“Five minutes, we’re ready. It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we’re ready to go.”
Kris “Tanto” Paronto, member of the six man Annex Security Team in Benghazi on 9/11/12
After a delay of nearly 30 minutes, the security team headed to the besieged consulate without orders. They asked their CIA superiors to call for armed air support, which never came.
Now, looking back, the security team said they believed that if they had not been delayed for nearly half an hour, or if the air support had come, things might have turned out differently.
“Ambassador Stevens and Sean [Smith], yeah, they would still be alive, my gut [says] yes,” Paronto said. Tiegen concurred.