Special Forces Denied ‘Cross Border Authority’ in Benghazi


The Benghazi investigation is mired in misinformation and inaccurate questioning. While the Congress pursues the question of a mysterious “stand down order”, the pursuit of administration responsibility remains dead in the water, and lazy pundits continue to write about a cover-up that pales in comparison to this administration’s abandoning two warriors to die on a lonely rooftop in Benghazi.

Are our Congressional investigators naïve, or are they part of a vast conspiracy to hide a simple truth from the American people about the decisions made & not made that fateful night?

You see ladies & gentlemen, in order for a “stand down” to be given, an order has to be given to ready those soldiers to “stand down” from. Here lies the crux of administration’s failures the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

No “stand down” order was ever issued, because the request for an order to engage in a foreign land was refused to begin with!

To initiate offensive military operations in a foreign country, law requires a Presidential order commonly referred to a Cross Border Authority or CBA. In the absence of cross border authority being granted directly by the President, no military operation could be initiated, including the commitment of troops to secure or rescue personnel from Special Mission Benghazi.

It is well known that a distress signal went out from the CIA Annex before it was attacked. That distress signal, Tango Mike Mike, is used universally by our special operation forces and is used in remembrance of Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez, who received the Congressional Medal Of Honor for gallantry single-handedly rescuing an embattled and overwhelmed Green Beret detachment during the Vietnam War. He was known, fondly, as “That Mean Mexican”, and his call sign was “Tango Mike Mike”.

It is a matter of honor for our Special Forces to respond to “Tango Mike Mike”, and this author has no doubt that Special Forces troops were prepared to go on the offensive in Benghazi.

It has been sparsely reported that a Special Forces Alpha Team bordered a C-130 Spectre and awaited “authority” to commit to Benghazi. It is likely they were staged at the order of SOC-AFRICA (Special Operations Command for Africa) with the approval of AFRICOM (The geographic Combat Command for Africa).

I am personally challenging the Congressional investigators to ask the following  three questions:

  1. Was Cross Border Authority requested by our operation commanders assigned to North Africa?
  2. Which particular Officer requested it?
  3. Was Cross Border Authority granted?

The answers to these three questions lead responsibility directly to the Commanders in Africa, and ultimately to the President, who is the only one tasked with issuing cross border authority.

And to those same Congressional investigators, I am issuing this warning: If you fail to ask these three simple questions, you are each as guilty as this President of leaving Ty Woods and Glen Doherty dead on that lonely rooftop so far from home…..Equally as guilty of cowardice…Equally as guilty of dereliction of duty.

Listen  to Conservative Report Radio Dec. 7, 2012 starting at 18 minutes and 40 seconds

Tango-Mike-Mike: History of Special Force Operations & Inaction in Benghazi


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