First. I have to say that Jennifer Griffin deserves a Pulitzer Prize for her hard wonk on this! This article sights sources who were on the ground during the terrorist attack. Requests for military assistance from the CIA Annex were denied, first on the attack on the consulate and later when the annex was attacked, several hours later. This article reports the denials came from the CIA, however, General Petraeus, head of the CIA has categorically denied that anyone at any level of the CIA denied the requests for help.
When former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods and others were ready to respond to the attack on the Ambassador, they were told to "stand down". According to sources, they were told to "stand down" a second time. Woods and two others responded any way and found the consulate on fire. Not being able to find the Ambassador, they returned to the annex.
When the annex came under attack, a request was made and denied for military assistance. The team was in constant radio contact with headquarters, so lack of communication was not an issue. One member of the team was manning a heavy machine gun on the roof and they had at least one laser designator to illuminate targets. A request for an AC-130 Spectre gunship was also denied. The fighting at the annex went on for four hours, there was sufficient time to scramble F/A18's from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily which was about 480 miles away. It is important to remember the the team at the annex had at least one laser designator. For those not familiar with this device, it is used to guide laser guided bombs to the targets.
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, claimed that there was not a clear enough picture of what was occurring on the ground to send additional force to rescue those at the annex. In the opinion of many military experts and in my opinion, this is unmitigated bullcrap! There were drones in the air and there were two former Navy SEALs on the ground who are well trained in assessing the combat situation on the ground. Again, remember there were no communications issues.
The American public and more importantly, the families of those killed, deserve the truth on what happened and why the was no attempt to send the military into Benghazi.
What did the civilian command authority know and when did they know it. Who gave the orders to deny military assistance and who will be held accountable!