Reposted verbatim as follows:
From Matt Bracken
Did Obama Withhold Cross-Border Authority?
Please help me.
I am trying as hard as I can to get out the word about cross-border authority (CBA).
I just can’t believe reporters don’t know enough to ask the right questions! It’s infuriating.
Libya, as far as standing down the rescue, is 100% Obama’s show, and nobody else’s. Only he can grant CBA, not Biden, not Panetta, not Dempsey, not Hillary, and certainly not Ham in Germany.
The entire episode is explained perfectly inside the context of not granting CBA. The CIA QRF in Tripoli? No problem, send them on the local Tripoli station chief’s say-so. He merely informs up COC that he has done so. CCs them so to speak. “This is what I am doing.” Ditto if Predators were in country, no problem using them.
But the big rescue air armada streaming toward Libya right away after the alarm got to Stuttgart and Africom? That has to stop. I believe at the 5pm meeting with Panetta and Biden in the Oval Office, he said, “No outside military intervention,” on the basis that the last report was the “lull” from the consulate, at about 1030 p.m. in Benghazi, when the attack appeared to be over and the situation stabilizing.
(As a soft exception, Obama may have authorized sending an unarmed Predator from outside of Libya, but I am thinking the two Predators were already in-country, and hence available to use within “no CBA granted” rules.)
“No outside military intervention” equals “no cross-border authority” and that constitutes “standing orders” until POTUS changes them. Nobody else can “un-decide” the POTUS decree. The rescue air-armada of C-17s, C-130s and SOF helos like MH-47 Chinooks and Pavehawks cannot proceed directly to Libya without CBA being granted, so instead they are all staged at Sigonella, Sicily.
USN ships are in position to “lilypad” helos for long over-water flights. Airborne tankers are coming into position. SOF forces in Sigonella are going over their gear for different contingencies. Fuming all night as officers keep checking in with operational commanders. “Hold in place, no rescue yet. We can’t find the President, it sounds like,” say the colonels to the majors and captains. 100s of military must know about this. I keep waiting for the conclusive whistle-blowers to come forward BEFORE the election. After won’t matter, it will be for the historians.
Panetta is falling on his sword for Obama with his absurd-on-its-face, “The military doesn’t do risky things” defense of no rescue. Panetta is destroying his future reputation entirely, to save Obama. The question is why? Loyalty?
Petreaus was probably “used” in some way early, about the supposed CIA intel link to the Mohammed video, and now he feels burned. So he conclusively said via his PAO, “The stand-down order did not come from CIA.”
Well, what is higher than CIA? Only White House. Obama, nobody else. Petreaus is naming Obama without naming him.
Now, as far as Obama / Huma Abedin / Valerie Jarrett etc actually wanting Ambassador Stevens dead, to terminate the end of the very dirty Libyan arms to Syrian AQ programs, I can’t speculate. Obama is not competent enough, I’m thinking.
But for sure, the ambassador going to unsecure Benghazi on 9-11 of all days stinks to me of a setup. You can bet Stevens would have told the Turks, “No, 9-11 is not a good day for us,” and stayed in Tripoli behind many high and thick walls. For him to go to dangerous Benghazi on 9-11 means the Turks totally insisted, but why would they care about the meeting date, unless they were in on a “hit” as the Judas goat?
Alternatively, ordering Stevens to meet the Turks in Benghazi on 9-11 may have come from down OUR chain of command. Stevens seems to have been wearing two hats as ambassador and CIA arms shipper. Moving between more-secure Tripoli, the Benghazi “consulate,” and the CIA “annex.” So orders to him might come down the State or the CIA commo channels, or both. I am unclear on his job title and true position, but either the CIA or State sends him final instructions. How this works with “dual-hatted” ambassadors, I haven’t a clue.
But Stevens meeting the Turks at the unsecure Benghazi “consulate” on 9-11 stinks to me of a deliberate setup. The Turks left the meeting and probably flashed their headlights to the attack team commanders lurking in shadows. A coded text, a word on a phone, meaning, “The ambassador is there, with minimal security: proceed with the attack plan.”
That is all pure speculation. What I know FOR SURE is that the big “stand down order” issue revolves around granting or withholding cross-border authority.
Every SOF officer and ops officer all the way up has this drummed into his head. We can make Obama respond to this question, even if reporters must shout it at him while he’s doing storm cleanup photo ops. If the reporters KNOW enough to ask the quesion.
That’s why I am shouting all over the internet about CBA.
I can’t believe cross-border authority permission is not one of the top discussion points about Benghazi.
That, and who “set him up” by sending him to Beghazi to meet the Turks on 9-11, with them leaving after dark.
And of course, down the road, was the military rescue-in-progress turned back because Obama actually wanted to make sure the consulate was wiped out? Is that why the spooks at the annex were refused permission to travel the under one mile to intervene? That would connect it all together, but for now, the best focus is on Obama either granting or withholding cross-border authority for the rescue.
Feel free to repost these musings of a long-ago SOF officer anywhere you please.
Benghazi Coverup - Obama Getting Rid Of Military Brass To Hide Scandal
Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike group
Published October 27, 2012
The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.
Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis' home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed.
It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.
The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of "inappropriate leader
ship judgment" that arose during the strike group's deployment to the Middle East. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's chief spokesman, declined to discuss the investigation.
The Stennis group deployed from Bremerton in late August and had entered the Navy 5th Fleet's area of operations in the Middle East on Oct. 17 after sailing across the Pacific. The Stennis made port visits in Thailand and Malaysia on its way to the Middle East.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/27/navy-replaces-admiral-leading-mideast-strike-group/#ixzz2AnpPxARZ
Benghazi Coverup Scandal - obama Regime Getting Rid Of Military Brass To Hide Scandal
Obama’s Guillotine has Found its Target: Covering Up the Benghazi Blemish
(L General Ham, R Admiral Gaouette)
As more light is beginning to peer through the Benghazi cover-up and the world is seeing more and more of Obama’s indecisive leadership, the President has taken steps to purge the commanders who refused to stand idly by as Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security detachment were murdered by al-Qaeda. When the attack broke out, the ambassador’s security detail requested backup from their CIA detail a mile away. The order came down from the CIA’s high command that action should not be taken, that the garrison should not intervene. Tyrone Woods and a small contingent of security personnel defied those orders and went to the compound to relieve the strained contingent. Woods and his team were unable to locate Stevens who had been lost in the confusion in a burning building. As Woods and his team retreated back to the CIA safe house, that complex, over one mile away, also came under fire.
Once under fire, the CIA began to call for military assistance, as al-Qaeda began shelling the building with mortar rounds. General Carter Ham at AFRICOM received the same e-mails sent to the State Department by Stevens and, by this time had mobilized a rescue team and was awaiting permission from the Pentagon. At this point General Ham was told to stand down and not send the rescue mission into Benghazi. Ham, having assessed the urgency of the situation, decided to ignore the Pentagon and President’s orders and send the team in. Once again, he was ordered to stand still – as the calls for backup continued to rain from the embassy and the safe house. After protest, Ham was relieved of his command. Ham’s second in command took over, and remained in charge until his handpicked successor, General David Rodriguez, could take the helm. Rodriguez was nominated by Barack Obama and still must be confirmed by the Senate.
This change of leadership also comes as Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, the commander of the USS John C. Stennis carrier battle group, has been drawn from the field and ordered back to home port for an investigation of “inappropriate leadership judgment.” The underbelly of the blogosphere has been speculating that Gaouette has been so hastily removed for supporting Ham, and for wanting to send aerial support to the embattled compound. It has also been further speculated that Gaouette has been highly critical of the Obama administration. The reason behind Gaouette’s removal has been shrouded in mystery, but there is growing belief that the White House is trying to cut off at the legs any military opposition to the Administration’s refusal to assist the attacked diplomatic mission.
The Obama administration has been hit hard by this failure of leadership, and still there are questions that have not been answered. One, the President had a live feed of the situation on the ground – why did he not properly assess the situation and allow, first the CIA and later the military to launch a rescue mission? Two, why has the administration purged the military of the leaders who have provided the local leadership that they could not supply? And, three, why does the president continue to politicize the issue and why does the president continue to shift away from the blame?
The sacking of General Ham and Admiral Gaouette is an irresponsible reaction by an irresponsible administration. When these men should be praised for their actions, responding to the situation instead of letting the situation spin out of hand. Just as an uneven, spinning wheel will thrash the movement of a well-oiled machine, so too will the uneven leadership of a failed president lead to the destruction of a fine military and diplomatic system. The Generals and people on the ground knew the situation called for a military escalation, but the politicized Department of Defense would not act – the White House, marred in an already failed Middle Eastern policy, could not afford to have the light of this planned, coordinated terrorist attack to flaunt in the face of a sleeping populace. Instead, the White House passed this horrid diplomatic interference as a protest. The blood of the four dead Americans is directly on the hands of Barack Obama. The traditional trust between a president and the people has been scarce in this presidency, and it has become a non-existent theory. During the 2008 campaign, the Obama and Speaker of the House promised to have the most open administration in modern times – with each passing crisis, with each dabbling of corruption, with every cover up, it is clear the this promise has not been kept, and was never intended to be more than political rhetoric.
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