Admiral “Ace” Lyons: Obama needs to come clean on what happened in Benghazi

By Adm. James A. Lyons

There is an urgent need for full disclosure of what has become the “Benghazi  Betrayal and Cover-up.” The Obama national security team, including CIA, DNI and the Pentagon,  apparently watched and listened to the assault on the U.S.  consulate and cries for help but did nothing. If someone had described a  fictional situation with a similar scenario and described our leadership  ignoring the pleas for help, I would have said it was not realistic—not in my  America – but I would have been proven wrong.

We now know why Ambassador Christopher  Stevens had to be in Benghazi the night of 9/11 to meet a Turkish  representative, even though he feared for his safety.  According to various  reports, one of Stevens’ main  missions in Libya was to facilitate the transfer of  much of Gadhafi’s military equipment, including the deadly SA-7 – portable SAMs – to Islamists and other al Qaeda-affiliated  groups fighting the Assad Regime in Syria. In an  excellent article, Aaron Klein states that Stevens routinely used our Benghazi  consulate (mission) to coordinate the Turkish, Saudi Arabian and Qatari  governments’ support for insurgencies throughout the Middle East. Further,  according to Egyptian security sources, Stevens played a “central role in  recruiting Islamic jihadists to fight the Assad Regime in Syria.”

In another excellent article, Clare Lopez  at noted that there were two large warehouse-type buildings  associated with our Benghazi mission.  During the terrorist attack, the warehouses were probably looted. We do not know  what was there and if it was being administrated by our two former Navy SEALs  and the CIA  operatives who were in Benghazi.  Nonetheless, the equipment was going to  hardline jihadis.

Once the attack commenced at 10:00 p.m. Libyan time (4:00 p.m. EST), we know  the mission security staff immediately contacted Washington and our embassy in  Tripoli.  It now appears the White  House, Pentagon, State  Department, CIA, NDI, JCS and  various other military commands monitored the entire battle in real time via  frantic phone calls from our compound and video from an overhead drone. The  cries for help and support went unanswered.

Our Benghazi mission personnel,  including our two former Navy SEALs, fought for seven hours without any  assistance other than help from our embassy in Tripoli, which launched within 30  minutes an aircraft carrying six Americans and 16 Libyan security guards. It is  understood they were instrumental in helping 22 of our Benghazi  mission personnel escape the attack.

Once the attack commenced, Stevens  was taken to a “safe room” within the mission. It is not known whether his  location was betrayed by the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, the local force providing  security to the consulate, which had  ties to the Ansar al-Sharia terrorist group conducting the attack, and to al Qaeda. Unbelievably, we still do not know how  Ambassador Stevens died.

The Obama national security team, including CIA, DNI, State  Department and the Pentagon, watched and  listened to the assault but did nothing to answer repeated calls for assistance.  It has been reported that President Obama met with Vice President Joseph R.  Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office, presumably to  see what support could be provided. After all, we had very credible military  resources within striking distance. At our military base in Sigonella, Sicily,  which is slightly over 400 miles from Benghazi, we had a fully equipped Special  Forces unit with both transport and jet strike aircraft prepositioned.  Certainly this was a force much more capable than the 22-man force from our  embassy in Tripoli.

I know those Special Forces personnel  were ready to leap at the opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind they would  have wiped out the terrorists attackers. Also I have no doubt that Admiral  William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, would have had  his local commander at Sigonella ready to launch; however, apparently he was  countermanded—by whom? We need to know

Read more at Washington Times


Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (US Navy, Ret.) was the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Today he is a columnist for the Washington Times and the chairman of the Center for Security Policy’s Military Committee. He is also a co-author, along with 18 other top national security professionals, of SHARIAH: THE THREAT TO AMERICA.

Here, Adm. Lyons discusses his recent Times editorial, “Obama needs to come clean on what happened in Benghazi” with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network:


A recent interview with Ace Lyons gives an insider’s look at some formative events in military history:

“We could have changed history”


4 thoughts on “Admiral “Ace” Lyons: Obama needs to come clean on what happened in Benghazi

  1. David, we don’t impeach a president for that kind of behavior. That is TREASON.

    Thee is a different punishment for Treason especially when it comes straight out of the Oval Office. Think about it….Reagan warned them if they didn’t let our people go when they were threatening to murder them…He threatened to Nuke Mecca; and they let the POW(s) go!

    What did Obama do? They were just “allowed to die”…they were “set up to die.”
    With all that happened…that was the only outcome.

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