Liberal vs Conservative Views on the Benghazi Debacle

On September 11, at 9:40 pm -10:40 pm Benghazi time, {3:40 – 4:40 pm est} the Benghazi attack was just getting started. A timeline of the night’s events has been compiled by Jeff G at Protein Wisdom.
We know that the President had a meeting at the White House at 5:00 pm with Sec of Defense, Leon Panetta, and Vice President Joe Biden. What did he do for the rest of the night? Why isn’t anyone in the media asking that question? You can bet that GW Bush were president, the MSM would be doing everything in its power to find out. Apparently, he went to bed early, skipped his daily intel briefing the next morning, and hopped on a plane later that day to  Las Vegas for a big rally.

Outside of Fox, the MSM is studiously avoiding this issue and some shameless left wing pundits are actually doing everything they can to cover for the irredeemably corrupt Obama administration.

I thought a compare and contrast would be instructive…
A retired Delta operator made the point at Blackfive that, contrary to Panetta’s asinine assertion that there just wasn’t enough “real time information” to act in Benghazi, Special op forces are trained for just such situations:
The Secretary of Defense, in his most determined way, continues to try to protect the President from the fiasco in Benghazi.  So desperate to shield the President he announced what will be forever remembered as the Penetta Doctrine:
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Of course, in the circles that I ran with, it will be forever labeled “The Dumbest Shit I Ever Heard Doctrine”.
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Let’s review the real-time facts that we know so far.  The entire event was being streamed live to the State Department and, in all likelihood, the White House situation room.  That’s pretty “real-time” if you ask me, but it gets worse.  Not only were we watching the entire damn thing on expensive televisions; we had at least two highly trained special operators on the ground in direct communication!
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The best “real-time information” possible is eyes on the objective.
Even better is people on the objective with eyes on the enemy.
Even better than that is people on the objective that are highly trained with years of special ops experience in direct communications.
My God people, this was a perfect intelligence situation to execute a forced entry relief operation!

Now via MRC, here’s some wisdom sputtered by liberal pundit, Joe Klein.

“This business about the, you know, the Libya consulate has been like the October Mirage — it really isn’t an issue. And so, once again, tomorrow, Obama is going to have a very strong position because his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance.”
Time’s Joe Klein on CBS’s Face the Nation, October 21.

Roger L. Simon of PJ Media wrote:

Indeed, the discussion of Benghazi has just begun. And don’t be surprised if the conversation escalates from impeachment to treason very quickly. In fact, if Obama wins reelection you can bet on it. The cries of treason will be unstoppable. Not even if the mainstream media will be able to deny them.

As Pat Caddell noted, those same media lapdogs have muzzled themselves in an unprecedented manner in this matter, but our Canadian friends at least have some semblance of honor left, writing:

It is undoubtedly worse than Obama simply turned his back on cornered American citizens in a foreign land, knowing undoubtedly they would die. But that Barack did so without any compelling reason—except political—is beyond evil. Only a moral monster would have made that decision when it was within his powers to possibly save them with almost no effort of his own.

Moral monster? Those are extreme words but they fit an extreme situation and are appropriate to the use of the t-word. But it’s worse. Many now are trying to figure out the motivation for this behavior — beyond the obvious electoral whoring mentioned above, the need to be seen in a certain manner at a certain moment to be sure the Ohio vote doesn’t fall the wrong way.

Via MRC, Thomas Friedman babbled:

“It’s obviously been totally politicized at this point. I lived in a civil war in Beirut for four years. These are incredibly messy situations. People don’t show up with uniforms….You can have a flash mob turned into a planned thing. You can have planned people inside of a flash mob. To me, this is an utterly contrived story in the sense that, ‘this is the end of,’ you know, ‘Obama’s foreign policy.’”
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on NBC’s Meet the Press, October 21.

Jed Babbin of The American Spectator opined ominously:

Naturally, Obama and his minions aren’t owning up to their treachery and the media — except for Fox News — are burying the story.

The Washington Post and the New York Times — both of which have endorsed Obama — aren’t reporting the story on the rejected pleas for help. ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t either.

To its credit, CBS did break the story last week on the State Department emails that show Obama’s administration knew that the Benghazi attack was made by terrorists, not some mob distracted from a protest against an anti-Islamic video. The other big liberal media — i.e., most of the major media — gave little or no coverage to the CBS scoop.

As huge a scandal as the Benghazi incident is, it’s not possible for it to become an issue in the election unless Mitt Romney makes it one. So far, he hasn’t and he isn’t likely to in the final week of the campaign.

I hope he’s wrong – I hope that news of the borderline treasonous malfeasance of this administration and the ensuing cover-up on Benghazi  trickles past the palace guards to enough of the American people to make a difference in the election.

But the sad fact remains – most people live very busy lives, and rely on the MSM to tell them which stories are important – those people are being very  ill served by the corrupt ObamaMedia.

UPDATE:

Via Cry and Howl, CNC News: Armed Services Chair Demands of Obama: Whom Did You Order to Do What on 9/11/12?:

McKeon, whose committee has oversight over the U.S. military, wants to know exactly what the commander in chief did or did not tell the military to do that day.

“There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense,” said in his letter to Obama. “As we are painfully aware, despite the fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the consulate and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, and the Commander of U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in Chief.”

McKeon than listed four questions he is demanding that Obama answer:

1) “To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies–verbally or in writing?“

2) “At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya?

3) “At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace?

4) “Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September 11th? If so could you please describe any recommendations provided to you regarding available military support and any orders you gave them?”

Chairman McKeon told the president that members of the Armed Services Committee are concerned that there might have been a ‘breakdown in communication” between the commander in chief and U.S. military forces while the crisis was unfolding in Libya.

Actually, as always with this Marxist bunch,   there’s been a “breakdown” of the truth more than anything else.

SEE ALSO:

Powerline: The Benghazi Coverup: Are Reporters Embarrassed?

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5 Responses to “Liberal vs Conservative Views on the Benghazi Debacle”

  1. MM Says:

    Joe Klein is disgusting. This attack was live streamed into the WH Situation Room. Obama not just turned his back on everyone in the Consulate, he refused to help. He than went on to lie, as well as his minions, for almost the next 2 weeks going so far as to arrest the film maker.

    He’s a lying traitor and Mitt will have quite a conundrum on his hands what to do with these scum bags. They can not be allowed to just skate.

  2. Michael Isenberg Says:

    Joe Klein: “his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance.”

    Naturally, it looks like a success if you arbitrarily declare that a failure such as Benghazi “really isn’t an issue.” And I’m a rich man, if you don’t count any of my expenses.

    Mike
    http://www.FullAsylum.com

  3. Carlos Says:

    Mr. Klein wouldn’t recognize failure if it slapped them upside the head. Unless, of course, it was a thinking person’s failure, which automatically excludes any Democraps, libs and socialists (usually the same).


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