Video: Senator Portman Calls Obama Out: We Need to Find Out if POTUS Issued a Directive or Not

On Friday, after being asked by Denver News9 TV anchor, Kyle Clark if the operatives on the ground in Benghazi were denied the help they requested, Obama answered:

“I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

News9 didn’t consider any of Obama’s answers to the questions to be satisfactory:

KUSA – President Barack Obama would not directly address questions from 9NEWS on whether Americans under attack in Libya were denied requests for assistance during the September 11th terror attack.

Personally, I figured Obama was just giving one of his signature BS filled filibuster answers, running out the clock with a rehearsed non-answer that his aides thought would sound good.  I didn’t take the “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to” seriously.

But many people did, including Bing West, the Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan, who told Greta Van Susteren, Friday night:

“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?” because hundreds of others supposedly saw this order.

Via Gateway Pundit, today Ohio Senator Rob Portman,  who sits on the Arms Service Committee, called Obama out on FOX News Sunday.

There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first place. And not to respond to these guys and their pleas for help for seven hours during a firefight. It’s unbelievable. And, now we’re hearing that the President of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight saying he wanted to be sure the people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didn’t happen. This means that either the president’s order was not followed which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure or it means the order wasn’t issued. We need to find out about this. It’s not about politics.

What Portman just said is that there is a very good chance the President is lying through his teeth on this.

The scandal of the week, in the meantime, to the rest of the MSM is Republican Senatorial candidate, Richard Mourdock’s  stance on abortion. He’s a Catholic who opposes all abortion. Whoever heard of such a thing?

Senators Portman and McCain sent a letter to Sec. Panetta more than two weeks ago, and never heard back. They sent another letter, yesterday with the addition information that the President issued a directive to secure the personnel, asking why it wasn’t followed. They shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a response to that one, either.

“It makes no sense.”

Welcome to the left’s idea of “smart power”, Senator.

UPDATE:

Meanwhile Obama did some damage control on MSNBC:

Obama On Benghazi: “Ultimately … I Am Responsible”…

“What my attitude on this is is if we find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable,” he said in an interview with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski conducted in Nashua, N.H., according to a report on MSNBC.com.

“Ultimately as commander-in-chief I am responsible and I don’t shy away from that responsibility,” he added.

Weasel Zippers says what we’re all thinking: “Total bullsh*t.”

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Hot Air: AP on Benghazi attack: 150 gunmen involved, arrived in Ansar al-Sharia trucks:

The highest estimate I’d seen before this of the number of attackers was 40. Read this piece and think about not only how many people were involved but how organized and deliberate they were, particularly in setting up roadblocks before making their move. Then think about Chris Stevens and the skeleton crew of unarmed Libyan guards that State left him with trying to repel something of this magnitude. This explains why a Spectre gunship might have been needed: There were a lot of jihadis swarming the consulate that night.

The Other McCain: Judge Jeanine Rips BHO Over Benghazi, And There Is A Larger Problem:

I had never seen or heard of Justice with Judge Jeanine, but this clip, apparently from last night, is succinct, on point, and brutal:

Watch the video at the link. Judge Jeanine was on a roll, last night. She’s become one of my favs over at Fox.

And read Smitty’s excellent commentary. Here’s a taste:

This notion of “never leaving a buddy” is pounded into every military head at every rank. Should you hold the privilege of commanding a unit, I perceive it counts double: you neither want to see a buddy left dangling in the breeze, and you really don’t want the anguish of explaining to the world why there was a death within you command.

Which brings us to our current Commander-in-Chief, #OccupyResoluteDesk. I don’t believe the principle of “never leaving a buddy” eluded George W. Bush, say whatever else you will of his policies. In contrast, you have the Obama White House needing to dispute a story that it sends form letters to families of the fallen. Wow.

The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all.

Doug Ross: GOSH, WHICH COULD IT BE? “Either Fox is making stuff up, or the administration is lying through its teeth”

The CIA is denying. The Pentagon is denying. And now the White House is denying that anyone refused to send help to our embattled CIA and State Department personnel engaged in a seven hour running firefight with more than 150 jihadists.
“You notice that [Obama is] cancelling his trips over the hurricane,” Gingrich told host George Stephanopoulos. “He didn’t cancel his trips over Benghazi, and you have to wonder, between Benghazi, the price of gasoline and unemployment just how much the burden the president is going to carry into this last week.”
Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, talked with FNC’s Megyn Kelly about his son, and his disappointment with the administration’s response to the deadly Benghazi attack that took his son and three other Americans. Listening to this father you just don’t know if your heart breaks, or if it bursts with pride. Both, I imagine…

The Benghazi debacle has three parts: how we neglected security while al-Qaeda was building a presence in Libya; whether the administration tried to mislead the public as to the nature of the attack; and now whether the administration denied pleas for help from operatives on the ground at the consulate.

Now, presumably at the behest of Gen. David Petraeus — who has been remarkably tight-lipped and not defended his agency against White House accusations that senior officials’ misstatements were the fault of the CIA — the CIA threw the hot potato right back in the politicians’ laps.

“We can say with confidence that the agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi,” CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood told Fox News. “Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”

So how about it, Mr. President — who called off a rescue and why? President Obama, a little more than a week before the election, won’t tell Americans what happened. Well, why should he — the press doesn’t hound him, the liberal elite still rushes to his defense, and his White House attack dogs bark “Politics!” whenever legitimate questions are asked.

If you remember, legitimate questions about Fast and Furious were all about “politics” as well.

Gateway Pundit: Top AFRICOM Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi (Video):

AFRICOM leader General Carter Ham was never given the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi. This is what the general told Rep. Jason Chaffetz after the 9-11 Benghazi terror attack.

That means only Barack Obama or Defense Secretary Panetta, the two men above the AFRICOM commander, never ordered an operation to secure the consulate. This was despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex.

Big Journalism: Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi:

The mainstream media’s silence on the Benghazi disaster reached deafening levels on Sunday, as hosts of four out of the five major news shows–with the exception of Fox News Sunday–failed to raise the issue. Only Bob Schieffer of CBS gave it serious consideration, and only after it was raised by Sen. John McCain.

When the Benghazi issue did surface, other than on Fox, it was invariably brought up by Republican guests, and then deflected by the hosts, who largely ignored new stories this week that implicated the White House in the decision not to intervene to save the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American staff.

He’s still gonna lose, MSM. But you’ve lost every shred of credibility you ever had by running interference for this loser for five straight years.

 

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Video: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer’s Sources Say Obama was in the Situation Room Watching Benghazi Attack – He Could Have Ordered an Intervention

Tony Shaffer  is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who gained notoriety  for his claims about mishandled intelligence before the 9/11/01 attacks and for the censoring of his book, Operation Dark Heart.

He told Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro that his sources say Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and it would have taken an order by the president to intervene.

“Do we know if the President watched this?” Pirro asked him.

Shaffer answered,  “According to my sources – yes –  he was one of those in the White House Situation room in real time, watching this. And the question becomes, what did the President do or not do in the moments he saw this unveiling….He and only he could issue a directive for Sec of Defense, Panetta to do something.”

Once again, Obama voted “present”.

It is known that Obama met with the Biden and Panetta in the White House at 5:00.   Col. Hunt says help was only 20 minutes away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces. He and Shaffer concluded that the decision not to intervene was political.

So no “gutsy call” to save these heroic Americans’ lives would be forthcoming because of political considerations?….

Pirro asked, “what is Ty Woods thinking as he’s calling for help and he has his laser on the mortars?”

Shaffer’s answer was heartbreaking. “He’s probably thinking about the fact that he’s given every last ounce of his strength  toward his country and is calling in the cavalry and his last thoughts were, ‘I thought they’d come.'”

Pirro made sure to stress that the CIA operatives in Benghazi were denied help – but were not denied help from the military.

Enough with the phoney “investigation” and “it wasn’t us, “it wasn’t us”,  “it wasn’t us” –  gosh, who could it be – guessing game. No “investigation” is necessary. The MSM could get to the bottom of this by simply asking the President a few pertinent questions.

But the ObaMedia doesn’t want the ugly truth to get out there. They already know it and they’re studiously avoiding its lethal implications.

Reporters are only granted a few minutes with the president, and one way Obama controls uncomfortable interviews is to launch into absurdly long answers that run out the clock.

And “run out the clock” over these next 10 days regarding the Libyan scandal is exactly what Obama and his media allies are up to.

The White House itself  is also being careful about not making news. This is why no statement was released denying the Fox News report. If the Administration issues a denial, the CorruptMedia will be forced to cover the denial, which in turn will call attention to the story.

You bet it’s a big, fat naked conspiracy between the Obama campaign and the media. This is nothing more than a replay of the John Edwards scandal, where the media ignored an extra-marital affair until Edwards’ chances at being elected president disappeared.

I could be wrong about one thing, though; my speculation that this is an “unspoken” conspiracy. After Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin dropped her bombshell, it’s not hard to imagine David Axelrod burning up a Bat Phone that connects directly to the JournOlist Hotline and denying the story completely — off the record, of course — you know, so that the denial won’t…make news.

This is what the American people are not allowed to know until after the election: Obama knew what was happening in Benghazi. He was watching it in real time in the Situation Room. When the calls came in for assistance, he said, “nope – too politically risky” and went to bed. He had a big fundraiser to go to the next day.

Meanwhile Ty Woods was giving every last ounce of his strength toward his country, and in his last unimaginably horrifying moments he despaired,  ‘I thought they’d come.’

Knowing this, on a scale of 1-10, how galling will the slobbering media’s rapturous swoon over the Gutsy Call movie (coming to TV just two days before the election!), be for you? Keep in mind, Obama had the same risk aversion mindset for that operation, which he cancelled on three separate occasions at the urging of Valerie Jarrett. By Obama’s own admission, he never makes a big decision without first consulting with Jarrett. Doesn’t this episode fit the pattern?

I do hope those Special Op Super PACs (who are on Obama’s Enemies List) have something fun planned to coincide with that movie debut.

UPDATE:

Pat Caddell appearing with Ann Coulter in the next segment was apoplectic – barely able to contain his emotions as he described the media malpractice on this story. “None of them have any honor”, he said –  the President, Vice President, Sec of State and especially the media.

UPDATE II:

Via Jake Tapper, on Friday, it should be noted that the White House denied that the WH Situation room was streaming video of the attack in real time:

White House officials say there was no video stream available.

Deebow of Blackfive writes:

Delta Force could have rigged in-flight for a jump into the nearest DZ that would have gotten them into the fight to be followed by heavier forces from Italy.  AFRICOM SOF assets on the Horn Of Africa could have planned on the helo flight there, Fighter Jets, land or carrier based, could have been there early on and established a presence and put human eyes on what was happening.

So Mr. President, when you say that you didn’t deny aid to those brave men in Benghazi, but that members of the US Military decided not to send aid to your personal representative under attack all on their own and you had no influence over that decision, then you are either derelict, incompetent, or a liar.

Either way, that means to me (and hopefuly soon, a whole mess of registered voters) you don’t deserve to be Commander in Chief.

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Film Ladd: General Petraeus Should Speak Up

Information on the Benghazi disaster has been dripping out. The CIA released a statement yesterday – which I assume was under the direction of CIA Director General Petraeus – which is far too cleverly worded.

We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.

Ponder this sentence: “no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need…” Which of course begs the question, who exactly did deny those three pleas for help, leading to the death of Ambassador Stevens?
A U.S. Ambassador is the equivalent of a four-star general. Our embassies are considered U.S. soil. This happened on 9-11. Who denied these requests? Everyone suspects that it was Obama. After all, Presidential permission would have been required to send a strike team into a sovereign nation.

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Update via Instapundit.It’s just a comment on a forum, but has the ring of truth to me – I’ve seen this sort of thing play out before.Interesting Rumor Concerning General Carter Ham and Stand Down Order (Posted on 10/26/12 at 9:45 p.m.) I heard a story today from someone inside the military that I trust entirely. The story was in reference to General Ham that Panetta referenced in the quote below.

Read the whole thing. I’ve been thinking the same thing about Petraeus. And someone needs to find that General Ham and grill him.

Hat tip: Brian B.

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