According to the Conservative Report and as reported on by Rush Limbaugh, when Obama disappeared for eight hours during the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate, Valerie Jarrett took charge and may actually have given the stand down order.
We know that an email was sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time to the White House Situation Room stating that the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar al-Sharia was taking credit for the attack.
Shortly after this Ansar al-Sharia email came in, and some time before the CIA Annex came under attack, the stand down order was given. It is presumed that Valerie Jarrett gave the stand down order in order to protect Obama from a Jimmy Carter-like military debacle in the event the rescue effort turned out to be a failure.
Keep in mind that a stand down order can only be authorized by the President of the United States. Neither the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey (also present in the White House Situation Room), were authorized to give this stand down order.
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