For John, BLUF: Sometimes we forget about the worker-bee who has to execute, in real time. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Stars and Stripes we have a July 2014 article on testimony to the US Congress by responsible DoD officials during the Benghazi imbroglio, back on 11 September 2012. The headline for the article is "Commanders: Benghazi rescue hampered by info lack". No doubt, there was confusion at the time, which reminds one of Dead Carl's comment that "first reports are usually wrong."
A friend of mine thinks we have incurred strategic decision-making paralysis. He recommends that those in the White House Situation room follow LTG Sam Wilson's principles of special operations and special operations planning suggestions, withy emphasis on number 4.
4. DO NOT FORGET THE MAN AT THE END OF THE LINE (Almost invariably the President gets involved), the poor guy holding the dike at the scene gets lost - do not leave him twisting in the wind - get info to him. Get the troops moving towards the objective, give then advanced warning, move them closer.You can find all of LTG Wilson's wise counsel at this link.
Regards — Cliff