Skip to comments.White House officials were advised of militant gangs two hours after Benghazi attack
Posted on 10/24/2012 1:06:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks..............
.......The first email, timed at 4:05pm. Washington time-or 10:05pm. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the US diplomatic mission allegedly began-carried the subject line "US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack" and the notation "SBU", meaning "Sensitive But Unclassified."
The text said the State Department's regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was "under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well."
The message continued: "Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four...personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support."
A second email, headed "Update 1: US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi" and timed 4:54pm Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that "the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared." It said a "response team" was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.
A third email,also marked SBU and sent at 6:07pm Washington time, carried the subject line: "Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack."
The message reported: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."
While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president's secure command post.
Other addressees included intelligence and military units as well as one used by the FBI command centre, the source said....
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..........While [John] Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said it was possible the White House had deliberately hidden facts related to the attack to protect its image, he said it was more likely that the Obama administration is so misguided that it genuinely believed its narrative.
Al-Qaidas on the run, Bolton said. Running right into our consulates, apparently.
Boltons also said Obamas hot-mic promise to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in March 2012 that he would have more flexibility to deal with Russian requests after the November election had provided moral support to Americas enemies.
Thats the first time Ive ever seen an American president negotiate not for his country, but for himself. When the Russians are blue in the Kremlin, when the Taliban are feeling down in their caves, they play that tape back.
This disaster happened during the AFTERNOON in DC TIME??? And then Obama went to bed without sending any help??? OMG!
Well, a whole round of golf after lunch would make anyone tired!
Yeah,Great Isnt It? Thing about it,Nobody Cares!
“Organized and prepared Al Qaida assault units attacking US turf and murdering Americans while our Prez is looking foward to the gay prostitutes and quality dope of Vegas” is more like it.
TREASON by the lying POSOTUS
He went to bed at his usual time, apparently, and then flew out to Vegas for a campaign event the next morning. While this whole thing was going on, military and intelligence people all over the country (the world, probably) were listening to and viewing the ongoing mayhem, but apparently they couldn’t do anything without Obama’s permission.
There is exactly one person whose action or inaction is responsible for this, and that’s Obama. It’s possible that help wouldn’t have gotten there in time to save Stevens, but it would have prevented the jubilant parade through the streets with his body (until somebody probably from the official Syrian security forces came by and put the body in a car and took it to the hospital, although supposedly without knowing who it was). It would have prevented the sacking of our consulate and also have preserved the few shreds of dignity we have left.
And there were also at this time some 30 other Americans and allies hiding in other places, but heck, who cares about them? They’re just Americans, and Barry had better things to do than worry about Americans.
I truly hope they nail him on this one. It is solely and entirely his responsibility.
Watching enemy camp this morning, Morning Joe, to see Mika’s head explode over the breaking news.
15 minutes in, and NOT. ONE. WORD. Also not on their scroll line.
This email story has to be all over their Twitter page.
There was one report, absolutely, that buhrock went to bed. This was on mainstream media reporting. However this was an effort to play down the story and for public consumption.
These statements are not equivalents also;
TRANSCRIPT: Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy at Lynn University
Obama Now with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, that we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harms way;
Transcript of Second Presidential Debate
OBAMA: So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team and I gave them three instructions.
Number one, beef up our security and procedures, not just in Libya, but at every embassy and consulate in the region.
Number two, investigate exactly what happened, regardless of where the facts lead us, to make sure folks are held accountable and it doesnt happen again.
And number three, we are going to find out who did this and were going to hunt them down, because one of the things that Ive said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.
A competent, concerned Commander-in-Chief would have known to: ‘Find and scramble jets/reinforcements NOW’
Sadly, this CIC has been playing a role as President.
His ‘soaring rhetoric’ is the creation of writers. When he has been on his own in the debates - he is a stuttering, stammering bowl of jello - compensated only by ‘tough’, snarky, spiteful lingo from the streets of Chicago.
How many better men or women could have been the Democratic candidate in 2008? How many better men/women could have been the GOP candidate to defeat him?
The American Party members at grassroots (TEAs) must do a better job of grooming, vetting and searching for Presidential prospects. Otherwise, we deserve what we get.
What chutzpah! He appears to have done absolutely none of those things. But Obama is such a delusional liar that by simply saying something, he thinks he makes it so.
According to what I heard on Fox, all the help they would have needed was about an hour away. Other help was may have been closer too.
Joe and Mika are co-conspirators, and in saner days would at least have been shunned rather than given raises.
PINO = President in name only.
The hypocrisy is maddening. Scarborough is phone writing columns (now) vaguely defending tea party, for example, but can’t this morning note siren quality news? I was so hoping to see Mika’s head explode, which is always manifested by an increasingly long face and rolling lips, as she obsesses over her cell phone text messages from Valerie Jarrett.
C. Edward Wright, our very own, has a fabulous piece up, over on lucianne, for the American Thinker. I can’t post from my cell. Great read, on the race.
My fault. Wright has posted the article on FR now.
My fault. Wright has posted the article on FR now.
I love watching Hillary take Obama down. Delightful. There is no way she and Bill will let him win reelection.
He’s DISGUSTING! BUT I don’t see how this exonerates PATREAUS, HILLARY or PANETTA!! I think that any or all of them could have done something,,,,PLUS HILLARY PULLED OUT HIS 16 MN SECURITY in AUGUST!!
I have never understood why Patraeus and Panetta switched roles.
Presidents who tangle with CIA pay a price - (and I include JFK in that)
Patraeus may be going along with the story but career CIA are not going to go down without a fight.
Obama is toast.
As for why they didn’t send in military - perhaps its because of all the missing surface to air missiles.
Imagine the hell that would reign down here if military got shot down in the midst of a rescue.
They’re all guilty. But what I don’t understand is how he can make them take the fall for him. I know he and Axelrod are vicious and deceitful, but there couldn’t possibly be enough dirt on any of these other people to make them be willing to lie down and die for Obama.
Either they’re true believers, or they and their families have been threatened (with death) by some credible source.
The only exception is Hillary, who is fully controlled by Bill, and obviously Obama and Bill are working together these days.
RummyChick ~ “ Obama is toast.
As for why they didnt send in military - perhaps its because of all the missing surface to air missiles.
Imagine the hell that would reign down here if military got shot down in the midst of a rescue.”
According to Congressional committee minutes, there are 10,ooo-20,000 Shoulder fired rockets misssing .
Elsewhere , I have heard that the real number may be 20,000 - 40,000 missing shoulder fired rockets.
Did we supply the rebel groups ?
If so , how many of what did we supply ? How many ?
And to which groups did we supply .. and expect those unfired rockets to show up ? ( Syria ?)
Now we know why Syria is essentially a “ground-pounding” war with artillary rather than air attacks where Aasad has clear air superiority .
livius ~ : “ Theyre all guilty. “
After the Congressional committees post their final reports , ...let the trials begin..
There needs to be accountability , responsibility, and award according to merit.
In the early-mid 80’s, I spent some time at a few dicey embassies. In Djibouti, Baghdad and N’Djamena, we had absolutely no Marine Security Guards. We were on our own. But with Ronaldus Maximus at the helm, we had no doubt that should things turn ugly, a rescue mission would have been undertaken forthwith. Those guys in Benghazi were left flapping in the breeze by a CIC who is more concerned with his reparations tour than acting like a leader.
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