Here’s what Gregory Hicks said in a post Benghazi massacre interview – and Fox News is making much of it. I don’t believe this speculation is in any way going to help answer the critical questions about this debacle. In fact, it may actually hurt the investigation:
…Hicks, in his interview, argued that after the first wave of attacks on the U.S. consulate, the U.S. military could have prevented additional violence with a quickly scrambled flight — after the first wave, terrorists would go on to launch a pre-dawn mortar assault on the CIA annex.
“And so, in my personal opinion, a fast-mover flying over Benghazi at some point, you know, as soon as possible might very well have prevented some of the bad things that happened that night,” Hicks said, according to the transcript.
And it might very well not have had any effect at all on the attack.
He acknowledged that this would have required clearance from the Libyan government, since it is their airspace, but claimed the government would have approved such a flight.
Really? How can he know that, for sure? And how long would it have taken just to ask for the clearance to fly through Libyan airspace?
This, he said, could have stopped that mortar assault.
“I believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split,” he said. “They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.” …
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is hyperbolic speculation.
The investigators who are running this proceeding had better have a whole lot more up their sleeves than Mr. Hicks guessing about what might have happened if a military plane had flown overhead during the assault – or this inquiry is going to turn into much ado about nothing. The lawyers for the Obama side will cut this type of statement to shreds.
What would definitely have created a change in the outcome of the battle would have been some well-placed high explosives dropped onto the enemy’s positions, along with some well-aimed gunfire from U.S. troops.
So, the questions which must be asked and answered should be aimed at why no reinforcements were dispatched. And where was Barack Obama during this horror? Where was Hillary Clinton?
One can only wish that someone will ask the questions while people are under oath.