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Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
The Weekly Standard ^ | Feburary 7, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 02/08/2013 5:01:16 AM PST by yoe

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, 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.

[snip],a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-and-panetta-speak-not-president_659902.html">(As Bill Kristol) wrote in the month after the attack, "Panetta's position is untenable: The Defense Department doesn't get to unilaterally decide whether it's too risky or not to try to rescue CIA operators, or to violate another country's air space.

[snip] But for President Obama, a politically useful telephone call—and the ability to have his aides rush out and tell the media about that phone call—came first."

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bho44; leonpanetta; libya; navyseals; panetta; threatmatrix; usembassy; waronterror
I would like to hear what Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have to say about the alleged phone call........
1 posted on 02/08/2013 5:01:23 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe

I’d bet our commander in chief was frequenting one of D.C.s male bath houses with reggie love.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 5:07:46 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: yoe
Q: Why did the First Undocumented Moslem-Communist
sleep so well that night while the Ambassador
was gang raped and murdered on "US soil" in Benghazi?

A: Because the pRes_ _ent KNEW
that MANPADs were FINALLY
on their way to al Qaeda, the Moslem Brotherhood,
and his other controllers and terrorist-friends.
Mission Accomplished ... to his well-"deserved" sleep he went.



3 posted on 02/08/2013 5:10:20 AM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: yoe

Hey, cut our king some slack. He had an early flight to Vegas the next morning to campaign. His re-election was much more important than the lives of an ambassador and some Seals.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 5:11:28 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Joe Boucher

Some may recall the staggering number of national security briefings he missed just prior to, during, and after 9/11. I never dreamed of anyone like Obama unless we had to get under our desks as kids when the nukes hit.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 5:14:41 AM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: yoe
The real question is will anyone in congress hold him accountable? My guess is no. There will be some whining and complaining but nothing will be done.
6 posted on 02/08/2013 5:17:38 AM PST by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Lumper20
(Hillary missing also....)
7 posted on 02/08/2013 5:19:49 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe
This is called dereliction of duty. Pure and simple. Just think if a military commander at any level performed like this. Court Martial time or relief from command.
8 posted on 02/08/2013 5:26:37 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: yoe

The president’s action doesn’t even seem to qualify as voting “present.”


9 posted on 02/08/2013 5:32:49 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: yoe

I am positive that the morning after it was reported by a White House reporter that obama went to bed early because he had an early morning flight to a campaign stop.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 5:36:28 AM PST by maddogtiger
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To: yoe

I am positive that the morning after it was reported by a White House reporter that obama went to bed early because he had an early morning flight to a campaign stop.


11 posted on 02/08/2013 5:36:40 AM PST by maddogtiger
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To: yoe

I am positive that the morning after it was reported by a White House reporter that obama went to bed early because he had an early morning flight to a campaign stop.


12 posted on 02/08/2013 5:36:59 AM PST by maddogtiger
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To: yoe

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but if this was George W. Bush, this story would be all over the media today.


13 posted on 02/08/2013 5:39:01 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: yoe

Where are the 40+ survivors that were rescued, and why aren’t they in front of Congress?

Would you believe:

Why aren’t they being interviewed by the RATagandists....or FOXNEWS...or even the WND or National Enquirer? (not to mention the foreign press)


14 posted on 02/08/2013 5:53:00 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Joe Boucher

He was probably buzzed.


15 posted on 02/08/2013 5:59:41 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: yoe

Pan in Italian is bread...Panetta...Breadhead.


16 posted on 02/08/2013 6:11:00 AM PST by RetSignman ("A Republic if you can keep it"....)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

baked high stoned blotto three sheets to the wind fried


17 posted on 02/08/2013 6:16:14 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yoe

Obviously the latest story.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 6:19:26 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: yoe
Obama was busy!

He spend a whole hour or so on the phone with the PM of Israel (according to his claim during the presidential debate).

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Oh, the attacks went on for another 6-1/2 hour. Uhhhhh, well, he was packing for that long, arduous trip to Las Vegas the next morning. Packing is hard work. You gotta make sure the socks match. And stuff.

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These hearings are revealing that neither Obama or Clinton were ‘involved’ during the 7-1/2 hours of the attacks, and neither of them apparently called for any ‘involvement’ by any US military support — some stationed just two hours away.

No wonder Clinton blamed the Internet and they trotted out Rice to spew that ridiculous story that the trailer for some obscure movie caused this.

19 posted on 02/08/2013 6:29:29 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: yoe

So... what’s up with Panetta letting the cat out of the bag?


20 posted on 02/08/2013 6:34:05 AM PST by OKSooner ("Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No!!")
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To: yoe

When the SHTF there are some people that it is better that they are absent.

Of course, that becomes problematic when the particular person in question just happens to be the Commander-in-Chief of your armed forces, and when those who command under him are just as clueless as he is.


21 posted on 02/08/2013 6:40:27 AM PST by EternalVigilance (God rules, without remorse.)
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To: yoe

At the time we were shown a photo of Obama in the situation room as if he were directly addressing this problem in real time. This was a misrepresentation, a LIE.

He and his minions continuously lie and deceive. We are at war with profound evil.


22 posted on 02/08/2013 6:41:32 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: OKSooner
The incompetence and malfeasance...and possibly dereliction of duty or treason are somewhat sickly entertaining. But “what does it matter now?” if no one does anything about it? Why aren't people fired, in jail or hung? Enquiring minds want to know.
23 posted on 02/08/2013 6:45:17 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: yoe
If this clown in the White Hut was a “white Republican” the articles of impeachment would have already been introduced in the House. Nixon went down on far less egregious issues. AND they didn't even have to conduct the impeachment trial with a RAT Senate of 56-42 and a RAT House of 242-192.

I can only hope that someday in America when my grand kids are fully grown that America (if it still exits as a Republic) can shed it's guilt of slavery.
24 posted on 02/08/2013 6:46:12 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: yoe

He had some skeet to go shoot.


25 posted on 02/08/2013 6:47:51 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
In case you missed it.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

26 posted on 02/08/2013 6:55:02 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: yoe
Whether Obama was present or not, he was in charge and must be held accountable. Being absent makes him even more guilty. He should be impeached over his gross dereliction of duty.
27 posted on 02/08/2013 7:01:01 AM PST by Missouri gal
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To: yoe

No, he won’t be impeached over this, and nothing much will happen, formally, in Washington, but there’s another judge and jury-the people.

The media will attempt to downplay Obama’s perfidy and incompetence as regards Benghazi, but it’ll keep popping back up. It’s a visceral issue, four people are needlessly dead. They are dead because of a failed philosophy-the belief that appeasing terrorists somehow stops them from killing. The people instinctively know this was a tremendous mistake.

This was Obama’s three am phone call that came at five pm, and he didn’t even pick up the receiver.

This is a loser issue in Washington, but will be a winner for conservatives in any debate at any workplace water cooler going forward.

Benghazi will effectively kill off Hillary’s chances too. IMHO.


28 posted on 02/08/2013 7:05:49 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: nonsporting

At the time we were shown a photo of Obama in the situation room as if he were directly addressing this problem in real time. This was a misrepresentation, a LIE.

He and his minions continuously lie and deceive. We are at war with profound evil.


That’s what I thought when Panetta said Bam and Hil were not involved....But wait, my eyes saw a picture of them in the situation room and they inferred that it was the night of the attack, didn’t they? Didn’t they? (heavy sarcasm)


29 posted on 02/08/2013 7:10:26 AM PST by MWestMom (Will Americans stop someone who views our children as "collateral damage" in their quest for power?)
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To: yoe

In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House.

incredible.. but hang a fundraiser in O-s face and he’s there like flies on poop.

impeachment inside of two years into his 2nd term works for me.. take your pick as to the articles of impeachmnt, it’s a target rich area.


30 posted on 02/08/2013 7:10:56 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Joe Boucher
Looks like old Leon wanted to beat Obama to who got thrown under the bus first.
31 posted on 02/08/2013 7:17:16 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: The_Victor
Obama was in bed and busy entertaining an old friend that night.
32 posted on 02/08/2013 7:24:50 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

It would be interesting to see the White House visitors log book to see the people Obama spent his time with on 9/11.


33 posted on 02/08/2013 7:29:28 AM PST by Balata
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To: Lumper20

“Duck & Cover”, as I remember it in the 50s.


34 posted on 02/08/2013 7:37:52 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are The 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment Is The First Human Right.)
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To: The_Victor; All
This is only one of the big stories and adds corroboration to my theory that zero is really not in charge.

Its axel,valerie jarrett,maybe a few others at the top. and a few other trusted aids.

when the chips hit the fan you want the top of the food chain there in charge. Zero is simply not the top.

Further more panetta is now telling another whopper that it would have taken 9 hours to get help to the men at Benghazi.Only if the F-16's made several stops at Duncan donuts or Starbucks. And just like Hillary Panetta claims "what did you want me to do shoot the place up when we don't know what is going on. So now we see yet another talking point devised by the evil bent axel,they never knew what was going on. Can you say plausible deny-ability? They conveniently ignore all the requests for help from Doherty and Woods. This adm is just full of,true traitors IMHO.

ON another tract FNC just had a segment on the Iranians treatment of the iranian turned US citizen turned christian who was jailed. They claimed that John Kerry had done more in just a few days than hillary did in months. Not hard to believe with the dyke queen over analyzing her every move for potential political value or degradation. quite a gang,nastiest of the nasty.

35 posted on 02/08/2013 8:14:51 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: wayoverontheright
I don't think its so much the death of four patriots,which is horrendous that will sink the leaky obama ship but rather the fact that they a had a real chance to save them and have offered no real excuse for not doing so.That's the unbelievable part if we can keep it alive in the New Media since we know its already forgotten in the DBM.

Currently,We can rightly claim they are traitors and until they can prove they are not the charge will stick.

36 posted on 02/08/2013 8:20:22 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: MestaMachine

Thanks for the ping MM. I hope Benghazi never goes away.


37 posted on 02/08/2013 8:21:16 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: TomGuy
"These hearings are revealing that neither Obama or Clinton were ‘involved’ during the 7-1/2 hours of the attacks, and neither of them apparently called for any ‘involvement’ by any US military support — some stationed just two hours away."

They absolve themselves of being responsible, but just can't, for the life of themselves, say anything about anyone else being responsible either.

I would think that at least one person would be under the bus by now.

Very surreal. Nobody under the bus AND no bus.

38 posted on 02/08/2013 8:21:35 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: yoe

Zero living up to his moniker...


39 posted on 02/08/2013 8:26:43 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: nonsporting
"At the time we were shown a photo of Obama in the situation room as if he were directly addressing this problem in real time. This was a misrepresentation, a LIE."

Was this photo from when OBL was killed?

Was this photo Benghazi with BO photoshopped in?

40 posted on 02/08/2013 8:34:30 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: GreenHornet

I wrote to our local “news” channel, asking them why they had not covered this story.
Their response was to say their “national” stories were based on their national affiliate’s “take” on things (I’m paraphrasing—in other words, they’ll report the news as their big brother reports the news.)

I also tuned in ABC with Sawyer to see if this story would make their cue—it did not. I wrote to them, as well, under the heading “news tip” and suggested their censoring of this story made them complicit in this scandal.

Since our congresscritters do NOTHING, more of us need to attack the “media” for THEIR malpractice- ridicule the dinosaurs.


41 posted on 02/08/2013 8:38:32 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: yoe
Glenn Beck...had an alternative theory. What ever they were doing in Benghazi is so damaging, they are preemptively trying to distance Obama from what may come out (illegal arms, gun running?)
42 posted on 02/08/2013 9:19:45 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Hey, if they can give F-16s and Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood . . .


43 posted on 02/08/2013 9:47:13 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: hummingbird
Was this photo from when OBL was killed? Was this photo Benghazi with BO photoshopped in?

I wish I had kept a link to the story. It was not from OBL. And I know nothing of BO photoshopping, unless he's shooting a shotgun.

You got pics?

44 posted on 02/08/2013 11:05:57 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: wayoverontheright

“Benghazi will effectively kill off Hillary’s chances too.”

Yeah, I only wish. Won’t happen though.
The Low Information Voter does not have a clue.
One of them was heard to have said, “Who is this Ben Ghazi guy.?

This country has turned a very bad corner and only dire events will make it come to its senses.


45 posted on 02/09/2013 7:53:11 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: hummingbird

This BS by Clinton, Obama, and; this entire admin is the worse leadership/management ever. ZIP. The SEC of State is responsible for the personnel assigned, the security, and; the lives of every swinging Richard in Dept of State wheresoever situated. Obama is responsible for US national security, not just here, but; wherever we place one single American. Now, Obama is responsible for everything this admin does or fails to do. Who do you think the CG comes looking for when an outpost is overrun and Willie is dead because the company CO failed to listen to his men? Hint. They come for the CO. Now, under Obama-no boss is held responsible for a damn thing. I look at Gen Martin Dempsey like a REMF.


46 posted on 02/09/2013 5:23:40 PM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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