From the Center:
This dishonest AP story suggests that Gen. Dempsey disputes Deputy Ambassador Gregory Hicks about a “stand down” order during the Benghazi terrorist attack. But according to AP the Deputy Ambassador didn’t say “stand down,” he said the soldiers were told not to board the plane. That is exactly what Gen. Dempsey said. Beyond that, the AP scoop is that our special forces were not told to “stand down” they were ordered “to remain in Tripoli?”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that four members of Army special forces in Tripoli were never told to stand down after last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, disputing a former top diplomat’s claim that the unit might have helped Americans under siege.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said timing and the need for the unit to help with casualties from Benghazi resulted in orders for the special forces to remain in Tripoli . . .
Meanwhile, a second team was preparing to leave on a Libyan C-130 cargo plane from Tripoli to Benghazi when Hicks said he learned from the Libyan prime minister that Stevens was dead. The Libyan military agreed to transport additional personnel as reinforcements to Benghazi on its cargo plane, but Hicks complained the special forces were told not to make the trip.
“They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it,” Hicks said. Pressed on why, he said, “I guess they just didn’t have the right authority from the right level.”