Hair-Splitting, Ass-Covering Bullshit from the Military About Benghazi
Bill Quick

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“I was not ordered to stand down. I was ordered to remain in place. ‘Stand down’ implies that we cease all operations, cease all activities. We continued to support the team that was in Tripoli. We continued to maintain visibility of the events as they unfolded. … If we would have went into Benghazi, it could have been catastrophic,” Gibson said in June.

One member of Gibson’s team, a medic, is credited with providing critical care to Benghazi survivors who arrived in Tripoli.

Sorry, but this is hair-splitting, a distinction without a difference.  The military was ordered not to remain in Tripoli, and to offer no on-site assistance to the men in battle in Benghazi.  So, in terms of Benghazi, they were ordered to stand down.

As for “catastrophic,” how?  To whom?  Not going in ended up being fairly catastrophic for the Americans who were killed in battle there.  Nobody is claiming that the US military was ordered to take a nice nap all across the globe.  Some of us are saying they were told to do nothing to help the Americans fighting for their lives in Benghazi, and that still seems to be exactly what did happen.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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