The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 24 minutes of its coming under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a night-long siege than has been acknowledged publicly, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday.
The agency mobilized the evacuation effort, took control of an unarmed U.S. military drone to map possible escape routes, dispatched an emergency security team from Tripoli, the capital, and chartered aircraft that ultimately carried surviving American personnel to safety, U.S. officials said.
The biggest revelation is that Benghazi was a covert CIA action,
The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation, according to officials briefed on the intelligence. Of the more than 30 American officials evacuated from Benghazi following the deadly assault, only seven worked for the State Department. Nearly all the rest worked for the CIA, under diplomatic cover, which was a principal purpose of the consulate, these officials said.
Of course, Faux News and Republican buffoons in their rush to Impeach President Obama have no compunction about outing CIA agents, undermining national security or covert operations. Anything which they can use to slander Barack Obama is fodder for their propaganda machine.
But, despite the revelations Faux News is way too invested in their Benghazi Bullshit to give up now. Faux News has staked too much on Benghazi as a vehicle to eliminate President Obama to drop their campaign of lies.
But, what they will never do is bring forth a credible witness, or a CIA "whistle blower", or actual official documents or any REAL EVIDENCE. No Faux will rely on Newt Gingrich, a man who has no connection to the military as he was a big, fat cowardly, chicken hawk who hasn't held office in over a decade to mention "rumors I've heard". And Peter Johnson Jr. to offer up his smears while he says "I have no evidence for this." While Sean Hannity engages in his nightly tirades of bigotry, bluster and bullshit.
Officials say that U.S. forces from Europe and Fort Bragg in North Carolina were dispatched in an effort to help, but they arrived too late. Officials considered sending U.S. warplanes from Italy, but it was decided that dropping bombs would lead to civilian casualties.
CIA officials in Washington strongly deny there was any order not to mount a rescue mission. And the source tells NPR there was never an order to stay put. It was all about getting ready, not delaying. Within 24 minutes, the American and Libyan team moved out toward the consulate.
So, the Republicans will never convene a real hearing in which military officers and service men are brought forth to testify. No because their testimony under oath would move to exonerate President Obama. No official proceeding will ever occur in which CIA operatives and State Department officials give testimony because there will be NO EVIDENCE to support the Bullshit Slanders Republican Congressmen and Senators have been alleging with reckless abandon on Faux News.
Instead, Republicans will talk real tough about how mad they are and let Faux News run with OUTRIGHT LIES, smears, innuendoes, falsehoods in an effort to Impeach President Obama in the fevered minds of the Alternate Conservative Reality.