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Obama AWOL during Benghazi Attack
Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
Posted on February 9, 2013 10:29:19 AM EST by Kaslin

President Barack Obama was nowhere to be found the long and fatal night of September 11, 2012 when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were assassinated in an attack on the U.S. Mission Outpost in Benghazi, Libya. 

Finally, five months after the terrorist assault, the American people and the families of those brave slain Americans find out that even though live video was being streamed back to Washington, even though requests for backup had been sent, the President left it to others to deal with the issue.

"He (Obama) knew generally what was deployed out there but as to specifics about time, etc. etc., he left that up to us," outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, February 07, 2013. Joining Panetta was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

Panetta told the Senators he did not speak with President Obama or anybody in the White House the night the terrorist attack was carried out on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Panetta testified that Obama relied on officials at the State and Defense Departments to deal with the issue.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) asked Panetta if he "had any further communications with him (Obama) that night?" Panetta answered, "No."

Ayotte pressed further, "Did he ever call you that night? How are things going? What's going on? Where's the Consulate?" Panetta said, "No," but when information came in that Ambassador Stevens had been killed "we were aware that that information went to the White House."

Note the careful use of "the White House" – not "to the President." And, the vague "we were aware." Who passed on the information, and to whom was it delivered? There was a dead Ambassador, two former Navy Seals, and another diplomat, after all.

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

Recall, too, that earlier in the day of September 11, the Embassy in Cairo, Egypt had also been stormed, and other anti-American demonstrations were popping up across the globe. Further that this same Consulate in Benghazi had been attacked twice before and numerous communications had raised security concerns for the outpost and for the Ambassador and his staff. This was hardly a one-off, isolated occurrence.

In the same Senate hearing, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified that the State Department never sent a request for military backup before, during or after attack occurred.

General on Benghazi: 'We Never Received a Request for Support from the State Department'

Citing the numerous requests for additional security in Benghazi, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) asked Dempsey, "Why didn't you put forces in place to be ready to respond?"

Dempsey said flatly, "Because we never received a request to do so…"

McCain cut him off apparently astounded by the answer, and fired back, "You never heard of Ambassador Steven's repeated warnings?"

Dempsey answered, "I had through General Ham (Commander of U.S. Africa Command). But, we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces…"

McCain interrupted again, "So it's the State Department's fault?"

But, Dempsey wouldn't go there. "I'm not blaming the State Department," he said.

Pressed by McCain for who was responsible, Dempsey referenced the State Department's internal review. "I stand by the report of the Accountability Review Board," Dempsey said. But, that report was neither complete nor comprehensive.

It's worth remembering that when Hillary Clinton testified before both Senate and House Committees two weeks ago, she admitted that on the night of September 11 during the attack she spoke to various "senior staff" at the White House throughout the night, but she also did not speak with President Obama. "I spoke to President Obama later in the day," she testified.

How impenetrable must be the barrier – and how totally detached and uncaring is this President – if a seven hour terrorist attack on a diplomatic installation leading to the death of four Americans including the Ambassador, doesn't merit a personal conversation between the President and either the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Defense?

you have lost all credibility, you lie constantly and post doctored shit all over the place. You have been caught more then once, nobody reads these long posts with copy and paste one after the other.
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« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2013, 08:55:51 PM »

Plain and simple.. If I wereobama and my " friend" was being besieged in a compound with people trying to kill him and I put him in that position I would drop everything and be at panetta s side... He was more concerned wih re election..
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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2013, 06:45:01 AM »

Plain and simple.. If I wereobama and my " friend" was being besieged in a compound with people trying to kill him and I put him in that position I would drop everything and be at panetta s side... He was more concerned wih re election..

again he followed procedure, that's why there are procedures to increase efficiency.
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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2013, 06:56:20 AM »

again he followed procedure, that's why there are procedures to increase efficiency.

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« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2013, 09:34:25 AM »

There is nothing in the procedure that states he , the president, can't talk personally to panetta or be there in the room.. Stop making excuses..
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2013, 09:43:46 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2013, 10:55:35 AM »

again he followed procedure, that's why there are procedures to increase efficiency.


AYOTTE: Did you have any other further communications? Did he ever call you that night to say how are things going, what’s going on, where is the consulate?
 PANETTA: No.
 AYOTTE: Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?
 PANETTA: No.
 AYOTTE: No one else called you to say, what, how are things going?
 PANETTA: No.
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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2013, 12:51:12 PM »

CNSNews.com) – The White House isn’t saying where President Barack Obama was, what he did or whom he spoke to between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012—when he finished a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, which took place while the Benghazi terrorist attacks were unfolding—and 11:26 p.m. that night, which is approximately the time former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attacks.
 
According to timelines of the Benhazi attacks released by the government, they began at 3:42 p.m. Washington, D.C. time when dozens of armed terrorists swarmed through a gate at the State Department’s compound in Benghazi. A U.S. security officer at that compound almost immediately notified the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, which in turn notified Washington, D.C.
 
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, were informed of the attack at 4:32 p.m. while they were at the White House waiting for a pre-scheduled 5:00 p.m. meeting with the president.  According to government timelines, an unarmed Defense Department drone arrived over the State Department compound in Benghazi at about 5:10 p.m., while Panetta and Dempsey were meeting with Obama.
 



Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey. (AP)
In his testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Panetta said he informed the president at their 5:00 p.m. meeting of what was going on in Benghazi. Gen. Dempsey testified that the meeting lasted a half hour. Panetta and Dempsey also testified that after the meeting ended they did not talk to President Obama or the White House again that night.
 
Almost six hours elapsed between the end of the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting and the deaths of Woods and Doherty at the CIA’s Annex in Benghazi.
 
At about 5:30 p.m., when the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting ended, the five State Department security officers, who had been at the Benghazi mission compound when it came under attack, fled the compound in an armored car to go the CIA Annex. They came under fire, were covered by CIA security officers as they evacuated the compound, and evaded an ambush between the compound and the Annex.
 
The timelines indicate that terrorists continued to fire on the Annex until about 7:00 p.m. Washington, D.C. time, or about an hour and a half after the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting ended. From 7:00 p.m. until about 11:15 p.m., there was a break in the fighting. But at 11:15 p.m., after a rescue team of security personnel had arrived at the Annex after taking a chartered private flight from Tripoli to Benghazi, the terrorists attacked again.
 


Gen. Martin Dempsey, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (AP)

 
This battle lasted about 11 minutes. It was during this time—about six hours since Obama’s sole conversation with Panetta and Dempsey--that Woods and Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar and a State Department security officer was severely wounded.
 
On Friday morning, CNSNews.com called the White House press office to inquire about where President Obama was, what he was doing, and who he was communicating with, after 5:30 p.m. on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. At 10:29 a.m. on Friday, CNSNews.com followed up by emailing questions to the White House press office.
 
On Friday afternoon, CNSNews.com additionally followed up by calling the White House National Security Council press office and also emailing that office the questions. CNSNews.com also followed up on Friday afternoon by again calling the White House Press Office and emailing the questions again to that office.
 
Here are the questions CNSNews.com asked the White House:
 
1.) Where was President Obama between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m., when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
 
2.) What was President Obama doing between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m. when terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
 
3.) Who did President Obama communicate with between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m. when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
 
4.) Why didn't President Obama speak with Panetta or Dempsey again that night after their 5:30 p.m. meeting ended?
 


President Obama and then-Secretary of state Hillary Clinton meet with family members of the 4 Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. (AP)

 
On Monday morning, CNSNews.com followed up yet again by phoning the White House press office and the National Security Council press office and emailing them the questions again. The White House press office Monday morning confirmed receiving the questions but did not have a timetable for when it could provide answers.
 
At a hearing last week in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.) asked Defense Secretary Panetta: “Did you have any further communications with him [Obama] that night?”
 
“No,” said Panetta.
 
“Did you have any other further communications? Did he ever call you that night to say how are things going, what’s going on, where’s the consulate?” asked Ayotte.
 
“No,” said Panetta. “But we were aware as we were getting information about 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.”
 
“Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?” asked Ayotte.
 
“No,” said Panetta.
 
“No one else called you to say: How are things going?” asked Ayotte.
 
“No,” said Panetta.
 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) followed up to verify with Panetta and Dempsey that they did not talk to Obama on the night of the attack except in their one half hour meeting. The two reconfirmed.
 
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Graham said that the nominations of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and John Brennan to be CIA director should not go forward until senators know more about what Obama did on the night of Sept. 11.
 
“We know nothing about what the president did on the night of Sept. 11 during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander in chief did, if anything, during this eight-hour attack,” Graham told CBS on Sunday.
 
“I don't think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” said Sen. Graham. “What did he do that night? That's not unfair. The families need to know, the American people need to know.”
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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2013, 01:28:46 PM »

Wasn't he on his way to Vegas for a campaign event?
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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2013, 01:42:49 PM »

There is nothing in the procedure that states he , the president, can't talk personally to panetta or be there in the room.. Stop making excuses..


I agree. I am not making excuses, I deal only with facts, would Obama being there have helped, more then likely not, did he do anything wrong, technically no.

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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2013, 01:55:06 PM »

Maybe not.. But this is the " compassionate " guy you all voted for ? This shows a true lack of character..
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« Reply #36 on: March 05, 2013, 09:40:37 PM »

CBS: Obama Admin Docs Show Warned of Imminent Benghazi Attack Days Before Deadly Assault
 CBS New via Twitter ^ | Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | Sharyl Atkisson

Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:47:04 PM by kristinn

CBS News has learned the Obama admin has turned Benghazi docs to senate intel comm

One source who viewed the docs says someone in a federal agency "press shop" was involved in changing the talking points to remove al Qaeda

An official familiar with the docs says there were warnings from Libya sent to Washington in the days leading up to the attack--(cont)

--that specifically warned of an imminent attack on the US compound in Benghazi

A source familiar with the docs says most every communication between Libya and DC from the start of the attacks referenced --

--al Qaeda or al Qaeda affiliates as being the likely instigators

A source who viewed the docs says the few that mentioned a protest on benghazi nite were not first hand references

Two sources believe Benghazi survivor info and transcripts still have not been provided in unredacted form to committee
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