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The man in charge of US forces in Africa on the night of the terror attacks in Benghazi Libya told his side of the story today.
There's apparently did not make the Obama administration.
Look any better -- congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel has -- It's.
In a closed door classified briefing looking into the military response to the Ben -- attack last September 11 retired four star general Carter Ham who is and the commander -- com told lawmakers he was not consulted when the White House tribute preparedness for a 9/11 anniversary of the.
Biggest take away today was that.
No amount of sporadic at first.
Could overcome the White House is the lack of preparedness.
On September 11 the day that these attacks took place in -- city.
The White House put out a statement on September 10 about then White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan -- numerous meetings to review security measures and quote.
Steps taken to protect US persons and facilities abroad.
As well as Force Protection today lawmakers heard from general ham rear admiral Brian Lucy former head of special ops forces in Africa an army lieutenant colonel Steve Gibson who is in Libya last September 11.
In addition to figuring out what went wrong there was a focus on lessons learned our party is making sure.
Did that whatever mistakes were made.
That they don't happen again and that we -- That we learn from those actions -- much of what is known about the potential military response to Ben -- came from a State Department whistle blowers testimony in front of the house oversight committee last month.
-- -- the personnel react.
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.
Today Roby says there -- no stand down order but the call was made that security forces had to protect Tripoli instead.
That is places.
Mom that were hurt in a position of love.
Not harmed potential farming and ultimately harm -- in Gaza into American lives and we learned today that he was not.
Told to stand down but in fact he was told to stay.
In response to general -- White House spokesperson says the Pentagon and joint chiefs were consulted.
Ahead of the 9/11 anniversary and the White House says typically combatant commanders like general -- would -- dissipate in those meetings -- Mike thank you.
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