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Confirmed: Obama’s denial of cross border authority killed 2 and abandoned 30 Americans in Benghazi

Written By: Bob - May• 02•13

The MSM is finally catching up to where Matt Bracken and I were six months ago on the abandonment of  30 Americans and allied forces in Benghazi:

On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help — but the State Department and White House never gave the military permission to cross into Libya, sources told Fox News.

The disconnect was one example of what sources described as a communication breakdown that left those on the ground without outside help.

“When you are on the ground, you depend on each other — we’re gonna get through this situation. But when you look up and then nothing outside of the stratosphere is coming to help you or rescue you, that’s a bad feeling,” one source said.

Six months ago today, Matt Bracken published this at PJ Media:

The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut.

Once the alarm is sent  – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.

That is the clear “red line” in this type of a crisis situation.

No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.

On the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi, all the POTUS has to do is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.

A day before that, after exchanging emails with Mr. Bracken, I’d published this:

…the buck stops at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in the person of Barack Obama. It does not matter if he watched the attack live via the drone as some allege, or if he went to bed early so he could campaign in Las Vegas the next day, as others have alleged.

What does matter is that once a rescue mission starts spinning up, the president and the president alone has to give the authorization to send troops into another nation.

This is called cross-border authority. Obama declined to give it.

Barack Obama was responsible for abandoning more than two dozen Americans to die.

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  1. Real Deal says:

    Obama should have been impeached long before this, Congress for its cowardice owns these deaths too. Then again, we’d be stuck with Smiling Joe…

    • Klingonwork says:

      Thanks Real Deal, thanks for that image just before lunch…Clueless Joe indeed!

      As witness to Uncle Sam on his death bed gasping his last, der Fuehrer doing a hard push to redefine the 2nd amendment in direct dereliction of his duties as defined in the Constitution.

      That is more than impeachable…THAT is traitorous.

      Molon Labe

      • Real Deal says:

        Well Klingonwork I honestly think Obama deliberately chose Biden over Billary for two reasons.

        1) He didn’t want the Clinton’s to have him offed in the first year.

        2) He wanted the fact that Joe Biden would ascend to the CIC to weigh heavily on the mind of anyone else think about removing him from office.

      • Mike says:

        Biden is indeed clueless, but does anyone think that he could possibly be worse than Obama?

      • Real Deal says:

        Mike, now that you ask I’m not sure I could say. However two thought’s keep running through my head, “What does this button do?”, and “The world’s best swordsman does not fear the second best swordsman, he fears the complete novice becasue he doesn’t know what he might do.”

  2. Gayle says:

    But, but, Jay Carney just told us this “happened a long time ago” – why are you worried about it now?


  3. willis says:

    “The disconnect was one example of what sources described as a communication breakdown that left those on the ground without outside help.”

    There was no communication breakdown. Who are these gullible, naive sources? This was a deliberate abandonment of those brave Americans by cowardly politicians in the service of political ambition.

  4. jms says:

    Wait a minute. If Obama refused cross border permission, then who exactly RESCUED the 30 so-called survivors? Or were there any survivors at all? Is this revelation a roundabout way of telling us that there were no survivors at all? That all 30+ were killed?

    • Bill says:

      Well, if we could get any answers at all, I think that confusion might be lessened.

    • Bob says:

      The survivors were forced to self-extract the following morning, after the militia/terrorists withdrew. A damn sad state of affairs, frankly.

  5. A047 says:

    How does he sleep at night?

  6. joe says:

    So why didn’t Mitt stare down BO in the debates, and ask why did he deny CBA to rescue the Americans? It would seem to me that if a rescue operation is already spun up and on its way to Libya, and BO denied CBA leaving Americans to die at the hands of terrorists, that’s murderous treason. How BO got elected is a mystery to me.

    • SDN says:

      He tried, but because he was clueless enough to allow DNC operative Candy Crowley to moderate, she cut him off.

  7. Steve says:

    I am still wondering why the one SEAL was on the roof with a laser designator. They are useless without a weapons delivery system, so why lase a target unless you thought there were bombs available. Could it be that there were aircraft in the area but told not to shoot?

  8. ronnor says:

    Finally some of the witnesses have been resurrected, a lot of people were starting to think that if the President left them to get murdered for what they knew then, they could be murdered now to keep them quiet. Would hate to be back in the service with this inept rat in office.

  9. RLC says:

    C’mon. Go easy on Obama. Not his fault- he had to wait for Valery Jarret and Hillary Clinton to make up their minds.

    You only have to consider how fast he jetted off to Las Vegas for the party, and how they disappeared and lawyered up, to see it. The MSM is just as complicit- remember Crowley at CNN- and now the Journolists are desperately trying to wallpaper over their mistake, to regain some credibility, again.

    Watch. It will end up just like F&F.
    Boehner will get a call, and
    call Issa, and that will be that.

  10. richard40 says:

    So the accounts of Obama telling DOD to do what they could to help the people being attacked was a complete fraud, because the military could only actually do what they could if they got cross border authority from the prez, which he refused to give. Typical Obama cowardace, covered up by fraud.