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What -- better than -- those hearings yesterday revealing major questions over the US military and the response -- -- Diplomat Gregory hicks was on the ground in Tripoli as terrorists stormed the Ben Ghazi compound.
He testified that a special forces team in Tripoli was ready to help but they were ordered to stand down.
People -- -- -- he had been fighting all night.
Tired they were exhausted.
Wanted to make sure the airport was secure for their.
Let's -- patted the personnel react to being told to stand down.
They were furious.
Can only say.
Well I will quote lieutenant colonel Gibson he said it's the first time in in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.
General Michael Hayden is -- to react a lot of his former director of the CIA principle with -- -- -- or good morning.
And -- we're about to America's -- what do we take for -- Well first of all that testimony each Egypt showed this was heartbreaking watching it.
In terms of what the deputy chief of this mission mr.
hicks was was trying to do the bill when I when I look at it and try to take it a step back.
It's possible that most of the actors in this play we're doing exactly what we would have expected them to do.
The special forces team like good American soldiers wanted to go to the sound of the guns.
The deputy chief of mission wanted to protect his friends and perhaps people back here in Washington having a bit of a broader view of what was going on knowing that they be second and third moves down the board here.
Wanted to conserve resources what with disappoints me bill it's not the decision that was made.
But that everyone trying to make a decision was choosing.
From a very short.
Very bad list of options.
And how do we get ourselves into that place that to me is the real key -- the Pentagon said there is nothing this team could have done.
Two assists during the second attack in -- counts.
You believe that well I think first of all.
When the decision was made you did not know how Ben Ghazi was.
Was going to roll out as as -- terms.
Out they probably would have gotten there about the time that the folks -- we're getting to the airport they may not have been able to contribute very much -- But always in -- at the time.
But again I'm I'm a little reluctant to second guess.
People making decisions and those circumstances.
Compared to how did we get ourselves into those because they have argued that you can make a flyby -- -- deflation scare people.
Now that's different and that's not the team going.
That's sending fighter aircraft to fly low and fast and and and make a lot of noise and I must admit bill when this first happened.
I wondered why that wasn't done.
Now there's anybody -- -- general.
Why do I do that there's testimony yesterday that you know you've got Obey the laws of physics what's it physically possible to have done that.
If you'd have made the decision early.
And quickly it early enough and quickly enough could that have been done.
I truly don't know the argument is it wasn't physically possible but certainly.
If it had been physically possible that would have been a very good choice just one more thing from Gregory -- listen to this it runs nineteen seconds.
The response team from.
The -- and -- Ghazi six individuals.
Drove the attackers.
Out of our compound and secured it temporarily.
They've been estimates as high as sixty.
Attackers were in the compound at one particular time.
When he says sixty you think this is highly organized -- -- quite possibly wants.
And your reaction has been primarily from a military standpoint.
And if you're satisfied with the logic that you know our place and together in peace the events to.
What are the remaining questions you have.
For how the government responded after that I think that is critical.
-- it is and -- you've got to just write what happened in those seven radars tragic.
That you don't have to do anything wrong to have things that happened in that period.
I'm worried about what we call left the bank.
As I said why do you put him in those circumstances what he has since it's such terrible choices that now it will be important as you suggest is right -- bank.
How how do you articulate to the American people why our ambassador in three other good Americans are dead and and I must admit.
That has been a very confusing episode even for someone.
With my background because it's very clear from the nature of the attack almost immediately.
That this wasn't -- -- spontaneous demonstration.
Connected to a bad movie review.
With regard to that anti Islamic video now thank you general appreciate your thoughts and -- and and and analyzing this and we will be in contact with you.
-- -- you know thank you sir from Washington have.
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