The biggest problem on the night of the Benghazi attack, Panetta testified, was “nobody knew really what was going on.” And why would they? After the 5:00 meeting at the White House on 9/11/12, there was no further discussion between Obama and his Defense Secretary. The President was AWOL. The Sec of State was AWOL. Everybody else was twiddling their thumbs….while minutes turned to hours and hours turned to the entire night.
While former Navy SEALS Doherty and Woods were rescuing Americans from the consulate, and later fighting for their lives at the CIA annex, Obama was sleeping soundly in his bed. He had a big campaign event in Las Vegas the next day.
There would be 32 more dead U.S.citizens if it were not for the brave actions taking by Doherty and Woods. They and a few others were the only people fighting back against the attacks on the CIA annex and the Consulate.
At Human Events, John Hayward reported:
The Weekly Standard sums up a little bit of testimony from outbound Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that will be a mere footnote for Barack Obama, but probably would have brought down a Republican President. At 5:00 PM on the afternoon of the Benghazi consulate attack, Panetta had a scheduled meeting with President Obama… who then walked away from the whole mess and never looked back:
Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o’clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, “up to us.”
In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that night. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.
The 5 o’clock meeting was a pre-scheduled 30-minute session, where, according to Panetta’s recollection, they spent about 20 minutes talking a lot about the American embassy that was surrounded in Egypt and the situation that was just unfolding in Benghazi.
This is pretty much what we right-wing types suspected all along. Empty Chair, bumps in the road.
….And the reason for the anti-Mohammed YouTube video cover story.
They figured they could get away with it – what with our totally corrupt and Obama-compliant media. And hell – they did get away with it. Obama was reelected and one of the worst offenders in this mess is the front runner for the 2016 election. Take a bow, Candy Crowley. Your lack of professionalism and blatant bias may have cost you your job at CNN, but you were very instrumental in helping to secure the White House for your precious ones. And that’s all that really matters at the end of the day, right?
At the Conversation,Joel Pollock linked to the excellent Kyle Clark interview (KUSA, Denver), memorable because it was one of the very few times Obama actually had to field some tough questions from a hard nosed reporter. Clark wanted to know if the men were denied requests for help during the attack.
….Obama said in October that he had given “three directives” as soon as he found out “what was going on”–i.e. as the attacks were ongoing:
…the minute I found out what was going on I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.
Mark Levin dissected all this news on his show, tonight.
“Obama didn’t lift a finger!” He bellowed. “He didn’t give an order, he didn’t give a directive and do everything possible to help those people right now. I’m telling you right now, as somebody who worked for Ronald Reagan – Reagan would have known what assets we had out there, how quickly we can act, go protect those people, do whatever the hell you have to do – Obama didn’t do any of that!!!!”
“Our Ambassador, Americans, our consulate – under attack, fighting for their lives! And the President of the United States apparently went to sleep. Or maybe to a concert. Or maybe planning his next golf game. I don’t know. But he was AWOL.”
OBAMA DID NOTHING!
Audio at The Right Scoop.
Joel Pollak, Big Government: Dereliction of Duty: Obama Did Nothing to Save American Lives in Benghazi–and Lied About It:
Panetta’s testimony directly contradicts President Obama’s own claim to have issued “three directives” as soon as he learned “what was going on” in Benghazi. As he told a Denver reporter in October:
I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.
That same claim was subsequently repeated by other Democrats, including Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who came to the president’s defense. But if those directives were indeed given–and proof has never been produced–they were given long after the attack, not while the attack was going on, during which time the president did nothing.
Panetta and Dempsey also admitted, under questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), that they were not in touch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the attacks, and did not receive a request for help from the State Department. Dempsey also testified that he had been “surprised” at Clinton’s testimony last month that she did not know of an urgent cable from Ambassador Stevens last August about the dire security situation.
To borrow a metaphor from the 2008 Democratic primary campaign: when the 3 a.m. call came (at 5 p.m. in the afternoon), neither Clinton nor Obama were there to respond.