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The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response (Completely aloof from the events in Libya)
American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Daren Jonescu

Posted on 02/08/2013 7:11:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind

According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11. He neither asked nor ordered anything. He did not respond to information sent to the White House. He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador.

A few months back, when, for the sake of argument, we were all giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on being human, albeit wretchedly so, I felt compelled to qualify a critique of the president's conscienceless handling of Benghazi with this:

"Was the president aware of these events during the first few of those seven long hours? Obviously, he would have been notified of such events immediately, were he available. Equally obviously, the president is always, in theory, available. If he could not be "reached" during those first hours, then the answer to the natural follow-up question -- "Why not?" -- is too twisted to contemplate."

Under questioning from Senator Kelly Ayotte, Panetta has at last set the record straight. We may all dispense with the niceties and call it as it is: Obama is too twisted to contemplate.

Repeatedly, in answer to Ayotte's probing about communications between Panetta and the White House, Panetta explains plainly that, apart from a scheduled meeting in the afternoon of September 11, he had no contact with Obama that day. The president was not involved, and did not wish to be involved, in the communications and decision-making processes of that day. An ongoing terrorist attack on his administration's diplomatic mission in a volatile region on the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001 was not considered worthy of his direct involvement.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; leonpanetta; libya; navyseals; obama; obamaawol; obamabenghazi; obamaspeople; panettahearing; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronterror

1 posted on 02/08/2013 7:11:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
FROM HOTAIR

SEN. GRAHAM: Are you surprised that the president of the United States never called you, Secretary Panetta, and say, ‘how’s it going?’

SEC. PANETTA: I — you know, normally in these situations –

SEN. GRAHAM: Did he know the level of threat that –

SEC. PANETTA: Let — well, let me finish the answer. We were deploying the forces. He knew we were deploying the forces. He was being kept updated –

SEN. GRAHAM: Well, I hate to interrupt you, but I got limited time. We didn’t deploy any forces. Did you call him back — wait a minute –

SEC. PANETTA: No, but the event — the event was over by the time we got –

SEN. GRAHAM: Mr. Secretary, you didn’t know how long the attack would last. Did you ever call him and say, Mr. President, it looks like we don’t have anything to get there anytime soon?

SEC. PANETTA: The event was over before we could move any assets.

SEN. GRAHAM: It lasted almost eight hours. And my question to you is during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how’s this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? Did he ever make that phone call?

SEC. PANETTA: Look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the United States was concerned about American lives and, frankly, all of us were concerned about American lives.

SEN. GRAHAM: With all due respect, I don’t believe that’s a credible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people; what’s happening to them? We have a second round, and we’ll take it up then.

Graham just demolished the entire White House defense on Benghazi in less than ten minutes of cross-examination.

2 posted on 02/08/2013 7:15:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
MORE Q&A HERE:

Repeatedly, in answer to Ayotte's probing about communications between Panetta and the White House, Panetta explains plainly that, apart from a scheduled meeting in the afternoon of September 11, he had no contact with Obama that day.  The president was not involved, and did not wish to be involved, in the communications and decision-making processes of that day.  An ongoing terrorist attack on his administration's diplomatic mission in a volatile region on the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001 was not considered worthy of his direct involvement.

Ayotte: Did he ever call you that night to say, "How are things going?  What's going on?"

Panetta: No, but we were aware that as we were getting information on what was taking place there, particularly when we got information that the ambassador -- his life had been lost, we were aware that that information went to the White House.

Ayotte: Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?

Panetta: No.

Ayotte: No one else called you to say, "How are things going?"

Panetta: No.

Through it all, Obama's White House simply did not respond or engage.  Given the auspiciousness of the date and the seriousness of the attack, we must now ask, with the utmost gravity, "Why not?"


3 posted on 02/08/2013 7:18:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It just doesn’t make sense. He is aloof? Two months before a very important election, and he is ALOOF? Look, the man is generally stupid, but even HE is not THAT stupid. There is something else going on here and we need to get to the bottom of it PRONTO.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 7:19:30 AM PST by bergmeid (I told you so - now pass the ammo.)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
"The president was not involved, and did not wish to be involved,"

What more can I say?

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


Benghazi Index

5 posted on 02/08/2013 7:20:57 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: SeekAndFind
There are only four possibilities:
Drunk
Stoned
Passed Out
All Of The Above
6 posted on 02/08/2013 7:30:11 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: norwaypinesavage

RE: There are only four possibilities:
Drunk
Stoned
Passed Out
All Of The Above

___________________________

Some other possibilities:

He didn’t care

He didn’t take it seriously

He didn’t think it was the priority

He was plainly incompetent

It is part of his plan.


7 posted on 02/08/2013 7:34:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
SEC. PANETTA: ...We were deploying the forces. He knew we were deploying the forces...

SEN. GRAHAM: ...We didn’t deploy any forces...

SEC. PANETTA: No, but...The event was over before we could move any assets.

Can anyone explain to me the difference between "deploying forces" and "moving assets?" And why does Graham say we did not deploy forces right after Panetta says we did? Does deploy mean one thing to Panetta and another to Graham? Is there a precise meaning?

8 posted on 02/08/2013 7:44:23 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: HomeAtLast

I of course don’t know but......

In addition to the people there were things.

My interpretation of what Panetta said is:

The time required for the people was less than that for the things and the things were deemed necessary to achieve superiority. There was not enough time to get the things there and the people were not deployed

I did not make that decision and it is far above my ability to comprehend


9 posted on 02/08/2013 7:53:26 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: SeekAndFind
Panetta: No, but we were aware that as we were getting information on what was taking place there, particularly when we got information that the ambassador -- his life had been lost, we were aware that that information went to the White House.

How was he made aware? Who told him that information was going to the WH -- and who was getting it there -- and how?

Why wasn't he asked this?

10 posted on 02/08/2013 7:55:09 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The secretary of defense and his military commanders did nothing. The secretary of state did nothing. The president never called to ask, “How are things going?”...”

Unfortunately, I’m guessing that many of the Obama voters in this country agree with these (non) actions. There will be no hue & cry from them.


11 posted on 02/08/2013 7:55:15 AM PST by moovova
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone needs to put out a FOI request and publish the White House Visitors log book for that day.

Who did Obama want to spend his time with on 9/11?


12 posted on 02/08/2013 7:55:43 AM PST by Balata
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To: HomeAtLast

thanks for posting that

It angers me that the 0dumbo people reacted as they did while Americans were being killed
it angers me that 0dumbo’s people would sit in a Senate hearing and sdmit to ineptness
but most of all it angers me that most of America doesn’t care
except for Freepers and good conservatives


13 posted on 02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: norwaypinesavage
There are only four possibilities:
Drunk
Stoned
Passed Out
All Of The Above

#5: Reading about a pet goat.

14 posted on 02/08/2013 8:01:40 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did General Hamm ever testify? We know he resigned over this issue (retirement, yeah right!). And we know Petraeus was booted out after saying no one in HIS command gave a stand down order. So that only leaves SECDEF, SECSTATE, possibly the NSA, and the CINC.

They’ve circled the wagons to protect each other. But hey, this is what America voted for. And the idiot half of the US will vote for Hillary in 2016 because “Let’s make history!”


15 posted on 02/08/2013 8:04:02 AM PST by Clock King
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To: SeekAndFind

The Preezy and Madame Secretary were incommunicado for purposes of plausible deniability. A cynical person would believe it was a failed hostage taking event which was originally planned to use Am. Stevens as a bargaining chip for the release of the blind sheik, all coordinated with our MOTUS (Muslim of the United States).


16 posted on 02/08/2013 8:15:09 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: SeekAndFind

“.....Panetta has at last set the record straight.”

Actually, Panetta has helped to rewrite the record..... with lies.


17 posted on 02/08/2013 8:42:49 AM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: bergmeid

I think Panetta was trying his best to protect BO. I think BO probably gave the order for them NOT to do anything and then walked away. Treason.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 9:00:39 AM PST by dandiegirl
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To: norwaypinesavage

Barry was prolly out AWOL in the Choom wagon. Boys just wanna have fun.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 9:02:49 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: HomeAtLast

It is government speak for “we were clueless, we didn’t know what to do and we hoped we would all wake up soon from a bad dream.”


20 posted on 02/08/2013 9:24:45 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"SEC. PANETTA: Look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the United States was concerned about American lives and, frankly, all of us were concerned about American lives."

So concerned that he spent time making a politically motivated phone call to Netanyahu. during the crisis. As far as Hillary being MIA, she was probably passed-out drunk.

21 posted on 02/08/2013 9:34:33 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Balata

Who did he want to meet with? The guy who who sells him coke and weed.
Seriously, it is not out of the realm of possibility; Bill Ayres, a known terrorist, has officially visited the White House, why not a drug dealer..?


22 posted on 02/08/2013 10:17:53 AM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: MestaMachine; thouworm; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Godzilla; Domestic Church; dragonblustar; ...
*

The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response (Completely aloof from the events in Libya)

Panetta explains plainly,

"that, apart from a scheduled meeting in the afternoon of September 11, he had no contact with 0bama that day.

"The president was not involved, and did not wish to be involved in the communications and decision-making processes of that day.

(Panetta further says,)

"An ongoing terrorist attack on his administration's diplomatic mission in a volatile region on the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001 was not considered worthy of his [0hbunner's] direct involvement."

.

23 posted on 02/08/2013 8:18:57 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: LucyT

I can’t even begin to imagine how the survivors and the families of those who were murdered must feel after reading/hearing panetta’s testimony. (BTW, where are the survivors?) 0b0z0 is one sick, twisted sob.


24 posted on 02/08/2013 9:21:52 PM PST by azishot (When your life is on the line, lead is worth more than gold.)
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To: LucyT
did not wish to be involved

There it is. He's said the job was boring. Empty suit. Puppet. TOTUS. Heil, Soros.

25 posted on 02/09/2013 3:24:12 AM PST by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

He was at an elementary school reading books to children. When told of the situation, he waited eight minutes and decided to keep reading.


26 posted on 02/09/2013 3:43:24 AM PST by Toespi
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To: LucyT; MestaMachine; thouworm; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Godzilla; Domestic Church; dragonblustar
Resolution of the crisis by military means was available from a variety of resources. None was more than an hour away.

We have been put through this because Team Obama, wisely from their POV, wanted to keep it out of the election, which The Moribund Moronic Mormon Milquetoast might have actually won ... despite his best efforts to throw it away.

The question always was "Where TF were you, Barry?" My answer: "Find out where Reggie Love was." For those of you who probably wisely ignore rants, Reggie Love is the guy who spent at least 18 months living in the WH, hanging out full-time with The Mombasa MF in their luxurious playroom, equipped with multiple wide-screens tuned to ESPN. The only usually allowed visitor: Valerie Jarrett, with snacks, hot towels, and teleprompter notes from George Soros and Van Jones.

Incredible as it may seem, Team Obama's Brain Trust realized this life-style choice might not be at all attractive to some voters. So early in the campaign of 2012, when Reggie was identified as the player in some homo porn specials, that story was squelched and he was mysteriously "disappeared" .... "to explore other career and educational opportunities and options" ... with quite a substantial good-bye gift.

Move along, Sheeple. Nothing to see here? Au contraire. The relationship to Reggie Love is a key "tell" to our POTUS character. The man's day-today operational "secret?" Do nothing at all until you are told. Team Alinsky will react to any events with coordinated spin that covers your ass and makes the other team not only look bad ... but look as if they are somehow at fault... and need to be saved ... by you of course.

27 posted on 02/09/2013 9:18:52 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: LucyT; MestaMachine; thouworm; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Godzilla; Domestic Church; dragonblustar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2986524/posts

PING, Repeat Ping


28 posted on 02/09/2013 9:24:36 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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