U.S. Senator David Vitter made the following statement regarding reports that U.S. Special Operations troops were told to stand down instead of reporting to the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. According to Congressional testimony, U.S. diplomats felt threatened and requested support.
"We're seeing that our diplomatic posts in Benghazi were denied the security they needed, even after requesting it," Vitter said. "In a recent Senate Armed Services hearing on the Benghazi response, it was made clear that the administration did not position forces within the time, distance or alert posture to respond to established threats. This is a failure on the part of the administration, made even worse since President Obama isn't admitting a problem or accepting responsibility."
Vitter is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee.