Skip to comments.Graham: Iíll put a hold on Hagel, Brennan until the White House coughs up Benghazi info
Posted on 02/11/2013 7:33:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Lindsey Graham threatened to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan yesterday on Face the Nation, after last week's hearings on the Benghazi attack forced unanswered questions to the surface --- and the White House provided no answers. Graham told Bob Schieffer that he would place a hold on both candidates and promised "No confirmation without information," which would force Harry Reid to attempt a floor-vote override:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday threatened to hold President Obamas nominees to head the CIA and Defense department unless the administration provides him with more answers on the response to the Benghazi Consulate attack.
I dont think we should allow [John] Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, [former Sen. Chuck] Hagel [R-Neb.] to be confirmed secretary of Defense until the White House gives us an accounting, said Graham on CBSs Face the Nation. Did the White House ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the Libyan government to help these folks?
Specifically, Graham wants an accounting of Barack Obama’a actions on the night in question:
Graham said a special response team had been deployed from Tripoli to Benghazi the night of the attack to provide assistance but was held up by Libyan officials at the airport. Graham said he wanted to know if Obama intervened and contacted Libyan authorities to allow the rescue team to head to the consulate.
Did the president ever pick up the phone and call the Libyan government and say let those people out of the airport, they need to get to the annex to protect our people under siege?, he asked.
We know nothing about what the president did during the night of Sept. 11 during a night of national crisis, said Graham.
Graham said that if Obama had called he believes American lives could have been saved. He added that if Obama had called and Libyan officials blew him off, that would hurt their ability to receive foreign aid in the future.
I dont know what the president did that evening, I dont know if he called anyone, Graham said. This was incredibly mismanaged. What we know now seems to be a very disengaged president.
Graham insists that he’s not talking about a filibuster, but a hold. That acts much like a filibuster, but it takes up a lot of floor time, and it can delay other business. Graham’s hold could be defeated, but given the reason for it — a lack of cooperation from the White House rather than the flaws of the nominees themselves — Graham might be able to keep enough Republicans in his corner to make it stick.
The most intimidating member of Congress, no doubt. Perhaps he’ll hold his breath until his face turns blue.
Very good move.
This is how to do things. Do not simply interfere.
I hope he sticks with this... should be interesting.
“Graham: Ill put a hold on Hagel, Brennan until the White House coughs up Benghazi info”
is that like no ice cream till morale improves...???
Excellent! I dont care about Graham’s less than stellar track record...if he can get this thing moving, he’s made up for it. Graham is asking the right questions and doing so aggressively.
He will stick with it as long as aliens have the real Lindsey Graham in their mother ship...
Benghazi...Fast and Furious gun running gone amok! JMHO.
Once in a while, Lindsey is spot on. Too bad it’s not more often...
Good for him.
Good for America.
Good for freedom.
Every 6 years like clock work, he seems to take his job seriously right before election and South Carolinians eat it up and put him back in his senate seat. Hopefully they won’t fall for his fakiness this round.
Should be good to derail the entire process.
They need to recall petraeus, put him under oath, and grill him over hot coals.
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.
And Brennan is right in the middle of it!
Some posters here have strongly criticized Graham in the past, but give the guy credit this time! He is the strongest voice for exposing the corruption of the 0 administration at this point. What more can he do?
I wish more senators would join him. He may be having a good effect, because even the other media are beginning to listen.
When prominent business people like Hoffman can't even understand elementary civics, much less the obfuscation by the Administration that led to the threatened hold, then what hope is there for a return to a republican form of government?
Hoffman seems to be suggesting that Obama's opponents are just "haters" who are trying to stop the great man from doing his work. That may be the MSNBC line, but we require our business leaders to know better.
While most people focus on the news that Obama was AWOL that evening, the fact of the matter is Obama couldn’t respond with force for fear he would out himself in another ILLEGAL international gun running operation this time in the midst of the Arab Spring revolts.
Recall the libs screaming from the rafters regarding Iran Contra? Time for repubbies to start screaming about Benghazi gun running to islamic militant groups.
Let's make that "every night." If only one reporter were to do a "Day In The Life of" article on Barry!
What we are all politically correctly pirouetting around is that this fellow most certainly leads a secret life. E.G., for 2 years a certain Mr. Reggie Love was a resident of the WH. He and the POTUS spent long days and nights "sequestered" in a sort of playroom equipped with multiple TV's cabled to ESPN channels. Their only visitor, Valerie Jarrett with memos, scripts, hot towels, and snacks. Their occasional breaks while the room was cleaned: shooting hoops in the WH gym. This unusual executive style somehow escaped the notice of the MSM.
But there is something bigger than the Reggie Love Playroom Secret. The Dirty Little Secret of the Administration is that the present Chief Executive does nothing; NOTHING; without being instructed and choreographed. In actuality, this means he does nothing for days on end while awaiting instructions, except watch television and read occasional memos handed to him by Valerie Jarrett.
At the beginning of the 2012 campaign, Mr. Reggie Love surfaced ... or was surfaced ... in porn videos of a non-heterosexual nature made some years ago. He was immediately moved out of town ... with a handsome stipend/etc. Never mentioned again. Today, you can barely find this guy on the WEB.
Who and what is, or was, Reggie Love?
Why is where the POTUS was on Benghazi Night such an unfathomable mystery? We have come to a fork in the road. We cannot find out more about Benghazi without finding out more about Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (or II).
How does jug-ears (if in fact he is a human being) sleep at night knowing he did NOTHING or did I answer my own question? And where are all the survivors? They should be called to testify, too.
How does the minority party put a “hold” on anything?
If it goes to a floor vote, doesn’t Reid have the votes to pass?
Survivors....what happened to the 30 or so rescued and airlifted out.....?
Survivors = “the 30 or so rescued and airlifted out”. They have to be SOMEWHERE.
He thought he DID do something. He thought that over forty Americans would be dead and he could chastise Israel for causing the islamic uprisings so that when Israel is attacked...well....they deserve it.
If Panetta met with the obozo from 5 PM to 5:30 PM and according to Leon Panetta's testimony to you folks, the Obozo was out of the communication loop that evening from 5:30 on. Question to ask!!! Then when did obozo issue the order for the military to stand down? If he issued it to Panetta during their brief meeting which took place during the attack, why would a stand down order be issued if, as Panetta, Dempsy, the Hildabeast and the obozo all claim, they weren't clear on what was unfolding in Benghazi that night?
Dear Senators, where is your loyalty to this nation?
Then when did obozo issue the order for the military to stand down?
I don’t believe there was a “stand down” order because doing nothing achieves the same result. Barry retired for the evening to his barca lounger and the WH NSC just watched the events unfold.
If Lindsey Graham succeeds in this quest, I will never speak poorly of him again. I just don’t buy it yet. LG is good at talking on some things, but things get very quiet when he folds like a lawn chair in a windstorm.
Praying for the best though.
In a business?
In a business the punk-@$$ president would be back out on the street, promptly arrested and brought up on multiple capital felony offenses.
Give me a break.
I tried to hold my breath but couldn’t last through this post.
Arlen Specter stood up for Clarence Thomas after he sank Robert Bork for Supreme Court.
The year before an election is the year that RINO’s play to the conservatives.
I hope South Carolina conservatives realize they are being had and set the wheels in motion to replace him.
A weak primary challenger in 2008 fell way short of defeating Graham so might I recommend a strategy of two candidates.
One for the primary and one for the general election.
To re-elect RINO’s like Graham is unacceptable.
BALANCED BUDGET NOW. DOWNSIZE GOVERNMENT NOW. EVERYBODY’S FREEDOM IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS.
Obama is the Commander in Chief of our military. He was awol during the Benghazi massacre and he should be impeached. He’s a disgrace to this country.
What an ass-hat!
Eight Deuce on the Loose!!!!
Legitimate, lawful, Constitutional oversight is not 'obstructionism', Mr. Hoffman.
You’re exactly right. No ‘stand down’ order was necessary. No military forces can cross a foreign border without CBA and only the POTUS can authorize that. All he had to do was nothing at all and that is what he did. Nothing.
If you scroll down to the news releases you can find speeches he has given in Oct., Nov., Dec. and Jan.
General Ham Is Still Commander of U.S. Africa Command November 3, 2012
See the links,.
On another issue, gun control, he remarked to someone "I own one of those 'assault' rifles." That is a pretty in-your-face rebuke of the whole AWB idea. I sure wish more pols would say something like that. If Graham is a pansy then what are the pols who say things like "I like to hunt?"
I credit him on Benghazi, without hesitation and without the usual, “it’s election season for him in 2014.”
Graham is doing the work of several others, but he is not alone.
And, keep praying that we will eventually get the whole truth and nothing but the whole UGLY truth.
The Marxist needs to pay the highest price for the slaughter of our FOUR Americans on his watch, on 9-11-12!
I’ll second your words of praise for him. He has not held back in his concerns over the Benghazi issue.
thanks for the update.
Not a problem. I have also heard that another commander was relieved of duty at about that time too. If it’s the one I am thinking of he was stationed in the Persian Gulf, much too far away to have sent any help. He was relieved for some misconduct in his own command.
Grahams hold could be defeated, but given the reason for it a lack of cooperation from the White House rather than the flaws of the nominees themselves Graham might be able to keep enough Republicans in his corner to make it stick.
So, a nominee for an appointed office can be incompetent as Hell and he'll get a pass, but if the White Hut is obstinate about a semi-related issue, then the nominee can be held?? That's ass-backwards.