied the video to riots in Cairo, then went on to use it in Benghazi.

  11. Americans overseas on duty for the American government were attacked and undefended and killed. The Commander In Chief is accountable and we must know where Obama was and what he was doing from the time of the first information about the attack until the time he boarded AF1 for Vegas.

    If he was derelict it needs to be known. Those who withhold this information are complicit.

  12. IMO, everything revolves around Obama’s Hearts and Minds policy: Muslim sensitivities first; American lives last. No orders were issued to send guns blazing into Benghazi for fear of destabilizing Eastern Libya and offending the precious Muzzlims.
    Ambassador Stevens requests for more security were rebuffed outright by Hillary b/c she wanted to keep a low American profile in Libya. No secret here. The two guards at the compound were unarmed Libyans. Two Rottweilers would have been better protection!
    As far as the ‘video’ is concerned, Carney lied AGAIN today! He has repeatedly stated that the ‘video talking points’ came from the CIA. He said today that Mike Morrell testified to this fact. Not true!
    The ‘video’ fabrication, as we now know, came directly from the WH. My guess? Valjar.

    Obama lied about Benghazi and ObamaCare to get himself re-elected. It’s that simple. He should have been frog-marched out of the WH and into an orange jumpsuit long ago. His lack of integrity, character, and moral turpitude is off the scales.

  13. Help me understand what good this conversation does….we have all known this for 18 months and yet we are no closer to bringing the hammer down on an administration who stood by as our good men died…..we are preaching to the choir here. I guess I have to wait till November ???? Bueller….Bueller???

    • Hilla: What difference at this point does it make?
      Tommy Vietor: Dude
      Pelosi: Why aren’t we taking about somthing else?

      The difference: These people work for us!!!!!
      They should appreciate and listen and answer to things that concern the Amercian citizens.
      All they are worried about is their pocket book and their career.

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