Video: Obama ducks questions on why help wasn’t sent to Benghazi

posted at 7:29 pm on October 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

“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.



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Obama knew, period. He didn’t say anything b/c he controls the MSM and believes they’ll cover for him. There is more and more evidence coming out that someone, VERY HIGH UP, didn’t send help, help that was 1 hour away. Petraeus has already said it was NOT the CIA that told the agents in Libya to “stand down” – Petraeus will not be the fall guy for this.

Mr. Woods is hitting the talk circuit – let’s see if the MSM gives him ANY exposure.

We are Americans – we help each other and for sure, we don’t leave our people there.

What is O really hiding?

MN J on October 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Congratulations to the community organizer. He has reached a new low in his prevarication ability. This time people are dead. And he lies. He lies about everything. At some point, by someone, will he ever be held accountable? It’s very disheartening to see what they have done to the country.

sgtstogie on October 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Doherty and Woods should be recommended for the CMoH. They deserve it. I would also like the increased visibility of what truly went on that would come with it. Reminds me of Shughart and Gordon.

Bourgeoisie on October 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Bourgeoisie is right, if they are still eligible….

ted c on October 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

They had better be eligible. Someone will get a movement going
to see this accomplished – Glenn Beck, Mark Levin or Rush for
starters. If the military tries to say they are disqualified
because they disobeyed orders (if that comes out as the truth),
then the American public will blow the lid off!

I would like to see George Bush, Mitt Romney (as president)
and the replaced General or Colonel Ham at the ceremony along
with the whole staff of the consulate and the families of the
deceased. Also, it would be nice to have the ceremony somewhere
that could accommodate ordinary Americans who would like to attend
and show their thanks and respect.

Enough of these idiots in our government. It is time for citizens to take over and push these morons to do the right thing.
First off, vote Obama/Biden out of office and get rid of Hillary, Clapper, Brennan, Petraeus and Panetta. They have no excuse.
If they had an order to “stand down” they should have walked out
and resigned in protest. Instead they are doing the cover up dance.

I have never been so disgusted.

Amjean on October 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If someone else has suggested this, I apologize. I think allowing the men at the embassy to die was maybe directly related to Obama’s gun running operation. Stevens was directly involved in the gun running, I think Stevens knew something……..something potentially damaging to the President’s chance at winning his second term. While I doubt Obama was directly responsible for the Benghazi attacks, I think it was an opportunity for Obama to kill off a potential liability.

However, no matter the reason, Obama is directly responsible for those four men being dead, then lying about it pretty much tells all of us Obama has created his own liability. I don’t want Obama impeached, I want him court martialed and sent to prison for life.

As a tax payer, my preference is an execution. Maybe that would be a deterrent to future Democrats who chose to follow Obama’s lead.

NEWRIVERELECTRIC on October 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The senior military leadership also knows the truth but apparently their jobs and state come before their character and their honor . . . if not, they would have resigned and exposed this travesty. Unfortunately, we no longer have any generals in the mold of John Singlaub.

rplat on October 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

If someone else has suggested this, I apologize. I think allowing the men at the embassy to die was maybe directly related to Obama’s gun running operation. Stevens was directly involved in the gun running, I think Stevens knew something……..something potentially damaging to the President’s chance at winning his second term. While I doubt Obama was directly responsible for the Benghazi attacks, I think it was an opportunity for Obama to kill off a potential liability.

However, no matter the reason, Obama is directly responsible for those four men being dead, then lying about it pretty much tells all of us Obama has created his own liability. I don’t want Obama impeached, I want him court martialed and sent to prison for life.

As a tax payer, my preference is an execution. Maybe that would be a deterrent to future Democrats who chose to follow Obama’s lead.

NEWRIVERELECTRIC on October 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

So, first CIA, then WH says NO ONE ASKED FOR HELP. As I pointed out last night, this is their way of saying that those on the ground in Benghazi LIED. Merely a time buying tactic for CIA and WH. Although I am not sure who’d want to spend serious time in prison for taking a fall for any of these crooks and come Nov 7th we should hear much more in regard to all of this.

One more interesting bit of news today that seems to go unnoticed is that our Admiral in charge of ME Fleet has been replaced today for “inappropriate judgement”. Too close to the Benghazi investigation to take this lightly, and IMO most likely points out that the Admiral was also watching the attack in Benghazi in real time and decided to do something that did not fit in with Hussein’s plans. I really hope that Fox News does an interview with the guy ASAP, this could be really interesting. Its not every day that an Admiral is being replaced.

This is nothing but a cover up for gun running to Al Qaeda, on our tax dollars. Stevens was the loose end and had to die.

riddick on October 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.

Akzed on October 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Ignoring the fact that Americans were in distress as a means to maintain lily-white hands is no way to win the presidency. Obama’s character is showing–he is a coward. A gutsy call needed to be made, US personnel were under fire and he said, “I’ve got to get past this next election.” ….

Dereliction of Duty

ted c on October 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

How soon before the King throws Tyrone Woods under the bus for not following orders?

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

It might not be Obama himself, but I bet more than one punk over at MSNBC is chomping at the bit to do exactly that, and then for the rest of the vultures to jump on the bandwagon.

susietwo on October 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Akzed on October 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

If this is true it all needs to come out, including the name of the second in command.

dogsoldier on October 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

there has to be a Deep Throat.
ted c on October 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

There are already some. Some covering their flanks. In this climate, with the high stakes, whoever nails the true perp had better not have a family, much less a cat

One thing for sure, if Obama had been able to safely pin something on a General, he would have.

If someone could be safely thrown under the bus, it would already be over

entagor on October 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Jim Romano · Top Commenter
Biden’s words speak volumes about what the administration knew. How did he know that Tyrone Woods had balls the size of cue balls? Unless he hand first hand knowledge of the way Woods died how could he possibly make this kind of statement. For all anyone knew Woods died hiding under a blanket, but he didn’t, he defied orders and went to rescue fellow Americans would were under fire, and then fought for his life, without reinforcements’ being sent, until he was killed. Once again Biden’s’ big mouth exposes him.Jim Romano · Top Commenter

The above comment is from

Steyn weighs in:

I think Mr. Romano makes a very valid point. If the administration was so engulfed in “the fog of war”, how could Biden have possibly known the extent of Tyrone Woods’ courage? In addition to being a crass blowhard, Biden my have hoist himself upon his own petard.

susietwo on October 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Those Chickens coming home to roost moved into the WH Jan. 2009.

aposematic on October 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Had Obama been faced with the crisis at Entebbe in 1976 all the hostages would have been killed. Fortunately, Col. Jonathan “Yonni” Netanyahu was dispatched to save the hostages and he performed magnificently under the most dangerous and uncertain conditions. Furthermore, I’ll bet big money that Jonathan’s brother Benjamin would not have allowed an Israeli Ambassador to die without an all out fight to protect and recover him. Tells one a lot about Obama and Netanyahu and the nations they represent.

rplat on October 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Obama gave stingers to the Libyan rebels aka alkaida who are moving them to syria/lebanon via turkey and into egypt awaitng opportunity to gaza.

Stevens et al were there negotiate the turks out of harms way but this enemy, obamas buddies, uses murder in negotiations and PR.
Obama knew & sacrificed the guys rather than be exposed in another fast and furious deal.

And as I’ve told you since 2009, he told the mullahs pre election they could have the nuke if they stopped the IEDs in Iraq long enough to let him be a hero and pull out of there.

DESPICABLE

Rea1ityCheck on October 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Barry is trying to run out the clock, and the media is letting him.

Gross.

gatsbysgirlontheside on October 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Obama ducks questions

He’s a liberal. Ducking questions is what liberals do.

CIA throws Obama under the bus?

If so, there’s probably a tank headed right back at them.

rukiddingme on October 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Mr. President, can you give us the name of the Muslim individual or group who were publicly angry about that YouTube video before the 9/11 attack that led you to believe that the video was the reason for the attack?

RMR on October 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Akzed on October 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

If this is true it all needs to come out, including the name of the second in command.

dogsoldier on October 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Chafetz said yesterday in TV (Hannety) that he spoke with Gen. Ha 2 weeks ago on his visit to Benghazi and Ham said that NO ONE ASKED HIM TO HELP.

Either Ham lied to Chafetz 2 weeks ago or he is lying now. Which is it?

riddick on October 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM

CIA throws Obama under the bus?

If so, there’s probably a tank headed right back at them.

rukiddingme on October 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Please show me where in their statement CIA has thrown anyone under the bus save for those in Benghazi? Please read the statement again and point out where and how exactly is CIA saying anything. Everyone is under false assumption since the statement doesn’t point to anything or anyone specifically, its just a bunch of nice sounding words.

riddick on October 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Mr. President, unlike the Mohamamed cartoons, there were no demonstrations or riots in the Middle east about this video. So please Sir,can you name the event or events that you are aware of that occured in the Middle East, prior to the 9/11 Benghazi attack, that led you to believe that that specific YouTube video was the cause of that attack?

RMR on October 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

If it quakes like a duck an acts like an sob, it must be BO.

The dog is unhappy with his name, too.

The Portuguese called and said they want their dog back.

Sherman1864 on October 28, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Quacks, that is….

Sherman1864 on October 28, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Uh-oh…

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/27/obama-knew-about-attack-ignored-three-requests-hel/

FTA:

Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, was apparently able to use a laser designator to pin-point the location of the mortar that eventually killed him. It would have been an easy shot for American pilots had any been ordered to respond.

He would not be painting a target unless he knew something that could hit that target was not far off. Did the Admiral order a strike that got recalled?

dogsoldier on October 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Bagdad Bob is alive and well and keeping us up to date on events in Lybia.

woodiebob on October 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Scuttlebutt on Ace of Spades is that rear admiral’s relief is unrelated; apparently he’s just an incorrigible asshole, and he finally exhausted his CO’s patience.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Scuttlebutt on Ace of Spades is that rear admiral’s relief is unrelated; apparently he’s just an incorrigible bully, and he finally exhausted his CO’s patience.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Scuttlebutt on Ace of Spades is that rear admiral’s relief is unrelated; apparently he’s just an incorrigible asshole, and he finally exhausted his CO’s patience.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Yeah and blink is correct too 5th fleet. So why was woods lighting up the target?

dogsoldier on October 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Obama ducks questions on why help wasn’t sent to Benghazi

Lame duck.

Fleuries on October 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

What, nobody’s had an answer to the laser question yet? Indeed — nobody turns the beam on until after they know the aircraft is up and ready.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

According to Congressman Jason Chaffetz, General Ham has testified to Congress thus:

I can tell you as a first-hand account that in my meeting with General Ham I asked very specifically ‘Did we have resources in the area?’, the answer is ‘Yes’, ‘Did we have proximity?’, the answer is “Yes’, and then I asked why we didn’t send in some of those assets, and the General said ‘he was not requested to do so’ [...]

So, all the speculation that there weren’t forces ready? Forget it. Unless you want to claim — and prove, because that would be one hell of an extraordinary claim requiring extraordinary evidence — that General Ham is either lying to a Congressional oversight committee and/or is ignorant of what forces really were available in Africa Command that night, you have to accept it straight from the mouth of the man who was AFRICOM on the night in question — he did have the assets available to respond in a timely manner, but he was not allowed to use them.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

… and it belatedly occurs to me people might want to watch the report for themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4W1LDSs5X4

Congressman Chaffetz gets to the relevant bit about 1 minute in.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

What, nobody’s had an answer to the laser question yet? Indeed — nobody turns the beam on until after they know the aircraft is up and ready.

Chuckg on October 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Yes.

dogsoldier on October 29, 2012 at 5:49 AM

He keeps saying: “. . . we’re going to find out what happened.”

Well, when? How hard could this be? It’s been seven weeks.

Seems a few well placed phone calls could arrange a full briefing within a day or two.

This stinks.

Pablo Snooze on October 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

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