Watch LIVE

New Benghazi Witness Says U.S. Military Could Have Saved Lives That Day

News

"We could have been there, and that's the worst part."

A member of the U.S. Air Force, who was stationed in Italy during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, insisted Wednesday that the U.S. could have done more to help the four Americans who died that night.

"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...at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills, and basically save lives that day," the man, who chose not to reveal his identity, said on Fox News' "Special Report."

The man also shot down the military's claim that a refueling tanker was not available at the time, claiming the excuse was invalid because U.S. jets frequently refuel using a "hot pit maneuver," allowing jets to touch down to get fuel without turning their engines off.

According to him, the military had multiple opportunities to help the four fallen Americans.

"As far as I'm concerned," he said, "we're the world's greatest Air Force. When we need something done and we need to save some American lives, we're gonna get it done. They just kept telling me 'We're waiting on a call, we're waiting on the call."

The man, who said he did not want to hurt the military in any way, said he still feels guilty for not flying to Libya that September night.

"We could have been there, and that's the worst part," he lamented. "That's a horrible feeling to have, when you can help someone, especially when you don't even find out until later, and you hear that people actually died."

Follow the author of this story on Twitter:

Most recent
All Articles