'We could have been there': Squadron member speaks out on stalled Benghazi responsehttp://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/12/could-have-been-there-squadron-member-speaks-out-on-stalled-benghazi-response.html?intcmp=hpbt2
His squadron got the alert: a ?real world mission was going down.?
The team ? at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy ? raced to the field and was briefed, as planes were armed and prepared to launch. Hundreds of miles away, fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi.
"There were people everywhere,? said the witness, who was on the ground that night but wished to remain anonymous. ?That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go? to Benghazi.
Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.
?The whole night we were told that we are waiting on a call,? he told Fox News.
This account is from a squadron member at Aviano the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi. The source, the first in his squadron to speak out publicly since that attack, is going public to explain ? in his view ? that more could have been done to save Americans under attack that night.
He asked that his identity be protected for fear of retribution. He says others in his squadron also have wanted to talk about Benghazi from the beginning, but no others have been interviewed and all are afraid of the potential backlash from speaking out.
?I'm not trying to give away any type of [information] that could ever harm the military,? the source told Fox News. ?That is never my plan. I feel that some things need to come to light.?
Namely, he said, that a team was ready to go that night to help protect Americans under fire in Benghazi ? an account that runs counter to multiple official reports, including from a House committee, a timeline provided by the military and the controversial State Department Accountability Review Board investigation, which concluded the interagency response to Benghazi was ?timely and appropriate.?
The source said: "I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack ? and basically save lives that day."
Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in that second wave. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith were killed in the initial attack on the main compound.
?We could have been there. That's the worst part,? the source said.
The source who spoke with Fox News challenged the military claim that a re-fueling tanker wasn?t available. He said American jets routinely refuel by using what?s called a ?hot pit maneuver,? which allows the jets to land and then get fuel without shutting off the engines.
Multiple sources say there were multiple locations available the night of the attack.