Here are examples 1 and 2. First we have chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey telling what can only be described as a spectacular lie, and then we have HorAir’s Erika Johnsen not only falling for the lie, but trying to convince everyone else to fall for it as well.
In his own testimony in front of a Senate panel on Wednesday, however, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey insisted that Hick’s testimony wasn’t an accurate portrayal of how the whole thing went down; the timing and the need for help with casualties from Benghazi, Dempsey said, resulted in orders for the unit to go to and then remain in Tripoli:
“They weren’t told to stand down. A `stand down’ means don’t do anything,” he said. “They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport.” …
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., questioned Dempsey about Hicks’ testimony at a hearing on the military budget.
Dempsey explained that when the four members of Army special forces contacted their command center in Stuttgart, Germany, they were informed that Americans in Benghazi were “on their way and that they would be better used at the Tripoli airport because one of them was a medic.”
He also said that “if they had gone, they would have simply passed each other in the air.” …
Dempsey and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had told the Senate in February that the military couldn’t get resources to Benghazi in time and scrambling jet fighters wasn’t the right course. Dempsey told Ayotte that after he learned of Hicks’ testimony last month, he checked back with officials on what orders were given.
So, given Dempsey’s testimony that this particular military unit was never explicitly told to “stand down” and only received marching orders too late after the fact to have been useful in interrupting it, that still doesn’t really move us any closer to directly answering why the consulate’s security was so unprepared after explicit requests for more, the muddled and lagging response, and precisely which people are accountable. Most importantly of all, it doesn’t explain why Obama’s State Department — after repeatedly emphasizing that they will address embassy security as a priority and insisting that “we have a lot more important things to move on to” than Benghazi — well, isn’t.
Here’s that lie in clear bold letters.
“They weren’t told to stand down. A `stand down’ means don’t do anything,” he said. “They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport.”
Oh, no Dempsey you lying asshole, that’s not a stand down order, like hell it’s not. When their is an assault on Embassy property in progress, and you order your men to position 600 miles away and your orders are do not leave this position, that you lying sack of shit is a stand down order.
You can claim that you redirected your teams orders all you want, but only a complete imbecile will fail to grasp that ordering your men to take a position and hold it where it is physically impossible for them to engage hostile forces constitutes anything other than ordering them to stand down.