An Air Force whistleblower says his team could have provided reinforcements to the Americans under attack at a CIA annex in Benghazi on the morning of September 12, 2012. This contradicts the Obama administration's claims that the military provided the maximum possible support for diplomatic staff under assault.
According to The Washington Examiner, a man purportedly stationed at Aviano Air Force base in Italy told Fox News,
"I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and got there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to basically at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills."
If that is true, then two of the four Americans who died in the attacks - CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods - could have been saved.
However, the whistleblower, who has requested anonymity, has not spoken yet to Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the select committee investigating the attacks, because "there are so many ways you can get screwed over" for cooperating with lawmakers.
Gowdy has expressed his frustration with the Obama administration for preventing him from talking to all the relevant witnesses. In a response Wednesday evening to the Fox report, Gowdy said,
"As a former federal prosecutor, I find it deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors. No one should be afraid of talking to their elected representatives in Congress."
Gowdy stated that he "cannot vouch for the credibility" yet of the whistleblower, but he pointed to this new information as proof that Democrats are wrong when they complain that the investigation is dragging on too long:
"Democrats may be content to stick to their pre-ordained conclusions, but the committee has an obligation to determine what can and cannot be substantiated when it comes to the new witnesses we have interviewed and the new evidence we have gathered."
The whistleblower says he feels "a sense of fault" for not deploying in time to save Doherty and Woods:
"That's a horrible feeling to have when you can help someone, especially when you don't even find out 'til later and you hear that people actually died."