STRANGE DAYS: Chris Matthews Rant on Benghazi Will Leave You Gobsmacked

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me go to Brandon first. I guess this is the question that gets to me. If you’re out there pinned down and the word gets back to Washington in real time at the National Security Agency or the national security desk, why didn’t we try to send somebody from somewhere? What happened?

BRANDON WEB: Hi, Chris. I think people need to understand this is a situation where as much as the people on the ground working with the State Department in Libya knew that the threat was there and requested the security, the State Department just wasn’t prepared to deal with this situation. And by being prepared, you have a list of things that when something goes wrong like this you go down that list and you make certain phone calls and notify certain people. And that just wasn’t the case. They had numbers from the DoD that had expired. Then you run into a situation where these agencies, the CIA, the State Department, and the military don’t necessarily talk to each other and are in communications as much as you’d think.

MATTHEWS: You know, as an American, that doesn’t work for me. The president, the National Security Agency people, are sitting in the White House 24/7, there’s officers on deck. They’re getting an instantaneous report of what’s going on there. What weren’t they looking at in terms of assets that could have been sent? Where was the U.S. cavalry, to use an American image? Where were the people that could have come or that tried to get there within however many hours it took to save the lives of the people still living. Where were they and why couldn’t they do it? I’m going to ask that question until I get an answer.

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