By Jim Berlin
Panetta said Thursday, “You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information.”
That’s the kind of excuse you expect from politicans and political appointees after the smoke has cleared and the broken bodies of warriors have been carried home.
The real-time information was more than sufficient. Frantic emails and phone calls and drones overhead, all telling the suits in the Situation Room back in D.C. that Americans were fighting for their lives and they needed help now. Help that was available in a variety of forms.
Help that never came. Because the suits didn’t have the stones to pull the trigger. Because the suits were afraid for their careers.
Warriors do not worry about being sent “into harm’s way.” It’s what they do. SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods
were not at the Consulate when it came under attack. They went to the Consulate after the attack began. They went with minimal “real-time information.”
They went because that is where warriors go – to the sound of the guns.
They went to their deaths.
And after they did, when Doherty and Woods lay dead in the smoke and fire of Benghazi, President Obama and Leon Panetta and all the other suits who failed them that night…where did they go?
They went to bed.