Benghazi Hearing: Who Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order?

Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, testified that U.S. special forces were told to “stand down” instead of carry out a relief mission to Benghazi once the terror attack was under way.

Hicks said the special forces personnel were “furious” that they were not allowed to go.

The testimony raises a key question–who gave the “stand down” order? In the chain of command, the three possibilities are President Obama, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, and commander of AFRICOM Gen. Carter Ham. These are the three who could have given a “go” or “stand down” order, although Gen. Ham’s authority to do so would have been limited to the window of time between which he gained knowledge of the events in Benghazi and the time President Obama learned of the same.

Unless, of course, Obama gave a standing order at the outset forbidding the Sec. of Defense and AFRICOM from sending military force.

Another option is that an agreement banning the use of U.S. special forces, or U.S. military force in general, for certain parts of Libya was negotiated between the Obama admin and the Libyan government after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. No one has denied or confirmed this, but if it were the case, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton would have had to re-negotiate the agreement to open the door for the use of force, after which Obama, Panetta, or Ham could have given the “go” or “stand down” order.

The testimony is a gray area that needs to be cleared up.

    


Benghazi Hearing: Who Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order?

3 thoughts on “Benghazi Hearing: Who Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order?

  1. THERE IS NEVER A REASON FOR A STAND DOWN ORDER IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT! NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO CONDEMN SOLDIERS AND OFFICIALS TO DIE JUST TO PLEASE SOME ARROGANT ASS. ALL WHO MAY HAVE HAD THE POWER TO HELP SHOULD BE TRIED. IF YOU HELP A THIEF AND HE KILLS SOMEONE YOUR AS GUILTY AS HE IS. SAME RULES APPLY HERE! ALL FOUR INVOLVED ARE GUILTY OF BEING COMPLICIT IN THE DEATHS IN BENGHAZI! THEY SHOULD ALL BE CHARGED WITH TREASON AND FACE THE MAXIMUM PINISHMENT!!!

  2. This is the only question I have right now. They lied about everything else.

    I want to know who came up with the lie, and who gave the stand down order. Then I want them put on public trial. No back room deals, no “bipartisan negotiations”, no golden parachutes, and definitely no shuffling to another desk in the same department.

  3. Those that condemed those four Americans to death should have the same given to them Obama Paneta Clinton and general of the North Africa region.and anyone else who is in charge of security protection.

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