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Panetta: Obama never called back to check on Benghazi
Hot Air.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 02/08/2013 4:28:30 PM PST by Kaslin

We didn’t get to this yesterday, but it’s definitely worth watching — especially for the skill shown by Lindsey Graham in his examination of Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey. The headline takeaway will be what is remembered most: the revelation that Barack Obama never bothered to keep in touch with his chair of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of Defense after being informed that an American consulate was under attack from terrorists.

But if that’s all you hear from this, you’re missing the big picture. Graham managed to elicit a number of damaging statements from the two. Not one aircraft had been deployed during the attack; not one boot left the ground outside of Libya. As far as the 281 concurrent threat reports that Panetta and Dempsey claimed kept them from considering Benghazi a special threat, Graham asks how many of those cables came from US Ambassadors stating specifically (as Stevens’ did) that an American installation was incapable of defending itself against a sustained attack and that government buildings nearby were flying al-Qaeda flags — “because I want to know about them, if they do,” Graham adds. Dempsey tries to push that off to State, at which time Graham informs Dempsey that Hillary Clinton claimed never to have seen that cable, even though Dempsey clearly had, which he admits is “surprising.”

Graham then circles back to the lack of action from the White House once the attack was under way:

Lindsey Graham Hammers Leon Panetta & Gen Dempsey on Benghazi and not getting troops there

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.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: benghazi; crossborderauthority; generaldempsey; leonpanetta; libya; lindseygraham; navyseals; obamaspeople; panettahearing; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronterror
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1 posted on 02/08/2013 4:28:39 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I can never remember a president being so totally unconcerned that he was completely disconnected to his dept of defense during such an attack.

As for the MSM, they lower the bar on journalistic ethics every day. Who knows what they'll stoop by the time its all over to protect the incompetent pile of hyena squeeze in the WH.

2 posted on 02/08/2013 4:37:16 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

If Obama was being updated he must have slept through the updates.

Fact is Obama did not give a damn. He turned it over to a subordinate so he would have plausible deniability of somehting went wrond.

Obama was covering his own ass, something that he does well and more than a few have had that bus driven over them.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 4:37:25 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

IMPEACH OBAMA NOW (ION)


4 posted on 02/08/2013 4:40:46 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is never going to tell the whole story. Ever. Period.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 4:40:59 PM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Venturer

I just recalled it was Panetta who ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, He got Obama off the Golf Course after the fact the mission was under way.
That one turned out good so Obama took the credit and claimed he got Osama single handed.

This one did not turn out so good so he stays hidden in the closet.

This Obama is Barf, Plain and simple. Nothing but barf.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 4:41:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: skeeter

Neither can I


7 posted on 02/08/2013 4:44:58 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Bathhouse Barry was too busy playing “hide the salami” at the 19th Hole.
8 posted on 02/08/2013 4:46:24 PM PST by twister881
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To: Kaslin
The stench of Treason emanating from this Regime is both stunning in its brazenness and terrifying in its implications for the fate of our Nation, our Freedoms, and our American way of life.

I mourn for the future of my children!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

9 posted on 02/08/2013 4:47:23 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kaslin
Only the POTUS had the authority to act!

0bama was notified immediately and automatically when the Benghazi consulate triggered the "Imminent Danger Notification System" alert. He did nothing.

Judge Jeanine Investigates Benghazi Gate Part 4 - 10/20/2012 video 6:53
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (U.S. Army ret.), former CIA Station Chief Gary Berntsen and former CIA operative Mike Baker

They confirm everything Col. Hunt said about automatic notifications to the WH and add more details.

Howie Carr interview with Col. Hunt On The Newest Libyan Revelations audio 28:37

There are three scandals here...

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Denial of requests for security were a dereliction of duty. The lies and misdirection about the "video" after the attack were fraud and malfeasance under the color of authority. The inaction during the attack was something more than that.

The failure to act during the attack is the direct equivalent of desertion IMO.

ONE man had the authority to act that night.

ONE man deserted his post!

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

0bama abandoned his post.

0bama did nothing!

10 posted on 02/08/2013 4:50:12 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Venturer

There is no denying, that arrogant pos is the worst president ever


11 posted on 02/08/2013 4:50:28 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: skeeter
As for the MSM, they lower the bar on journalistic ethics every day.

As for the "MSM"...they don't lower the bar, they threw the bar away when they were bought and paid for the Communists.

Why, oh why, do Freepers still whine about the MSM not reporting the truth?

They were bought a long time ago...this is all part of the Alinsky plan.

Wake up and smell the Starbucks!;-)

12 posted on 02/08/2013 4:50:59 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: Kaslin

my 70 yr old mother knew more about what was happening in Benghazi then the president of the United States

yea... that’s not dereliction of duty

/eye-rolling-sarcasm


13 posted on 02/08/2013 4:52:19 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Kaslin
The POS is the ONLY one who can deploy forces internationally...this BS line of "leaving it up to Panetta and Hilda" is pure BS
14 posted on 02/08/2013 4:53:02 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

The more questions asked the more questions arise. Questions not asked, answers not forthcoming.

TREASON...continuous, in real-time, agency-abetted, on display, in-your-face, unchallenged, pre-meditated, unquestioned, ongoing...

It’s so comforting to know the videographer is in custody. Closure for family and friends of Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.

R.I.P. men. Thanks for your service to treasonous, hand-wringing bureaucrat-traitors.


15 posted on 02/08/2013 4:54:10 PM PST by PGalt
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To: BCW

If any one needs to be impeached, that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave does forsure


16 posted on 02/08/2013 4:54:22 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Venturer

Handle it, Leon, handle it!

I’ll check in later.

(Then leave the room with the phone off the hook.)

JFK would have been on it every second.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 4:57:53 PM PST by alloysteel (If conspiracy does not exist everywhere, it exists nowhere.)
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To: Kaslin

Great post - pfl.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 4:58:23 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Kaslin

“We were deploying the forces...”

Really? What forces did we deploy, Mr. Secretary?


20 posted on 02/08/2013 5:00:27 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Tau Food

They need to put BO under oath and make damn sure that they have evidence to show when he starts lying under oath. They should have done that with Hillary. Presented actual evidence that shows she was lying.


21 posted on 02/08/2013 5:00:31 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: alloysteel

Panetta said in his testimony that he informed 0bama of the attack in Benghazi. That was a strange thing to say given that he and 0bama had a scheduled meeting in the WH at the very time the attack began. Both would have been independently notified by their own staff, by law, that the attack was happening. Has 0bama ordered his staff not to bother him with trivial events such as attacks on embassies and consulates?


22 posted on 02/08/2013 5:02:09 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: RoosterRedux

It doesn’t matter what the MSM wants to report. They can’t hide the FACT that BO was AWOL during this raid. There’s not one thing they can say or do that would make that go away. Where he actually was remains the big mystery. It must be really bad wherever he was.


23 posted on 02/08/2013 5:03:45 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Doogle; Travis McGee
The POS is the ONLY one who can deploy forces internationally...this BS line of "leaving it up to Panetta and Hilda" is pure BS

And as Travis has been screaming at the top of his lungs...only the President has the power to issue Cross Border Authority.

Our closest assets were at U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily. CBA was required to send help to Benghazi.

The President, by his absence--by his refusal to get involved--TOLD OUR FORCES TO STAND DOWN re: the rescue of our Ambassador and SEAL's in Benghazi.

24 posted on 02/08/2013 5:04:56 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: Kaslin

The only thing the Obamahole was concerned with was his campaign event the next day.


25 posted on 02/08/2013 5:05:27 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Why, oh why, do Freepers still whine about the MSM not reporting the truth?

Because complaining is better than quietly rolling into a ball.

26 posted on 02/08/2013 5:05:53 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter; RoosterRedux

Catharsis


27 posted on 02/08/2013 5:11:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Thats the word I was looking for.


28 posted on 02/08/2013 5:13:22 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Venturer

I believe he doesn’t do the CYA all that well, because we know he’s covering his ass. He does it prolifically, but not well me thinks. If he did it well we’d be as ignorant of his antics as the low info voters that support him. We aren’t.


29 posted on 02/08/2013 5:17:30 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.

Let's give Linda her due. She did a great job of hammering Panetta.

30 posted on 02/08/2013 5:20:49 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Kaslin

As much as Lindsay Graham screws up, and wins dunce of the day award day after day I have to hand it to him on this one. He managed to beat up on Panetta, and Dempsey for the Congressional Record quite well.

He should be commended for a job well done, but he’s like the arrogant little Shitzu we have if we give him a pat on the head he thinks he can do no wrong, and screws up time, and again. Best to leave the kudos unsaid I guess.


31 posted on 02/08/2013 5:22:03 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: All
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: My sources tell me Obama was in the room watching Benghazi attack video 10-27-2012

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.


32 posted on 02/08/2013 5:30:02 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Kaslin

So Panetta said we were deploying troops...but no troops were deployed. This must have been because they didn’t get authorization from Obama?

So everyone was ready to go but Obama refused to authorize it????

Why are these people covering for him? This is as much treason as Obama.


33 posted on 02/08/2013 5:35:03 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: skeeter
See tag line...and don't roll into a ball;-)

This war will break out into the open soon enough. Get ready!

CWII is well underway. But the Communist-owned press is hiding the details.

34 posted on 02/08/2013 5:39:35 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: Kaslin

Obama has absolutely no interest in thye military. He distains it. That’s he he appointed Republicans to those posts.


35 posted on 02/08/2013 5:41:05 PM PST by Fido969
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To: RoosterRedux
See tag line...and don't roll into a ball;-)

Roll into a ball, hell. My wife has already written my epitaph.

36 posted on 02/08/2013 5:42:35 PM PST by skeeter
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To: rockinqsranch

I was pretty impressed by good ol’ Lindsay, too.

But this is something that I noticed in the letter sent by 11 Senators to Bambi complaining about his self-appointed judge, jury and executioner drone policy: it was 8 far left Dems and 3 ultra-liberal GOPers.

So you never know where sanity is going to break out. Praise them for this act, which was actually pretty courageous, because Obambi doesn’t like ANYBODY to oppose him, as numerous generals and even WH staffers have found out. And then see what they do next.

Strange times.


37 posted on 02/08/2013 5:46:59 PM PST by livius
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To: skeeter

Well, Hillary too. It was her consulate under fire! Why wasn’t she in on what was going to be done?


38 posted on 02/08/2013 5:48:27 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: Kaslin

“Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread ... and we weren’t counting days or hours, but minutes.” -Soviet General and Army Chief of Operations, Anatoly Gribkov

I guess it was a good thing that President John F. Kennedy stayed in the game. I see nothing in the record that indicates that he just slept and then simply flew off to Las Vegas.

Perhaps my memory is failing on this, but I don’t remember an American Ambassador and 3 other Americans getting brutally murdered during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Seems the “Magic Negro” doesn’t have any good magic, just Black Magic.


39 posted on 02/08/2013 5:54:11 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: TigersEye

This is truly bizarre. Was he or wasn’t he there? The initial stories were very conflicting and things don’t seem to have improved much in the interim.

The attack went on for 8 hours, although there was a lull. Perhaps Obama was informed initially (when he called Panetta) and then went off to bed and left strict instructions not to be awakened because he had an early flight to Vegas?

There are two possibilities. Either he was there and didn’t do anything to help or couldn’t make a decision, or he wasn’t there and had been informed but didn’t care enough to follow up on it and then went to bed after his one conversation with Panetta, who seems to have been the only one he spoke to that day.

Neither of these scenarios is a good one. If it were anybody but Obama, he’d already be out of office and probably even looking at criminal charges.


40 posted on 02/08/2013 5:54:18 PM PST by livius
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To: livius
Perhaps Obama was informed initially (when he called Panetta)...

That scenario really doesn't fly. Please see post #22 for the explanation.

41 posted on 02/08/2013 6:16:47 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: livius

“Strange times.”

Yes.


42 posted on 02/08/2013 6:39:45 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Venturer
If Obama was being updated he must have slept through the updates.

The attack started just after 9 pm local time. There is a six hour time difference. That put the initial attack at just after 3pm in DC.

Little bammy "Skeeter" Hussein didn't sleep through anything.

He either didn't give a damn or Valerie Jarrett ordered him to keep out.

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43 posted on 02/08/2013 7:11:33 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Kaslin
Graham just demolished the entire White House defense on Benghazi in less than ten minutes of cross-examination.

That's amazing -- has Linda ever done anything like this before? What brought this on? I thought she's normally inclined to just curl up in Hillary's lap and go to sleep.

44 posted on 02/08/2013 7:13:12 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Tau Food
Obama is never going to tell the whole story. Ever. Period.

That's okay. You don't need a confession to return a guilty verdict on Article III treason charges.

Or execute the convict.

45 posted on 02/08/2013 7:22:24 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Fresh Wind

I agree. His main job is Fundraiser-in-Chief. I believe he is a figurehead and is not involved in any decision-making.


46 posted on 02/08/2013 7:23:01 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: lentulusgracchus

When he was first in the House he showed so sense. In the Senate he fell under the spell of the great maverick and lost his manhood


47 posted on 02/08/2013 7:23:40 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years. RSC)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for this thread and hotlinks. Bookmarked.


48 posted on 02/08/2013 7:31:56 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: skeeter

If the mainstreams don’t report it, it’s like it never happened. The world may laugh at us, but out citizens are clueless.


49 posted on 02/08/2013 7:33:36 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: RoosterRedux
The President, by his absence--by his refusal to get involved--TOLD OUR FORCES TO STAND DOWN re: the rescue of our Ambassador and SEAL's in Benghazi.

And not just that. Obama fired sky-high the first general officer to lift a finger to try to help those people in Benghazi.

He wanted the guys in Benghazi to go down. He had a corrupt, traitorous deal with someone in the shadows. I think waterboarding Obama would be perfectly reasonable under these circumstances -- because we have a traitor in the White House and need to smoke him out now.

50 posted on 02/08/2013 7:38:13 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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