Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dress Code

I'm still busier than a one-armed paper hanger in an ass-kicking contest (or whatever that saying is), but I did want to vent about a couple of things in the recently released House Select Committee on Benghazi report. There's plenty in there to get upset about, especially since the end result of all the bungling, incompetence, and CYA crap was four dead Americans. But what really caught my eye were two things.

First, there appears to have been a tug of war between State and Defense over how the 'rescue forces' should dress.
The report highlights the military's failure to carry out Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's order to deploy forces to Benghazi and the lengthy delay that prevented the military assets from arriving at the embassy in Tripoli until 2 p.m. the day after the Benghazi attack. 
"What was disturbing from the evidence the Committee found was that at the time of the final lethal attack at the Annex, no asset ordered deployed by the Secretary had even left the ground," the report states. 
Previous accounts blamed the "tyranny of time and distance" plus the failure to have airplanes ready for the significant delay in moving military assets. But the report states conflicting orders from State Department and Pentagon officials over whether Marines should wear military uniforms or civilian attire also played a role. (emphasis added)

In a newly revealed two-hour secure video conference on the night of the attacks led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and attended by Clinton and others, State Department officials raised concerns about the diplomatic sensitivities of the attire to be worn by assets launched.
Really? People are dying and the Foggy Bottom boys (and girls) are worried "diplomatic sensitivities"? Let's put them in a position where they're getting shot at and see if they care what the rescue team is wearing.
According to one commander, the report states, as forces prepared to deploy, "during the course of three hours, he and his Marines changed in and out of their uniforms four times." (emphasis added)
GMAFB.

Another thing which raised my hackles was this tidbit.
The report also finds that then-Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld, did not participate in the secure call because "he had left to return to his residence to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries." He received one update during the dinner on the attacks.
If true, and if there isn't a damn good reason behind his failure to participate, then his military career needs to come to a schreeching halt. I wasn't there, I don't know all the details, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but it just sounds wrong.

Of course, barry and hillary screwed the pooch seven ways from Sunday on this one, but it sure looks like there's plenty of other blame to go around. Regardless of how much ineptness is at the top of the food chain, people need to figure out some way to do their job - or find another one.

I'm so disgusted by everyone involved I need to stop typing now before I blow a gasket...

6 comments:

Bag Blog said...

If I remember correctly, the Benghazi attack happened right before the 2012 elections. I do remember wondering where the Media was on this. Why were they not outraged? Of course the answer was that the liberal media wanted Obama to win and did not want any bad reports on him. Swept it under the rug so to speak. It all makes me SO crazy. Now this report - I may blow a gasket too.

Randy H said...

SMH, this one has me really tight in the jaws. The worst thing is, no ones head(s) will roll. It seems that this was a huge waste of resources since nothing will be done, or at least appears that way, and certainly not as long we have that waste of human flesh in the WH and a weak kneed congress.

Toejam said...

Navy & Marine Corps are dropping the nasty gender-exclusive "men" from enlisted titles.

Defense department says "OK" to open trannies and will pay for their operations to cut balls off or attach them.

America's DOOMED!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Lessons once learned, paid for in lives, are ignored. That is what plans are for. The military knows this and knows a plan rarely survives first contact with the enemy. Still better than the civilians in government whose only plan is to switch thumbs up their ass while trying to cover their asses and blame someone else, IMO.

Old NFO said...

This is a classic failure of command at multiple levels... And we'll never get the truth out of ANY of those !@$%@ assholes...

CenTexTim said...

BB - obama, hillary, and the media deserve a large percentage of the blame, but there's plenty left over to go around to others as well.

Randy - sad but true. No one will be held accountable. Heck, no one will even admit they made mistakes.

Toejam - well, we're certainly going downhill...

WSF - I used to believe that military leadership was superior to civilian. These days, I'm not so sure...

NFO - The Navy just released its report on those two riverine boats captured by Iran. Another "classic failure of command at multiple levels..."

Sigh...