Woods, Doherty and at least two others eventually ignored the order and while the consulate was still under fire managed to rescue its remaining occupants and retrieve the body of Sean Smith. Ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in the attack, was at that point missing. Woods and Doherty lost their lives in the operation. We have always known they died as heroes; we just didn’t know that that heroism included defiance of an incompetent chain of command.
But it gets worse. The attack on both facilities lasted for more than seven hours during which there were a number of requests for military support, a special ops team and a second specializing in counterterrorism rescues was at an airbase 480 miles away — less than two hours. They were never deployed.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta insists, “There’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.”
True enough. But there should be no covering up incompetence — especially with talk of YouTube videos. That’s shameful. But we have come to expect shameful from this administration.