Frank Wolf: Benghazi Question #7

Frank Wolf has delivered his daily installment of the “Benghazi Question of the Day” has just completed its seventh day. Today, Wolf focused on the communications of Ambassador Christopher Stevens during the attack. Apparently, Stevens made several calls for help. Wolf raises valid questions about who he called and what did the people on the receiving end of his calls did.

Via Frank Wolf’s website:

According to an excerpt of the new book Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, which was published in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine, on the night of the attack, Ambassador Stevens made several calls for help after reaching what he believed was a safe room on the consulate compound. Some of those calls were made to “nearby consulates.” Assuming the authors are correct, the government should have the phone records from that night. Which foreign consulates did he call? How did those consulates respond?

If Stevens was calling foreign consulates, did U.S. officials in Tripoli or Washington call any allies with assets in Libya to help respond to the attack?

Did the Pentagon contact any NATO allies with military assets in the region that could have provided assistance that night?

Given how close many of our European allies are to the Mediterranean, wouldn’t they have planes or response teams stationed in locations in or nearby the region that could have been mobilized upon request from Washington?

And speaking of force posture, what have we done to ensure that if another incident were to happen this September 11 that we’re prepared to respond?

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)


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