What did the president know and when did he know it?
A 40th anniversary commemerative "Video"brought to you by a Republican House of Representatives.
Horses and Bayonets
Defense secretary Paneta says that mounted cavalry forces were not sent in to rescue the Libyan ambassodor because the baggage train would not have had time to trek in from the coast and might have been stranded due to lack of horse fodder in Benghazi. Troops armed with Muskets and Bayonets would not have presented a significant opposition force for Al Queada affiliated militia forces armed with AK-47's and RPG, and could not be risked in a firefight already lost.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the same technological "edge" that allows us to scrap our outmoded naval surface ships (the ones which don't have aircraft land on them or sail under the water) provided one of the ex-seal operatives, Tyrone Woods, with a laser target designator which, had a C-130 gunship been dispatched at the beginning of the attack and been, 7 hours later, orbitting overhead when he pointed the designator onto the mortar crew which fired the round that killed him, would have handily blown the attacking mortar into small pieces, instead of vice versa. There is of course, the question of whether the attackers would have still been attacking, had an F-16 been dispatched to "buzz" them, an hour into the attack. But, that is mere speculation, and we will never really know for sure- at least if the White House has any say in the matter.
Never fear, Hillary Clinton informed Woods's father that the criminals who perpetrated the man caused unpleasantness which resulted in his son's tardiness* would be brought to justice. She dispatched agents to arrest the filmmaker who had insulted Mohammed and brought about this regretable but totally understandable incident.
*Newspeak: Tardy: "Late"