The latest Pentagon time-line confirms that President Obama could have watched the Annex attacks live.
by Paul Benedict
November 10, 2012
Below is the confluence of the Pentagon’s newly released timeline, Jennifer Griffin’s original story, David Ignatius’ November first, CIA sourced timeline, and more recent updates. The latest information and its implications are emboldened.
2:40 P.M. ET [8:40Benghazi]—Warnings of an imminent attack received.
3:40 P.M. ET [9:40 Benghazi]—Jennifer Griffin’s original story. Tyrone Woods and others heard shots fired.
3:40 P.M. ET [9:40 Benghazi]—David Ignatius’ November 1st CIA timeline. The first call for assistance received. Alarms heard.
3:42 ET [9:42 Benghazi]—Latest Pentagon Timeline. Armed men attack the American Embassy
Sometime after 3:40 P.M. ET [10:04 Benghazi] –Jennifer Griffin’s original story. Tyrone Woods and at least three others ignore orders and leave the CIA Annex to assist Ambassador Stephens and the embassy.
3:59 P.M. ET [9:59 Benghazi] – Latest Pentagon Timeline. A surveillance drone is directed to fly over the U.S.compound, but it is unarmed. This seems to be the drone that arrives above the embassy compound at about 5:15. This is only seventy-five minutes, rather than ninety minutes away. Was it possible that the drone was diverted earlier than this report indicates? Who ordered the drone to the compound? Why wasn’t Panetta notified immediately? Fox News reports that the commander of AFRICOM, General Ham, diverted the drone from somewhere in Washington D.C. General Ham, like General Petraeus, will soon be a civilian.
4:04 P.M. ET [10:04 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. A six person rescue squad in two vehicles, one with Tyrone Woods, leaves to assist Ambassador Stephens and the embassy. Twenty minutes passed while the CIA base chief pleaded with a Libyan militia group for help.
4:05 P.M. ET [10:05 Benghazi] –the first leaked email from the State Department arrives in the Situation Room stating that the embassy is under attack.
4:10 P.M. ET [10:40 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. The rescue team reaches the Libyan roadblocks that the Annex heard about no later than 2:40 PM. It took six minutes to return to the Annex under heavy fire. The negotiations with the Libyan’s seem to have taken only ten or fifteen minutes. Did money change hands?
4:20 P.M. ET [10:20 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. The first two agents, probably including Woods, enter the compound. They are soon followed by three others. About half the team, about five agents, including Woods, if Jennifer Griffith’s source is to be believed, retake the embassy. This was the work of heroes. The firefight took fifteen minutes. The GRS team was ten agents strong
4:32 P.M. ET [10:32 Benghazi] – – Latest Pentagon Timeline. The Office of the Secretary Defense and the Joint Staff are notified of the attack by the National Military Command Centerat the Pentagon. “The information is quickly passed to Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey.”
4:35 P.M. ET [10:35 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. The Embassy is retaken.
4:40 P.M. ET [10:40 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. The CIA team continues to search for Ambassador Stevens, and small-arms fire continues from the Libyan attackers.
5:00 P.M. ET [11 Benghazi] – – Latest Pentagon Timeline. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey meet with President Obama at the White House where they discuss the unfolding situation and how to respond. The meeting had been previously scheduled.
5:11 [11:11 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st Pentagon timeline. A drone diverted from Darnah, ninety minutes away, arrives over the embassy.
This second Pentagon timeline confirms that all the events of September 11th 2012 that took place after 5:11 were available to President Obama via live feed from the drone flying over the American Embassy.
5:15 P.M. ET [11:15 Benghazi] – David Ignatius’ November 1st CIA timeline. The first car with embassy personnel returns, under fire, to the Annex.
5:30 P.M. ET [11:30 Benghazi] CIANovember 1st and Latest Pentagon timeline. The last of the CIA team leave the embassy, and under fire, reach the Annex six minutes later.
There are unanswered questions here. Two cars left the Annex but were there more now? Who left in which car? How long did it take for enemy fire to develop? Did the enemy discover the location of the Annex by following the CIA rescue team, or did they already have that information?
5:54 P.M. ET [11:54 Benghazi] The second of the leaked emails sent by the State Department arrives in the situation room states that “Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.”
This email is confused. The firing only stopped at the embassy after the CIA personnel left for the Annex. Was this email based on a composite of visual images sent by the drone and independently sent information from CIA personnel on the ground? Assuming this email is sent, again, about 25 minutes after the events reported, it corresponds to the moments after the last of the CIA left the compound.
6:00-8:00 P.M. [Midnight in Benghazi] – – Latest Pentagon Timeline. Panetta and other senior leaders discuss possible options for further violence if it were to break out. Where is President Obama?
6:00 P.M. ET [Midnight in Benghazi] –Jennifer Griffith’s Timeline/ November 1st CIA Timeline. The Annex itself comes under attack.
7:00 P.M. ET [1:00 AM Benghazi] –Jennifer Griffith’s Timeline/ November 1st CIA Timeline. Fox’s sources say, starting at Midnight, additional calls for backup went out. The enemy fire was significant enough to warrant these requests. RPG’s and heavy caliber machine gun fire hits the Annex. Ignatius’ source calls enemy fire sporadic and suggests that at 1:01 AM, exactly, some (we are not told who) felt the attack might be over.
7:15-30 P.M. ET [1:15 Benghazi] November 1st CIA and Nov. 9th Pentagon timeline. A charter plane from [the American Embassy in] Tripoli, organized by Tripoli’s CIA station chief, arrives with another 5 CIA guys including a “case officer” and two G.I.’s.
8:00 P.M. ET [4:00 A.M. in Benghazi] – – Latest Pentagon Timeline. Panetta gives verbal orders for Marine anti-terrorist teams from Rota, Spain, to prepare to deploy to Tripoli and Benghazi. Why isn’t there a written record of these orders? Where is President Obama?
8:53 P.M. ET [2:53 Benghazi] – – Latest Pentagon Timeline. The National Military Command Center gives formal authorization for the deployment of the two special operations force teams from Croatiaand the United States.
11:04 P.M. ET [5:04 AM Benghazi] David Ignatius’ November 1st CIA timeline. The team from Tripoli arrives at the Annex. This is when Glen Doherty arrives to support Tyrone Woods in firing positions on the roof.
11:15 P.M. ET [5:15 AM Benghazi] November 1st and Nov. 9th Pentagon Timelines. A new Libyan attack begins, this time with mortars. Fox News reports that an antiterrorist team was very possibly in the air at this time, and that radio calls reported “feet dry over Libya.” Would this CIF flight, in a C-17, have had the ability to take out the terrorist? There has been specualtion that, because of its very low stall speed, a C-17 could be outfitted as a replacemet for an AC-130.
11:25 P.M. ET [5:25 AM Benghazi]. Just ten minutes after the “new attack” began, it was all over. It sounds like surrender. What did Washingtonsee via drone video that was so frightening?
Midnight ET [6:00 AM Benghazi] David Ignatius’ November 1st CIA timeline. The Libyan “cavalry” arrives. It escorts the Americans to their planes. They leave, never to return.
Fox reports that the troop movements authorized by Panetta were, primarily, in case of a hostage situation or a continued siege. Both events, bad, bad political outcomes were cleverly avoided somehow. It only cost a couple of American lives. Apparently, the use of armed drones or AC-130 gunships were, according to Panetta, not effective options
- Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response (sfluxe.com)
- Military timeline from night of Benghazi attack begs more questions (foxnews.com)
- The Holes in the CIA’s Benghazi Timeline (heritage.org)