we had very credible military resources within striking distance. At our military base in Sigonella, Sicily, which is slightly over 400 miles from Benghazi, we had a fully equipped Special Forces unit with both transport and jet strike aircraft prepositioned. Certainly this was a force much more capable than the 22-man force from our embassy in Tripoli.
I know those Special Forces personnel were ready to leap at the opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind they would have wiped out the terrorists attackers. Also I have no doubt that Admiral William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, would have had his local commander at Sigonella ready to launch; however, apparently he was countermanded—by whom? We need to know.
I also understand we had a C-130 gunship available, which would have quickly disposed of the terrorist attackers. This attack went on for seven hours. Our fighter jets could have been at our Benghazi mission within an hour. Our Special Forces out of Sigonella could have been there within a few hours.
There is not any doubt that action on our part could have saved the lives of our two former Navy SEALs and possibly the ambassador.
Nooooooope. That's not what Hillary and Barry told us. They told us this was all because of a horrifying video and there was no way we could render any aid at all.
But I understand that it's complicated when your embassy is serving as a clearing house to ship weapons to Al Queda and it's attacked by Al Queda.