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Well new reports that the US military is sending Marine Corps crisis response teams -- least considering that.
To Middle East they would be stationed on navy ships in the region and -- moves follows fierce criticism of the White House and its handling.
Of the terror attack on our consulates in Ben Ghazi Libya on September 11.
-- Yates is the CEO of DC international advisory and former deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs Dick Cheney.
-- -- I'm -- -- be with Yeltsin explain to us the thinking here that if this special corps of special ops guys.
Were stationed somewhere close to.
The Middle East in the -- fit the outcome of September 11 -- what happened they're mad -- -- could be different.
I have my doubts about whether it would have been different but that is -- the thinking behind this proposal appears and we often have.
Adjustments to our military force posture and other things looking at the last crisis the last war etc.
-- this fits that pattern.
But these ships have extremely scarce real estate -- one has to wonder what they would displace if you're gonna make room even for a small number of people.
And then there are the problems have been god either really didn't have to do with the force capabilities there -- civilian leadership decision making that can be modeled -- slow.
And then you have to ask why are we spending money on a shrinking navy when they're really our land based.
Targets in a relatively small number of troubled areas that need security on scene.
And furthermore we have these things called fast teams these fleet anti terrorism and security teams and those were alerted.
The night of September 11.
They didn't make it in time and in fact when Leon Panetta testified about a congress he explained that they couldn't be.
Scrambled fast enough it sounds like they've actually work where they were too far away.
To make it in time to help.
In Ben Ghazi so how would these special ops troops be different than the fast -- -- -- exactly right and there is of course no guarantee that we will ever have.
The right mix of the right forces deployed in all locations.
But you would like to think getting back to this issue of civilian decision making that we -- looking at an anniversary like 9/11.
You wouldn't necessarily need to be equally deployed across all theaters.
And if you just look at a few not few war zones.
You might think that added in country on land.
Forces will be more critical we have issues of sending forces -- sovereign countries it violates airspace that can be perceived as an act of war.
And so you have to have.
Think on the ground I think prior to the need for this I understand the desire it may seem like it's a good idea on paper I'm just not convinced that really would have.
Change the outcome on.
That terrible day at.
And also as we understand -- from our own reporters in the Pentagon.
That -- -- requests for back up.
Never made it.
To the military it it somewhere it faltered somewhere in the chain of command at the CIA -- wouldn't have mattered had a special ops team -- And right next door.
It's actually right I mean these these kinds of tragedies of course have many many elements to them.
And the military capability and where it would deploy from potentially is but one of those considerations what can.
The communication across agencies the communication out of country.
Back to Washington and then the leadership and communication among leaders was I think the most profound break down and this change would.
And Alter that calculus -- also Stephen what would have mattered.
What would have made a difference and save the lives of the four Americans that night in -- Ghazi.
Well I first confess it's always easier for someone like me or anyone else to look back and say given what happened.
Here's what could have helped but even with that humility you would think that was a significant anniversary like September 11.
In a country like Libya where a war had been going on in a broader regional.
Instability was spreading.
That would be reasonable to increase.
The for the protection of forces for our ambassador any of our capabilities that -- in country.
There and -- -- -- number of other countries that were affected that at that point it's inconceivable to me why those.
Preparations weren't done in advance and -- communication wasn't better decision making faster that day even if we couldn't have saved their lives.
And in fact we do know that ambassador Chris Stevens had sent back messages and alerts saying that the security system around him there was deteriorating he felt.
We'll -- it's thanks so much for your insight into this it always helps.
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