Benghazi was one of the early signs of deterioration of military readiness under Obama

Rowan Scarborough:
The military was woefully unprepared to help Americans in Benghazi during the 13-hour crisis, with no nearby troops on alert for the Sept. 11 anniversary and not one aircraft sent to that Libyan city to pick up survivors and four dead.

The Pentagon itself did not know of the Islamist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission until an hour after it happened. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in a conference call with the White House on Sept. 10, 2012, said forces would be on heightened alert. But the units that could have gone to North Africa that night and morning were not, in fact, on alert.

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on its own organized a small rescue team and hired an aircraft, with no help from U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, or from Washington. Mr. Panetta did not know until the next day that he had two Delta Force commandos at the embassy, the only U.S. military forces to respond to Benghazi.


When the besieged and wounded Americans — dealing with the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, his aide and two former Navy SEALs — finally reached the Benghazi airport, there were no U.S. military planes to get them out. They had to ride in the embassy-chartered flight and a Libyan C-130 that had been unable to fly at night.

This is part of the chronology contained in the June 28 report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It represents the most detailed reconstruction to date of how the military high command responded — and did not respond — to the 2012 terrorist attack on the mission, where the two diplomats perished, and the mortar barrage that killed the two former SEALs at a nearby CIA annex.

What the military did not do during the 13 hours has been a contentious issue for survivors, especially the former commandos who were security officers and held off attackers at the CIA annex.
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The readiness issue has been overwhelmed by the political issues surrounding the debacle.  But it does help explain why the administration went to such extremes to push a false narrative about a video.

There has been there evidence of a lack of readiness.  Most recently the Navy's screw up that led to the Iranian capture of sailors as well as their lack of discipline as captives.

The deterioration of the military under Obama has been dramatic and is dangerous,  It should be an issue this fall.

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