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Betrayal in Benghazi .. Phil “Hands” Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

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Editors note:     Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley is credited with the highest speed air- to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules. Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia in the F- 4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star. 

The tradgedy of Benghazi needs to never be forgotten and until those responsible for the American heroes murder, ie, those in this administration from the top down, are arrested and tried, we, the people, must NEVER let this matter die.  We have two dead former Navy SEALs, an Ambassador and another US Official whose deaths must not have been in vain.  They were as good as dead in Obamas’ eyes right from the beginning of the first attacks.  This President had no intention of ever allowing any of them to get out alive….Fred Brownbill.

 

The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.
Among America ‘s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.
The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty.
Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
It has been over eight months since the attack on our compound in Benghazi . The White House strategy, with the aid of a “lap dog” press has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming. The recent testimonies of the three “whistle blowers” have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle. It would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention “that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference” mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft.
This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed “experts” the Administration trot out to make such an assertion.
The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin ass and do nothing.
The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base, Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based.
Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local): When Hicks in Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him “Greg, we are under attack!” (his last words), he immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing “Emergency Response Plan.”
At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to “stand down”. By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various “Command and Control Agencies” and everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on.
At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM.
So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker support really “was not available” what about this:
When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours. While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.
The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, only a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.
Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to recover at Sigonelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away.
As for those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act” screw them. It is high time that our “leadership” get their priorities straight and put America’s interests first.
The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with “72 virgins” and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to “tug” on Superman’s cape.
Of course all this would depend upon a Commander In Chief that was more concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm’s way than getting his crew rested for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. As well as a Secretary of State that actually understood “What difference did it make?”, or a Secretary of Defense whose immediate response was not to the effect that “One of the military tenants is that you don’t commit assets until you fully understand the tactical situation.” Was he not watching a live feed from the unarmed drone, and he didn’t understand the tactical situation?
Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the Untied States of America deserve leadership that really does “have their back” when the chips are down.

FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN THE TIME TO READ THIS, YOU NEED TO DO ONE THING FOR ME! FORWARD THIS OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!  WE CAN NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN AND WHOEVER GAVE THE “STAND DOWN” ORDER NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED!!!!
America Cannot Remain Free Unless Her Citizens Are Governed by Virtue

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12 Responses to Betrayal in Benghazi .. Phil “Hands” Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

  1. Fred Brownbill June 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Please get this out to everyone you all know. WE MUST NOT FORGET BENGHAZI OR THOSE THAT WERE MURDERED BY THIS REGIME.

  2. J.R. June 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Even those that care have been silenced by fear Fred. Through the use of misinformation propaganda the truth is elusive and many will simply not speak without knowing beyond a reasonable doubt they speak truth. The main stream media has done its job.

    • Pastor Ron Budwine June 16, 2013 at 2:34 am #

      You might be correct “Brother” J.R. BUT they missed this old hard-nosed SOB because I’ll post this everywhere I can! We owe these patriots & I always try to pay my debts! Amen

    • louande December 7, 2013 at 4:48 am #

      silenced by fear? Isn’t America the land of the free and the home of the BRAVE any longer?

  3. J.R. June 16, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    You’re a hard charger just like Fred. You “old hard nosed sob’s” put the youngins to shame when it comes to standing for what you believe! Lead the way.

  4. franko35758 July 16, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    ‘we the people’ have more than enough to hang obama and clinton, why aren’s we doing this.!???

  5. Dennis September 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    The politicians in DC are just that – they are politicians first but never
    patriots. Their playbook has no room for conservative thought the way
    the founders envisioned and actually wrote in the founding documents.
    Today, the people in DC are scrambling to stay in office and their entire
    goal is to stay in office, no matter the cost, including trampling: We the
    People and the US Constitution.

  6. Ned A. May 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    This guy Handley is a pig. Not all agree with his brand of retiree political spewage and sewage. He is a disgrace to those who have served

    • Marshall June 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      Please continue………………….

    • Albertus-Hugo June 28, 2014 at 3:37 am #

      You said “This guy Handley is a pig”, I do not agree with you at all.
      All I can say; ” It takes one to no one”.

  7. Albertus-Hugo June 28, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I stand 100% behind COL Phil “Hands” Handley.
    Albertus-Hugo
    Bosnia Combat Veteran
    Iraqi Freedom Combat Survivor

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    […] The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying. Among America ‘s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds. The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty. Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility. http://www.saveamericafoundation.com/2013/06/15/betrayal-in-benghazi-phil-hands-handley-colonel-usaf… […]

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