Those of you who are following this story intently know now why the obfuscation and distraction was needed. It was President Obama who maintained operational control during the attack at the Benghazi Embassy Consulate and CIA Annex.
When House Intelligence Committee member Jason Chaffetz went to Libya he was accompanied by Africom Commander General Carter Ham. Four Star General Ham is the commander of the entire African Theater. Anything involving the U.S. military, or U.S. military operations in Libya falls under his command. The only person higher than him for incidences within that field of operations is the Commander In Chief – President Obama.
“Yes, however, we were not asked to”…
Understand the significance of this statement. If Africom commander General Ham was “not asked to”, it can only mean one thing. There is only one person higher than him in the “African Continent Theater” operational chain of command.
That person is President Obama.
This response by General Ham means the White House was in control of the command response. If the White House WERE NOT, or COULD NOT, take the command response control authority, for whatever reason, then General Ham would be the one in charge. He wasn’t.
All decisions not to send help to both the Consulate and the Annex compound were directly from the White House, and more specifically the Commander In Chief, President Obama.