Pentagon prepares for possible evacuation of US personnel from Libya, amid upheaval
The Obama administration is moving military assets into place in preparation for a possible evacuation of Americans from Libya, as a political crisis threatens to touch off a new wave of violence in the unstable country.
Officials say no decision has been made on whether to move U.S. personnel, particularly those at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, out of Libya. But the U.S. military is preparing in case the State Department makes the call.
Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Myles Caggins said eight Ospreys and three KC-130J refueling aircraft are now positioned at Sigonella air base in Italy. In addition, about 250 Marines are in Italy, as part of a team put in place in the wake of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks.
Officials are no doubt mindful of the lessons from Benghazi, and say they’re watching closely as rival factions clash and position for confrontation in several cities. SOURCE
Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, a U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer as well as two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty could not be reached for comment but the speculation is that their biggest question would be, “Where in the hell was Obama and Hillary Clinton the night WE were under attack, getting over-run and killed?”
My question is this; why wasn’t the Obama administration monitoring the events in Libya before the Benghazi attack? Why were requests for back-up personnel ignored? Why were the pleas for HELP ignored? WHY was a rescue operation that was only moments away from launching ordered to *STAND DOWN*?
If I am not mistaken the excuse was given that HELP was just too far away to get there in time and there was doubt that a successful rescue could be mounted given the location of the Troops and aircraft needed and the travel time required to arrive at the target.
I believe these assets were in Spain or Italy? Were they not?
Now there are eight Ospreys and three KC-130J refueling aircraft positioned at Sigonella air base in Italy. In addition, about 250 Marines are in Italy as well, all ready to come to the aid of Embassy personnel in Tripoli.
Did we somehow get a lot better and faster planes that can get to Libya sooner or has the Obama regime once again been inadvertently caught up in their own bag of lies and deceit regarding WHY there was NO response to the Benghazi attack?
“We are closely monitoring developments in Libya,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday, adding that the security of Americans “is our highest priority” and the administration has received “regular updates.”
And the men that died in Benghazi are probably wondering WHY their security was not of the highest priority.