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Video: Obama ducks questions on why help wasn’t sent to Benghazi
Hot Air ^ | 7:29 pm on October 26, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 10/26/2012 10:21:56 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

“We’re going to gather all the facts,” he says, echoing Hillary’s plea to let the investigation play out until, oh, say, mid-November at the earliest. Simple question: Why does he need “all the facts” about Benghazi to find out (a) whether anyone at the consulate called for help during the attack and (b) if so, who in the chain of command denied that request? He could find that out with 10 minutes of phoning around and then spend another 10 firing the people involved — assuming, of course, that it wasn’t The One himself who delivered the thumbs down on the calls for help. Problem is, there’s only one thing he really cares about, and that thing wouldn’t be well served by an admission 10 days out from election day that his administration screwed up badly enough in Benghazi to warrant canning people. So he’s playing the “all the facts” game. Estimated arrival of all the facts: 11 days from now.

Clark pressed again.

“Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” he asked.

“Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”

Two things worth noting there. One: In claiming that he needs to “find out exactly what happened,” he’s professing ignorance about the distress calls. Remember that if/when it comes out later that he had earlier notice than we thought. Two: The first “directive” makes it sound like he’s blaming someone else for not informing him sooner so that he could send the help needed. Is that a reference to the CIA? If so, David Petraeus is prepared for it: Per Bill Kristol, he just threw Obama under the bus.

CIA spokesperson Jennifer Youngblood said, “We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”

If CIA didn’t give the order to stand down, who did? Panetta? In that case, why is the Secretary of Defense being called on to make a snap decision on a sudden military intervention in the middle of an international crisis? To put it differently, if O’s excuse is that no one gave him a heads up while this was going on — for hours — why didn’t he get that heads up? “The ambassador is under siege by jihadists in Libya and his security detail is requesting assistance” sounds exactly like the sort of thing you’d get in the fabled 3 a.m. phone call. How come someone other than O took the call, if that’s what in fact happened? Was he busy with something more important, like a fundraiser in Vegas?

His alleged ignorance isn’t limited to the distress calls, either:

President Obama today said that he had not been aware of the requests for additional security made by security officials in Libya before the deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi.

“I was not personally aware of any request,” the president told radio host Michael Smerconish. ”We have an infrastructure set up to manage requests like that but we’re going to find out what happened. Ultimately though any time there is a death of an American overseas I want to find out what happened because my most important job as President is to keep the American people safe.”

It sure is odd how thoroughly uninformed he seems to have been about what was happening in Libya, which is supposed to be a key part of his reelection foreign-policy credentials. In fact, after you watch the video of his interview with the Denver station, listen to the call Rush Limbaugh got today from someone claiming (convincingly) to be a special ops planner. He insists that Obama would have, or should have, been informed within minutes once the Situation Room got a message that Stevens was in peril. If that’s true, then it defies reason to think O wouldn’t have also been informed immediately once Americans at the consulate were requesting military help. The caller thinks maybe Obama gave the thumbs down because he was afraid of another Desert One-type failure happening and branding his administration Carter redux right before the election. Could be, but I think the success of the Bin Laden raid has immunized him on that to some extent. Another possibility is that O didn’t want to send American troops in with guns blazing for fear of a backlash in Libya specifically or across the region generally. That would have also complicated his reelection narrative: Supposedly, helping to topple Qaddafi has earned us goodwill among devotees of the Arab Spring; having a gunship hovering over Benghazi blasting away followed by protests among our new Libyan friends would have cut the knees out from under that storyline. The thing about the distress calls is that even the “best-case scenario” — that Obama wasn’t in fact told until it was too late to help — is proof of catastrophic dysfunction. If that’s how O’s going to play it, pleading ignorance to cover his own ass, okay, but then let’s some some people get fired. Tomorrow.




TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; benghazirescue; ciabenghazi; libya; obama; standdown; traitorinchief; treason
Video at the website
1 posted on 10/26/2012 10:22:02 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye

Just one more before I hit the rack.


2 posted on 10/26/2012 10:24:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: All

Will need to scroll down.


3 posted on 10/26/2012 10:26:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He’s trying desperately to get this to slide past the elction...but that dog wont hunt. Too many people hearing about what hhappened. You have the Dad of a dead Navy SEAL madder than hell and going public over it.

This is going to bring this traitorous SOB down...as well it should.

Walking Al Quida in Benghazi - Why Ambassador Stevens, two Navy SEALS and Sean Smith died there
http://www.jeffhead.com/walkingalquida.htm


4 posted on 10/26/2012 10:32:43 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

Joe Biden “ stand up Chuck “ .... This regime to the military “ stand down “


5 posted on 10/26/2012 10:34:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The only person who could have authorized any USA military intervention to assist the USA citizens under sustained attack in Libya was Obama.

Obama sent them there.
Obama decided not to assist them.

There really is no need for any “questions”.

6 posted on 10/26/2012 10:38:24 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: Jeff Head
Glad you dropped by....there are two videos at hot Air...the second is a very important one with a knowledgeable caller to Rush with some very important info on some details regarding the attack at the Benghazi annex.

Going to add a link here to a thread regarding a polished timeline video also:

Libya Timeline (Video)

7 posted on 10/26/2012 10:39:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

BTTT


8 posted on 10/26/2012 10:39:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Where is the clip of Obama sniping: “That’s not what this election is about”.

That’s ready made for a superpac advertisement.


9 posted on 10/26/2012 10:39:25 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Related:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2950882/posts?page=25


10 posted on 10/26/2012 10:39:31 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
f CIA didn’t give the order to stand down, who did? Panetta? In that case, why is the Secretary of Defense being called on to make a snap decision on a sudden military intervention in the middle of an international crisis?

Panetta was in the WH for a pre-scheduled meeting when the call came in. So, did an aid come up to Panetta, whisper in his ear in front of 0coward, and then Panetta said "excuse me, Mr. Coward, I have something to attend to that doesn't concern you?" And the WH Situation Room station chief never notified Mr. Coward?

11 posted on 10/26/2012 10:39:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

Sure,...you bet...../s


12 posted on 10/26/2012 10:45:54 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Fitzy_888

I’ve done a search every way I can think of and can’t find anything about that remark. Where did he say it and who covered it?


13 posted on 10/26/2012 10:48:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I heard that call today Posted a link to the video on my FB page. Simply damning...as if though there was any doubt.

This one is going to bring Obama down...all of his snide, snarky lies are going to come apart on him, and he will be left the small, weasily, angry rascist that he is for all the world to see.

The Man who despises America
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama-time.htm


14 posted on 10/26/2012 10:49:45 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: TigersEye

I believe it was when he was being interviewed by the guy in Denver. He took tow interviews over the phone today and it was one of those. Hannity or Greta covered it this evening on Fox.


15 posted on 10/26/2012 10:55:20 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head
I wouldn't bet big money on that Jeff Head.

Obama is betting that his propaganda machine is good enough to cover him for just long enough to get by for another week.

The supposedly “factual” polling data has him at over 40% everywhere in the USA.

We may have already reached the tipping point into anarchy.

16 posted on 10/26/2012 10:55:45 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: Jeff Head

Thank you. I’m watching Greta for the second time tonight and I guess I missed it twice. Will look for the Denver interviews.


17 posted on 10/26/2012 10:57:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigerClaws

Thanks for the link.


18 posted on 10/26/2012 10:57:55 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: sarasmom

It is going to be close.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 11:01:08 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: sarasmom

It’s going to make a difference in the elction...despite the polls. People are not happy, all over the country. The fact that he will try and evade it and “slip by” is just going to make them madder.

The Swift Boat vets were a close knit and well connected group and they were able to (understandably) expose and impact Kerry.

This is an order of magnitude or two worse.

Precisely because he is avoiding it, it will gen up notice, anger, resentment...and impact.

But, time will tell. I believe there is a good possibility of a very strong Romney win, and I pray, along the lines of II Chron 7:14 that it is so.

Be BRAVE for America on Novemebr 6th
http://www.facebook.com/bebraveforamericanov6th


20 posted on 10/26/2012 11:03:53 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Ernest.


21 posted on 10/26/2012 11:05:04 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

he ducked it, then he ducked it again, and finally he goosed it.


22 posted on 10/26/2012 11:09:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Jeff Head

Obama will not be able to hide from the revulsion.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 11:10:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye
I am about to fall out over my sideboards on my armchair....I ain't gonna look at anything else.

A final Nite all!!

24 posted on 10/26/2012 11:13:56 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

By not canceling his trip to Vegas President Obamaghazi
was attempting to put distance between himself and the
knowledge of the attack and the decisions and non decisions
associated with the attack. How in the world he thought
he was going to be able to back-fill the story with lies is
beyond belief. It is a testament to his faith in the MSM to
carry his water no matter what.


25 posted on 10/26/2012 11:25:42 PM PDT by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Jeff Head; Marine_Uncle; sarasmom

WHAT DID YOU THINK "I WILL STAND WITH THEM" MEANT?

26 posted on 10/26/2012 11:25:42 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Stalling tactics right out of Clinton’s playbook.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Sivad

Playing it a bit TOO cool. He simply iced his own arse.


28 posted on 10/26/2012 11:34:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good night.


29 posted on 10/26/2012 11:43:00 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: PhilDragoo

What a final image for me to see, before I hit the sack. A bunch of really hard core Socialist mixed with some down right verifiable Communist to boot. Time for this old guy to hit the rack. Do have a great upcoming day.


30 posted on 10/26/2012 11:45:32 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Don't annoy him further.

He has his work to do.

Just think about the average. What use have they for you?

Forget about your sill whim. It didn't fit the plan.

31 posted on 10/27/2012 12:45:26 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: TigersEye
Panetta was in the WH for a pre-scheduled meeting when the call came in. So, did an aid come up to Panetta, whisper in his ear in front of 0coward, and then Panetta said "excuse me, Mr. Coward, I have something to attend to that doesn't concern you?" And the WH Situation Room station chief never notified Mr. Coward?

This is exactly what needs to be asked in some brutal cross-examinations. And leaked. By some real heros.
32 posted on 10/27/2012 12:52:14 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
"Stalling tactics right out of Clinton’s playbook."

I remember when Leon Panetta was Clinton’s Chief of Staff. It was during that time that TWA 800 was shot down on the night of July 17,1996 by a Stinger missile off of Long Island. It was Leon Panetta who took an active role in the coverup, appearing nightly on TV to spin the latest yarn about how the incident was being thoroughly investigated. If the truth were known, Clinton’s reelection chances would have been destroyed.

33 posted on 10/27/2012 1:18:38 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It sure is odd how thoroughly uninformed he seems to have been about what was happening in Libya, which is supposed to be a key part of his reelection foreign-policy credentials.

There is NO question, this should sink Obama's ass for reelection! Isn't it ironic as all get out this comes down to the "3am Call!" Ha!

34 posted on 10/27/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: sirchtruth
It was the 3 am call ....

No doubt about it.

35 posted on 10/27/2012 7:17:45 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; Jeff Head; HiTech RedNeck; onyx; SunkenCiv; ColdOne
up early this morning...found this on the Benghazi keyword list....website is Politico44 (whatever that is):

Obama: Election 'has nothing to do' with Libya deaths

Posted on Fri 26 Oct 2012 16:33:48 PDT by ColdOne

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So did the Denver TV station do an editing job?

36 posted on 10/27/2012 7:34:01 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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Looks like the same clip.....!

Well it's the same on the front end.

37 posted on 10/27/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If I were in the foreign service in any capacity or the military, I would be making alternate plans for survival ... knowing now that my government is going to hang me out to dry should an emergency arise.

I would not be surprised if our personell overseas are not having these discussions among themselves.


38 posted on 10/27/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama voters:

http://revealingpolitics.com/blog/video/obama-event-goers-on-benghazi-what/


39 posted on 10/27/2012 8:25:33 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: All
Crosslinking:

Father of fallen Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods: I do not appreciate cowardice, lies

40 posted on 10/27/2012 8:48:16 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Lorianne

Man that is reassuring.....NOT!


41 posted on 10/27/2012 8:56:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Jeff Head; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle
Here's a thread with transcript of the interview:

President Obama on Libya attack on Oct 26, 2012

42 posted on 10/27/2012 9:01:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: FR_addict

should have added yo to the above post.


43 posted on 10/27/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: TigersEye; Travis McGee; Noumenon; Lurker; Ernest_at_the_Beach; sarasmom; LS; Lazamataz; ...

Here it is, it was the Denver interview:

On youtube

“Those four American dead have nothiong to do with the election.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2gI0R-_8xV4#!


44 posted on 10/27/2012 9:33:13 AM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So did the Denver TV station do an editing job?

What do you mean? The quote in the article you linked is just as it was spoken in the video.

"The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened," Obama said in an interview with KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver.

45 posted on 10/27/2012 10:28:27 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

46 posted on 10/27/2012 10:34:02 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you. I found and watched that last night. The exact quote is this...

"The election has nothin' to do with four brave Americans getting killed."

47 posted on 10/27/2012 11:13:54 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From your post #36:
His cursory replies reveal he is either extremely stupid
as how things work in real life or he as we suspect was not
even in the loop, perhaps not at all.
48 posted on 10/27/2012 11:33:24 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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