In playing Duck Hunt, there comes a time when you almost start to feel sorry for the poor little birds. Sure, you know intellectually that they’re nothing more than artifices, digital constructs flying across the screen for your amusement. But even so, once you’ve reached the level of Master Hunter…well, shooting them down by the dozen just doesn’t seem fair anymore.
In their best-sliming and recently released book “13 Hours,” a testimonial of five of the commandos guarding the CIA complex in Beghazi, the author(s) advanced the now-infamous “stand down” conspiracy theory. The book claims that
“…they protested repeatedly as the station chief ordered them to wait in their vehicles, fully armed, for 20 minutes while the attack on the diplomatic mission was unfolding less than a mile away.” Ultimately “they left the base in defiance of the chief’s continuing order to ‘stand down.'”
As we all know now, that order came from Hillary Clinton herself, who was at that very moment serving as Barack Obama’s ottoman.
Actually, no. Wait. That didn’t happen.
Republican representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had to break the bad news to FOX and Klan that his committee had found that no such “stand down” order was every given from the higher-ups. Rogers:
“The problem is what happened was the commander on the ground, this guy they’re calling Bob, when these folks came up, they got in the vehicle and said, ‘we made a promise, we’re going,’ he said, ‘wait a minute. I need to figure out a, what’s going on and b, if I can get you any better weapons and maybe even some help to go.’..It was the commander on the ground making the decision. I think it took 23 minutes before they all, including that commander, by the way, got in a car and went over and rescued those individuals.”
In response to accusations that the administration had tried to silence the men, Rogers noted that it was actually the men’s own lawyers that asked the testimony not be released until the book was out and selling. The lawyers, it seemed, didn’t want Uncle Sam releasing spoilers.
As to the argument “Well why didn’t you send in the bombers! You had forever!” That was answered by General Martin Dempsey some time back, when he told the senate that
“…these are not aircraft kept on strip alert.”
Meaning that, contrary to the belief of people who have only seen movies, America’s aircraft worldwide aren’t 24/7 kept fully armed, fully fueled and sitting on the runway with pilots in the cockpit and engines idling. Though some would probably prefer it that way.
So, sorry, FOX. Just remember, no matter how mad you get…
...you can’t shoot the laughing dog.