Refusal to assist “was a Presidential decision”
CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”
Yet someone denied help not once but three times during the attack. And those orders to “stand down” that the brave ex-Seals disobeyed in order to save nearly 30 people was given by someone. Petraeus is saying it wasn’t the CIA’s call to deny aid. If the order did not come from the CIA it would have had to have been a direct order from the President because that is the next step in the order food chain.
Both Fox and Jake Tapper over at ABC are doing a great job covering this story and behaving like real journalists.
Update: The Weekly Standard is calling out the President: “Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No.
It would have been a presidential decision. There was presumably a rationale for such a decision. What was it? When and why—and based on whose counsel obtained in what meetings or conversations—did President Obama decide against sending in military assets to help the Americans in need?”