For some time military commentators have speculated that the instantaneous communications and live video of battlefields would lead to political oversight and meddling in every aspect of warfare. Apparently, this has come to pass in the tragic incident at Benghazi where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. It now seems apparent that military forces were ready, willing, and able to intervene in a timely way but time and again they were held back or told to stand down by unknown people in civilian clothes far, far away.
Who were these high ranking civilians? Before we ask that, let's make an observation that whoever they were they seemed determined not only to treat the battle at the consular mission as a crime scene, but to constrain the actions of American forces to the severely limited way that police in a city USA would be allowed to respond. Moreover, the civilians seemed to be confusing what was happening in Benghazi with what happened in Cairo earlier in the day of 9/11/2012. Soldiers on the ground knew the difference, but they were over-ridden and ignored.
Worse yet, the civilians-who-would-be-military-commanders now claim that they couldn't act because they "didn't have enough information" and the "fog of war" prevented them from making timely decisions. Good heavens, they had real time video from several angles, the besieged folks in the consular compound were sending detailed pleas for help, even illuminating the mortar site that was bombarding them with a laser beam, a technique by which Hellfire missiles are guided precisely to targets.
What more info could the nervous decision-makers have desired? Did they want the full birth names and home address of every attacker and a brief bio of them? They had vastly more information available to them than real military officers in any previous military conflict have ever enjoyed. The problem is that people who are inherently unable to make timely decisions have acquired and jealously horde the power to make all decisions, down to the finest details, in real-time.