From the other day:
Panetta said he and top military commanders had judged it too dangerous to send troops to the eastern Libyan city without a clearer picture of events on the ground. The “basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” he said
The US had the World’s Fair of “real-time information” (live video from a drone or two of a seven hour attack, constant contact with the consulate and annex, etc.), so Panetta’s statement is transparent rubbish meant to deflect blame, no doubt from the president. But imagine for a moment if Panetta were serious. It’s an open invitation to bad actors to carry out sneak attacks on US facilities around the world.
If this were a novel, you might think it over-the-top to create characters with this level of incompetence. HT: JG