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Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
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Posted on 02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

Panetta said that Obama 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.

Panetta said that, save their 5 o'clock prescheduled meeting with the president the day of September 11, Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that day. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.


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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot????????
1 posted on 02/07/2013 9:53:30 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Okay, my thought was HOLY COW, but WTF is more appropriate.


2 posted on 02/07/2013 9:55:56 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Sub-Driver

Where was the President but more importantly, why wasn’t he available?


3 posted on 02/07/2013 9:56:51 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So this time, the Liar-in-Chief didn’t even vote ‘present’. He should be removed from office ... dereliction of duties at a minimum.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 9:56:51 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Sub-Driver
Now we know why Lyin' Pendejo is leaving.

He's the lightning rod.

His golden parachute must be blindingly bright.

5 posted on 02/07/2013 9:57:26 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This better be satire, Jesus Christ Almighty!!!!! WTF!!! IMPEACH 0BAMA. He should be available 24/7. I’ll bet Valerie Jarrett shielded him from the incident, trying to protect his re-election.. IMPEACH HER TOO!!! FOUR AMERICANS DIED, DAMN IT!!!


6 posted on 02/07/2013 9:58:27 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did that moron Panetta even ATTEMPT to notify his Commander-in-Chief of events in Libya?


7 posted on 02/07/2013 9:58:55 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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Just like her lying husband.
Throw all of these godless, lying 'people' out!
Please donate to
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8 posted on 02/07/2013 9:59:29 AM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: Sub-Driver

And, the lying continues....oh, what a web we weave...even the LOW info voters know the Pres is available 24/7....


9 posted on 02/07/2013 10:00:07 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Sub-Driver

IF this is true it’s beyond the pale.

Of all the days for POTUS to be absent,,on 09/11 no less. Unfreaking-believable!

Watch that statement from Panetta morph as outrage about it builds up. The weekend news shows will spend mucho time covering Dear Leader’s butt on this one.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 10:00:21 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Sub-Driver

Did we have a VP? If the POTUS and VP are not available, how about the SOS. If that fails, was the third in line the Speaker of the House contacted?


11 posted on 02/07/2013 10:01:56 AM PST by Toespi
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To: NEMDF
Okay, my thought was HOLY COW, but WTF is more appropriate.

Oh, come on! You're not shocked are you? This is not a real American president. He doesn't care about things like this, or the lives lost. He is a socialist/fascist agenda pursuer, nothing more.
12 posted on 02/07/2013 10:02:46 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: SatinDoll

He was probably in the ‘election fraud control center’ underground below the White House, getting his groove on.


13 posted on 02/07/2013 10:02:59 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Sub-Driver

Axelrod on Why Obama Campaigned Hours After Benghazi: ‘Everything Was Put in Motion That He Could Put in Motion’

November 5, 2012

President Obama returned to the campaign trail hours after terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house in Benghazi, killing four Americans, because “everything was put in motion that he could put in motion,” Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

Axelrod was asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace about the president’s decision to fly to Nevada for a campaign event “within hours” of the Sept. 11 attack – compared to the decision late last month to suspend campaigning for three days to deal with superstorm Sandy.

“Chris, as I said, immediately when word of the attack came, the president was meeting with his top national security folks. He was talking to them well into the night. He was in touch with them during the day, as – during the next day as well. So, there is no question about the fact that he was focused on this.”

“But, why did he feel he could campaign within hours after a terror attack?” Wallace asked.

“Well, everything – everything was put in motion that he could put in motion,” Axelrod replied. “Everything – every conversation that needed to be had was being had between him and his top national security officials.”

According to the official White House schedule for Wednesday, September 12, Obama left the White House for Andrews Air Force Base and the flight to Las Vegas at 2:05 pm. That was less than 24 hours after the drawn-out attack in Benghazi began; less than 16 hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Twitter first reported that an unnamed State Department “officer” had been killed in Benghazi; and about six hours after Clinton tweeted confirmation that four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were dead.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/axelrod-why-obama-campaigned-hours-after-benghazi-everything-was-put-motion-he-could


14 posted on 02/07/2013 10:03:36 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

Reports were of Obama going to bed because he had a hot date with Las Vegas the next day. You know. Campaignin’.


15 posted on 02/07/2013 10:03:56 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Sub-Driver
"up to us."

..leading from behind, don't want no responsibility, utuh,not me, don't know nuttin, don't wanna know nuttin, can't blame meeeeee, da buck stops over der"

16 posted on 02/07/2013 10:04:31 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: austinaero

Interesting, on 09/11/12, this statement by Boehner was published,,that’s the same day. Published by CBS online. By

Leigh Ann Caldwell /
CBS News/ September 11, 2012, 11:43 AM
Boehner: Obama “absent” from responsibilities

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Updated 3:00 p.m. ET

(CBS News) House Speaker John Boehner had harsh words for President Obama on the looming “fiscal cliff,” saying the president has failed to lead.

“Where’s the president? Where’s the leadership?” Boehner said before answering his own question. “Absent without leave.”

link at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57510413-503544/boehner-obama-absent-from-responsibilities/

AWOL
Preezy Dear Leader was AWOL


17 posted on 02/07/2013 10:05:11 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Sub-Driver

When the phone rings at 3AM in the WH who do you want to answer it ... remember that in the run up to the ‘Rat National Convention in Denver?


18 posted on 02/07/2013 10:05:41 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama cites Benghazi phone call with national security team — but no meeting

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama said he called up his National Security team by phone while the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was being attacked, but did not say that he held a meeting before he flew to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

“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,” Obama told a questioner during the town hall debate in Hofstra University.

The president’s mention of a phone call — not a formal meeting in the White House — with his national security team may fuel Republican accusations that the president is more focused on his re-election campaign than national security.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/17/obama-cites-benghazi-phone-call-with-national-security-team-but-no-meeting/#ixzz2KEmAsU23

Prior to the Sept. 11 jihadi attack on the Benghazi facility that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Obama had scaled back his meetings with intelligence officials.

On Sept. 10, 2012, Marc Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and a Republican, cited a report by the Government Accountability Institute to bolster his argument that “national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be.”

“During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent,” Thiessen wrote.


19 posted on 02/07/2013 10:05:54 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
This makes no sense at all. Go back....review what Obama said in the past....Review what Hillary said.

Who gave the order to stand down?? Panetta?? He doesn't have that authority. He's in a non-military capacity.

It had to be Obama.

20 posted on 02/07/2013 10:07:47 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver; MestaMachine; thouworm; rockinqsranch; maggief; Myrddin; shibumi; Hardraade; Candor7; ..
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Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

Ping. TM, too.

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21 posted on 02/07/2013 10:08:19 AM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Insanity, incompetence, or worse—indifference. Where are the adults?


22 posted on 02/07/2013 10:08:27 AM PST by convocation
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To: Sub-Driver

Hillary’s ‘08 campaign ad “it’s 3 am and the White House phone is ringing” comes true. President AWOL


23 posted on 02/07/2013 10:08:36 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Out “CHOOMIN” with the boys again?


24 posted on 02/07/2013 10:10:28 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

You silly people. You seem to expect something different? We’ve seen this for four years. And the Obama media will cover this faster than a cat covers a turd.

Now lets get back to what’s important. Let’s form a 3rd party that way we can be sure that we’ll get more of this! (Thank goodness Romney didn’t get in, he’d be just as bad, right?)


25 posted on 02/07/2013 10:11:35 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Gaffer
"Out “CHOOMIN” with the boys again?"

More likely drunk but you're on the right track.

26 posted on 02/07/2013 10:14:55 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Sub-Driver

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot????????\\

My thought to, however, seems I remembe reports of Obama beein present and watching the live stream video from Bengazi on 911, anybody knows better? the secdef has told a few whoppers before so I don’t think another one bother him, he lied for Clinton and he lies for Obama and he probably can’t tell the differance anyway, after all he is a lawyer


27 posted on 02/07/2013 10:16:24 AM PST by munin
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To: Sub-Driver; Condor51

Why so confused, America? That’s how it done in Chicago!

If the boss isn’t told about it or never hears of it, there is no culpability or accountability.

“Under the bus for thee but not for me!”


28 posted on 02/07/2013 10:16:53 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot????????"

My precise question.

So, when did he find out about Benghazi and why has it taken this long for anyone to say BO wasn't there?

30 posted on 02/07/2013 10:18:32 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: Sub-Driver

Only the President has the authority to authorize the crossing of International borders with a military force. But by being “absent” He did not have to give the order or not give the order. A seemingly perfect crime if this was a setup.

Proof of premeditated murder if proven.

A president cannot be “absent”. His location is known 24/7. In case of a real absence, a Vice President would be called. But if he gave the order that he was unavailable, then he could be called absent, and his decision was made NOT to give the order.

No two ways about it, Obama is legaly quite present in the decision to allow the embassy to burn. In the least felonious malfeasance, in the greatest, Treason in High Office.


31 posted on 02/07/2013 10:18:32 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: USS Alaska

“He is taking nicorette to he’p stop his legal smoking habit, and he is using heroin to he’p stop his coke addiction.

He was somewhere between “puff the magic dragon” and the “yellow submarine”. “

LOL!


32 posted on 02/07/2013 10:18:56 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Then who gave the order to stand down???

Does Panettta have that authority?


33 posted on 02/07/2013 10:19:30 AM PST by kidd
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To: MissMagnolia

Like Pontius Pilate he washed his hands and walked aay.

What a great leader we have in the White House.

The only man who could order us to cross the border and he walked out and left it to his subordinates.


34 posted on 02/07/2013 10:19:55 AM PST by Venturer
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To: austinaero

Obama delegated it to some staffer. Panetta and Dempsey said that they had no further personal contact with Obama and none with Hillary. Everything appeared to be handled by staffers in the WH, NSC, and DOD.


35 posted on 02/07/2013 10:20:49 AM PST by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver
Maybe Hitlary was right all along.


36 posted on 02/07/2013 10:20:55 AM PST by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not at all surprising.After all,there was fundraising to do.The only thing that *is* surprising is that any of Osama Obama's true believers would reveal this fact.

THERE'S NOT A SINGLE FILTHY,DESPICABLE ACT OR LIE THAT I WOULD PUT BEYOND OSAMA OBAMA...OR HIS INNER CIRCLE!


37 posted on 02/07/2013 10:21:14 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: goodnesswins

Nowhere does it say he wasn’t available. It simply says he wasn’t involved in the details. I’m sure they knew where he was. This is Panata covering for him.

AND WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

Man, I’ll be Clinton wishes he’d have thought of that. “Mr. President, did you have sexual relations with Monica Lewinksy?”

“A miliion sperm are dead and we need to find out how that happened. So, WTF difference does it make?”


38 posted on 02/07/2013 10:22:17 AM PST by Terry Mross (Who long before America is no more?)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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39 posted on 02/07/2013 10:22:17 AM PST by Dick Bachert ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." T. Jefferson)
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To: SatinDoll
Where was the President but more importantly, why wasn’t he available?

Must have had a Politburo meeting.

You don't think he's doing all this on his own, do you?

40 posted on 02/07/2013 10:22:38 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Sub-Driver

People don’t change. Obama never showed up for votes when he was a state senator. He was the most absent senator in the US senate. The man is lazy.


41 posted on 02/07/2013 10:25:16 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
If this had been Bush, the news cycle would be absolutely full of stories of incompetence, indifference, etc. They would bring up the alcoholism questions, and would probably start a new ‘Nightline’ to deal with it. But, since this is the socialist in chief, they will ignore it.
42 posted on 02/07/2013 10:25:30 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: BluH2o
"When the phone rings at 3AM in the WH who do you want to answer it"

Ted Nugent.

43 posted on 02/07/2013 10:25:37 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: Sub-Driver

If this is true, I think it might finally take away the Teflon. I don’t see how he can get out of this one, particularly since everybody else bent over backwards to say how “involved” he was. The only thing they sort of said was that he went to bed (after the first attack was over, supposedly) and left early the next morning for Vegas.

But if he wasn’t even there and nobody knew where or how to reach him, and he didn’t even call in, I think it’s going to be very hard for even the most devoted fans to defend him.

That said, is this true? I didn’t see any comments about this among the posts on the live thread on the hearings.

(My theory has always been that he went to bed early, even before the first attack, and left strict orders not to be disturbed...and they were afraid to wake him.)


44 posted on 02/07/2013 10:25:37 AM PST by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

Clint Eastwood was dead-on with that “empty chair”...

No one there...


45 posted on 02/07/2013 10:26:19 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: kcvl

It’s kind of hard to reconcile what Axelrod said with what Panetta said. No?


46 posted on 02/07/2013 10:27:39 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: AuntB

And evil, very,very evil.


47 posted on 02/07/2013 10:28:17 AM PST by sport
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To: kcvl; All

>>> Obama cites Benghazi phone call with national security team — but no meeting

That was what I remembered.

He knew a situation developing in Benghazi, left someone(s) else in charge, continued Las Vegas fundrasing as scheduled, then as events got out of hand, sent Rice and his lapdogs to spread smear about a youtube video.

And all this time, none of those left in charge ever thought of keeping Obama up-to-the-minute informed. ???!!!!???!!


48 posted on 02/07/2013 10:28:48 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: brownsfan
What in the hell are you babbling about?
49 posted on 02/07/2013 10:29:35 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why do I get the feeling that Panetta will be walking this back some time soon?


50 posted on 02/07/2013 10:29:35 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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