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Letter: There was a ‘stand down’ order issued for Benghazi

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 am

The Associated Press states “No ‘stand down order’ in Benghazi.” Wrong! There are two fields of play here.

First and foremost are the U.S. forces under the command of AFICOM (which included F-16 out of Italy), and those of Carrier Strike Group Three operating with USS Stennis in the Mediterranean. Second is the small cadre of a SpecOps team of four people located in Tripoli for which the AP article was addressing.

Upon confirmation that the ambassador was not kidnapped as planned, but was killed, the cover-up commenced. The president then talked by phone with Clinton. Following this phone call — as U.S. military forces were preparing to assist in the defense or rescue at Benghazi — the “stand down” order was transmitted. An admiral and general were immediately relieved of command because of their plans to offer aid.

From the declassified report from the House Armed Services Committee and Subcommittee on Oversight Investigations, there was lengthy discussion over the terms used for that small cadre of SpecOps folks at Tripoli. The AP article uses the term “remain in place,” whereas the official report refers to the terms “stay” and “dress down” when referring to the transport of the response team as reinforcements by air to Benghazi.

I could not find in the Accountability Review Board report or the HASC or Oversight report where the order to “stand down” was discounted as stated by the Associated Press.

Bill Castro


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  • Christina Welch posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 462

    "If history is any indicator, then the answer is , yes." In time, history will tell the story. Right now, it is still being written...

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:47 am on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Queue the nuts and trolls.

  • stan taves posted at 8:47 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Mike has it right, for once, "We pretty much have the official version of what happened". And that's the problem. Years later and we still don't know what the commander-and-chief was doing while the attack was taking place; or even where he was for that matter -- it's said that he was somewhere in the Whitehouse. We still don't know why Hil didn't do her job and tell the American people everything that was relevant to the truth, but instead trotted Susan --the big fat liar -- Rice out to make a mockery of justice. The fact is that anyone with even an ounce of integrity would be able to see that a very serious problem still exists with regards to Benghazi. Will the complete truth ever be known? If history is any indicator, then the answer is, yes.

  • Jien Kaur posted at 7:48 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 385


    Thanks to you

  • Mike Adams posted at 6:32 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1574

    Another wild fantastic story by another conspiracy theorist. We pretty much have the official version of what happened. Any further analysis just brings out the nuts and trolls.

    Yes something bad happened to four Americans (something very bad), laying blame about what didn't happen or speculation on the events of that night is just a normal data point for the conspiracy theorists. Sec. of State Clinton was right when she said "What does it matter?" Any attempt to explain the real story about the events of that night will do no good.

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:46 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "Upon confirmation that the ambassador was not kidnapped as planned..."

    Jien, this is an opinion page.

    I'm not even sure if letters like this will be allowed in the future??

    But around here, it's your choice to be a thinker or a "coolaid" drinker.

    Bill is alluding to yet another conspiracy story based on yet another book.

    The sordid tale suggest collusion between President Obama and Egypt's former president Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and various Islamic Jihadist groups...

    Oh yeah, Hillary is heavily involved into the "goings on" too!!!

    You'll have to buy the book if you want to know more. Drink up??

    I'll pass.


  • Christina Welch posted at 1:21 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 462

    Yes, I enjoyed the article as well. Very informative.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 12:12 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1675

    Excellent article Mr Chang

  • Jien Kaur posted at 8:29 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 385

    Mr Chang maybe you can make clear the sentence of the Mr Castro says

    Upon confirmation that the ambassador was not kidnapped as planned, but was killed, the cover-up commenced.

    Please if you can tell he makes the truth that the president obama wish to kidnapp the ambassador but not kill?

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Jul 22, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "Ben Ghazi"

    Folks, you can still drink Bill's "conspiracy coolaid" but the party's over.

    This fantasy now totally debunked.

    Here is the AP story and it's courtesy of FAUXNEWS, no less.


    "Together their 30 hours of testimony to congressional investigators gives the fullest account yet of the military's response..."



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