Panetta reported his Generals felt it was too risky to send troops to rescue those under attack in Libya. Maybe, so let's examine everything to this point:
The initial, and subsequent statements from the White House and the State Department said it was a "mob" pissed about a video trailer.
Mobs don't have a chance against even a small platoon of trained soldiers. The firepower alone is enough to disperse the mob within seconds. So, there must be more.
The generals, who I can only assume were also watching the real time video from the drone, surmised the attack was organized by some military force and placing troops on the ground would lead to more troop losses than those already there. Giving the generals the benefit of the doubt, I'll assume they're qualified to make this assessment and did what was necessary to protect more soldiers from harm.
So, within the 7 hour time period of the attack, the ground action was too dangerous for U.S. troops, which prevented more losses and those that were there were collateral damage.
Now, we have an organized military action against a U.S Ambassador on foreign soil, who only had hired security on an anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the United States. This makes me ask: Who was in charge of protection? Why was the military watching this area with a drone? What was the ambassador doing in an area he knew was dangerous? Why did the President continue to say it was a mob reaction to a video; he even made this part of a U.N. speech. Why hasn't the Pentagon done the right thing and remove these generals from their post pending an investigation?
Most of all, since this area was so dangerous, how did CNN reporters manage to safely enter the consulate and retrieve the ambassador's diary?
This all stinks. Nobody makes this much of an effort to hide facts unless there's a political motivation or illegal actions were underway before the attack. From what I can surmise, in a 7 hour time period, a well organized foreign military group attacked United States positions in a successful effort to retrieve something they felt was important. Time will tell if we ever find out what it was, but I have a feeling those involved were very high in the food chain; maybe all the way to the top of the White House.