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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Impeach.

they lie on October 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

He’s leaving no stone unturned looking for the real makers of that video.

CurtZHP on October 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

He can’t remember the lies w/o a teleprompter. That’s why he won’t answer.

they lie on October 26, 2012 at 7:32 PM

From “the buck stops here” to “the duck starts here”, what a disgrace.

Flange on October 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Obama chucked and jived while Americans died…

idesign on October 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Obama is a Lying Murdering Incompetent Piece of Sh*T!

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

He’s leaving no stone unturned looking for the real makers of that video.

CurtZHP on October 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I see he’s using the OJ method of searching all the golf courses first.

Flange on October 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Time to waterboard Obama

redguy on October 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Well at least the reporter in Denver hasn’t drunk the koolaid. Journalism isn’t completely dead yet.

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

So we don’t have a CIC right now..

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Disgrace. Absolute disgrace.

Green Muse on October 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

CIA throws Obama under the bus?

Meaning the same Petraeus who said to the House Intelligence Committee (according to Fox News) three days after the attack that it was a demonstration over the video?

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

From Pres. “Gutsy Call” to Pres. “Hide Under The Bed.”

Stu Gotts on October 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Mark Levin totally destroyed Downgrade’s answer on his radio show…It is half assed legalize meant to evade and deceive

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Let’s remember this is the guy with a “Kill List” who points to names. I would imagine saying “no, deny their request,” isn’t much different than pointing at who is going to die by drone. He is moving pieces on a chess board. It isn’t real to him. He is all that is real.

djl130 on October 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I’m thinking a Beer Summit with the Seals father might straighten this out.

Urban Cowbuck on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Bumps in the road are racist.

The Chewbacca Defense on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need

That sounds Clintonesqu. Did anyone, like say, oh I don’t know, Petraeus, tell anybody in the CIA to help?

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Where are the libs to defend this disgraceful man?

CW on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Impeach

Philly on October 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

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

The reporter on Fox, Jennifer Griffin, said her sources were on the ground when this happened.

Barred on October 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What kind of ice runs through your veins to watch a 7-hour attack unfold and DO NOTHING?

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“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…”

Action plans are standing orders…

… only the Commander in Chief can give the “Stand Down” order.

Now four brave Americans are dead, and Pantload is filling his pants…

Seven Percent Solution on October 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

What kind of ice runs through your veins to watch a 7-hour attack unfold and DO NOTHING?

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

David Letterman was on..

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Mark Levin totally destroyed Downgrade’s answer on his radio show…It is half assed legalize meant to evade and deceive

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Has Levin had anything to say about Fox News report that at least 3 days after the murders Petraeus was telling the House Intelligence Committee that it was a carried away demonstration over the Video?

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Stephanie Cutter’s toilet is currently in the process of gathering up some facts.

ardenenoch on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Why would he need an investigation to answer the question as to what he himself was doing?

Blaise on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Now four brave Americans are dead, and Pantload is filling his pants…

Seven Percent Solution on October 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I SO HOPE SO

CoffeeLover on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

“Obama, Obama…we are all Osama now”

Bring them to justice Obama.

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Obama has been looking like death lately.

He seems so aloof and indifferent about Benghazi.

I know that Obama is going to lose the election, but I want him to lose BIG. He deserves a huge loss.

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

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.

Bark gave #2 and #3 the moment he found out the attack was occurring?

What?

The man is in his own cesspool of lies so deep he can no longer see sunlight. Look at that answer Bark gave, it makes no sense, it’s just political bullshitte pap.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Levin says they all knew because of the way the system is structured & chain of command…even DOJ knew real time what was going on.

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Jerry Springer was on and he also didn’t want to miss Montel and Tavis?

viking01 on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

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?

He took months to finally pull the trigger on OBL. He took months to finally act on Afghanistan. Were you actually expecting him to make a decision in 7 hours that could derail his reelection?

Obama voted present. He did nothing.

Resist We Much on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

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.

This is all his show. The one who needs to be fired is Obama, himself. Anybody who truly cares about this country knows it. He’s such a pathological liar, you *cannot* give him the benefit of the doubt…at this point, if it seems that he’s directly responsible for those 4 deaths, then he almost certainly is…and in O’s case, it’s almost certainly worse than we know, even now.

AUINSC on October 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

He’s dodging alright.

He was involved in running guns to the so called freedom fighters who probably sold them to al Qaeda. Now our Ambassador is murdered, who probably was involved in the scheme and then unknowing and innocent heroic military that went to help, because that’s what they are trained to do. Then he goes to the UN and claims it was because of a movie and blathers about how the world needs restricted speech. And then Joe Biden has the gall to ask father of one of the slain soldiers if he knew his son had the balls the size of cue balls. oBANO and his ilk are truely pathetically disgusting.

He claims Executive Order for Fast and Furious where 200 Mexican nationals are killed and a US Border Agent is killed. All in the desire to change the 2nd Amendment

Does anyone in power realize what this clown is doing or is it us nobody underlings that really give a damn?

The real pathetic thing about this entire administration is that the republicans are letting this dolt ruin America all in the name of politics.

And we all pay the price.

Philo Beddoe on October 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

That’s utterly amazing: he actually gave an interview to someone other than Letterman or Leno!!

dont taze me bro on October 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

“Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts….
But the Movie Producer acted stupidly”

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Levin says they all knew because of the way the system is structured & chain of command…even DOJ knew real time what was going on.

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Then he is saying Petraeus knew. So does he have any words at all on Petraeus telling the House Intelligence Committee, per Fox News, that it was a demonstration over the video?

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

IMPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEACH!!!!!

GhoulAid on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Obama has been looking like death lately.

Hear tell that happens when you sell your soul to the devil.

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

The King went to bed to “sleep on it” as to whether to send help.

Period.The.End.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Obozo couldn’t order help because he was ASLEEP, so he could be rested for his trip to Vegas the following day.

The 3AM phone call came in, and he wouldn’t answer.

Just like Hillary said he would do.

KMC1 on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

“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,

MONTHS! There has been moe than enough time to figure out to the second what happened in Benghazi. Hell, the press has reported most of it. Why didn’t Obama know exactly what happened by the time the attack was over, some FOUR HOURS after it started. They had drones, phone calls, e-mails. What exactly was Obama doing those four hours???

This is turning out to be the most scandalous behavior of a President in the hostiry of the Unnited States.

parke on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

This is the most outrageous display of Dereliction of Duty that we have ever witnessed in American history.

long_cat on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

The legacy media thinks the American people are just not interested in this story…

d1carter on October 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Put him on a table. strap him down. get a towel. get a bucket. fill it with water.

tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Impeach.

they lie on October 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Yeah.

Mrs. Strozek is still leaning Obama, and I told her that if O wins and the GOP holds the House we are on a dead-set course for impeachment regarding Libyagate. And right quick, too,particularity if Mittens wins the popular vote.

She was shocked and pooh-poohed the incident.

(Gets her news from MPR and the Strib exclusively – and my yap , of course, but to little avail…)

MSM be damned, this is some serious shit, and some high and mighty Administration heads need to roll (pardon my Islamic metaphor…)

Bruno Strozek on October 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

We know why! The question remains, whether the order from the CIA, to the field office calling for help, was told not to help by Obama? If this is the case, then we have proof, that we are now being lead by the MURDERER-in-chief! This SOB has lied and deflected for over a month. This shows his involvement and complicity in the Murder and Rape of the Ambassador, the other consulate worker and the two Heroes who defied orders and gave their lives in the attempt to save their fellow Americans! The SOB in the White House, as well as, the CIA Bastard who told the Heroes to “stand down”, AGAIN, Have the Blood of American Heroes on their hands and heads! May they never know peace in their family, due to the heartless decision to abandon their fellow Americans, to the Horrors and deaths, they helped the Al-qaeda terrorists inflict on our Heroes! There are no words but BETRAYAL, that fits this decision!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America! May God Bring Down a Terrible Justice on the Ones Responsible for these, NEEDLESS DEATHS!

paratisi on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Anyone who votes for this lying, amoral, incompetent narcissist is every bit as culpable for his despicable actions and every bit as morally reprehensible as he is. You vote for Obama, you own his crap.

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

If anyone in the GOP leadership had a spine, I would say impeach…reality says, he’ll skate on this treasonous act as well as many others.

USA=Game Over

Mr. Arrogant on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Romney is a “Shoot first and ask questions later kinda guy”

Obama is a “ask questions when you find them and bring plenty of bodybags”…kinda guy.

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

This is the most outrageous display of Dereliction of Duty that we have ever witnessed in American history.

long_cat on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

And Obama didn’t do it all by his little self. He had company.

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

impeach and take the lsm with him for their dereliction in duty for covering up this attack

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

barry’s face tells me he is stressed! Thank God! I hope he can’t sleep at night! This isn’t going away, president liar!

WhatsRight on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

He is guilty.

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And the S.O.B. knows it’s going to come out. A snake is most dangerous when cornered. God help us.

OhioCoastie on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Allahpundit

..this piece was great!

KOOLAID2 on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again.

Is that what was told to the SEAL’s fighting for 7 hours on the roof when they repeatedly begged for help, “Don’t worry, we’re going to make sure your eventual fate doesn’t happen to someone else”.

What the hell. This is election year games with those brave dudes sacrificed so that the Dog Eating Retard didn’t get shown up as the feckless blowhard we all knew him to be.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Is there a single solitary member of the media that has any curiosity about the truth of this debacle?

tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I can’t wait to see those pictures from the Situation Room with everybody watching the video of the attack…

d1carter on October 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

MONTHS! There has been moe than enough time to figure out to the second what happened in Benghazi.

parke on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Certainly plenty of time for all the major players to get together and get their lies all straight.

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Impeach.

they lie on October 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Impeachment takes too long just vote his azz out on November 6.

skatz51 on October 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Has Levin had anything to say about Fox News report that at least 3 days after the murders Petraeus was telling the House Intelligence Committee that it was a carried away demonstration over the Video?

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

He hasn’t mentioned Petraeus yet…just this interview and the Fox report of orders denying aid during the fight.

He says they’re all lying and that this is the worst scandal he’s ever seen…He was ranting for about 30 minutes before he started taking calls.

Now he’s mentioning Petraeus and says he thinks that since the coverup is failing Petraeus knows he’ll have to testify…so Levin says we’ll learn more cause this is blowing apart

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

It’s sad that the media is so silent. If only this was Bush….

It’s truly devastating. The media is ruining this country. If Obama is re-elected, we will have horrible consequences. Lybia is only the beginning.

mrscullen on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

“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.

Directive 1: Failed. We did not secure our personnel; we did not do what we needed to do.

Directive 2: Failed. Plenty of time to find out what happened; no reason why it can’t happen again tomorrow somewhere else.

Directive 3: Failed. We knew who did it very early on. In the six weeks since the attack, none have been “brought to justice,” whatever the hell that means.

spiritof61 on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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.

But what if Obama had a ” DO Not Disturb” sign on the door ?
It was like 5 PM in DC and Obama probably was being serviced after a hard day’s ” work” ;-)
You can’t disturb the most magnificent intellectual and evolved black man in the whole universe, ever to honor us with his presence in our wretched country for trivial things like this can you ? It’s not like some rappers were having issues which needed his direct intervention !!

burrata on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

More at blackfive (milblogger)

tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Patre is not going to allow himself to be blamed for American deaths for politics. This things ready to burst and the media isn’t going to be able to do anything about it

Conservative4ev on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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.”

How in the world can he say with a straight face that his most important job is keeping Americans safe? There were Americans under attack for over 6 hours and he didn’t lift a finger to help them. What a disgraceful act of betrayal.

JohnInCA on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Barack Obama takes credit for ending the war in Iraq when he in fact not only opposed the Surge which ended the war but said the Surge would makes things worse.

Barack Obama knew in real time – as it happened – that the attack in Benghazi on 9/11/12 was a terrorist attack. He then lied about it for 2 weeks.

Anyone who trusts Barack Obama is a moron.

Basilsbest on October 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Bigger than Watergate: Proof that the President is Lying about Benghazi?
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2012/10/bigger-than-watergate-proof-that-the-president-is-lying-about-benghazi.html

The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me.

One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.

Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.

If the AC130 never left Sigonella (as Penetta says) that means that the Predator that was filming the whole thing was armed.

If that SEAL was actively “painting” a target; something was on station to engage! And the decision to stand down goes directly to POTUS!

Colbyjack on October 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Is there a single solitary member of the media that has any curiosity about the truth of this debacle?
tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

No. They don’t care about anything but re-electing democrats.

mrscullen on October 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

barry’s face tells me he is stressed! Thank God! I hope he can’t sleep at night! This isn’t going away, president liar!

WhatsRight on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

He may be losing sleep, but not over the deaths of these four people except insofar as they are “bumps in the road” to his re-election.

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Maybe he was busy with Larry Sinclair and Reggie Love at the time

Philo Beddoe on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

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.

Apparently, that minute must have been at least several hours after the ambassador and other 3 American patriots were dead.

IrishEyes on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Patre is not going to allow himself to be blamed for American deaths for politics. This things ready to burst and the media isn’t going to be able to do anything about it

Conservative4ev on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Exactly – eventually they are going to have to cover it because it will be everywhere.

Watergate was a freaking break in and the media wet itself over it.

It’s shameful that this isn’t getting the attention and justice it deserves.

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Now he’s mentioning Petraeus and says he thinks that since the coverup is failing Petraeus knows he’ll have to testify…so Levin says we’ll learn more cause this is blowing apart

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

They had best give Petraues a massive dose of truth serum and have him hooked up to at least 10 lie detectors.

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

OMG, just the fact that he keeps saying “we have to find out” two months after this happened is one of the worst excuses ever.

nitzsche on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

The Preezy knows it’s over. Look how miserable he looks. Pause that video at any time, and you see a haggard, defeated, loser of a man.

Jackalope on October 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

That call on Rush today was the most riveting 15 mins on his show that I’ve heard in a while. And that’s saying something, because I listen to Rush every day, and it’s always riveting. But I literally stopped working for the entire call, and by the end I was more pissed off at this administration than I’ve ever been, even more than I was with Obamacare. This punk president needs to stand trial.

Weight of Glory on October 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I think the stress of having to tell Michelle that four more years of tax payer vacations are quickly coming to an end has taken its toll.

Urban Cowbuck on October 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I’m through being mad at Obama. He’s just being who he’s always been. I’m mad at the a-hole Americans who still want to vote for this piece of sh!t.

Mark1971 on October 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The sad part is Obama is so busy being a celebrity and out of touch with his real job (the President of the United States) that his defense that he had no idea what was going on is possible.

I know it is hard to accept for us normal folk, but look at his presidency so far. He rarely communicates with congressmen from his own political party…

William Eaton on October 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

AC-130U Gunship was On-Scene in Benghazi, Obama Admin Refused to Let It Fire (Updated)
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/10/26/ac-130u-gunship-was-on-scene-in-benghazi-obama-admin-refused-to-let-it-fire/?singlepage=true

If you don’t get torches-and-pitchforks irate about this, you are not an American:

The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

There were two AC-130Us deployed to Libya in March as part of Operation Unified Protector.

Update: BlackFive confirmed with a retired Delta operator: The fact that ground personnel were painting the target says there was a Spectre on station.

Galt2009 on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

That this scandal is blowing up weeks before an election is incredible

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

And this excuse that nobody could have saved them in time is just lame. How do they know how long the SEALS were going to hold off the attackers?

Jackalope on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

“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?

Mr. Obama, you have a phone call from Mr. Nixon at the white courtesy phone.

farsighted on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

OhioCoastie on October 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’m confused. Do you think obozo is guilty or not?

Flange on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I would love to see a timeline, a la the Facebook timeline with the hours ticking down a line in the center of the page. On the left, what is going on in Libya (“crowds gathering”, “Taking incoming mortar fire”, etc).

On the right of the line is an hour by hour who was calling whom. What was happening at the embassy AT THE MOMENT Air Force One was wheels-up to Vegas.

Such as graphic would be devastating.

kurtzz3 on October 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Here’s the thing..

When 9/11, 2001 happened…
We heard from the left about how insensitive Bush was when he was whispered in his ear about what had just happened….while reading a book at a school.
Bush didn’t do anything…
Except….

Everyone working for him just knew what had to be done…and was doing it.

What happened here on 9/11 2012 ????

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

So we don’t have a CIC right now..

Electrongod on October 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

No. And my two sons need one right now.

DrStock on October 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

More at blackfive (milblogger)

tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Holy crap!

d1carter on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

That this scandal is blowing up weeks before an election is incredible

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

No, it’s not blowing up. That’s the problem. Is Brian Williams questioning him like the local reporter here is? No.

Mark1971 on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Morale in the military and at Langley has to be cratering

tom daschle concerned on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Lying POS directly responsible for the deaths of Americans

Rea1ityCheck on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I’m confused. Do you think obozo is guilty or not?

Flange on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

He is guilty as Hell (although knowing him he could just have been AWOL), but he had a lot of accomplices.

VorDaj on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

solid work allah. thanks for the rush clip. dude knows what he’s talking about.

ted c on October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I’m through being mad at Obama. He’s just being who he’s always been. I’m mad at the a-hole Americans who still want to vote for this piece of sh!t.

Mark1971 on October 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

AMEN!

natasha333 on October 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

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