Originally Posted by listopencil
That theater is literally flooded with military assets that could have arrived on scene well within that seven hour timeline. As I recall, units were on standby in Sigonella but waited for a command to act. The command never came. There were also significant assets around Benghazi that could have been used for crowd control. An unarmed drone was sent in instead.
Looking it up, there appear to be unsourced reports/allegations which are denied by the CIA and Pentagon. I haven't seen anything concrete. SecDef Panetta said that they didn't send anyone in because they were trying to have a much better idea of what the heck was going on, rather than sending in a bunch of troops into an uncertain situation.
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