9:42PM: Consulate comes under attack. Consulate staff made urgent phone calls the the JSOC unit in Tripoli and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington. Attempts to reach the Deputy Chief of Mission in Tripoli failed twice because he ignored the calls but finally answered on the third attempt. The Regional Security Office staff place urgent call to the Global Response Staff at the CIA Annex in Benghazi just one mile away and another call to the embassy in Tripoli.
10:05PM: The Global Response Staff at the CIA Annex in Benghazi conclude their debate on whether or not to provide assistance. They head for the consulate and the JSOC unit in Tripoli, accompanied by a second CIA element, make their way to Benghazi.
10:30PM: Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey are notified of the attack.
11:00PM: The President is notified. A drone is ordered to fly over Benghazi to determine precisely what is happening and the size and scope of the attacking force.
11:10PM: The drone arrives and begins transmitting a video feed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contacts CIA Director David Petraeus to coordinate.
11:30PM: The attack on the consulate is over and Ambassador Stevens is dead. The GRS unit from the CIA annex down the road has rescued the survivors and makes its way back to the CIA annex under heavy fire.
11:50PM: The CIA element arrives at the annex in Benghazi.
12:00AM: Marine anti-terrorist teams in Spain are ordered to deploy to Tripoli and Benghazi. JSOC units in Croatia and the United States are ordered to deploy to a staging base in southern Italy.
1:30AM: The JSOC unit and CIA element from Tripoli finally arrive in Benghazi.
5:15AM: The CIA annex in Benghazi comes under attack.
6:05AM: Aircraft in Germany are ordered to prepare for deployment to evacuate the CIA Annex in Benghazi.
7:40AM: Evacuations begin and take place for the next 12 hours.
7:57PM: The JSOC unit from Croatia finally arrives in Italy.
8:56PM: One of the Marine anti-terrorist teams from Spain finally arrives in Tripoli.
9:28PM: The JSOC unit from the United States finally arrives in Italy.
Looks like your cross border authority was granted. Obviously our military suffers from serious logistical issues among other things. (surprise) The kinds of questions people should really be asking are things like: Why did it take the Marines 21 hours to move from Spain to Libya after they'd been given orders to do so? The few. The proud. The agonizingly slow?