Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on why U.S. military forces did not aid Americans at the Beghazi mission: “The U.S. military did not get involved during the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last month because officials did not have enough information about what was going on before the attack was over.”
From someone who has been around the corner and through the woods: “When you are fighting for this country, you run to the sound of the fire and the calls for help. If someone tries to tell you not to go, and you know people are dying, you go anyway. If you don't know all the facts on the ground, as Panetta claimed, you go anyway. You go because the rule has always been that when you are in trouble and call for help, help will get there as quickly and overwhelmingly as humanly possible. You go for them because you know they would come for you. If it ever becomes known that the cavalry will not be coming to your rescue, then you will tell them where to stick it when they ask you to put your butt on the line. When the day comes, and now it may have, when it is known that we are not willing to sacrifice more casualties in an effort, no matter how futile it may be, to respond to pleas for help from the men on the line, we will no longer have men willing to put themselves on that line. Fix it now, before those men, in whom so much confidence is placed, lose confidence in us.”
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If monitoring “I’m in it deep and I need help,” every real soldier I have ever known would have thrown on his gear and mounted his vehicle and been out the gate as quickly as possible.
You tell me where you are, I’ll come get you.
Bad guys all around? We’re on the way. Just hold out til we get there.
How many times did Army aviation and Air Force put in several tens of pilots and crews and millions of dollars of aircraft to get five or 10 other Americans out of the jungle? And in some of those missions, more people died doing the rescue than were rescued. Why? Because that’s what we do.
“I’m in it deep and I need help.”
As my daughter emailed during a deployment: “It sucks when you hear people on the ground begging for help, and you can’t do anything.” And: “It sucks, too, when you ask to remain on station, but people above you say no.” You want another tanker so you can stay and maybe, just maybe, do something for the soldiers on the ground, but somebody in charge says no.