No rush to the rescue
US military wasn't sent into Benghazi
- Duration 3:41
- Date Oct 22, 2012
US military wasn't sent into Benghazi
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The Obama campaign once again blaming the intelligence community.
For the fallout over the terror attack in Libya listen.
There's investigation ongoing.
With the intelligence community the FBI's on the ground.
And we have reported the administration has reported.
Everything that we've been that we've been told and we shared it in real time the fact is it's a complicated situation.
Looking it's looking at what happened there and reporting to the American people on it.
There's been no inconsistency it.
But this comes after new report that an.
Unmanned US drone was -- patched in response inning -- the attack even monitoring the final hours of the attacks so.
Why are we just hearing about this now and more importantly where was our military and -- -- kernel and senior fellow at the center for advanced defense studies.
Lieutenant colonel Tony Shaffer joins us now thank you so much.
I was looking forward to talking -- -- today.
I'll begin with that -- an unmanned drone monitoring the final hours of this attack where was our military why weren't -- there and what could we have done.
Well a lot first off.
There's video on this people who have seen it so that's very damning and this drone adds another -- mentioned that let me say something here for -- audience understand the perspective.
When President Reagan was briefed on students in -- being threatened.
By the local government there it took six hours.
To plan the invasion of the country six hours I talked to one of the guys who the planner so you're telling me we can plan and Annika excavation a country's six hours but we can't send support.
To protect our embassy and the staff -- within six hours are you kidding me.
They did have what we call fast he was available in Italy.
And there -- other capabilities which were local all of these things could and should have been implemented -- I'm sorry I disagree with -- -- completely.
Nothing was done to protect these people in real time.
The information was coming in real time much like the -- -- issue I mean yesterday during the Brookfield practice shooting and shooting in Wisconsin -- Jay Carney put out -- -- within three hours saying Qaeda presence on top of us.
Okay you can't have it both ways you can't be on top of that and not on top of this and clearly there was a six hour gun battle that resulted in nothing being -- to protect our people and for people being dead.
-- 67 hours -- you know our US ambassador ends up dead along with three other Americans thirty Americans in all under attack for upwards of seven hours by AK 47 and rocket propelled grenades right and we did nothing.
And the other thing we we had a -- to call an AC 130 is called the spooky.
And it can fly rapidly from a location and can provide very good overhead coverage so they could at least disperse the crowd to give our people time to get.
Get out of their do something again resources were not you.
It we've gotten her a lot about whether or not -- today asked for assistance and they needed help we now know that not once not twice but three times the US ambassador including the day of the attack.
Said that they needed additional security.
Right this is layered incompetence that -- it was very clear by both professionals -- -- -- that lieutenant colonel who was in charge of forces and the master himself.
Clearly articulated this this is there's no gray area here and I'm sorry I just -- -- rug by the fact -- taken weeks to break this information out.
If there and and of course that the video -- let me be very clear on this -- they want that the biggest thirty go away.
Just put out the talking points which were presented to -- -- the ambassador rice.
And the rest of the administration is -- out there because those that papers what they're blaming right now I'm Tony we won't do it because that paper is not what say what they say yeah and perhaps because there's an election coming up absolutely I thank you very nicely today currently.
-- Shaffer thank you and the time now it.