Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West has raised an interesting point. The President recently explained that as soon as he heard about what was happening in Benghazi, he ordered that everything possible be done to protect American lives there. The military is a very structured organization. Assuming that the President is telling the truth, which I doubt, there would be a paper trail of orders stretching from Washington D.C. to the field relaying his order. Given that he was either in the Oval Office or the White House Situation Room when he issued such an order, there would not have been any delay whatsoever in getting it out to the operators that would be tasked to implement it. I'd love to see that order, but I honestly do not believe that it exists.
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta has explained that Washington did not have enough information soon enough to act. We now have mountains of proof that this was simply not true. We had several very highly trained, battle hardened operators on the ground in the middle of the firefight with all of the equipment that they needed to provide the tactical information necessary for a variety of different military assets to be immediately applied to the problem in Benghazi. We also know that the military was straining at the leash for the order to go to the Ambassador's assistance. In fact, the current speculation is that General Carter Ham, Commanding General of Africom was relieved of duty because he was too eager to help Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues.
Some of Obama's apologists are talking about "the fog of war" as though they know anything about it from personal experience. I have not heard anyone who has actually been in combat try to explain what happened in Benghazi in terms of "the fog of war." Panetta's dictum that one does not deploy military assets until one has adequate information is a bunch of crap. In combat, one never has enough information. The apologist worries about a possible ambush - so do the guys carrying out the mission. It is what they do. Their dictum is that "we do not leave our own behind."
It continues to look to me as though the President is positioning Panetta and a couple of generals to take the fall for Benghazi - after the election, of course. Let's assume that Obama told Panetta to do everything possible to help Ambassador Stevens and Panetta decided that he did not have enough information to carry out the President's order. Why didn't Obama replace his Secretary of Defense on the spot and instruct the military to get on with the relief of Benghazi? In my mind Obama is spinning and he should not have turned in for a good night's sleep until all of the Americans in Benghazi were safe.