Skip to comments.Panetta: Obama never called back to check on Benghazi
Posted on 02/08/2013 4:28:30 PM PST by Kaslin
We didnt get to this yesterday, but its 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 thats all you hear from this, youre 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, hows 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 didnt 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 didnt know how long the attack would last. Did you ever call him and say, Mr. President, it looks like we dont 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 hows 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 dont believe thats a credible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people; whats happening to them? We have a second round, and well take it up then.
Graham just demolished the entire White House defense on Benghazi in less than ten minutes of cross-examination.
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.
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.
IMPEACH OBAMA NOW (ION)
Obama is never going to tell the whole story. Ever. Period.
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.
Neither can I
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
There are three scandals here...
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!
0bama abandoned his post.
0bama did nothing!
There is no denying, that arrogant pos is the worst president ever
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!;-)
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
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.
If any one needs to be impeached, that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave does forsure
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.
Great post - pfl.
“We were deploying the forces...”
Really? What forces did we deploy, Mr. Secretary?
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.
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?
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.
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.
The only thing the Obamahole was concerned with was his campaign event the next day.
Because complaining is better than quietly rolling into a ball.
Thats the word I was looking for.
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.
Let's give Linda her due. She did a great job of hammering Panetta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obama has absolutely no interest in thye military. He distains it. That’s he he appointed Republicans to those posts.
Roll into a ball, hell. My wife has already written my epitaph.
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.
Well, Hillary too. It was her consulate under fire! Why wasn’t she in on what was going to be done?
“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.
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.
That scenario really doesn't fly. Please see post #22 for the explanation.
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.
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.
That's okay. You don't need a confession to return a guilty verdict on Article III treason charges.
Or execute the convict.
I agree. His main job is Fundraiser-in-Chief. I believe he is a figurehead and is not involved in any decision-making.
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
Thanks for this thread and hotlinks. Bookmarked.
If the mainstreams don’t report it, it’s like it never happened. The world may laugh at us, but out citizens are clueless.
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.