(Washington Post) Those were the words of Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Benghazi, in describing his reaction to Susan Rice’s testimony the Sunday after the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012. What preceded that was some of the most chilling testimony in memory, a blow-by-blow account of the waves of attacks, including “precisely” fired mortars, and the death of Ambassador Stevens at a hospital controlled by the same jihadist (Ansar al-Sharia, the Libyan version of al-Qaeda) attacking the U.S. installation.
Hicks described the progression of the battle and his call directly with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which he pleaded for help. Planes were never sent from Aviano, Italy. Hicks believes they could have arrived in time to save the lives of two Americans killed during the mortar attack.