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In 1973, Richard Nixon says he will get to the bottom of the Watergate scandal.
Walsh's description of the events does not seem to match the timeline released by the Pentagon. She writes about inaction and people left behind. The president was briefed less than two hours after the initial attack. American units from around the region were mobilized. A security detail from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli arrived in Benghazi less than four hours after the initial attack. Libyan militia with heavy weapons reinforced the U.S. group. Within 24 hours consulate staff had been flown out of Benghazi to Tripoli and then exited Libya, a Marine anti-terrorism unit had arrived in Tripoli, and two special operations teams had arrived at staging bases in Italy. Attacks did not continue or expand.
Tragically, four Americans died. Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith were killed in the initial assault. In spite of the presence of the Libyan militia, security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed defending consulate staff in the second assault.
It is ironic that Walsh makes so many references to those who serve the country
Will Tad Johnston