This Thursday on Fox News Special Report, host Bret Baier attempted to breathe new life into the “stand down” myth of Benghazi, only to have his implication immediately shot down by conservative columnist Charles Lane of the Washington Post.
Baier was promoting his interview set to air on Friday, with 3 of the 5 CIA security contractors who co-authored the new book 13 Hours, due out next week.
Baier contends the book contradicts the findings of multiple congressional committees, including reports from both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees which found that there was no “stand down” order given.
Of course Charles Krauthammer was more than willing to agree with Baier, calling it a “riveting moment” when Baier asked the men who wrote the book if they could have saved Ambassador Stevens if they had not been told to wait while the CIA station chief, identified only as “Bob” coordinated with a local militia group for help. The men all agreed that their “gut” told them that yes, they could have saved them.
Lane was not so supportive however, saying:
“The person I want to hear from is Bob, the CIA guy who told them to wait. Because when we hear from Bob we’ll hear why he told them to wait. What we heard from your interview was they assumed he was waiting for more support from the local militia. Which, by the way, might not be a bad reason to wait. In other words, you want to go – you don’t want to rush in with just three guys into what was obviously a very, very dangerous situation. You’d want to wait to see if you could round up some more support. In other words, there’s a difference between waiting and waiting for no good reason and, even worse, waiting because you were told ‘we don’t care what happens to the Ambassador.’ I want to hear from Bob, I want to hear the CIA make him available and tell us exactly what was going on. What I’m not hearing in this is that anybody in Washington said, ‘we don’t care what happens to the Ambassador, write it off, stay away.'”
Baier conceded that both Intelligence Committees have found that there was no “stand down” order although he sounded a bit skeptical of the fact.
Watch the video below.