Is This the Day That the Benghazi Story Begins to Explode?
I've been as critical as anyone over the Obama Administration's bungled handling of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, but I've also been skeptical that the story has much impact outside of the conservative base. Like it or not, an attack on a foreign diplomatic installation just doesn't set pulses pounding as much as an attack within the United States, and the complicated chronology -- combined with an absolute dereliction of duty by much of the mainstream press -- has kept this story from generating the kind of outrage it deserves. Until, perhaps, today. This is the story that Fox News broke this morning:
Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials -- who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."
Before this revelation, this story was a tragedy. But if these new claims prove to be true, it will be nothing short of a national outrage.